Ever since Thor Ragnarok have I been a little obsessed with Loki? The answer is yes. So you know that when a YA book featuring the Trickster, Loki: Where Mischief Lies would make it to my TBR.
Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.
But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.
When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Let me just start off by saying that Loki has become one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe. Thor Ragnorak changed my opinions on a lot of things in the Marvel universe, and probably my life, but Loki emerged from Ragnorak in my heart. Loki has been seen as The Trickster and is assumed to be in the wrong, to be up to no good.
Loki’s Character – Trickster or Not?
So what breaks my heart is to see Loki as a teen, desperately struggling to be someone which would appease everyone, even though they consistently think the worst of him. My poor Loki baby. And what Loki: Where Mischief Lies illustrates is the power of expectations and perception. When the world expect us to do bad things, no matter what we do, what we try, we can’t escape that shadow.
Many of the mistakes Loki makes in this book, stem from this place of aching, longing for love and acceptance – the chance to be seen as he is. Wouldn’t that just melt your heart? Can’t you remember a time you were so determined to prove people wrong, and the struggle to fight against an image of your own nightmares? It can warp the way we see ourselves, cause us to turn away from those who love us, and fall into the arms of those who wish us harm.
There are all sorts of Easter Egg touches if you are a big fan of the Marvel universe, but even if you’re not, Loki’s struggles are universal. While there’s a great deal of sadness in Loki: Where Mischief Lies, there’s also moments of humor, of love, and immense power. This book celebrates choices, the daily decision to actively fight people’s expectations, or to become something more. To actively write a new destiny, to change the future.