Yes, it is scathing. But it is the only reader review up there. It's only one person's view, I wouldn't put too much weight on it. Here's what Kirkus Reviews says:
"Evil Nazi schemes, Norse mythology, Pompeian legend and a balloon expedition to the North Pole are narrative bedfellows in this sprawling, fanciful tale...it scores as a larkishly offbeat alternative to the dour mysteries Swedes are known for."
Books List also gives it a favorable review.
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