Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog. Today, I’m bringing you a tag created by Kyera’s Library, so go check her out! I’m feeling inspired by the recent God of War video game, which my partner has been playing, which sees the hero Kratos explore Norse myths, instead of the usual Greek! I love Norse myths and mythology so this tag is perfect. Kyera has actually created the tag herself, so huge thanks to her! The only changes I am making is not including the description of the Gods – I found that when typing this, I was having problems with my layouts and I feel a right idiot! So without further ado, let’s begin the tag, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
Odin – favourite standalone. For this I’m going with Stardust by Neil Gaiman, which also has a film adaptation. This novel follows Tristan who is madly in love with Victoria. He promises to bring her a fallen star from beyond the wall to win her heart, and from then on, fantastical magic occurs and Tristan meets a whole host of strange characters. It’s a beautiful story, and I love it!
Thor – a book that hits you in the feels. For this, I’ve chosen the Mother’s Rosary arc in the Sword Art Online manga by Tsubasa Haduki and Reki Kawahara. This gives me so many feels and tears that I’m welling up thinking about it. In this arc of the series, a new duellist is defeating everyone in the video game ALfheim Online. When Asuna faces the duellist, she begins to learn things about herself and faces pains of the heart that she hasn’t experienced before.
Loki – biggest book plot, twist or character betrayal. I’m going with character betrayal and I’ve chosen Tamlin from A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of series by Sarah J. Maas, for this. The twist towards the end I hadn’t expected – his character arc became possessive, obsessive, dangerous, definitely like the beast his mask portrays in the first book.
Frigg – otp (one true pairing). For this I’m going with the canon couple, Qhuinn and Blay from the eleventh book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series – Lover at Last by J. R. Ward. The growth in their characters from friendship to romance was beautifully done, including the angst. I love them as a couple so much and this was maybe the first mainstream M/M romance I had read (outside of fan fiction, that is).
Heimdall – favourite second book in a series. I remember the first time I read Crown of Midnight, the second book in the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas. I was hooked – the ending was a real shocker, because I hadn’t put the clues together, and the action and romance had been really amped up. This didn’t let me down for a second book in a series!
Baldur – favourite male character. We all know at this point that I’m Sarah J. Maas trash, so it’s no surprise that I’m going with Rhys for this! He’s complex, and I definitely changed my opinion on him from A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the series. I thought he would be the Gaston of the novel, a typical bad boy, part of a love triangle, and yet I grew to love him as a character. The strength he has, the love he feels… I honestly didn’t expect to like him as much as I do.
Sif – most beautiful book cover. There are several covers I really like and think are beautiful, but for this answer I’ve chosen a recent read – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, which is the first book in The Hazel Wood series. You definitely get a feel for the novel from the cover, and it’s eerie and beautiful all at the same time.
Frey – book/series that makes you happy. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu made me so happy when I read this way back at the beginning of the year – this was a book that didn’t shy away from talking about harassment or the troubles that girls face globally (in or out of school). It doesn’t try and ram feminism down our throats, and gave readers, like me, the message that even the littlest voice can be heard. It was a joy to read, and I finished this book with a smile on my face. Additionally, in light of the recent gun violence in America, I really think more people should be reading this.
Freya – favourite book setting. I love fantasy settings, with magical places to explore. Settings that are full of mystery and intrigue, where anything can happen. I definitely think J. R. R. Tolkien does this well – The Hobbit will always remain with me because of the settings.
Tyr – favourite book with a big upheaval/epic fight scene. Big upheaval’s are abound for the characters of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. A Game of Thrones begins the upheaval for the range of characters we meet and begins to prepare them for the epic fight scenes that happen later…
Uller – character death that affected you the most. I think the reason that Severus Snape’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling affected me so much was because of how many hidden depths he had, and the love he had hidden for so long. There’s no denying though Snape was horrible to staff and students at Hogwarts, but this had me in tears. And you know which part!
Njord – favourite book with an epic journey on water/ocean setting. I definitely had a problem with this question because I don’t read very many books with ocean settings or that have epic water journeys… So I’ve chosen The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, the eleventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, because there’s a lot of water in that, as the Baudelaire orphans try to learn more about the secrets in their lives and escape Count Olaf.
Valkyrie – favourite strong female character. Kim Stone from the D.I. Kim Stone series is definitely strong – she does come across as hard nosed at times, but she does so to protect her heart and herself from the terrible trauma she experienced as a child. She has moments of weakness, particularly at the end of the latest instalment, Dying Truth. She is an intelligent woman, with a career she loves, and she continues to push herself to the best of her abilities. She tries to see the good in those that deserve it, and fights for justice, while taking down criminals and murderers. I really do like her as a character and I can’t wait to see what crime she solves next.
Aesir/Vanir – favourite book “crew”. For this, I’m going to have to say the Fellowship from The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, the first book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They’re a mismatched bunch of hobbits and humans, wizards and elves, and dwarves, but I love them! They offer something so different as characters, that you don’t know who you like more as a reader.
Sleipnir* – favourite sidekick (non-human). I love Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, which is the first book of the Howl’s Castle series. Calcifer is a talking demon that lives in Howl’s fireplace. He’s crabby, snarky, funny, with many secrets about his master. He’s just a fun little sidekick for the Wizard Howl, and also he’s amazing in the Studio Ghibli film adaption!
So that’s it for the tag, please feel free to let me know your answers! If you want to do this tag – then you’re it! What video game are you playing at the moment? Who is your favourite god or goddess?
*Sleipnir is the eight legged horse ridden by Odin, however I’ve seen a few tags where it is written as Seipyrts, with that description.