Hello and welcome to the Vesna’s section of The Swordsmith reviews. Today I’ll be talking about Wyrd Gods by Susana Imaginário. The book was offered to me and Peter by the author and I gladly took it. The book blurb promised a mix of Norse and Greek mythology and who wouldn’t love that?
A God of Time wants to destroy the Earth while a mysterious immortal seeks vengeance. A god has answered a prayer (which she should not) and because of that she gets punished. She is stripped off her powers and trapped in the body of a mortal. Now that she has become Wyrd (a fated god) she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her mortal host and if she wants to stay in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld, she must hide her true identity. In Niflheim she discovers that afterlife is different and not quite what it used to be and the new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike. To save her own sanity and her way back to the stars as a God, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy. But also those who appear as allies seem to have hidden motives. And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul.
I do love a good mythology inspired book so I thought it was a perfect choice for me, it really was. I have to say it was not an easy book to read. Susana has created a complex world where Norse myths meet the Greek ones and being so different from each other in ways it was a wonder she managed to pull this off. Both the stories are crafted beautifully together. The novel is written from different POVs perspectives. The main story follows a Wyrd god captured in a mortals body where she learns about the memories of her host and about the world she was captured in through the host. That story is written primarily in the first person. Often it is interrupted with interludes which follows other gods and creatures and are featured in different worlds. Those chapters are written in 3rd person. I’m not used to reading novels written in 1st person perspective and then switching to the 3rd, it seemed confusing at first but after a few chapters I caught the flow of the book and it reads beautifully..
The whole novel is very much character driven and the chapters about the Wyrd god were really captivating. It did give a feeling you’re in somebody’s else’s mind and maybe the 1st person perspective really helped with that. I could almost feel every emotion and frustration through the main character and it helped set the weird and almost dark atmosphere at moments.
Even though the characters were so well written the best thing about this book is the world building and the whole structure of the plot. There are so many different worlds, plotlines and characters that it felt impossible to meld it all together. It is so well structured that you get an answer to every question somewhere along the story if you’re reading carefully enough. Even though it was a bit confusing at first there’s something mesmerising in Susana’s style of writing I was glued to the book from the first chapter in.
I feel like I should just keep on writing about the book but it’s hard for me to put into words on what I have read. So if you love mythology and a good character driven book I really suggest you pick up Wyrd Gods. It’s one of the most unique and different books I have read lately and I’m really glad that I did.