Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase was a great book and one that kept me engaged from beginning to end. Stian, the main character was just so relatable. There’s a little bit of Stian in all of us I think. He’s a twelve year old Viking boy who thinks he knows everything. He longs to be a hero sung of in song and legend just like many other of the great heroes. Of course, the overconfident Stian is balanced out by Dahlia the dark Elf, who resembles the, doom and gloom character. All in all, a fantastic read.
The whole premise of Chase’s book is that everything we thought we know about nordic culture is false. Instead of Loki being the bad guy, he’s actually the good guy and has been framed by ignorant brutes such as Thor and Odin for petty purposes. When Stian finds out he might actually be the long lost son of Loki, he sets out to free his father and learn more of who he truly is.
I feel this book would be a great read for middle-schoolers or junior-high students alike. It has little to no violence and reminds me a little of Rick Riordan’s story. A great read that I had no trouble giving 4/5 stars to. Parents, get this for your young boys, they will love it!
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.