Tuesday Althing: NORSE CODE
Look out, vampires! A fantasy subgenre I call ‘Norse fiction’ appears to be (at last) catching some momentum. If you’re a fan of Norse mythology and would like to see more books building on this lore, then I hope you’ll consider buying Greg van Eekhout’s debut novel, NORSE CODE, which releases today.
Greg was good enough to send me an advance copy, and I read it last weekend. (Thanks, Greg — and congrats!) I’m no book reviewer but I’ll say this: if you’re not a fan of urban fantasy, don’t let the jacket copy put you off. NORSE CODE’s true hero is more likely the god Hermod — not Mist the SoCal Valkyrie — for whom Eekhout creates an interesting history of alienation and guilt following the god’s failure in Norse myth to bring his brother Balder back from Niflheim.
Here’s the jacket copy:
Is this Ragnarok, or just California?
The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a Valkyrie in the Norse god’s army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist’s job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world — and to kill those who refuse to fight.
You can read Chapter One online here, at Tor.com.
You can read Chapter Two online here, at Suvudu.com.
Thanks for stopping by. See ya Thor’s Day!