Cover Illustrator : Scott Biel
Setting: 2010s, Australia
Rated : 7 Stars
Everything is true, especially the lies. That's the trick.
–Alis Franklin - Liesmith - c.2014
The Wyrd : book 1
Read an excerpt
Sigmund Sussman works in I.T support, answering questions usually with the advice to “switch if off and then switch it back on again”. He lives at home with his Dad, his mother died when was young, and they work for the same company. Sigmund is a geek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, all that. He doesn’t see himself as anything special.
But then a new guy starts at work, Lain Laufeyjarson, who is good-looking, charming, and a hit with everyone. Sigmund can’t help but be impressed. He’s never thought of himself as gay before, he’s had a couple of girlfriends, but there is just something about Lain.
And that something is that he is really Loki, the Norse trickster god, hiding out on earth.
Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler, we know that from pretty much the outset of the story.
Liesmith is a fun book. It’s a coming of age, queer urban fantasy, with romance and action and humour thrown in the mixture. It’s a nice bit of light entertainment, although I did feel like it was a bit confused in the middle. I also had an issue with the varying narrators, but only a minor one, for the most part it was just plain entertainment.
It was also nice to read a Loki story where Thor didn’t get a mention, and it had nothing to do with the Avengers :)
I’m not quite sure how I came across this book, I’m sure someone linked to it on their blog, or was it on Tumblr? I can’t recall1 I have a vague idea that it might have been on C Gockel’s tumblr, but I can’t be certain. However I came across it doesn’t really matter, I’m glad I did. And I’ll be interesting in reading the sequel whenever that comes out.
Buy: 9780553395610 (only available as ebook)
which is why I’m now tracking all my recs! how pointless is that? ↩