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3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual adventure, 2 May 2011
This review is from: Bracelet of Bones: The Viking Sagas Book 1 (Hardcover)
I am a great fan of Kevin Crossley-Holland, and looked forward to reading Bracelet of Bones. It turned out to be a good adventure story written in a poetic vein echoing the saga-type language of the Vikings. It is a kind of odyssey, in which 15-year-old Solveig sets out from Norway to find her father whom she believes to have travelled to Miklagard (Byzantium). It traces vividly the changing scenery and culture from Scandinavia to the last outpost of the Roman Empire.

Unfortunately as I am not really au fait with Norse mythology I felt I was missing something even with the help of a list of Norse deities at the beginning. The plot (like the river!) meandered until the protagonists reached Kiev, after which it picked up in momentum. But the real drawback for me was the lack of familiarity with Norse names, which meant I constantly had to refer to the list of characters at the beginning; even then I was sometimes confused about their gender.

As an adult reader, I did wonder how much the book would appeal to children. However I am looking forward to a sequel which seems to be promised by the title page.
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Initial post: 2 Sep 2012 09:36:44 BDT
Great fan of Kevin Crossley-Holland? Not really au fait with Norse mythology? -- you really must get The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings -- one of Crossley-Holland's best books!

Posted on 5 Sep 2012 06:05:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2012 06:06:10 BDT
Selene says:
This is the first in a series. Scramasax: The Viking Sagas, Book Two has just been released.
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