Craving more stories based on Norse mythology after watching Thor: Love and Thunder? Same! Here’s a list of the top 5 books rooted in Norse mythology to add to your bookshelf.
1. The Valkyrie’s Daughter
If you want more valkyrie action, The Valkyrie’s Daughter is a Young Adult Fantasy rooted in Norse mythology, and it features a f/f romance. This story about fierce warrior women on horseback is perfect for fans of Valkyrie’s character in Thor.
2. Norse Mythology
Everything we know about Old Norse beliefs and religion comes from one collection of poems called the Poetic Edda—but if you’re not interested in reading a complicated translation of the original Old Norse poetry (I don’t blame you), then this Neil Gaiman book is an excellent adaptation of those original stories. It’s probably the best adaptation out there, to be honest. The Thor and Loki tales are delightful, and I found myself picturing the Marvel actors as I read the stories and laughing out loud.
3. Eight Days of Luke
Endorsed by Neil Gaiman himself, this is a classic Middle Grade book first published in 1975 that’s based on Norse mythology. This is a story you’ll want to re-read to catch all of the hints and subtleties you missed the first time around!
4. The Magnus Chase series
It should come as no surprise that Rick Riordan appears in a list of books based on mythology. His Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is an excellent Middle Grade adventure rooted in Norse mythology.
5. Loki’s Wolves
Another one coming at you from the Middle Grade bookshelf, but there really are some great YA/MG books about Norse mythology. This series is often compared to the Magnus Chase series, and K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr have created an epic adventure full of Norse gods and monsters.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did! And if you really want to geek out and understand the roots of Norse mythology, I recommend reading the original sources: the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda!