Mr. Wodening obviously knows his subject, and covers it well. If the information in his rune-meaning section is widely available from many sources, and in consequence he seems bored in presenting it, his research is solid. However, his approach to other subjects (specific practices and herbal lists, for instance) is much more engaged, and consequently more engaging. If you are searching for your first rune-meanings book, pass this up in favor of Galina Krasskova's "Runes: Theory and Practice."Runes:: Theory & Practice
However, he seems to believe that the Proofreading Fairy does not need to be invoked on behalf of Germanic magic. Evidence of this begins with a complete howler in the dedication, and proceeds to missing words, erratic punctuation, a second howler in discussion of alliteration, pronouns which wander between "one" and "they," and repetitious definitions. Missing definitions of critical unfamiliar terms are not nearly so frequent, but they do occur.
The bottom line is that I would recommend this book, howlers and all, except as an introduction to runes. It is solidly researched, and if Mr. Wodening does not seem to be much of a writer, his information is still extremely valuable.