Susana Imaginário gives readers a real treat with her novel Wyrd Gods. This story combines an interesting mix of mythologies with fantasy. It is mythology told in a way I’ve never read before. In what universe do Olympian and Norse gods come together to fight a common enemy?
- Title: Wyrd Gods (Timelessness – Book 1)
- Author: Susana Imaginário
- Narrator: Sarah Kempton
- Publisher: Susana Imaginário on April 30, 2020
- Genre: Mythology/Fantasy
- Length: 11 Hours 36 Minutes
- Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Murder, Attempted Murder, Torture, Kidnapping
Thank you to Susana Imaginário for providing me with an Audible copy of Wyrd Gods with a request for an honest review.
About Wyrd Gods
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….Amazon Synopsis
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The main character, who calls herself Butterfly, is a fated god, or Wyrd. She angers Chronos, who punishes her by cursing her into a mortal body in an unfamiliar land. In this land, she journeys to find out who she is. Butterfly meets various gods on her journey, such as Hades, Loki, and Odin. What Butterfly doesn’t know is that she is a pawn in the gods’ game to take down a usurper. Will Butterfly learn the truth before it’s too late?
I am of two minds about listening to this book instead of reading it. First, I enjoyed the experience of the audio version. Had I read this book, I wouldn’t have been able to pronounce any of the names included. However, since I listened to the book instead, I don’t know how to spell them. This cluelessness puts me at a disadvantage when writing my review. But, that said, I loved the story.
I have a lifelong love of mythology, and I want to shout from the rooftops for everyone to experience this series. I usually loathe cliffhangers that leave a story unfinished. But, the slight cliffhanger in this volume left me satisfied and ready to move into the next book. There are two more books out in this series, and I will be reading them as soon as I find the time.
The formatting of this book is as interesting as the story. There are chapters devoted to different characters. The chapters are then interspersed with interludes that pull all the characters together. I’ve never read a book put together this way and wasn’t sure I would like it, but it worked well. I got to know more about each character, but each segment tells the entire tale brilliantly.
Sarah Kempton is an incredible narrator. Her voice made the characters come to life. The characters all had a distinct voice, yet Kempton’s smooth English accent is soothing.
I am happy to award Wyrd Gods a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you want something different for your mythological love, I recommend this series. It’s a great read with a ton of fantastic scenes.
About the Author – Susana Imaginário
Susana Imaginário is a misfit from Portugal. She moved to England to pursue a career as an aerialist and now runs a Board Gaming retreat in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog.
Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, hanging upside down, poking around ancient ruins, talking to trees, and being tired.
Her work combines mythology with science fiction, fantasy, and psychology in a strange way.