Review: Black Ice (Midgard #2) by Susan Krinard

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Publisher: Tor
Publishing Date: August 2014
ISBN: 9780765332097
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1.0/5

Publisher Description: Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie known as Mist one of the only survivors.

Review: The cover art is strangely compelling. Oh right, I am a dude. If I was a bald septuagenarian art critic, I would say it needed a redo. Longer hair, big breast plate (hehe) and knee high leather boots.

Confusing book is confusing. Initially there are so many character names/roles thrown out there that you just don’t have the energy to track that shjt. But that was my bad, as I didn’t read the first book in the series. If I had, there would be no review on this work as I never would have read it.

There is endless pages of dialogue that blanket any action or story-line. The characters are slim in development and are purveyed to the point where you don’t give a shjt what happens to them. Mist’s epithets range from “Odin’s balls” to “Loki’s piss”. Inventive to be sure. There were some honest moments of clarity where Mist finally sheds her tired and overworked goddess persona to galavant around the town with Dainn, (casting spells, finding Loki magic etc.) a hotty elf-man/boy with “deep indigo eyes”. People were murmuring here and there approximately 17 times throughout the novel. Not too bad considering the massive amounts of dialogue. There is some weirdness involved where a boy named Danny is the offspring of Loki and Dainn that seemed more like a story-line afterthought.

This was a confused, boring, messed up attempt at depicting Norse mythology. I think my Norse ancestors would be as insulted as I.

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