Trust & Love in That Good Mischief

Review:

That Good Mischief

By Lyra Wolf

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Mythology Retelling

QUILTBAG Main Character: Yes

QUILTBAG Minor Character: Yes

Main Character of Color: No

Bechdel Test: Pass

Summary: Everything is finally working out for Loki. He has a life, free from the hateful and judgemental eyes of the gods. The love of his life is happy, working towards a career she loves. And Loki is ready to commit, at last, to a life with her. Which of course means absolutely everything is about to go to Hel. Loki and Sigyn may have stopped Ragnarok, but Ragnarok isn’t done with them. Desperate to save Sigyn (and the rest of the world), Loki is forced to team up with Odin once more. While old feelings, warm and scalding, come up to the surface between the two gods, Loki’s past is slowly working as a noose around his and Sigyn’s romance. Can they save the day and still get their happily ever after, or will it all fall apart like sand in an hourglass?

Let’s Get A Little Deep:

Hey, quick question, are you all sick of my talking about Lyra Wolf’s Nine World Rising series? No? Good, because I’m not likely to stop! This series has very quickly become a part of my personality. I keep thrusting it at the people in my life, and because this is my review blog and I can do what I want, I also get to keep thrusting it at you in the hopes that you will eventually pick it up and discover how beautiful and thoughtful this series is!

Loki is ready to tie the knot with Sigyn. After everything they’ve been through, he knows he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Why not now, as things are finally beginning to settle down for them? Sure, there are things that Sigyn doesn’t know about Loki’s past, things he has kept carefully swept under the rug, but that doesn’t mean their love can’t continue to bloom and grow. But when the consequences of Sigyn’s actions at Ragnarok begin to surface, Loki finds his carefully put-together life crumbling. In desperation, they head to Odin, looking for a solution. While Sigyn battles literal internal and external foes, Loki treks across the Nine Worlds to find a way to save her. But time is running out and that rug is being pulled away, revealing all of Loki’s lies. Can they survive this new threat? Will there be any love left between them when it’s all over?

One of the things I love most about this series is the way it handles consequences of actions. Loki makes several choices throughout this series, most of which he is able to justify to himself. Yes, he killed that person, but that person was bad and was going to hurt Sigyn. Yes, he may have lied about the existence of a twin brother, but that’s only because Býleistr is an asshole that Loki would just as soon forget. However, as Loki is forced to learn in this book, those actions have consequences. Once you’ve thrown the stone, there is no way to stop the riples.

A major theme in this novel is that relationships, romantic and platonic, cannot hold when built on mistrust. Being vulnerable with those we care for, confessing to the things we’ve done that we are not proud of but are trying to learn from, is the best way to build a relationship. Loki’s fear is that if anyone really sees him, sees the parts of him that he has become ashamed of, they will leave him. In fact, throughout the book, we see the broken shards of his former relationships, the people who Loki eagerly offered his heart to only to have to pick up the pieces after. 

Meanwhile, Sigyn, for whom loyalty and trust is paramount, has to learn how much she is willing to forgive and forget. Her love for Loki is deep, but the constant reminder from foes around her that Loki is lying, keeping secrets, understandably harms her. She wants to believe the best in Loki, but how can she when he only believes the worst in himself?

Ultimately, The Order of Chaos compels its readers to find the truth within, to understand that we are more than our worst features but that we can only love others as much as we trust them with our most vulnerable selves. It is expertly heartfelt, at times hilarious, and has a good amount of spice worked in for the mix.

If you haven’t already, you should check out the Nine Worlds Rising series. I promise, it’s the most addictive thing you’ve read in years!

Thanks for going a little deep with me! I post reviews every other Thursday. Did you love The Order of Chaos? Leave a comment telling me if you ship Loki/Sigyn, Loki/Odin, or Loki/Sigyn/Odin. You can also find me on Instagram @booked.with.grace and on Twitter @gwasserst! Special thanks to Yasi (@ynbushehri) for editing my posts.

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