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Wolves

Wolves

Written by C. Gockel

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik


Wolves

Written by C. Gockel

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik

ratings:
4/5 (9 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 1, 2016
ISBN:
9781515972334
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away Loki, is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover, and with no idea what he's done wrong-this time, anyway. But he does know that Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something that he's forgotten . . .



In this urban fantasy tale that is equal parts "Dresden Files" and "American Gods," a very nice midwestern girl and a jaded, mischievous Loki must join forces to outwit gods, elves, magic sniffing cats, and nosy neighbors. If Loki can remember exactly what he's forgotten and Amy can convince him not to be too distracted by Earthly gadgets, Earthly pleasures, or three-day benders, they just might pull it off.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 1, 2016
ISBN:
9781515972334
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

C. Gockel got her start writing fanfiction, and she is not ashamed! Much. She received emails, messages and reviews from her fans telling her she should 'do this professionally'. She didn't; because she is a coward and life as a digital designer, copywriter and coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband's nagging wore her down: "You could be the next '50 Shades of Gray' and I could retire!" Unfortunately, the author isn't much for writing smut. She is sad about this; she'd love for her husband to be able to retire and just work for her so she could nag him.At the moment Ms. Gockel is putting the finishing touches on "I Bring the Fire Part III: Chaos".Ms. Gockel loves to hear from readers. She can be reached by email at: cgockel.publishing@gmail.com


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  • (5/5)
    Wolves (I Bring the Fire #1) by C. Gockel is a great Norse God story only Loki is more the good guy! I really got into this book so much I had to buy more of the series. Thor isn't a big jerk, but pretty big. Odin, a super jerk but he is also too powerful to mess with. Loki ends up on earth, again, and helps a gal in trouble. She kinda takes him in, thinks he needs help.... It is so funny, exciting, suspense filled at times, great fantasy, and I have had this book a while and why did I wait? Great book!
  • (4/5)
    I've seen lots of reviewers complaining that this story is 'incomplete'. I disagree. In format, it very much seems a serial, which, once complete, will make a whole book. I remember buying Stephen King's The Green Mile piece by piece as a serial novel. Each 'book' of I Bring the Fire can be taken as a section of a greater whole.I would give Wolves (and the series as a whole) a strong five, but for numerous spelling errors, oft in regards to Norse terms. Normally, this is something I find rather disgruntling. However, in the case of the I Bring the Fire series, I was captivated from the very beginning by an engaging, humorous story filled with characters easy to love. Loki, and the other gods, are not deities per se. They have powers and strengths beyond the humans, but they are still people, with all the trials and tribulations that go along with that. They love, they hate. In personality, they grow or stagnate just as humans do. What we get to see here is a clash of several vastly different cultures. I'm an anthropologist, and I found this clashing rendered quite well. I also greatly enjoyed the teasing, playful references to the Avengers. So, I strongly encourage any with a love for Loki, Norse myth on crack, and rollicking good humour to check this serial out!
  • (3/5)
    This book might have gotten 4 stars if the ending wasn't essentially nonexistent. The book was entertaining in a brain candy way, a fun and different take on the myths of Odin, Thor, and Loki. But the ending was basically just the end of a chapter. If I want to find out what happens I have to buy the next book. I hate it when an author does that!!!! It's okay to set up the next book in the series, but at least some of the story arc should be resolved and absolutely nothing is resolved at the end of this book.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderfully addictive

    This book is full of enchantment. Between the relatable and lovable characters and the unpredictable but fully believable plot, you will find it hard to set this book down. The mythology is rich and so intriguing that you will be left wanting to know more. And if you are like me, you will quickly buy the sequel to keep the enchantment going.
  • (3/5)
    I loved every part of Loki's past, all the stories of Asgard, all the times he thought of Vali, Nari, and Sigyn. I really didn't like Amy. She was very wishy-washy and predictable to a T. No originality in her, to me. I also did not like the elf queen at all, nor the scenes in the elf palace. There were a LOT of unanswered questions at the end, most of which came up in the last 15 minutes, which annoyed me. The ending brought it down a star, and I was very unimpressed. 3 stars for the Asgardian parts!
  • (5/5)
    Loki...now what have you done? This humanizing of the ultimate trickster has me wanting more! So glad I can find the series on Scribd!
  • (4/5)
    Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverI picked up the Urban Mythic Box Set a while ago because I enjoy the myths it springs from, but like most books, it ended up buried on my Kindle until this week. I happened upon it when needing a break from my planned reading list. Sometimes luck is with you, and a random choice brings you a new favorite author, as I seem to have found with C. Gockel.This book is the beginning of a series focused around the Norse mythic character of Loki. Tricksters are complex creatures and it’s a tossup whether they are villains or something else. In this, Loki is definitely something else, though he has both bad moments and good.The myths and stories often bug me. It’s not that I have a bad boy preference but more I can see the full character arc. I see both where Loki has the potential to be good and is good along with where that nature is twisted because of the actions of others. The supposed good guys often behave horribly, but no one calls them on it. It’s fine to bully Loki because he deserves it. There’s no recognition given to how his behavior is a response to mistreatment in the first place.Yes, I have a soapbox, and Loki puts me right up there on it.That said, this portrayal is well done because it provides a balanced view of the character, showing both what prompted his behavior and how his response can be out of proportion and brings chaos along with it. There are a lot of hints about things hidden from him as well, giving the character a sense of mystery and more to come.Then there’s Amy. She gives a lovely human perspective to it all. She doesn’t have an easy life. Amy has to work and save every penny each summer to pay for her veterinary degree. She’s far from trusting, but she judges a person on their actions for the most part and revises that judgment when she learns more. As a vet in training, she has a soft spot for animals I can appreciate (along with a technical curiosity I found amusing), but it’s more than that. She’s a “roll with the punches” type of person who holds those around her to the same high standards while giving them a chance to improve instead of writing them off. She doesn’t sit back and accept, but tries to figure out what’s at the root of things even when the light it shines doesn’t show her own behavior off well. There were a couple of times when I thought the author had been caught up in the revised fairy tale, but Amy is the one to see behind the curtain.I’m a sucker for books that make me want to share quotes, and even more when the moment is still strong when out of context. While there are definitely both deep and dark points in this story, the fun, and funny, times are just begging to be read aloud. This is especially true where Loki’s confusion with the modern world comes into view. His brushes with technology are infrequent enough and well chosen to be amusing even as they emphasize how out of place he is. A quick example is the perspectives of Amy and the standard SUV with remote versus Loki and “Car,” a living metal creature that understands politely worded requests like please open a window.Even better, those tangles with technology are not just there for humor value but end up becoming relevant in the story.I’ve focused a lot on the main characters (though Amy’s grandmother Beatrice and Fenrir, an ugly rat mutt of a dog, deserve not to be left out along with Loki’s caretakers), but the story is strong with as many serious as funny moments. The characters are definitely a strength, but this “part one” offers complex events that change the characters in many ways. It is an opening into a story world that is both familiar and unknown.This is neither a Marvel nor a mythological recounting of the Norse tales. It has been influenced by both, and they’re mentioned in the story, but this tale is of its own telling. It’s strengthened by the solid foundation into a well-rounded story with characters I came to care about and mysteries still to come. The book offers a fitting series beginning with a satisfying, complete arc and introduces the next piece to come. The “cliffhanger” ending comes in what is more like an epilogue than part of the main story. As such, it did not bother me beyond making me want to continue to the next book.P.S. Read as part of the Urban Mythic Box Set.