Wednesday 5 September 2018

Book Review: Beneath Yggdrasil's Shadow (Fantasy/Myth Anthology)

Title: Beneath Yggdrasil's Shadow
Author: Various
Fantasia Divinity

Publication Date: 26 August 2018
eBook - PDF
Fantasy/Myth/Short Stories
Author Copy

Norse mythology has a fascinating take on the universe and a pantheon of amazing gods and goddesses. Although there are many stories that have survived the ages, there are several tales that were lost to time. This anthology focuses on stories about Norse goddesses that have been mostly forgotten. There are many goddesses that we now know very little about, their origins erased from history. Who are these barely mentioned goddesses? Where did they come from? These are the stories that history did not remember.

Featuring 23 stories about Norse goddesses such as Sigyn, Ran, Idun, Nott, Eir, Angrboda, and many more!

With stories by Cindar Harrell, Victor H. Rodriguez, Christine Morgan, Jade Black, Amelia Sirina, Jane Dougherty, R.A. Goli, Eddie D. Moore, Lisa M. Landreth, Tony Daly, Cassandra Schoeber, Aaron Hwang, Genevieve Gornichec, Matthew Wilson, Nicki J. Markus, Tahni J. Nikitins, DJ Tyrer, Kari Holloway, Claire Davon, Gerri Leen, Antonius M. Hogebrandt, David W. Landrum, and S. Locke.

As a quick disclaimer, I have to say that I have a story in this collection. However, my review only pertains to the other tales included.

On the whole, this is an interesting and varied collection. I loved seeing how the other authors each interpreted the theme. As with any anthology, I liked some stories more than others, but I should think that means there is something here for everyone. One or two pieces could have done with another round of edits. (One confused the verbs to lay and to lie every single time, which I found irritating.) However, overall it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. If you enjoy stories inspired by Norse myth, you'll want to take a look at this.

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