Following on the breakout success of Northern Wrath, Holdt weaves myth and history in a deeply magical saga.
As Ragnarok looms, the trickster Loki breaks free from his chains.
In the battle to come, all shall die, but Ragnar will do anything to save his gods.
Einer scours the nine worlds for Hilda, who walks among gods and goddesses, searching the truth of the Runes.
For centuries Siv has run from her past, but she knows that to protect her daughter, and Midgard, she will have to face her worst fears.
It is time to confront the Alfather.
I finished Shackled Fates at the beginning of the month, just in time for Norsevember. I think this installment is even stronger than its predecessor, Northern Wrath.
I enjoyed that Shackled Fates was a bit more heavy in lore. I was enthralled with the story and how our characters got tangled up in each other’s webs. Also, I am a huge fan of Loki. This book had a lot more Loki in it and in my opinion, that makes everything more interesting. If Loki is around, you’re guaranteed to be more entertained, for better or for worse. I love that every portrayal of Loki I’ve read is different. Holdt manages to capture his cunning, trickster side while casting a slightly new light on him. He had a humanity in him driving his trickster ways. I think ALL of the featured Gods seemed a bit more human than we usually see and less untouchable.
There’s a focus on the way Christianity swept in, which is important in Nordic books. Popular culture often portray the Scandavians as the aggressor because of their love for battle, but the Christians of this time were just as brutal, especially when defied. They weren’t kind to anyone who didn’t convert to their faith.
I find interpretation of The Fates in different mythologies to be so intriguing. In fact, I have a print hanging in my room of the mythological Fates cutting the Thread of Life. This was my first time really getting to hear about the Nordic Fates, so I was super excited. Greek and Roman mythologies are often compared for their similarities but Norse myths share quite a few with them, as well. The way The Fates were incorporated into the ending had goosebumps rising on my skin. That ending is definitely one of the most memorable ones I’ve read all year!
I cannot wait for the next installment. Thank you to Rebellion for the physical and ebook ARCs!