Sword at Sunset
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Sword at Sunset

By (author) Rosemary Sutcliff , Foreword by Jack Whyte

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This brilliant reconception of the Arthurian epic cuts through the familiar myths and tells the story of the real King Arthur: Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century. Artos here comes alive: bold and forceful in battle, warm and generous in friendship, tough in politics, shrewd in the strategy of war--and tender and tragically tormented in love. Out of the interweaving of ancient legend, fresh research, soaring imagination, and hypnotic narrative skill comes a novel that has richly earned its reputation as a classic.

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  • Paperback | 495 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 30mm | 580.6g
  • 01 May 2008
  • Chicago Review Press
  • Chicago, IL
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Reprint, Unabridged
  • maps
  • 1556527594
  • 9781556527593
  • 105,527

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Rosemary Sutcliff wrote more than 40 historical novels for young adults--including "The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, The Sword and the Circle, "and Black Ships Before Troy--"five adult novels, and several books of nonfiction.

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"[King Arthur] is a living presence who moves in a brilliantly lit and fantastic landscape . . . rich and sumptuous as the world described in "Mabinogion," as gay and menacing as "The Tale of Genji" . . . Rosemary Sutcliff is a spellbinder." "--"Robert Payne, "New York Times Book Review"

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