If you’re excited about the premiere of Loki on Disney+, I’ve got your back with some villainous books even the God of Mischief would enjoy.
Although I can’t guarantee Loki is a fellow fiction-lover, this is a great list of mischievous and villainous books I’m sure you will love.
If We Were Villains, by M.L. Rio
Description excerpt: “Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.”
A starred review by Kirkus said this book is a “bloody, melodramatic, suspenseful debut… This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you.”
Clearly, If We Were Villains will be a hit for anyone in the mood for a suspense-filled mystery thriller.
Vicious (Villains, #1), by V.E. Schwab
Description excerpt: “Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability.”
According to Goodreads, Vicious is “A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers,” and if that doesn’t intrigue you, perhaps you need to read the whole description.
This book and the sequel are highly praised by readers of fantasy and thriller books, and are widely considered some of the most gripping novels from recent years. You won’t be disappointed!
Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad, #2), by C.B. Lee
Description excerpt: “Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.”
This one might be a bit of a stretch since it’s YA, but hear me out. Read the description and look at the cover, and tell me it doesn’t remind you of Loki! You can’t!
Additionally, the cover is almost entirely Loki-green, it’s about a villain who is not your typical villain, and the main character is queer. And he’s a shapeshifter! Need I say more?
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Description excerpt: “In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.”
Is it cheating to include this book for the general Norse mythology content? Perhaps, but “cheating” is a very Loki thing to do.
Though Norse Mythology doesn’t fully focus on a villain like Loki, I assume he would want to read this book for the hype, and to see if Gaiman did the Prince of Asgard’s story justice. (And, of course, the rest of the Norse myths included, but those would probably be less important to Loki.)
Loki: Where Mischief Lies, by Mackenzi Lee
Description excerpt: “Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.”
You can’t get more mischievous than a book about the God of Mischief himself.
I just had to include this one! I’d like to imagine that Loki would have enough self-interest to check this book out. Of course, all MCU Loki fans and (especially those who love Young Adult books) should consider reading this one for an exciting look at a younger Loki.
Also, the title is fantastic.
Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me, by Al Ewing: “Kid Loki’s all grown up – and the God of Mischief is stronger, smarter, sexier and just plain sneakier than ever before.”
Renegades, by Marissa Meyer: “Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.”
This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab: “In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.”
Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth, by Daniel Kibblesmith: “Loki is…Earth’s Mightiest Hero?! After dying a grisly death in WAR OF THE REALMS, the reborn Trickster learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Don’t get caught.”
Whether or not you choose to read any of these books, I wish you luck on your quest to find some great reads inspired by your favorite MCU characters!