Shakespeare as you've never read it before... Or are likely to again. This is a Young Adult fantasy novel that takes the stories of Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet and takes them into a fantasy land of Norse mythology. Simply put, the story follows Romeo and Hamlet as they take off into the afterlife in an attempt to rescue Juliet from death and learn about the magical gateway Hamlet is charged with protecting by his father's ghost (who also charges Hamlet with avenging his murder as per the original work by Shakespeare).
There are Valkyries, Berserkers, Fenrir, large worm monsters, fire giants... A whole host of nasties, dangers and dramas on their quest... It was engrossing and oddly enchanting.
The focus of this book is Romeo finding his Juliet. Hamlet's story barely has the surface scratched. I guess from the ending that the reason for it would be the fact there will be another book (which I didn't know going into this one). I find myself happy with that thought as the romance between Juliet and Romeo (when they find her) is kinda poor, especially when you consider they are the legendary lovers. I hate the thought that that's all we'd be getting for them. I also like that there will be a second book as the bro-mance between Hamlet and Romeo is really entertaining!
This book is family friendly - early teens onwards - and would go down especially well if someone likes mythology but if they are hardcore Shakespeare fans they might want to avoid like the plague!