North by Lucas Ehrenhaus #Review #Children’s #Mythology #BlogTour
Author: Lucas Erenhaus
Release Date: 1st October 2019
Genre: MG Illustrated
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Page Count: 134
After one of the most decisive warring campaigns in European history between Barbarians and Romance, the sheer possibility of a full-scale Roman invasion into Barbarian lands launches a lifelong recruitment process, which drives to the re-discovery of old mighty forces in the long forgotten North. The most apolocalyptic pan-tribal conflict amongst central and northern European natives will ensue.
There are many stories about the Roman victories in battles but this book shares the events from the viewpoint of the so-called Barbarians they were endeavouring to defeat. This story is a blend of mythology, history and culture skilfully interwoven to relate information about the conflicts, religions, places and families from Norse mythology. It is illustrated throughout and also includes family trees, maps and other materials which help put the story and its characters in context.
The book has middle grade readers as its target audience but I suspect it will appeal more to the older, very competent readers who have an interest in this era, history, mythology and Norse culture. Its vocabulary means this isn’t easy to read but it does contain some great insights into events, people and beliefs making it an intriguing story. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Lucas Ehrenhaus was born in Belgium. Raised in Argentina, lived in Spain for fifteen years, travelled western Africa, Scandinavia, and the north- west of South-America.
Growing up his primary education took place at a Scottish school in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Struggling with secondary studies he started working in a vending company as a driver. Illustration was a constant throughout this period. In Spain there were a series of odd jobs in ten years whilst experimenting with photography and graphic design; two years after the economic crisis hit Madrid, he became an In-Company English Teacher in several big companies for five years during which his passion for northern European history took over. An urge to help other people drove Lucas to travel to Scandinavia in order to go through a programme for volunteering. This took him to western Africa, north western South-America and back to Scandinavia, living mainly in Norway and in Denmark on & off. This added to a broader insight to Northern Scandinavian culture where the finishing of the book North took place.