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I've never been a fan of Freya Aswynn as she has been terribly unpleasant to some friends of mine in the past
on 20 November 2015
I purchased this for research purposes. Firstly, I've never been a fan of Freya Aswynn as she has been terribly unpleasant to some friends of mine in the past. It's interesting to note that in the introduction she does speak negatively about people in her life, and although she doesn't mention names, I think it says alot about an author if they are happy to air their disagreements with individuals in a published book, not to mention the fact that if you know her or the people she has had a disagreement with, you will know perfectly well exactly who she is referring to! It's a bit like putting a (not so) thinly veiled post on facebook. Anyway, as with any story like that, there are two sides and it's a shame because I wasn't expecting it and personally it sets a peculiar tone and nasty taste to the book. However, most readers are unlikely to be connected to those matters and it will be irrelevant to them. I felt the book worth reading as she has worked with the runes for so many years I am sure has a very close connection with Odin, I didn't feel my research of the runes would be complete without reading it. It's a fair book, and I appreciate her woman's perspective on things, although she misses the mark in a few places. It is clear she has worked deeply with the runes for a number of years. She doesn't always quote every source she uses, and many things she includes are wiccan with norse paganism or runes overlaid. I wouldn't refer to this as a key text, and its certainly not the best book out there on northern mysteries but Aswynn has some interesting perspectives. If you are wiccan interested in runes or norse magic you will certainly be able to connect to this book.