Promo + Mini Review: Wayland – The Tale of the Smith from the North by Tony Mitton and John Lawrence

5 out of 5 stars | Goodreads
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Just as the blurb says, this book is beautiful. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy by Random House, and as I do not feel I can write a properly detailed review on such a short book, I’m combining it with a promo post. The verse is stunning in itself, but combined with the gorgeous illustrations it really comes to life. For someone such as myself, who loves mythology and folklore, it would make a beautiful gift. I’d never heard the tale of Wayland before reading this – apparently it was brought to England by Vikings – and I hope that many others are exposed to the story through this book.
Honestly, the cover does not do the illustrations inside justice. John Lawrence is one of the leading wood-block engraving illustrators in the world and the exquisite illustrations within, which could tell a story all by themselves, reflect that.
Tony Mitton, who wrote the verse for the book, is an award-winning poet, and his words are the perfect combination with Lawrence’s artwork.

I would rate the book five out of five stars. Despite being short, it is wonderfully told and beautifully illustrated.

Still not convinced? Have some wise words from Philip Pullman:


“I’ve read nothing so enthralling for a long time. Tony Mitton’s verse rings with the power and clarity of an ancient ballad, and is perfectly matched by the force and splendour of John Lawrence’s illustrations… I think it’s a marvellous piece of work, and I’m sure anyone who reads it will agree.”


Wayland – The Tale of the Smith From the North is due for publication on September 5th 2013, published by David Fickling Books, and priced at £14.99.
Amazon |  Tony Mitton’s website | John Lawrence’s website