#Marchofthesequels Review: That Good Mischief (Book 3 of The Nine Worlds Rising series) by Lyra Wolf

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

It was supposed to be Loki the trickster god’s happily ever after with Sigyn. They had gone full Midgardian, settling down in California, with Loki doing what he does best—mischief.

When Sigyn collapses, Loki senses a grave darkness growing within her, and he knows only one god who may be able to stop Surtr before this sinister force possesses her completely.

Once again he finds himself forced to ask Odin for his help…which always carries with it some kind of price. However, Odin is the least of Loki’s problems, especially when buried secrets start surfacing because of brothers, both dead and alive. Blackmail is a nasty business.

Loki worries that his happily ever after with Sigyn could have an unhappy end.

Lies are unraveling, the truth is spinning, and consequences are flying faster than Loki can run and he may lose Sigyn forever—either to the darkness, or to his own lies.

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My Review

I was sent an Advanced Review Copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Lyra! My opinions are my own. There are spoilers for Book 2 and probably Book 1 in the series, but hopefully not for That Good Mischief!!

That Good Mischief picks up after the end of The Order of Chaos. Ragnarok has been stopped for now and Loki and Sigyn are living the high life in Midgard, with fast cars, designer clothes and an amazing house, Loki having been banished from Asgard for his role in bringing about the start of Ragnarok. Sigyn is training to be a doctor and it seems that nothing can ruin their idyllic lifestyle. However this is Lyra Wolf writing and we already know how much she likes to torture her beloved main characters!

The chapters are told from the point of view of either Loki or Sigyn and before long Sigyn starts to manifest strange behaviour:

“Sigyn had pulled Surtr into herself to save us from Ragnarok. Her contrary element of hope and fidelity had smothered this lethal and consuming darkness. At least, that’s what we all thought. But now…now that darkness raced through Sigyn’s veins, pulsing and alive.”

Loki is reminded of Gullveig’s warning during Ragnarok:

“You think you’ve stopped Ragnarok. That you’ve won. But Yggdrasil’s roots remain shaken

Loki wanted to know if there would be any consequences of Sigyn’s heroic actions during the battle and Odin’s reply was ominous and comes back to Loki now:

“Time will tell.”

What can Loki possibly do to protect her? The only person he can think of who might have an idea how to help is his ex lover and nemesis, Odin, who lives in Asgard, the one place Loki is banished from.

There follows a series of quests in this story where Loki and Odin have to travel to other realms where Loki is unwelcome in order to procure an amulet and Brisingamen, Freya’s famed necklace. Meanwhile Sigyn is left with Angrboda, the mother of Loki’s children, and her surprise guest who turns out to be extremely poisonous. On top of that she has her thoughts of Loki and Odin traveling together, night and day to add worry to her troubled mind. Throw into the mix the secrets Loki has kept from her and lies Loki has told her which are threatening to come to light and we have a powder keg situation.

Lyra Wolf’s wonderfully visual descriptions make it easy to imagine the mythical creatures with which she populates her stories and to imagine them in such incongruous places as a relatively normal house:

“Surtr stood next to the cabinet in the form of a man. Boredom hardened the sharp angles of his face, and masses of white hair as bright as flame brushed the tops of his broad shoulders. Layers of black robes raced down the elegant arch of his back, the sleek lines of his waist, his hips. A cruel beauty sharper than knives imbued his smile. But his eyes. Violet. Majestic. Dangerous.”

The flippant and often sarcastic humour of Loki is something I have particularly enjoyed in this series and it was wonderful to see its return. Despite all the terrible situations Loki repeatedly finds himself and his loved ones in, he usually has a glib remark to throwaway. His inappropriate comments help to diffuse the horror and tension of some of the unbelievable circumstances his chaos brings him into.

I love the characterisation Wolf brings to these well known figures of Norse myth. In the last book we had Fenrir as a man-bun wearing vegan who takes photos of his food for Instagram. Now we have the goddess of sex and war, Freya, portrayed as a horny, crazy cat lady. This tongue in cheek attitude towards the all-powerful gods is a joy to read.

In That Good Mischief the torment runs deep. The sheer audacity of Odin and Loki’s plan to save Sigyn is unbelievable and it can hardly be expected to work. Prices will have to be paid by all involved – some life-threatening and others heart-breaking but the tension of these scenes as the plan is put into action will keep you turning pages right up until the jaw-dropping end!

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys light-hearted humour, action, mythical creatures and petty, selfish gods, all served up with a large dollop of tormented romance. What more could you possibly ask for?

About the Author

Lyra Wolf is a Swiss-American author of fantasy and mythic fiction.

Raised in Indiana, home to a billion corn mazes, she now lives in Central Florida, home to a billion mosquitoes. She enjoys drinking espresso, wandering through old city streets, and being tragically drawn to 18th century rogues.

When Lyra isn’t fulfilling the wishes of her overly demanding Chihuahua, you can find her writing about other worlds and the complicated people who live there.

Lyra has earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in English.

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