Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Can’t Wait Wednesday is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we haven’t read yet, in particular ones that have yet to be published.
This week, I can’t wait for…
When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology.
Angrboda’s story begins where most witches’ tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.
Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin’s all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life — and possibly all of existence — is in danger.
With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she’ll accept the fate that she’s foreseen for her beloved family… or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales this novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age.
February 9, 2021
Why I Can’t Wait
As a kid, I really loved Norse mythology. As an adult I’m a bit… wary of it? (It has, unfortunately, been co-opted by many white supremacists). I’m very curious about how this novel will turn out, since I’m familiar enough with the mythology to know that, in the “original” version, Angrboda was a troll-woman rather than a witch. You could compare her with Echidna, the mother of monsters in Greek mythology. This novel sounds like a very interesting re-imagining of the old legends, and could very well prove to have more tricks up its sleeve than just a feminist twist. I want to know what happens! In the legends, Loki is a shape-shifter who switches between male and female forms, and has a wife in Asgard in addition to his relationship with Angrboda, so I’m also keen to see how that plays out.