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There are numerous problems with this book, most notoriously the inclusion (or, more likely, the invention) of the "blank rune." No such thing exists in the
He also includes a couple poem that laud Christ, and in one place when discussing an interpretation he refers to as "the Cross," he says "The Cross is the condition for wisdom. Christ on the Tree. Odin on the Tree." The runes, however, are wholly and thoroughly Heathen and pre-Christian in origin. References to Christ - and especially including him as part of an interpretation - makes no historical sense.
Even though the book comes with a set of runes (including the non-existent "blank" one,) and some have suggested that getting the book with the rune set is ok as a starting point, I must whole-heartedly disagree. Too much of what Blum writes is questionable to even consider it as an inexpensive introduction, and you can generally get a nice set of wood or bone runes - both of which are traditionally used materials - online at a decent price. As for books to learn how to use the Runes, I would recommend books by Freya Aswynn or Diana Paxson. While their books are a bit more involving than Blum's, both have done a good job with their research and are generally well respected in the Heathen community.