“A good smattering of Norse mythology and an appealing hero, peril and adventure and a satisfactory (and not saccharine) ending.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
I have just finished reading this to my children and I am, as always, amazed at how much Gaiman can fit into such a small book. We were all under his spell from the first page.
The story is of a young man named Odd, who lives in a viking village with his widowed mother. Odd is a bit of a loner and, fed up, decides to leave the village one day and head into the woods, to his late father’s woodcutter’s hut.