Mackenzi Lee adds depth and heart to the backstory of Marvel's Loki--but this book has wider appeal than just fans of the franchise. Mythology fans will appreciate the nods to the original lore; historical fiction buffs will adore Lee's well-researched vision of 19th-century London; and YA readers will fall in love with teen Loki and sweet new character Theo. As always, Lee is clever, quippy, and unafraid of exploring the complexities and contradictions of her characters, making her the perfect writer to give voice to the god of mischief.
*"This deft, nuanced examination of identity, destiny, and agency is a surprisingly tender addition to the Marvel canon."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"This mischievous origin story is sure to satisfy fans of this popular character."-Booklist, starred review
This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.
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.
About the Author
Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical fantasy novels This Monstrous Thing; The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, which won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award and the New England Book Award; and its sequel, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Bygone Badass Broads, a collection of short biographies of forgotten women from history, and The History of the World In 50 Dogs, which is the same but dogs. When not writing, she works as an independent bookseller, drinks too much Diet Coke, and romps with her Saint Bernard, Queenie.
*"This deft, nuanced examination of identity, destiny, and agency is a surprisingly tender addition to the Marvel canon."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The dry, conversational humor ("I think you're trying to inflate the charges against me with synonyms") works in tandem with the story's unflinching plot. Lee deftly reveals the depths of Loki's struggle to grapple with his need for approval as well as his desire to make his own destiny and find an authentic identity."—Booklist (starred review)
"One does not have to be a Marvel film franchise fan to enjoy this action-packed, emotionally resonant origin story of trickster deity and sorcerer Loki. . . . Lee's Loki is a complicated young man trying to define who he is as distinct from his family, something that many young people can relate to, and while Lee does not skimp on the fun-a fabulous party, flirty and witty dialogue-she also clarifies that it is not individual acts that determine whether someone is good or bad."—Publishers Weekly
"With his penchant for disruption-for good or ill-fully established, the Loki presented here will delight fans of the legends and the comics."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)