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Angrboda's story begins where most witch tales end: with being burnt. A punishment from Odin for sharing her visions of the future with the wrong people, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the furthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be the trickster god Loki, and her initial distrust of him—and any of his kind—grows reluctantly into a deep and abiding love.
Their union produces the most important things in her long life: a trio of peculiar children, each with a secret destiny, whom she 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.
Angrboda must choose whether she'll accept the fate that she's foreseen for her beloved family—or rise to remake it.
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"The Witch's Heart is a unique novel that transforms the faceless names of an epic tale into living, breathing, sympathetic characters. With a witty and spirited protagonist, this book will surprise and delight from beginning to end." Louisa Morgan, Author of A Secret History of Witches
“As epic as it is engrossing, The Witch’s Heart is a testament to the ferocity of one mother’s love and the lengths she’ll go to protect those she loves. Utterly unforgettable.” Alexis Henderson, Author of The Year of the Witching
"This fascinating novel approaches Norse mythology from a brand new perspective; here old villains are now heroes, and the motivations of gods, giants, and witches are rarely what they seem… Gornichec plumbs the depths of what we will endure for family, belonging, and meaning, and traces the limits of love, friendship, and vengeance." Linnea Hartsuyker, Author of The Half-Drowned King
"A deep journey into the mists of the ancient Norse world of gods, monsters and humans, who shape shift from one to another. But the heart of the story is a witch’s passage over many lifetimes and the ultimate sacrifice she makes for those she loves. A timeless tale of great power and artistry." Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark
“Rich and artfully woven, The Witch’s Heart takes the familiar tales of Norse Mythology and tells them from a fresh, honest perspective; that of Angrboda Iron-Witch, mother of monsters and wife of Loki, a woman who has seen the end of days and the death of gods, and will stop at nothing to protect those she loves. Angrboda is an unforgettable heroine, and The Witch’s Heart a debut to be reckoned with.” Hannah Long, author of Hall of Smoke
“With prose as heady as any epic, Gornichec breathes incredible new life into an ancient saga, filling in the gaps with humor and passion and heart. A masterpiece.” Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Ruthless Gods
“At once mythic and intimate, The Witch’s Heart is a story of fate and survival and all the ways love leaves thorns buried in your flesh. It will haunt you long after you close the covers.” Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart