Sunday 15 July 2018

Book Review: Norse Mythology by James Shepherd

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: James Shepherd
Arcturus Digital

Publication Date: 16 January 2018
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

The myths and legends of the Norsemen have entertained both old and young alike for hundreds of years.

This fascinating collection contains stories retold from the Icelandic Eddas, the principal sources of knowledge of Norse mythology, and the Sagas of the ancient world of the Vikings.

Following the deeds of the powerful Norse gods, such as Odin, Thor and Loki, and filled with a host of fantastic creatures and objects containing magical properties, the tales in Norse Mythology will conjure up a world of heroism and romance that will enthrall readers.

My favourite thing about Norse Mythology was the scope the collection, which encompassed both Eddas, the Völsunga saga, the Ragnar Loðbrók stories, and other tales. There were also some pleasing illustrations. However, what let down this work for me was the unfathomable sanitising of the stories. Had this been a work aimed solely at children, I might have understood it, but that wasn't the impression I got. Why, then, were the more sexual aspects of some of the tales underplayed or written out completely? It hardly seemed an accurate representation of the stories to miss out such key elements. That did put me off the book as a whole, despite its other good qualities. I might recommend if you wanted to introduce a child to the mythology for first time, but as an adult, wanting a full version of the mythology, I can only give this three stars.

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