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It started in the th century when their avatars first joined in battle On that occasion the sorcerous Hasan al Sabah, the first and Chief Assassin won handily against Thomas Amnet, Knight Templar and White Magician There have been many duels since then, and in each the undying Arab has ended the life of Loki's avatar But each time the avatar is reborn,and the Assassin tiresIt is now the st century Loki's time approaches, and Ahriman, Lord of Darkness, must fall

10 thoughts on “Mask of Loki

  1. Sarah Sammis Sarah Sammis says:

    November 06, 2004

    This is a book from the nadir of Zelazny's life and career as a writer. It's a much better book, though still heavily flawed, if the chapters with the flash backs are skipped. The flashbacks are written out of chracter for Zelazny's usual style of writing so I can only guess that they are Thomas T. Thomas's contribution to this book. The story itself isn't much different than the second half of the Amber series, namely that of Merle and his semi-sentient computer. Zelazny usually doesn't bother with a lot of back story and in his better pieces, Tom Gurgen would have known by about page 30 that he was somehow tied to Loki. He'd have his powers and be trying to figure out why he had them, who wanted them and who he should aly himself with. But here the pacing is off and all the really typical (and good) Zelazny stuff doesn't happen until the last thirty pages of the book!

  2. Alazzar Alazzar says:

    You can tell a book is really good when you start skimming the moment you reach the denouement.

    Unfortunately, that pretty much describes all of The Mask of Loki for me: it was downhill from page 1.

    In the beginning, things were interesting. Then they dragged on. And dragged on some more. And dragged on some mooooooore.

    (On the plus side, I got very accurate scientific descriptions of things I didn't actually care about. So that was a nice way to spend several pages in a row, on numerous occasions.)

    This book was mostly written by Thomas T. Thomas, and he said at the beginning of the collaboration with Zelazny that he didn't much care for fantasy fiction and preferred to write hard SF. It definitely shows, because this book could have been 100 pages shorter without having lost anything important--Thomas just really likes describing things in excruciating detail.

    The story unfolds in two timelines: one with crusading knights and one with a futuristic jazz-piano player. The latter was more interesting than the former, because holy crap, I can only read about knights marching for so long before I need to see some sort of action--be it physical, emotional, whatever.

    On the one hand, The Mask of Loki is not a good book. On the other hand, at least it isn't Flare .

  3. Data Data says:

    I was recently looking to read something without all the swords and blood in the fantasy genre, and got a couple of really mediocre ones in a row. I had to take a break and go back to swords and blood.
    I love Zelazny, not sure why, except that his books are rarely dull, and nothing is quite what it seems.
    Mask of Loki is a collaboration, clearly not pure Zelazny, but has enough of the hallmarks to make this a pretty good book, in spite of being a little frustrating. It jumps though several lifetimes of the many-times reincarnated hero, so it is hard to follow. Be prepared for a puzzle!

  4. Bobby Sullivan Bobby Sullivan says:

    I enjoyed this book very much. Surprising, since I hated the other novel Zelazny and Thomas co-wrote (FLARE).

  5. Gary Gary says:

    I'm a big Zelazny fan from way back - reading him when at school - but this book puzzled me. It's co written with another author and so that can make a difference but this was quite disjointed throughout and ended rather lamely. The quality of the writing is great but it was like a series of vignettes showing you how to write well rather than a coherent whole book. That's why only 3 stars when most of his books would get a 4 or 5 from me.

  6. dustin league dustin league says:

    Thus far my least favorite Zelazny book, but not a bad book in its own right. The pacing is much slower than Zelazny's usually writes. The scenes set during the Crusades following Thomas Amnet (about 1/2 of the book) are the best while the near-future events tend to plod for awhile before ramping up to a pretty good conclusion.

  7. Howard Brazee Howard Brazee says:

    This is the second Zelazny collaboration that I have read recently that had GoodReads only list one author. Interestingly, the other one was listed as a Saberhagan work. I wonder if that indicates who is the primary author. When Roger knew he was dying, he collaborated a lot, hoping to provide for his family after he died.

  8. Mike S Mike S says:

    This was my least favorite Zelazny book, I attribute that to the collaboration with Thomas. While parts of the story were really well done (which I attribute to Zelazny), it dragged in a lot of spots, I don't think I'll be reading anything by Thomas in future. I think this is a case where the movie would most definitely be better than the book.

  9. Hao Hao says:

    A Zelazny book, but not nearly on the same scale as Lord of Light. The characters seemed to fall flat, and the story's pay off was not satisfying, and abrupt.