The Witch's Heart

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When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology.

Angrboda's story begins where most witches' tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.

Their union produces three unusual children, each with a secret destiny, who Angrboda is keen to raise at the edge of the world, safely hidden from Odin's all-seeing eye. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life—and possibly all of existence—is in danger.

With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she’ll accept the fate that she's foreseen for her beloved family…or rise to remake their future. From the most ancient of tales this novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age.

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Title:The Witch's Heart
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wowza! It was freaking marvelous!This is not retelling folks, this is epic, heartbreaking, powerful reimagining of Norse mythology by bringing a new character , adding more modernist approach and rewr...

  • idiomatic

    i have to assume that this is going to be incredibly popular with the same people that made madeline miller popular, i.e. a readership of mainly cis women who love ao3 and being talked down to by thei...

  • Virginia

    I really really loved this story that reimagines Norse Mythology in a beautiful yet approachable way. I didn't want to put this one down and even got a little sad when it was over. The story follows A...

  • Lauren

    What Madeline Miller did for Circe, Genevieve Gornichec does for the Norse giantess witch, Angrboda. Known for nothing more than being the mother of three of Loki's infamous children, Gornichec brings...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    What a unique mash-up of genres in this book! I love a witch story, and I adore this cover!Angrboda has been banished and even burned at the hand of Odin when she is found by Loki.The two fall in love...

  • Lucy Hudson

    This book is fantastic.Honestly, when I started it, I was a little underwhelmed. There is a slow start, following Angrboda through her everyday life in the woods as a witch who cannot remember the liv...

  • Casey

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of this book, and I'm thrilled because this is a stunning, beautiful tribute to the women who are often voiceless in myths. Gornichec's prose is heart...

  • Robin

    ↠ 4.5 starsA witch twice resurrected and the god of mischief tempt the wrath of the gods in this reimagined tale of Norse mythology. Banished to live in solitude, the witch Angrboda can remember onl...

  • Breanna Spiegel

    This book utterly consumed me. When I wasn’t reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. In canonical Norse myth, Angrboda is only briefly mentioned as the giantess who births Loki’s three mo...

  • Jenny Lawson

    One of my favorite books of the year and my pick for the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club. It made me cry but in such a good way....