• Loki: Where Mischief Lies

  • Marvel Universe YA, Book 1
  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (289 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 19th-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.

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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Oliver Wyman embodies everyone's favorite trickster god in this exciting origin story for Marvel's Loki of Asgard.... Wyman takes on the central role of Loki with relish, emphasizing his teenaged sarcasm and petulance while subtly exposing the self-doubt underlying them. He excels at the rapid shifts of tone such a changeable character requires. Wyman also creates memorable voices for the supporting characters - from dim but affable Thor and sly sorceress Amora to the plummy accents of England's Sharpe Society members. Listeners will love this magical adventure." (AudioFile magazine)

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A Journey Into Mystery, this isn’t

Best word to describe it for me would be disappointing. If you’re looking for a sword and sorcery romp through mysteries and fog swept London streets, you’ll be disappointed. This is a teen fiction romance novel, plain and simple. I don’t read this genre that often but even I can tell that it’s not written very well either. Every character feels hollow and only there to fill a certain niche in the story or arc of the main character.

Loki doesn’t come across as the rogue we all love. They even have the Enchantress, a great Thor villain, come across as a pretty hollow representation. They could have done much more with these characters but instead it feels like a lot of it is spent harping on the feelings between them. There’s a pointless romance in the grand scheme and worst of all, there isn’t really a scheme. Loki lies of course, but his lie kind of invalidates a lot of the story by the end.

There is little to no Mischief here.

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WOW!!!!

As someone who really never writes reviews, I owed it to this story. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect but the voice acting of the narrator it plus the inherently exciting content of this book make it a must read for any Thor/Loki fans. The author presents the duality or Loki without forcing one to call him either good or evil, and masterfully weaves a story that leaves it up to the reader to answer the question.

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wasn't sure at first

I wasn't sure at first what to expect, this is definitely different from what I had expected for the storyline. I was very impressed in the end though. Some of the chapters were slow, but the last few really had me trapped on audible, not able to turn it off.

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Loki never the hero

I enjoyed the this story of Loki, I think it would have been more interesting with a cast of characters with Tom Hiddleston leading the way, but then you would have to get all the other big names to play but a cast of characters would have been delightful non the less. He is such an interesting character today I think because of Marvel adaptation of the Norse mythology.

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Great book!

This was awesome because I have grown up loving marvel and I have always loves villans in general, Disney, marvel villans so I like this book so much because you get to know Loki and get to know that he’s not so bad!

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A unexpected delight.

when I picked up the book I had no idea what I was getting myself into. so to my suprise it gave me what I wanted without giving me the ending I expected. kinda sherlock meets marvel. you never really know where the plot will take you just like how loki never truly knows what he wants. Cannot wait for the next one.

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awesome

this is an awesome pale all from Loki's perspective. is definitely a new spin and a new look at this individual. I would absolutely recommend it to any marvel fan

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Wyman Amazes Again

Great story, made even greater by the limitless talent of Oliver Wyman.

Get. This. Audiobook.

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Pretty good

This was a pretty good little Marvel Loki book. Nothing about it was terribly Marvel however, besides alluding to Loki’s frost-giant heritage. So, pretty fun if you like Loki stuff, and possibly some nice canon backstory pre-Avengers. However there wasn’t anything too amazing or standout about it, and some important plot points were never expanded on.

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Excellent narrator, fumbled ending

Oliver Wyman is an excellent narrator and really brought the story and characters to live with his ability to pitch and lower his voice to match those of each character.

I loved this story. I’m a big fan of Marvel’s Loki and have been for over a decade, so at first I wasn’t sure about how this book would treat his character. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy actually to see him written the way he should have been all along, as a genderqueer pansexual.

I was delighted by Amora’s character in this book, and I feel like the author was able to capture her in a way that wasn’t just her being Loki’s lackey.

However, the ending was truly a letdown for me. I feel like it was really fumbled. All of the buildup of the entire book, and to end like that? It almost makes the entire story mean nothing. The story was exhilarating up until the last chapter and it all fell apart. I was a bit disappointed to say the least. It feels like the author wanted to do more but perhaps ran out of time.

Despite all of that, I really did enjoy the book and thought the characterization was very well done. That’s probably the saving grace for me when it comes to this book. I’d love to see a sequel but I doubt that will ever happen.