- Written by: Neil Gaiman
- Series or Standalone: Standalone
- Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure
- Source: Borrowed from a friend
- Goodreads Rating: 4.09
- Buy it on Amazon here
“It is a long story, and it does no credit to anyone: there is murder in it, and trickery, lies and foolishness, seduction and pursuit. Listen.”
“The great Norse myths, which have inspired so much of modern fiction, are dazzlingly retold by Neil Gaiman. Tales of dwarfs and frost giants, of treasure and magic, and of Asgard, home to the gods: Odin the all-father, highest and oldest of the Aesir; his mighty son Thor, whose hammer Mjollnir makes the mountain giants tremble; Loki, wily and handsome, reliably unreliable in his lusts; and Freya, more beautiful than the sun or the moon, who spurns those who seek to control her.
From the dawn of the world to the twilight of the gods, this is a thrilling, vivid retelling of the Norse myths from the award-winning, bestselling Neil Gaiman.”
I have always been a fan of Greek mythology, even before my adolescent obsession with the Percy Jackson series. Despite enjoying LOTR`s and the show Vikings, I never really gave much thought to Norse mythology. So when shopping with a friend in Waterstones, I noticed this beautiful book on one of the displays stands. When I picked it up my friend commented that she owned the book, and offered to let me read it! *Insert happy dance here*
From the word go, the writing whisked me away to a far and magical land full of Giants and magical creatures. Gaiman manages to take these age-old fireside stories and rewrite them into a modern style, whilst maintaining the integrity of the traditional tales.
Like the last book I reviewed on Greek mythology, this book is in segments of short stories. It is in chronological order, so despite the book being full of separate stories they all flow together in the passage of time.
My favourite chapter was titled “The Children of Loki”. The tale made me sad but the way it was written and the emotions evoked make it so wonderful. I truly don’t think there is anything I would change about this book as for me it ticks all the boxes for its genre.
Overall, I`m so glad to have read this book. I feel that I have learned a lot about Norse mythology, and, if nothing else to blame everything on Loki. I think that if you are already predisposed to mythology then you will love reading this. I will definitely start reading some more of Neil Gaiman’s books. Happy Reading!
My Rating: 4.5
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