This is not a gateway game to introduce your friends to the joys of board gaming with. For that, reach for Agricola.
But for seasoned gamers, this is a wonderful game. Big, beautiful and as well-executed - in terms of both design and materials - as you’d expect from Uwe Rosenberg.
There are already plenty of reviews you can read about the mechanics so I won’t repeat all that, beyond marvelling at their elegance. What I love is the sheer educational value of A Feast For Odin; it helps you understand the drivers of Old Norse behaviour in their resource-poor lands. And the Almanac - a whole rulebook-size component that is totally unnecessary to the game but just explains atl things Nordic - marvellous!
Don’t make this your first Rosenberg game. But if you’ve already got one and like it, make sure you save up to get this for your collection too; I can’t see how this evolution of the design ethos can be bettered.