Children · Classics · Middle-Grade

Norse Mythology by James Shepherd

A nice introduction to Norse mythology with illustrations that complement these 30 tales perfectly.

This collection of stories runs through the adventures and misadventures of gods and mystical creatures. Taking places both in Asgard, the realm of the gods and Midgard, home of Men, these are myths that have been told through the centuries and influenced each culture of the world differently. From cunning mischiefs, romance to humour and war, you’ll fall into this old world and the beautiful illustrations will help you give a face to mystical characters that you know and might not know yet.

The language is simple, easy to follow and understand. However, I think this book isn’t classified properly. As an adult, I would expect a more classical language and its expressions, like Old English. I felt this was written for a younger audience and not only because of the language. The sexual and violent bits are missing. For me, it’s a good book to introduce Norse mythology to children and middle-graders. For teens and adults, might feel like the stories are somehow lacking. These legends, much like the Grimm fairytales, should be told as they are, especially the missing parts are essential to the general message of the tale.

Overall, it’s a good read with great illustrations. I would recommend it as an introductory book for children and middle-graders on Norse mythology.

Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Sirius Entertainment and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.

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