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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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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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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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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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  • 17-02-21

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Victoria W
  • 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.

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  • Daniel Abrams
  • 26-10-20

Pleasantly surprised

One never knows what to expect when starting a new book with a new author. All I know is that I tend to enjoy mythology, and always fantasy, and the blending of the two was wonderful. There was so much mythology in the story that was unfamiliar to me, there was a bit of a learning curve as I caught up. This was not to the detriment of the story, though. In fact, Susanna Imaginário uses some wonderful plot devices to both educate the reader and advance the story. Interludes, character interactions, just plain writing. Overall I was impressed and I would be happy to read additional stories by the author.
Sarah Kempton was a fantastic narrator. Wonderful emotion and nuance everywhere I wanted to have it. Absolutely flawless narration

This novel was provided to me free in exchange for an open and honest review. This opportunity was a pleasure