The central characters in this novel are firstly a ‘thin child’ who has been evacuated to the countryside during WWII and secondly the whole pantheon of Norse gods, whom she reads a book about.
The thin child uses the Norse myths as a way of thinking about the world around her, especially as way of encoding her fears for her pilot father.
The whole book (the premise, the language and the treatment of the characters) is a huge success. Everything hangs together beautifully and left me a very satisfied reader. One of my favourite books I’ve read this year.