The Witch's Heart

Written by:
Genevieve Gornichec
Narrated by:
Jayne Entwistle

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
12 hours 4 minutes
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.

*This audiobook includes a PDF that contains the Acknowledgments and the Appendix—a listing of people and places that appear in the story, and recommendations for further reading.
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Taylor G.

This book was an impulse-buy and I am incredibly particular about mythology retellings but I wound up falling absolutely in love with the story. I've reread it several times and just keep coming back which isn't something I normally do. The summary provided by the publisher really doesn't do it justice. It's just so much more than a love story based in Norse mythology. There's romance in it and it drive the plot to an extent but really Boda's journey to remembering who she is and becoming who she's meant to be is central. Beyond that the book models resilience and perseverance in the aftermath of heartbreak and repeated trauma in a way that doesn't sugar coat the sad and ugly bits which I don't think we see enough of in literature. It also doesn't fall into that toxic trope where the trauma is what makes a character who they are or gives them their edge. Boda's power is her own. There are themes of gender exploration, counterculture or being "othered" by society, and found family. There are also a range of relationships included in the story - it's not just another cis-het-monogamy-centered piece. All in all I got way more than I bargained for and highly recommend giving it a read.

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Sivan B.

Well this was an excellent book. I am trying to be very judicious about giving 5-star reviews, and this book warrants one. Where can I find more books like this?!

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Dykes J.

Absolutely beautiful. This phenomenal and heartbreaking story captivated me from the first page. The prose is magical , lending ancient myths even more of a fairytale quality. I was so impressed with the knowledge and detail ; the author definitely exudes a deep understanding and appreciation of etymology and the origin these beloved characters. Amazing narration . I adored every second!

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Verena Schadelbauer

captivating from the beginning.

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