I Bring The Fire Part 1: Wolves by C. Gockel

Somewhere in the middle of America, Amy Lewis is trying to make her way to her grandmother’s house. Little does she know that there is a big bad wolf on her proverbial tail.

Worlds away, Loki is waking up in a prison cell with no idea how he got there or what he did wrong. What he does know is Odin is up to something and Thor is covering for him.

Eventually these two meet and quickly realize they’re going to have to work together. Exactly how a nice mid-western girl and a jaded God of Mischief plan to outwit Norse gods, elves, and even nosy neighbors is any one’s guess. Amy just has to keep Loki from getting too distracted…

I picked up I Bring The Fire for two main reasons. One, I enjoy the subject of mythology in all its various forms; and two, the book was free. As I am always on the look out for new books to read and review, at this particular time I was also looking for new books to add to my e-reader.

I personally enjoyed I Bring The Fire. While I was vaguely aware of the mythological Loki, most of my knowledge for him came from the Marvel comics and subsequent movies. While Gockel makes brief mention of the comic book characters, her Loki and Thor are based on the original mythical beings.

Gockel has obviously done a great deal of research for I Bring The Fire. Norse characters well known and less well known are presented as three dimensional beings; their wants and needs, whether noble or ignoble, are laid out on the page. Loki is no hero, nor is he a total villain. He is surviving in the only way he has learned how; with humor and self deprecation.

Amy is much the same way. A veterinary medicine student, she is on her way home for summer break when she meets Loki and is drawn in to his world. Even as she begins to realize the extent of his powers, she doesn’t ask him for help but instead gives it. She sees someone who is hurting and only wants to help.

I Bring The Fire is an interesting twist on the ‘Loki comes to the modern world’ trope. Fans of Marvel’s version of the character might have a bit of trouble parsing this version of him, but I encourage readers to give it a try. Readers who are more familiar with the original mythos will likely enjoy this series greatly. Personally, I loved it and have already ordered the next two books of the series.

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