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Wyrd Gods


Wyrd Gods
Written by: Susana Imaginário
Narrated by: Sarah Kempton
Series: Timelessness #1
Genres: Dark Fantasy | Mythic | Fantasy
Published: 30th of April, 2020
Length: 11 Hours 36 Minutes

 

 

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Description
Chronos, god of Time, and creator of the Universe, wants to destroy Eternity.

A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.

And a reclusive Olympian deity does what no god should ever do: She answers a prayer.

As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal's body. Now a Wyrd - a fated god - she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.

There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim's new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.

To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.

And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul....

 

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Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes

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Reviewed: 2021-09-26

Mythological Mash-up Mystery

Wyrd Gods, written by Susana Imaginario, contains more gods and minor deities than you can poke a stick at, and early on I realised I had to pay close attention or else I'd get lost. There's a lot going on, with Greek gods scheming against Norse gods, and vice-versa, with our heroine, Illena caught in the middle.

Most of the story of Wyrd Gods (pronounced "weird" if you're wondering... means "fated') is told from Illena's point of view. Illena is a god trapped in the body of a mortal. Parts of her memory have been erased, so has no idea why she, an Olympian god, has been stripped of her powers and sent to Niflheim, the Norse underworld.

What follows is an intriguing mystery filled with gods and mythological creatures. Illena's story is the main focus, the pace of which keeps the story moving along nicely. Her tale is interspersed with "interludes" - flashbacks to other times where Illena isn't the main focus, and we switch point-of-view to the upper-echelon gods and their scheming. These interludes help fill in the details and give clues to what is going on, without being an "info dump".

I mentioned at the top that it's important to pay close attention. There are a lot of characters to follow in this story, and that is by no means a bad thing, but with no background in mythological history, keeping track of who was who demanded a lot of attention be paid.

Narration by Sarah Kempton was top notch. A wide array of voices, great pacing and clarity, with no issues to mention. Certainly pleasant with an easy voice to listen to.



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Overall, a great mash-up of multiple pantheons and myths. Filled with mystery, action, a touch of romance, and gods doing what they do best - trying to outdo all the others.


I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.

 

 

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