Sigmund Sussman is a human lie detector who works in IT at a major company in Australia. His father also works for that company but a bit higher up. Anyway, he ends up meeting a new guy named Lain who he strikes up an unlikely friendship with. I say 'unlikely' because it seemed as though Sigmund had no intention of even looking in the guys direction to even speak to him.
This is where it takes a bit of a turn. Sigmund is overweight, has acne, wears glasses, the whole nine yards. He's not an attractive guy. Because of his looks and his nerdiness, he never even thought the opposite sex would pay attention to him, let alone the same sex. So when it came to his attention that Lain might like him, his mind was blown. This is something that I hope people don't overlook. When I got this book from netgalley, I noticed it said it was a Gay/Lesbian Sci Fi Fantasy. I honestly don't feel like Sigmund and Lain being gay had anything to do with the book other than the obvious, that they're two guys.
Anyway, this book is full of Norse Mythology. Loki, Sigyn and many others are mentioned that I never even heard of. My knowledge of Norse is limited to Loki, and that's only very minute surface details. Prepare yourself for a lot of words you won't recognize and a lot of story telling. This isn't a bad thing. It was just new for me and took me a while to get used to.
The book has a slow burn to the action but once you're hit with it, the entire scope changes. It goes from a light cheeky romance between a guy who never considered himself gay, and a guy who sees more than he's letting on in the other guy, to this whole new world that changes in an instant to a place called Hel. The battles end up being very big battles and thank goodness this doesn't end on a Cliffhanger. I'm wondering what the author has in store for the future because I'm definitely interested. Major world events have been a bit twisted to fit the setting for the book but it's easy to dive into.
++ A quick note to say that this was an ARC and there were a lot of things I didn't mention in regards to formatting since it probably wasn't meticulously gone through yet.
3 1/2 Stars
Sigmund (Black Latino), Wayne (Black Female)