Release Date: February 2021
Publisher: Ace Books
Length: 368 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Wow. This was an absolutely beautiful, epic, fantasy love story. Angrboda’s heroic journey took my breath away and had me weeping by the end. I absolutely loved it.
Simply summarized, The Witch’s Heart is a female-focused retelling of the Norse mythology, centering on the relationship between trickster god Loki’s and the witch Angrboda. There will be plenty of readers, like me, who will one click on the concept alone. They will not be disappointed. The promise of the premise is honored, but Gornichec weaves something altogether itself. Some of us come to the book for Loki, but we leave with Angrboda in our hearts. It’s a delight and an utterly fulfilling read.
The Witch’s Heart feels refreshingly modern, but timeless I think because the characters feel so real. Trickster god Loki, the huntress Skaldi, and iron-witch Angrboda leap off the page with their banter and dry humor. Gornichec humanizes the gods and it’s beautiful.
CW: miscarriage, difficult births, violence against women
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.