In partnership with the Ohioana Library
, the Buckeye Book Club explores fiction works by some of the best Ohio-based authors. Our October 2021 title is The Witch's Heart
by Genevieve Gornichec
Witch's Heart: When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving national bestselling 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.
“A retelling of the Norse legend from the viewpoint of a woman often left in the margins, this book deserves to be a classic. For readers of Madeline Miller’s Circe and the Marvel version of Loki.”
— Library Journal (starred review)
Pick up a copy of the title at the
Downtown Newark location or download a copy from the Ohio Digital Library