American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After spending three years in prison, all Shadow wanted was to get back into the arms of his loving wife. However, sometimes fate can be cruel. Just days before he is scheduled to be released, Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in a car accident. Suddenly his world begins to crumble and become a much colder place.
On his way home for the funeral, Shadow meets Wednesday. When the stranger offers him a job, having nothing to lose, Shadow accepts. Little does he know that his life will never be the same.
It doesn't take long before Shadow realizes just how dangerous his new job is. While working for Wednesday, Shadow embarks on a road trip unlike any other. He encounters many unique and interesting people, all of which have their own stories to tell and know more about him then he does about himself.
As an epic storms brews, Shadow has many lessons to learn. The past doesn't always die and everyone, including his late wife has secrets. The stakes are high as he finds himself pulled into a battle, a conflict, as old as humanity itself. Hidden away from the everyday world, a great war is fought over the very soil on which they stand. The soil of America is the prize.
American Gods will take the reader on an exhilarating journey across America and through myths, some long forgotten, that may challenge their perspectives long after they turn the final page.
The author, Neil Gaiman, does a remarkable job making his story and characters come to life. I often found myself on the edge of my seat, being drawn into the story. The plot was well thought out and kept me guessing as each new twist was introduced.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and say that for fans of myth and legend, this is a must read.
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