This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard's resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him. But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard's most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor. When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he's meant to be.
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3 things I loved about WHERE MISCHIEF LIES:
1.) Fascinating but brief look at Asgard- Though most of the story is set on Earth, the glimpses of Asgard, home to Loki, Thor, and Odin, the chapters of Asgard are incredible, offering a closer look at the magical realm.
2.) Great character examination of Loki- Loki has one of the strongest personalities in the Marvel universe. Mastering his strange mixture of sarcasm, angst, and surprising sincerity is no easy feat. WHERE MISCHIEF LIES presents a teen Loki exactly how you would imagine, and it’s a joy to read.
3.) Nice introduction to some of the lesser known Marvel/Asgard characters- If your primary exposure to Loki is through the Marvel movies, you might not know much about the Enchantress. Going in, I knew a little about her, but not much. Mackenzie Lee fleshes our her character for those unfamiliar, and uses her as a perfect contract to Loki.
What left me wanting more:
Sadly, the brilliance of Asgard’s depiction didn’t carry over into the historical London setting. In some ways, it felt more like a repeat of Lee’s prior works than a new adventure. However, those who can’t get enough of Lee’s London should enjoy the chance to dive back in.
Overall, this is a fun addition to the Marvel universe, and Loki lovers will not be disappointed.