Mythical creatures are cultural artifacts–creations of the human imagination from all around the world. From terrifying monsters to sacred mystical beasts, weird-looking humanoids, magical birds, and many other fantastic beings, the mythological creatures in this book are sure to enchant and amaze! Discover myths and legends spanning from ancient times to modern day from every corner of the globe. Learn the cultural origins of 240 different mythical creatures, captured in ten chapters and 100 colorful illustrations. You will find terrifying bogey monsters as well as benevolent guardians. Meet creatures that symbolize obstacles to overcome, ones that explain the occurrence of disease, some that ward away evil, and others that were created simply for amusement. Explore mythology from the Middle East, Africa, India, Japan, Mexico, Europe, Polynesia, and beyond. This guide is a ticket to travel the world and discover its strangest magical beasts from the safety of your own home.
Expected publication: November 28th 2019 by Red Feather
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
If I had to sum up this book I’d say it’s very interesting and informative. You get a ton of information but not to the point where it’s overwhelming. Also the illustrations help a lot with imagining those creatures. Since they are myths there can be more than one description of how the creature looked like, so I was sometimes surprised by the authors picks. Also, while reading this book I found myself fascinated by the differences between the creatures appearances in this book and how they are shown in the movies. Especially the Harry Potter movies. Now some creatures I wouldn’t mind meeting in the dark but most of them I’d rather not, since what they have in common is death and pain for anyone that they encounter. I was most curious about the European myths since I am from Europe and I’m therefore more familiar with them. But at the same time I liked to learn about the myths from the rest of the world. All in all you could say that I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes to learn more about the myths of this world.