Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. 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.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Out March, 2018
I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.
A skillful story teller, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
The cover is astonishing! I love it so much. I’m so fortunate that the publisher sent me a book and not an arc so that I can add it to my collection on my fantasy bookshelf.
Norse mythology is close to my heart because of my own lineage connecting me to a Viking heritage dating back to 1046–a topic for a future blog, no doubt. So when this book came out, I just had to have. it.
This book gave me a feeling of sitting around a campfire in times of old, listening to stories being told. A modern saga about one of the best pantheons, rich in characters, lore and adventure. How can you not love Norse Mythology told with a modern voice that captivates, intoxicates and motivates you to read on, devouring each page with an insatiable appetite fit for the Gods!
I absolutely loved this book!
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