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Cycles of Norse Mythology: Tales of the Aesir Gods is a work of rewritten fiction based on classic works, and was penned by author Glenn Searfoss. Working from sagas like the traditional poetic and prose Eddas of Norse mythology, Searfoss has created a new retelling of six key cycles of storylines to suit readers from young adult age upwards, and to bring a modern relevance and sensibility to the tales. Included in this extensive work are cycles focusing on Prophesy, The Victory Gods, The Sword of Vengeance, Premonitions, Ragnarok and Of Gods and Men. Popular heroes such as Thor, Odin and Baldur are heavily featured, as are the contracts they make with other lands, their battles, and their sufferings. Also provided is a helpful glossary of terms to keep the understanding going, as well as a guide to reading more on the fully complex mythos for readers who enjoy this retelling.
Author Glenn Searfoss has provided a loving recollection of the Norse mythology tales in a very compelling and engaging style for readers of all ages. The violence of the world of the gods is brought about with dynamic phrasing that isn’t lost in the old, passive style but brought forward lyrically to show it off for all its action and adventure. There is tenderness too, and well-chosen lexis which characterizes both heroes and villains, humanizing them during their moments of success and failure. Though the grammatical style continues to translate and refer to the original stories (of which there are over one hundred, impressively tackled), the simplicity of the text and the removal of many strange conventions of the Eddas allows for easy translation here. As a primer for readers looking to take in all the stories with ease, you should look no further than Cycles of Norse Mythology. A highly recommended read for mythology fans all around.