The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
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.
The Witch’s Heart is a tale of a mother’s love for her children and the lengths she’ll go to protect them. This book was fun, but I feel like that’s all I can really say about it. I enjoyed the incorporation of Norse Mythology and the twists added to the book about Angrboda’s relationship with friends, but there was just something missing. It might be with the relatability with characters or it could just be that this was not my kind of book, but I did not really feel any connection to the story or plot. One major thing that might have to come in play with this is that I’m not a mother, so I can’t relate with what she’s going through with her kids? I don’t know, it was just missing that extra pizzazz that most stories need. Another thing that bothered my was the “internal monologue”. In this book, you have an occasional look inside Angrboda’s mind and thoughts. Whenever we got this chance, the writing wasn’t very creative. Her thoughts were kind of the bare minimum of what could’ve been happening and I feel like this could’ve been written better.
While reading this book I enjoyed the way Andgrboda continued to learn about her past. She seemingly lost all her memories so when she would find out more about her role in life, it was fun to see how she adapted with her new knowledge of the past to change herself for the future.
When it comes to characters that I know are part of Norse mythology (which are basically all of them), I can’t really tell you how much Genevieve Gornichec stayed true to the original stories about them. My knowledge of Norse mythology runs as deep as what is mentioned in the Thor movies and I’m not ashamed of it 😂. Despite the fact that I know very little of Norse mythology, I could still recognize some names in the story that I heard in Marvel movies so I’m not entirely oblivious. I will venture to say that based on what I know, it seems like Genevieve Gornichec mainly stayed close to the original stories of these figures.
Going back to what I said earlier, this book was entertaining. I can’t deny the fact that this book was fun to read, it just wasn’t my favorite. There are some roadblocks when it comes to reading this, but everyone has different tastes and opinions that will impact how much they care about the problems I considered. I appreciated how The Witch’s Heart led you through a mythical journey that showed the love of family and the want of purpose.