I received a gifted galley of THE WITCH’S HEART by Genevieve Gornichec for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 2/9/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
THE WITCH’S HEART is a retelling of Norse mythology centering on Angrboda, a witch who doesn’t really remember who she is. What she does know is that she was burned several times by Odin, but survived and she finally leaves the realm of the gods to find a peaceful, quiet existence living in a cave in the middle of nowhere. Her skills as a witch allow her to make a living to get what she needs with the help of a friend who sells her goods and brings her provisions.
She gets few visitors, but trickster Loki is among them and over time they fall in love, marry and have a family which is les than normal. Angrboda tries to stay off the gods’ radar, but her magic tells her she won’t always succeed as she foretells the coming of the ultimate destruction of the gods and the world.
I really wound up enjoying this one! It took me a little bit to settle into the story as I was going in pretty blind and not sure what direction the author was taking us, but I really liked Angrboda and her unusual family. This includes fantasy elements and magic, a bit of romance and some humor as well.
I would say that having some knowledge of Norse mythology from prior reading and from movies may have helped me connect with the characters faster than a reader with no knowledge of who is who. For those with less knowledge, the author has included a fantastic appendix at the end with information about the various characters and places mentioned and the stories surrounding them. This is done in a way that is pretty free from spoilers for the book, only revealing things that are known about the original sources.
For anyone who enjoys mythology or a good retelling, this is a book that I would recommend! THE WITCH’S HEART will be out on 2/9/2021!