• Truth and Other Lies: A Loki Norse Fantasy (The Nine Worlds Rising Book 1)

  • By: Lyra Wolf
  • Narrated by: Casey Eade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nothing is trickier than the truth. All Loki the trickster god of Asgard wants is a peaceful life where he's free to stir up a bit of harmless mischief. But when he's struck by a painful vision of blood, ash, and death he knows his fun has run out. Refusing to have his life obliterated by some stuffy prophecy, Loki feels he must save Asgard. Except the gods stand in his way. They don't trust the God of Lies, which means his only hope is to return to Odin, the man he wished to forget thanks to their complicated history. 

When Loki meets a mortal woman, his plans hit a snag. Sigyn is delightfully stubborn and quick with a blade. She also, inexplicably, possesses a divine element found only in a god. As Loki falls deeply in love with her, he never expects their bond to fulfill the prophecy threatening all their lives.

Forced between honoring his oath with Odin or protecting the woman he loves, Loki will discover that the only thing crueler than truth are the lies behind it all. And the truth changes everything.

©2020 Lyra Wolf (P)2021 Lyra Wolf

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A fun listen

The performance of the narrator really did wrap it all up nicely and certainly helped keep me engaged in the story. I think this is a wonderful and unique take on Norse Mythology and I enjoyed it even if I have some issues with the prose.
Some points of the story were just bogged down with so much detail and lamenting that it was almost irritating. Just to say “he went across the room and picked up the chalice of wine” felt like forever, because the walk was described, the rugs on the wood floor, the table and even grain of the wood, the details in the chalice, the wine, and all the thoughts and emotions in between. I’ve always found details like this should be reserved for specific instances, things, and feelings the author wants the reader to focus on. If the chalice and wine are important focus on the details of that, the taste, the feeling without everything else because now I’m almost overwhelmed with so much detail about every spec of dust in the room.
The same goes for the (a little repetitive) stream of thought from Loki. It felt like something would happen and he would lament on his frustration and anger for several more sentences. It just dragged out some sequences that shouldn’t have been so long.
Overall, it’s a fun story and I enjoyed it. I’ll be looking for the next one. I just think some edges need to be polished, some excess words should be cut.
I hope the same narrator is picked for the next book.

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Great narrator, great concept, poor execution

I really wanted to love this book. I loved the concept so much I pre-ordered as soon as I heard about it. First off, let me say that the narrator is phenomenal! I hope to see more narrations from them in the near future. They did a beautiful job bringing the characters to life and working with the material. The narrator is what made this book bearable. If I had read it myself I would not have made it through.

While the concept is absolutely brilliant and the author did an amazing job with the story as a whole, I feel like it was a struggle to get through. I had to actively force myself to follow along and work to stay engaged. This had nothing to do with the story itself, but rather with the sentence structure and being overly wordy where it wasn't necessary. For me a lot of places seemed unstructured and to drag on without adding any value or moving the reader forward. I believe this to be an issue of flow or perhaps editing rather than an issue with the author's writing as a whole.

I do believe there is limitless potential with this story however, and will be cautiously waiting for the second book. My hope is that after writing this one, the author will come into their own a little more and really find their stride. For now I wait, slightly dissatisfied, but still wanting more,

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Love, love, love!

Spoiler-free review!

Do you want a story that starts with Loki and Thor showing up at a wedding clad as ladies? Well, have I got news for you! I think like many people, I spent the past ten years with Tom Hiddleston's take on Loki in the various Marvel films. Thus, when I hear the name Loki, he is who I immediately default to. He really shaped Loki in to an unforgettable character with his own brand of charm, and I love that. So when I heard there was a whole book ripe with the charisma of Loki, I was there. Wolf truly captures Loki's voice and spirit, and he practically walks off the page. By that I mean Loki will do whatever he wants no matter what, but he's not a cruel, heartless god. He's just a bit chaotic. There are plenty of other characters breathing life into Truth and Other Lies including some we love to hate, and I mean truly hate. More than that Wolf really has Thor and Loki as classic Thor and Loki trading brotherly banter at every opportunity.

I was fortunate enough to listen to the audiobook narrated by Casey Eade, and I think I may have a new favorite audiobook narrator. She really became Loki, and her performance was amazing.

I cannot recommend this book enough!

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This made me cry

made me cry and scream "no no no no please no!" as i hyperventilated. 10/10 would listen again.

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Amazing story

The emotions that shot through me while listening to this story ranged from sadness to happiness to anger to anticipation, it was like riding a roller coaster.The narrator definitely made me feel as if I was there and witnessing everything. Amazing work! Will definitely be liking forward to the next installment.

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Absolutely Brilliant

I very rarely leave reviews but this audiobook merits one. This audiobook provides an absolutely brilliant take on Norse Mythology with our(my) favorite trickster god at the center of it all. It's not often I consume audiobooks as quickly as this one, but between the impeccable writing and the captivating narration...I just couldn't stop. Each character had their own beautiful voice that helped aid in my visualization of them and the scenes were set wonderfully. This will definitely be one I revisit.

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An Epic Tale of Mischief and Woes

I loved this story so much!!!! The narration was superb with the vast array of voices. Loki's voice is my favorite and I could feel true emotion in his words. One of my new favorite stories that I have listened to on repeat. Truly a masterpiece.

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an absolute 10/10

Hands down my favorite Loki story I've read! Absolutely gripping even knowing the mythology!

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love love love

I am a Norse pagan and I love how Lyra Wolf took her own spin on the ancient story. I also adore the narrator, she has a tik tok and I follow her almost religiously. Overall I'd give this book an 11 out of 10.

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WOW!

Casey knocked it out of the park, not to mention the book itself being a masterpiece. Just make sure you have tissues with you wherever you listen 🥲

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  • Lyz
  • 11-21-21

Best narrator I've ever heard!

A huge shout out to both Lyra Wolf and Casey Eade. I am a norse pagan and love to read the fictions of this beautiful mythology. I was hooked from the start and spellbound by the different accents by Casey...she really put her all into this book and it was a pleasure to listen to.
My only criticism is, I wish there had been more gods and goddesses involved, I would have loved to hear about Freya, Ran, Hel etc and experienced more of the 9 worlds to get lost in. But I loved the storyline and will certainly miss Loki!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-21

Magnificent!

I haven't read or listened to a book as good as this in a long time. Lyra Wolf really knows Loki and the insight into his mind was brilliant. The narrator is wonderfully skilled and I'm looking forward to the 2nd instalment in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-22

fantastisk

I just love the book, and want more please. its so close to the nordic tales its an auther that has done the work ❤😃 you can read it and feel it. its a book you just can't put down before it is over.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-24-21

Oh my!

This was so well narrated!! The norse lore was well written and love how Loki was written in this~ can't wait to get more of this series here!!

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  • Cameron
  • 01-16-22

All round amazing.

Great story, with only minor deviences from the lore, but in all excellent and artistic, with Loki a monster made instead of born.

the narration was amazing, giving each character Thier own indivuality and Loki a voice that completely fits his personality.

can. not. wait. for the next installment, I sincerely hope Casey Eade will remain the narrator for the whole series.

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  • Christie Begnell
  • 12-11-21

Hooked on every word

Such an amazing story and the narration was spot on. Hoping Casey is narrating the order of chaos?! 😍