Review: The Trickster’s Lover by Samantha MacLeod


Genre(s): Paranormal Romance

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Surviving Graduate School ~ Falling in Love ~ Preventing Ragnarök

Graduate student Caroline Capello has always been more comfortable with books than people. She’s just moved to the University of Chicago to become the world’s foremost authority on Norse mythology, making her the only member of her family to leave San Diego, and the family business.

But she’s wondering if she’s just made the biggest mistake of her life.

When Loki, the enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Norse trickster god, appears in her studio apartment, Caroline is forced to question everything she’s learned.

Do the gods exist? Are the legends about Ragnarök, the apocalyptic battle that destroys the gods and ends the Nine Realms, actually true?

Or is she losing her mind?


I received this book way at the beginning of summer, and I’ve been waiting to review it for a long time. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Maybe it’s not fair, but I went in with very high expectations

I love Norse mythology and the old Icelandic sagas, especially the character of Loki, so I was ready to jump down from the rafters screaming at the first gross misuse of mythology. But what I found was that the author had taken exceptional care with both the myths and our current anthropological knowledge of medieval Norse societies, and was conscious of the fact that there’s a lot that we don’t know about that period. She used these gaps in knowledge to present fictional but wholly believable discoveries and revelations in the book that are entertaining, but also present the question of “What if?”

Here’s the thing: you don’t need to know a single thing about Norse mythology to enjoy this book. So why bother writing a whole paragraph on it? Because I know that there are going to be dozens, if not hundreds and thousands, of reviews very soon that are going to mostly be focused on the saucy romance and the thrilling plot. And that’s totally great! The romance is saucy as hell and the plot is on its own level of awesome. I just wanted to take a brief aside to mention to everyone who does have a hankerin’ for Viking shit that this book will rock your universe. It’s no surprise, either, since the author is extremely well educated and clearly knows a thing or two about research. But still, I feel it’s worth a mention.

Now let’s have a wee chat about the rest of this book. I laughed. I cried. I got stressed the hell out. At one point I really ached. I had the kind of visceral experience you have with a book that leaves you with a book hangover for the rest of the summer.
The writing, the plot twists, the romance, the characterization—everything was just totally on point. From the beginning to the end I was pulled in and entertained, and you bet your sweet bonnet I’ll be reading this again.

If you like romance, mythology, the paranormal, good writing, entertaining plots, and just good books in general—do yourself a favour and go buy this book. At the time I’m writing this it’s only available in paperback, but it will be available for Kindle pre-order soon!

Rating: ★★★★★

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