By: Alis Franklin
Imagine the center of our world being a futuristic city in Australia known and Pandemonium, where religion as we understand it has been forsaken for the pagan gods and goddesses of old. This is the setting for Alis Franklin’s new book Liesmith, the first book of The Wyrd series. Sigmund is your average nerd, introverted and skilled with computers, just trying to get by and make his father proud. He works as a low level tech in one of the largest technology firms in the world, and in his spare time meets his friends to play Dungeons and Dragons. Life seems normal for Sigmund, until in a whirlwind, everything changes. His new best friend turns out to be the CEO of the company in disguise…who is really a powerful Norse god in human form. The ground beneath Sigmunds’ feet shifts, both physically and metaphorically as he is thrown into the middle of conflict between gods and goddesses, fighting to both stay alive and to try to make sense of all the extraordinary things happening before his eyes.
A fast paced, fractured and wild story played out by a cast of complex and fantastical characters, Liesmith is one mental adventure I was not prepared for. There is great sarcasm and humor written into this one, as well as a great deal of detail and action. As the reader, you find yourself feeling just as confused and unsure as Sigmund and his friends when the major events or shifts begin to occur. Alis Franklin takes you on quite a journey with just the first book of this series so it will be very interesting to see how the rest of them play out. Her writing style, subject matter and her melding of Norse mythology with thrillers and threads of romance is refreshingly unique. It all culminates into the reason that Alis Franklin is set apart as an author. It will definitely fun seeing how this new and different book and series is received. If you’re a fan of thrillers, post apocalyptic works, mythology (especially Norse mythology), fantasy or sci-fi novels this is one series that you should check out.