Greetings mortals, Loki is back! Louie Stowell serves up another Thor-some read that is riotous fun from start to finish.
Still living on Earth (Midgard) in the guise of puny mortal schoolboy Liam, Loki has been given another opportunity by the almighty Odin to prove that he is worthy of return to Asgard. But reinventing yourself and getting others to see you differently is no easy task.
When Thor’s hammer is stolen, the master of mischief is suspected of the crime. But this time is Loki really to blame? All he needs to do is find the hammer, identify the real thief and get everyone to admit that they were wrong about him. Simple, right?
Prepare to roar with laughter at the brilliant follow up to Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good. Loki, Thor and the rest of the godly family are back enjoying, and all too often being exasperated at, life on Earth, with Loki still trying to make amends to Odin and improve his ‘Loki Virtue Score’. And Loki certainly has his work cut out with a missing hammer, an unhappy goddess out for revenge, Frost Giants planning to destroy the way back to Asgard and to kill all of humanity, including Loki’s friend Valerie, and then there’s the teachers at school who are not overly impressed with Loki’s attitude and ability to learn.
Told over thirty insane and wild days and packed with references and links to Norse mythology, Loki’s second diary-style narrative is another absolute treat. Zany, ridiculous fun and extremely readable, it is bursting with clever and witty writing, doodles galore and a God that is very much out of place, out of his comfort zone and who is having to deal with more problems than your average mortal.
Chaos, confusion, sarcasm and sharp-eyed observations once again reign triumphant as Loki hilariously alternates between his two personas - the immortal trickster God and the mere mortal schoolboy Liam. Loki’s hilarious understanding and views on the mortal world have me in absolute stitches as he acutely observes and points out the random things we do on a day-to-day basis (spitting on birthday cakes and then offering it to others being a personal favourite, ha ha ha). And his all too accurate observations don’t end there; school, chores, parents’ evening, friendships, adverts, babysitters, reality television, birthday parties and sexism all get a good old Loki bashing.
It is once again a gloriously entertaining look at the life of a Norse God trying to make do in our world and all of the challenges that that entails; yes, even an immortal God is not immune to the mortal troubles of childhood and fitting in on Earth. For all his godly bravado, Loki is rather insecure, would quite like to fit in, struggles to cope with Thor’s popularity and feels deeply betrayed when a supposed friend ditches him for a new girl - outrageous!
Whilst Loki’s virtue score may have improved by the end of the book - and he is definitely on the the right path - Odin doesn’t appear to be completely satisfied which is fantastic news as that means another rollickingly good read coming soon in the form of Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Ruling the World.
With huge thanks to Walker for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 8+.