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Mythical Creatures and Magical Beasts Volume One by Zayden Stone (BOOK REVIEW) 3/5

This short read was something I’ve had on my list for ages, and while I count it as an average read, I am still glad I finally got to it. In this mythology book, Mr. Stone recounts several lesser known creatures and beasts, categorized by type- such as aquatic creatures or winged creatures or arachnids. While it was standard for mythology books, I found something a bit different in this particular rendition by Mr. Stone- there were a lot of creatures I had never heard of, and he managed to keep a great mixture of different cultures. I was expecting the usual Greek or Egyptian or Norse mythology, but this book threw in plenty of Hindu and French mythology as well, something that caught my eye. French mythology and folklore in particular is something that is rarely spoken of, and I was pleased to see it given some attention here. I found myself making notes of creatures I wanted to research further for my own writing.

My only complaints about this book ended up being in a handful of editing errors I spotted. There really isn’t anything inherently wrong with the information itself, as far as I know, and it was a nice educational read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about mythology, to read a creature here or there in slow moments of their day. It’s a decent, easy read, and may introduce you to a thing or two you didn’t know about.

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