Thursday, 13 October 2016

Book Review: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman & Illustrated by Chris Riddell


Title: Odd and the Frost Giants
Author: Neil Gaiman
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Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Genre: Fantasy, fiction
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication Date: 8th September 2016
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving a tale of legend, magic and adventure which will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear . and then Odd's destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods .

This rich and layered tale of courage is told with humour and in breathtaking style by two creators at the height of their powers: from the author of modern classics such as American Gods, Coraline and The Sleeper and the Spindle, Odd and the Frost Giants will leave you spellbound. Lavishly produced and packed with Chris Riddell's glorious illustration enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
My Thoughts
Odd and the Frost Giants was a surprise books in two ways. Firstly I had no idea it was being published, and secondly it found it's way to my house from the publishers. When I opened the parcel I fell in love with this book immediately. From the gorgeous hardback, the cut away front cover, the amazing illustrations and the lovey colouring of it all.

We begin the book with an introduction to Odd and his family. Odd lives with his Mother in a small village where everybody knows the ins and outs of what is going on, no secret can be hidden, except by Odd, who never shows what he is feeling or thinking. A few years after the death of his Father, Odd's Mother remarries, and Odd's Step-Father isn't the nicest person. Fed up, Odd steal some fish and makes the perilous journey across frozen lakes and through woods to his Fathers old woodcutting hut. But Odd ends up with more than he bargained for when he finds himself in the company of a fox, bear, and eagle.

I'm not going to go into detail from this point onwards, as what happens wasn't something I expected, but found I really enjoyed the story itself. Like thier previous book, Odd and the Frost Giants is a magically written book with some jaw dropping illustrations that work amazingly well together. I fell into this book with very high expectations from this duo, and I am very happy to say it does not disappoint. Not only is this book full of rich storytelling and intricate illustrations, it also has recognisable characters, that make you feel at home instantly. Odd himself is someone who you fell strangely sorry for but also proud of his spirit and determination. Odd and the Frost Giants itself is a relativity quick read, taking less than one hour to finish, and it leaves you wanting more.

Final Verdict
Buy this book

1 comment:

  1. What! I had no idea that Neil Gaiman had a new book out and I absolutely and totally love Neil Gaiman books! This one looks and sounds absolutely and utterly fantastic and right up my alley. Thank you for the awesome post and great review.

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