My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In Neil Gaiman’s latest release he delves into the world of the Norse gods. We learn the origins of the nine worlds and how they are all connected. We learn about Odin, the highest of all gods, Thor and his hammer, and the trickster Loki. There are appearances by lesser gods, giants, ogres, and serpents. (My favorite character is Loki, with all of his typically unsuccessful scheming.) Lastly, we learn of Ragnarok, the end of days, and are reminded that everything eventually must die in order to make room for new life to grow.
This book is a nice introduction to Norse mythology. The stories are short and presented with modern language that make them easy to read. This is a good one for reading in short spurts. As someone who is more familiar with Greek mythology than Norse, I enjoyed reading this and seeing the parallels between the two. Some of the stories are one the more dark, morbid side, but Gaiman does a good job at keeping balance with levity and humor. Definitely tuck this one on the shelf to enjoy on a rainy afternoon.