All things end, and all must die.
But death is not always the end.
When Geiravor Lokisdottir was stripped of her name and cast out of Asgard, torn from her family and the life she had known, she thought she’d lost it all. But in the shadows of Niflheim she discovers the path to her destiny, and what it truly means to be queen.
This is a prequel short story to THE PROPHECIES OF RAGNAROK trilogy by Meri Benson and Marie Sinadjan and a retelling of the myths involving Hel, the Norse goddess of death and the queen of the underworld.
Nameless Queen is a heartwarming and cozy reinterpretation over the Norse myth of Hel, queen of the underworld, a short story part of The Prophecies of Ragnarok series, written by Marie Sinadjan (co-authored with Meri Benson). After being stripped of her privileges, Hel is sent to the underworld, where she will have to learn what really means to be a queen, to be a leader.
Marie manages to write a story that is really different from your usual Norse myth, creating a less dark variant of those, while sending a different image of Loki's daughter, and how she really becomes a leader of those in the Helheim, those souls deemed unworthy for the Valhalla; but Hel, with the help of her assistant, will manage to create a place where those can feel as at home. When the Ragnarok is coming, she will be followed by those souls, kindness having its reward.
A really different story, short but great; if you want to read a Norse inspired series with a different twist, The Prophecies of Ragnarok is a great choice. And if you are in doubt, those short stories are a great way to test your taste.
Marie is a Filipino fantasy author, singer-songwriter, and musical theatre actress. She is the co-author of The Prophecies of Ragnarok series, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and literary journals. She mainly writes fantasy of the mythology, fairytales, and folklore variety.
When not crunching numbers for her full-time job or spending time with her family, she’s traveling, drinking coffee, reading and reviewing books, dreaming up more worlds, writing more songs, or serenading vegetables. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her husband.