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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Fafner is an intergalactic criminal. Having crash-landed on a desolate and savage earth, he is miserable because he is unable to fulfill a life of crime. Wotan and the Norse gods have been mostly forgotten with the desolation of man. As technology took over, men became less than worthy warriors, while also believing less and less in the warrior gods of the North. Yet now that man has destroyed the earth and relegated the remainder of the human race to small, scrabbling, savage villagers, now is the chance to take back believers and become the powerful gods they once were. The only thing that saves them from being retired to the Retirement Home for Forgotten Gods is the mystical rhinegold. When Fafner steals the rhinegold, Loki and Wotan engage in a desperate struggle to get it back, while all Fafner wants is to use it to get off what he sees as a filthy, boring planet.
I’m not really sure how I felt about the story. It was short, sweet, and to the point, and with an odd mixture of mythology and science-fiction you can definitely say that Wotan’s Dilemma was unique. Hank Quense plays with mythology, or at least the mythology that I’m familiar with by renaming some of the key characters. This was an enjoyable read, but I couldn’t help but feel that it’s hard to compete with the firepower of Tom Hiddleson as Loki. The book Loki felt very flat in comparison, and you can bet that the target audience for this book will probably have seen an Avengers or Thor movie. Overall, I liked the story, but what made me enjoy it was the sub characters like Brunhilde and the two aliens Mime and Alberich. This would be a book more for those who like really “out there” books, and space opera kind of stories. May be a bit too out of the mainstream for your everyday reader.