Most helpful positive review
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Norse and His Boy
on 11 May 2009
It's a neat trick pull off a novel packed with historical detail which is not only is accessible enough for young kids, but exciting enough to keep them interested long enough to let them absorb the factual content. It's an even better trick if the same book can do the same for adults!
The writer here does this with great gusto: terse, dramatic descriptions of fearsome seafaring and bloody combat is balanced against home life which is both recognisable enough to modern eyes and yet alien enough to be exotic. Not only that, but any fan of the Thor Marvel Comic will love the retelling of the stories of the Norse mythological figures which runs alongside and informs the child Tor's narrative.
I've always found the Viking era an unattractive one and hard to imagine, but this novel throws exciting light on a dark period of history. The timeline is useful and accompanies some well-chosen pictures of artefacts, archaeological digs, reconstructed longboats and a map. Recommended for teachers, students and even people nowhere near a school!