by Neil Gaiman
In BriefWhen Shadow is released from prison, he meets the eccentric and convivial Mr Wednesday who makes him an offer he cannot refuse. As Wednesday’s new bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the motley company of mythological characters who have fallen on hard times. These ancient beings, once all-powerful, are being hunted. There are new gods in town and they don’t want reminders of the past hanging around. A war is brewing and Shadow’s new employer is at the heart of it all.
Why you should read itPart road trip, part saga, American Gods is utterly thrilling. Drawing on a great many influences, Gaiman introduces us to unusual and fantastic locations, often inhabited by even stranger and more fantastical characters. The clash of old gods and new is an epic struggle that will enthrall you from start to finish.