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Summary

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....

©2019 Susana Imaginário (P)2020 Susana Imaginário

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great book

ive read the book and now the audio book. the voice actor is great and really gives an immersive experience.
i recommend this book and looking forward to the next one!

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must read (or listen!)

what a great book! love the description of the worlds as well as the characters. the way the story develops, submerging you into the character's life stories, as well as their surroundings, makes it magical (wish I was there! but in some way, I was and it was beautiful) cannot wait for the next one!

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Outstanding

Absolutely loved this book! The characters in it are brilliant. You really find yourself rooting for them and absolutely hating the "bad guys". The world she has created here is amazing. Stories about the Gods are not a new idea so it's hard to find a brand new take on them but this author has done just that. The narrator's energy brings the story to life and gives each character a unique persona. I can't recommend the book enough! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off the start the second in the series. :)

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Mythology-inspired and character-driven fantasy

I have read all the other reviews which describe and praise this audiobook perfectly. Hence I am trying to work out what my review can constructively add.

Let’s start with the author - Susana Imaginario (great name) You can tell instantly that Susana is an intelligent, skilled and creative writer who is brilliant at dialogue. There are hints of Pratchett, Gaiman and Robert Aspin in her work. Please note I say hints, Susana writing style and voice is all her own.

The greatest praise I can give Susana is that I can see ( or is that hear) her work being dramatised and read on Radio 4 or Radio 4 extra . It’s that good and that high of a standard.

Which leads me onto the narrator Sarah Kempton. This is the first time I have heard Sarah, and I could instantly see why Susana picked her to do the narration. Sarah not only enhances the story she brings it alive. Is there any better feedback for a narrator?

If you like your fantasy to be hack and slash , then this is not the audiobook for you. If you like your fantasy, intelligently written, character driven and full of Mythology (though not quite in the way you would imagine) then download it now and treat yourself to a wonderful ( and moderately guilt) indulgence.

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good story of mixed mythology

was an enjoyable listen but inaccurate pronunciation of Greek names was annoying , will probably read the next one

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Wyrd & Impressive

I’ve tried a few different audiobooks, but nothing’s kept my attention for the full span. I’m much better at taking in stories by the written word. Wyrd Gods broke that cycle and kept me coming back for more. A combination of Imaginário’s writing style and Kempton’s impeccable narration make this a definite go-to if, like me, you’ve struggled in the past.

I’ve always been intrigued by the complex deity structure of the old worlds and that complexity shines through here. This is not a story you can just glaze over or scan, there is a depth which needs to be concentrated on, and that is what makes this so consistently intriguing. There are a lot of characters, many of them you probably know of, but unless you’re highly-researched, there will be new deities to keep track of. In the audiobook version, Kempton’s varying accents and nuances really do help with this.

Although much of the lore and characters are borrowed, Imaginário has managed to make this world unique, especially in the way she amalgamates the different god systems. The characterisation is brilliant – particularly impressive are the fractured psyches of our MC(s) and how these are managed from a first-person perspective.
What more can I say? If you’re into your Greek, Roman, Norse or any other system involving flawed and interesting gods, look no further. If you’re into speculative fiction or fantasy, this has you covered and I highly recommend you give it a try.
Wyrd Gods shows a mastery of imagination which any reader should revel in and any writer should aspire to, if they can overlook the jealousy.

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Be Careful What You Pray For!

A whirlwind of scheming gods and mortals seeking either to go toe to toe with their deities or desperately trying to survive in a world sundered by their joint abuses. Wyrd Gods adds a whole new spin not just to the usual Fantasy novel tropes but also to our myths and legends of old.

Thrown into this pandaemonium are two beings, one a god who used to be human and one a dryad from another time. At odds with each other yet with their fates and their very beings inextricably entwined, they struggle for the dominance of self as they also strive to make sense of the world they find themselves in (at once familiar and yet terrifyingly changed). The implications of their situation may be further reaching than either could guess...

Fast paced, witty and sharp, this adventure is a must listen for anyone who is a fan of mythology (classic or contemporary) and has ever had an argument with that voice in their head and not been sure exactly who came out on top!

Having read the book first I can say Sarah Kempton's narration fits the tone and rythm of the text perfectly, her characterisations are identifiably engaging and she hits those points of wry humour and introspection with accurate subtlety.

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Great book

I suck at writing reviews but enjoyed listening to this audiobook, it got me hooked from the beginning wanting to know what had happened and what was happening. Loved the world it was set in felt dream like at times. Liked that it was both Greek and Norse gods/mythologies and some Egyptian. Narrator was excellent and brought characters to life. Loved the main character and her interactions with Ilenana

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Gods and goddesses abound intriguingly

I admit to having already read three of the books in the Timeless series, of which this is the first. Life is short and you can only read so many books in a lifetime, so re-reading doesn't happen often - after all you know the story from first time.

Such is the complexity and cleverness of the set-up Susana Imaginario uses in this series that the reader will be changing allegiance, thinking of a solution only to find something different is a better answer and feeling frustrated and satisfied at the same time. The main character is a goddess trapped in a mortal body and this book follows her passage through the world of conflict between gods, mythical beings and mortal races both emotionally and geographically. Who can she trust? Who will help and who will hinder? Will gods and creatures live up to their reputations? Will good or evil prevail? Who is good and who is evil? These are just some of the questions that drive this story with a pleasing pace.

I give fair warning that this is adult science fantasy with several sex scenes included and swearing too. The sex is part of the story arc and sensitively as well as graphically described.

What pleased me most on this experience of it was spotting the clues and relevance of characters and scenes which come into play in later books. I admire the overall plan and do urge you to read or listen to this book first in the series.

The other enhancement is Sarah Kempton's narration which clearly distinguishes characters by use of UK regional accents and I had no trouble knowing when male or female characters were speaking. Her understanding of their backstory and personality brought them to vivid life. As this is a wide range of entities and the narration was also clearly apart from the dialogue, this is an admirable achievement. I am pleased to see that she will also be narrating the next in the series.

I suspect you will be listening to this again when you have followed the stories through the others in the Timeless series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • 21-07-21

A mischievous take on mythology

Engaging from the beginning and entertaining throughout, Psyche's journey through the Norse Underworld is an intellectual workout with an emotional payoff and plenty of sarcasm along the way.

Sarah Kempton's narration fits the narrative perfectly.

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  • superstardrifter
  • 28-01-21

An interesting mythological romp!

This story follows, for the most part, a goddess who is trapped in a mortal dryad’s body. We’re not given her name, at first, but we are given hints as to who she is. I knew almost right away, but I’m a giant mythology nerd. I won’t spoil it for you, either way. ^_^

The goddess wakes up in Niflheim with no clear memory of what happened, but knows that she must have answered this dryad’s prayer and is now in her body. Gods who take on mortal forms like this are known as Wyrd, and given her… unique circumstances, it’s up to her to help defeat the man who has declared himself Niflheim’s ruler.

This was an interesting story that followed the goddess in the first person, which was rather interesting since she has another personality speaking in her head as well. It also includes several interludes in the third person from the POV of several of the other characters, which puts a lot of the story that the protagonist can’t really see together. It was a great way to see what was happening overall.

I liked the story, but at times I found it a little confusing, especially in the beginning. I had a hard time figuring out some of the characters’ motivations or their importance to the plot at times, but by the halfway mark I was pretty immersed. The world is an interesting one, as it mixes together (mostly) Norse and Greek mythology, with details like Hades and Hel being in the same world. There are three major races outside of the gods and the Wyrd (or, I think it’s possible for any of the three of them to become a Wyrd, I’m a little vague on that one), what are basically Dryads, Humans, and then a third race known as the Dharkan, which are a race of men who burn in the sun, seem to control ice, feed off the energy of other people, and are generally reviled in the world, being called Wraiths.

The goddess meets a Dharkan over the course of her adventure, and for some reason that neither of them really knows, they are drawn to each other. He helps her here and there, and I really enjoyed the mysteriousness of his character, and how the goddess (and her host) are so drawn to him. It was one of my favorite parts of this story.

The narrator, Sarah Kempton, did a fantastic job with this one. It was very easy to just turn this one on and listen to it for hours while doing things like working or painting. She has a lovely voice to listen to, to begin with, but really did great giving all the characters a different voice.

All told, I liked this one quite a lot, and hopefully, the following books in the series become audiobooks as well, because this one was very entertaining and I would like to listen to more!

This review is based on a review copy. Opinions are my own.

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  • Garry McMillan
  • 07-05-20

Absolutely refreshing!

It was an absolutely refreshing take on the pantheons of Mythology. the writing was great the narration what's perfect for this novel! I definitely recommended book!

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  • 02-09-21

Mythological creatures and beings - well done!

This is a story about a goddess who has isolated herself by withdrawing from the world, staying away from the other gods content to dwell among the stars. Then one day, she does the unthinkable and answers a prayer only to discover there is a reason why no gods ever answer the prayers of humans! Caught in the body of Illena she discovers that the world is full of danger and intrigue as both the Norse gods and Greek gods are fighting. There is mystery, romance, and more in this well-thought-out story woven with mythological beings and creatures.

The author, Susana Imaginario builds each character skillfully allowing them to evolve into rich and complete beings. The story is well-told and invokes the desire to read more on the mythological beings mentioned – such as Chronos, Odin, and more. She manages to keep the suspense and deliver solid twists to the plot.

The narrator, Sarah Kempton, gives a solid performance. Her range of voices is rich and gives each character a personality that fits their role and the plot. Her cadence was smooth.

This is an interesting story that offers an opportunity to question motives, human nature, and more. I look forward to hearing the story evolve throughout the series.

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook, it was clear and well produced.

Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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  • Crysta M
  • 09-08-21

Fantastic Mythological Mashup

If, like me, you enjoy stories where mythology is reimagined a bit you'll love this book. The combination of Norse and Greek gods was very well done and I enjoyed the conversations between the gods of the different pantheons. The goddess trapped inside of Ilena is one of my favorites so I was particularly pleased to get a story with her as the lead! If you know your mythology there's a lot of nice nods to the original stories, but I didn't feel it was necessary to know much about any of the myths going in, the things you need to know are explained in the book, and the rest is just extra great backdrop if you know where it's coming from.
Top to bottom I thought the book was very well done. The reveal at the end, well fleshed out characters, pacing, dialogue, all fantastic.

The book resolves nicely with closing out it's story arc while still leaving a lot of interest open for future books. I'm very excited to get to the next books in the series!

Sarah Kempton did a great job with the narration, with a huge range of voices for all the characters. There were a couple voices that annoyed me a bit but that's real life too, and they all seemed appropriate to their character. But the main characters in particular all had really fantastic character voices that were a joy to listen to.

In summary, if you like mythology, or even just a well told story in a fantasy setting, you'll enjoy this book.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 05-08-21

Immediately Engaging!

Wyrd Gods is immediately engaging and a wonderfully imaginative journey to the last minute. I really enjoyed this book, especially how it pulls on some of the great myths of the world from a variety of pantheons. Our main character is an unnamed deity who has awakened in the body of dryad named Ilena (or Elena? Spelling?). Her memories are blurry and a bit tangled with Ilena’s. Obviously, she needs to do something and with that her quest begins.

Pulling on the Norse and Greek pantheons in the beginning, Ilena has several run-ins with other deities and those that worship them. Behind the scenes, there are those that want to use her for their own means. Ilena hears of the local big baddie, the Suzerain, and we all know their paths must cross at some point. Full of mythological characters and creatures, you never know what new obstacle Ilena will face next.

I really liked her attitude too. I immediately knew I would be cheering her on for the entire book. Sometimes her no-nonsense attitude gets her in trouble. Ha! She has been a deity for many, many years and it’s very hard to get used to just how easily damaged this mortal body is. For instance, shoes aren’t just a fashion statement; they are necessary for traveling many miles on foot. Towards the end of the book after much is revealed, she lets more of her deity-self out with plenty of cussing. Yep, I knew I was going to love this character!

A little over halfway through the book, some of the Egyptian pantheon is pulled into the story too. I certainly enjoyed trying to guess who some of these characters were, including our main character herself (as her deity identity isn’t revealed until near the end). There’s also these interludes where some upper-level deities are plotting, planning, and congratulating themselves on being oh so clever. Those where fun too.

If you’ve enjoyed other novels that treat the pantheons as real, then I think you’d enjoy this novel too. The interactions between the gods is sometimes humorous and sometimes deadly. Hades and Hel made me laugh with their exchanges. The tale ends with a solid ending for book 1 but with the door open for a possible sequel. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Sarah Kempton was the perfect narrator for this book. I loved her voice for Ilena, especially her no-nonsense voice when dealing with the bad guys (or idiots). Kempton had a variety of voices for both male and female voices, and at least 1 hermaphrodite deity. Her variety of accents were also well done too. Kempton sounded engaged in the story as well and therefore had the perfect pacing. She also pulled off a range of emotions for the various characters too. There were no technical issues for this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of a Kickstarter project rewards. My opinions are honest & 100% my own.

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  • HeyJack
  • 30-07-21

really good book

this was a really good book. it is very original story. looking forward to book 2.

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  • JBronder Book Reviews
  • 15-06-21

An Unknown Goddess Has to Save the Universe

A mysterious Olympian god has found herself trapped in a dryad’s body. It seems that she answered a prayer and wound up there. She has no idea where or when she is, all she wants to do is go back to her place among the stars.

What she finds is that Niflheim and Haddes has been joined together and the world tree cut down. The new ruler is bent on making this a place of punishment. The god has to hide her identity for safety as she travels the world. She has to be there for a reason but it’s unknown to her.

At the same time the other gods in this world are being punished in their own way but are scheming like normal. It’s up to the unknown god to stop the new ruler and save the other Wyrd. But how can she do this when she has no memories that can help.

This was an interesting read. I liked the variety of gods, not just from one culture. I admit that I did get frustrated with the unknown goddess. I understand she doesn’t know where she is but she sure was selfish and just wanted to go back to hiding in the stars.

I loved Sarah Kempton’s narration. I was drawn into the story and enjoyed how each character had their own voice. It was a good story and had a perfect twist ending. I am curious to read the next book to see where we end up next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to listen to and post an honest review.

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  • Liliyana
  • 14-06-21

Long, but wonderful story

I really enjoyed listening to this story. Thank you to Sarah Kempton for having such a dynamic range for all the character's voices, or I'm sure I would've been lost. It's a wonderful story, but there are quite a few characters, and I loved the depth and uniqueness in each of them. Various mythos are blended in this book, but done so skillfully that it didn't bother me (and was a pleasant surprise in that respect). At first, I wasn't sure I would be able to get into it. The opening was interesting, but seemed to promise a lot, and Imaginário more than delivered. I cannot wait for book 2!!!

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  • Jenna Rideout
  • 09-05-21

Blended Mythology Adventure

Wyrd Gods is a first person account of events from the POV of a goddess who has been made a Wyrd, a god in mortal form, but in this case she's trapped in the body of a dryad and isn't sure why or how this happened to her. It's a punishment for daring to answer a prayer. The cast is a blend of Norse and Greek mythology with plenty of familiar names mixed in with unique concepts that meld together beautifully into an epic story that will hold your attention and keep you coming back to find out what happens next. Can our heroine rescue herself and the other Wyrds and return to her immortal life?

I'm a sucker for anything involving Norse mythology, so I jumped at the chance to review this one, and I was rewarded with familiar names pretty much immediately. I haven't enjoyed a reimagining of mingled pantheons this much since the Iron Druid Chronicles were new and fresh. That's not to imply that these books compare in any significant way aside from having both Norse and Greek gods in key roles, they're entirely different storylines, but if what you loved about Iron Druid was the mixed pantheons then Wyrd Gods will scratch that itch.

Susana Imaginário writes dialogue very well. Not a single conversation had between the characters throughout this book felt unnatural or boring, and our POV goddess' sass and stubborn strength came through very clearly in the way she chose her words and when to speak them. This is a very character-driven book, and Susana has made is very easy to bond with the protagonist and cheer her on.

I noticed that despite the book's length, it sets aside very little time to explain who all these gods and goddesses are, how they relate to one another, etc. and I do fear that readers who aren't familiar with the mythology around both pantheons will find themselves confused at points or missing between-the-lines information. Personally I'm much more familiar with the Norse gods than the Greeks due to my interest in all things relevant to my own Norwegian heritage and the fact that various Hercules retellings and high school samplings of The Iliad are the only Greek mythology stories I've heard since 7th grade social studies.

Sarah Kempton's performance as the audiobook narrator is flawless! She distinguishes different characters very well and speaks at a pace that lends itself well to faster listening speeds but isn't intolerably slow at regular speed. I'm surprised to see that she has 44 titles on Audible at the time of this review, and I'll absolutely be seeking out opportunities to listen to more of her work.

I recommend Wyrd Gods to fans of mythology-based fantasy, especially if you like long, epic adventures with strong, sassy heroines.

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  • Victoria
  • 10-01-21

A fun mix of mythologies

Stories like this are my absolute favorite category-I love mythology, and I love hearing the many ways that authors interpret the tales of old and make them into something new-so I’ve heard quite a few retellings for the stories and characters involved. I was quite excited at the opportunity to receive this book in a complementary audio format, because had the author not been looking for readers I would not have learned of this wonderful novel.

In Wyrd Gods, Imaginário deftly wove the words in such a way so as to give the novel the vibe of a classic story. She was able to create an entire system for how her stories worked that fit with the skills and personalities of the characters involved, giving each person their own life while extrapolating out with her own details and concepts, and the narrator did a lovely job bringing them to life with a number of choices in voice style and accent for the different characters. It does end on a cliffhanger which sets the scene for the next book in the series. I look forward to reading the continuation of the Timelessness series.