Ahoy there me mateys! Since beginning to listen to audiobooks this year, I have become determined to listen to Neil Gaiman read as many of his own stories as I can. I have a wee bit of an obsession with Mr. Gaiman (for details click here) and so when I had a short bit of time I decided to listen to this one.
This be a cute story about a young Viking named Odd and the adventure he goes on to help reclaim the city of the Gods from the Frost Giants. I adore Odd and had a lovely time hearing him deal with Thor, Loki, and Odin.
Apparently this is a retelling of a known tale. I don’t know the Norse myths
very well at all. Perhaps I have to listen to Norse Mythology soon. This story was middle grade but (as always) I don’t put age limits on things. So pick this one up!
Side note: Mr. Gaiman’s voice was so wonderful that I didn’t need the illustrations. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
The thrilling, wintry Nordic tale by Neil Gaiman, who weaves a magical story of legend and adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.
Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid. In his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd’s destiny begins to change.
The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…
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