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Norse Mythology with a twist. With Loki, trolls, some stuff from the Edda, dwarves, a fire giant and a gender reassignment Thor. What’s not to like?

I researched this from Old Norse-Icelandic literature and then set off from there. A lot of it is made up, and my interpretation of the original texts would probably give an academic fits. There are certainly more dogs in my story and Ragnarok doesn’t go quite as well as predicted.

I’m also acutely aware that I’m not Scandinavian and my grasp of the properties of trolls may not be as intuitive as a native. I have looked into troll stuff quite a bit though, and as far as I can tell there is a subspecies of troll which can turn invisible.These are the Tusser folk. Regarding their specific skills, it’s still probably best to file that under creative license though.

Part of the fun of researching this was finding all the bits Tolkien lifted from the sagas to populate The Lord Of The Rings. I won’t spoil any surprises but there are some nice moments. The way I view it, if we both nicked off Snorri Sturluson then that should make it ok.

Who would I say this book is for? I’d probably go 13+. It wasn’t written as a young adult novel but my nieces are that age and I thought it should be made ok for them. But there are also moments such as the Thor Play scene in which the characters go into an adult store. I would imagine it’s advisory.

Anyone who likes the trinity of Gaiman, Pratchett and Douglas Adams might find something to enjoy here. As potentially could D&D gamers, bored commuters, Ragnarok enablers and people who dress up in Viking hats including the Q’Anon shaman.

If you enjoy the book do let me know, a sequel is on the way.

Review – by ReviewGoblin.com.

When I first started reading this story, I didn?t know what to expect. There is a little dog on the cover with a fierce-looking Thora holding a hammer. I wasn?t prepared for what this book was about to deliver.

There is a quality present in David?s writing that gives it the tone and gravitas needed to be great satire. I found myself thrown into the delightful mind of David A Burt. With a line delivered before the true start of the story, in an amusing forward. A forward that established this story will be unreasonable, unrealistic, and fun. It was all I hoped for and more.

Here is that line: ?Inger from Knogsvinger was an utter fabrication, and I do hope that should any Ingers from Kongsvinger be in the scarf business that they appreciate that this is an entirely unintentional coincidence.?

I should explain, ever since I was little I have always been a fan of Terry Pratchett. I carried around a copy of ?Small gods? for years when books were things that people still carried. That line about unintentional coincidence is the sort of thing that adds a subtle depth to the work. It may or might not be something many fans would recognize, but depth is the true heart of great satire. There is a quality present in David?s writing that gives it the tone and gravitas needed to be great satire. He doesn?t always hit that high standard, but he is consistent. As a fan of the genre, this was a clear sign I was in the right place.

?Thora and the Hound of Asgard? delivers witty and imaginative writing. The story is well written and could sit next to the mainstream favorites in any bookshop. It was too short in some places and he seemed to skip a few scenes during the story. This may have been done for pacing, though some readers might want more. The story was still satisfying, even with the skipped scenes.

To sum up, ?Thora and the Hound of Asgard? follows a group of Norse gods, invisible trolls, dwarves, and a man named Terry. The cover shows Thora, but the true star of this narrative is Terry. And Terry would rather not be bothered to save the world. It is a modern comedy fantas

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