The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert

The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert
Publisher: Eggplant Literary Productions
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (77 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Conrad just wants a hot dog. He isn’t expecting to run into the god Loki, or get involved in a family feud of epic proportions. But he does, and the trickster shoves something into his head. Something the other Norse gods are keen to get their hands on.

Conrad is pulled into a world of 24-hour mythological convenience stores and man-sized crows, giant hounds and fairies who’d sooner eat him than grant a wish. Is Loki on his side, or setting him up to be the fall guy? Is this the start of Ragnarok? Is his not-so-secret crush a sort-of-magical being or just another hapless human caught up in the insanity? Conrad isn’t quite certain, but he knows he better find out quick, before he loses his head.

So much for picking up a fast lunch at a food stand. Conrad never could have predicted how his craving for a hotdog would change the whole course of his day.

Conrad’s internal dialogue is as funny as it is informative. I learned quite a bit about his personality and moral code through everything he refrains from saying out loud. His reaction to his first meeting with Loki was a memorable introduction to this tale. It helped me to figure out this character and made me root for him even before I knew what his quest might be.

It was hard for me to keep track of all of the secondary characters who were introduced in rapid succession. Some of them were given such brief introductions that I learned little more than they names and the fact that they have supernatural origins. It would have been helpful to either know more about them in the text or have some sort of glossary of characters at the end of this novella.

Knowing Norse mythology is not required in order to enjoy this book. Basic information is provided about family trees and the origins of certain feuds. I was grateful for that backstory as someone who wasn’t familiar at all with these gods, and certain references made me want to learn more about the old Norse stories before rereading this one

The Trickster Edda is a quick, fun read that I’d recommend to anyone who loves myths. As would be expected with any pantheon of gods, there is a lot of playful drama to be found between these pages.

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