Friday, November 12, 2021

Mischief Maker by Bruce Nesmith - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Mischief Maker
Bruce Nesmith
384 Pages
Published April 30, 2021
Craig Martelle, Inc

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Kindle is on sale for $2.99 from November 1-21, 2021

From the lead designer of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes an epic journey into Norse Mythology. What if Loki was never the bad guy?

Loki, once a god, now nothing more than a stage magician in modern-day Chicago…

…his enemies from a thousand years ago have long memories.

Victors wrote the history, and Loki was blamed for the sins of the Norse gods. They can’t let him live in peace.

He has to set aside his new life to settle old grudges while coming to terms with what it means to be a man.

And a god.

If Loki fails, the nine realms will fall.

This is not superhero fiction. Mischief Maker breathes new life into Norse mythology, reinterpreting the legends through Loki’s modern lens.

Mischief Maker could be one of the best stories you read this year. Try it today.

My Review
Mischief Maker is an entertaining story about Loki. Yes, Loki, the God of Mischief from Norse mythology. This time, though, the story poses the question: What if Loki wasn't a bad guy?
Loki has fallen. He's living in Chicago and earning a living (aka just scraping by) as a stage magician. Yep, he's a regular David Copperfield. But all that is about to change when his past comes back to haunt him.
One night, after a show, Loki is attacked. This is the event that sets off the rest of the story.
I really enjoyed this one. I've been a fan of Norse mythology since middle school, and I *may* be a bit of a Loki (and Tom Hiddleston) fangirl (if my Tumblr page was anything to go by back in 2012-2013), so I was excited to read this story. It's a fun romp that takes a little bit of creative license with the mythology, and intertwines urban fantasy into the mix. 
There's adventure, humor (although some people may not like how 'dry' it is), and lots of trouble for our beloved God of Mischief. 
The story is relatively easy to get sucked into, although it was a little slow in a couple of spots. I found myself wanting to come back to the book again and again, even when I had other things to do. It's well-written, with likeable characters, witty dialogue, and some really great imagery.
If you're a fan of Norse mythology, Loki, and/or urban fantasy, check out Mischief Maker.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio:

I'm a midwest guy born and bred. At least I thought I was until I moved to the east coast. Now I'm a bit of both. I love different things about each of those two areas of the country. Professionally, each contributed something different to my career path.

I started out working for TSR, Inc. in Wisconsin. I did two tours of duty there, as a programmer for a bit, but primarily as a writer and game designer. I wrote all kinds of things from Dungeons & Dragons materials, Marvel Superheroes products, Gamma World supplements, and board games. I had the great honor of turning Tracy Hickman's Ravenloft adventure into a campaign setting.

Eventually, I left the halls of TSR, Inc. for the green, Maryland pastures of Bethesda Softworks, maker of video games. I worked on Elder Scrolls games and Fallout games. I had a second great honor of being the lead designer on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Throughout all of this, I've had a love of fantasy and science fiction, in books, movies, and games. The best way to reach out to me is on my Facebook page.

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