I will admit that I bought this book on the grounds it is illustrated by Rodney Matthews, an artist I have followed from University. The material in it is also fascinating too. I will admit my knowledge of Norse legends is basic if that. So a combination of easy reading (the book claims to be for 11 year olds - suits me) and great illustrations makes this a great book to read. Only problem is I have now discovered he has also done one on Greek Legends too so i guess i need to keep an eye out for that now.