Vikings have had a resurgence of popularity in the last few years, as have the interest in the old Norse legends – just witness the new exhibition about the Vikings at the British Museum. This book from 2002 serves as a brilliant beginners guide to the joys of the Norse legends and stories of Viking gods.

Although I have long been a fan of Kevin Crossley-Holland’s work and retellings of old myths, I hadn’t heard about this book until I stumbled upon it at my local library. It is immediately readable and entertaining series of individual short stories that have a common thread that runs through them, from the creation through to the end, or Ragnarok.

And, just as in Joanne Harris’ Runemarks books, you will not fail but love the trickster God, Loki by the end of him, and be ever so wary of Odinn.

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