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The Copper Sign

The Copper Sign [Kindle Edition]

Katia Fox , Lee Chadeayne
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“A vital, evocative novel with a female protagonist who not only forges swords but also our vision of the middle ages.” – Javier Sierra, author of The Secret Supper and The Lost Angel

England 1161: Ellen, a blacksmith’s daughter, wants to become a swordsmith, but for a girl this male profession is unimaginable. Forced to run away from home, she disguises herself as a boy and has the opportunity to accompany a famous swordsmith to Normandy, where the sons of the greatest barons are trained to be knights. Under the assumed identity of Alan she learns the trade and becomes familiar with court life. When she falls in love with Guillaume, a young noble man, she can’t divulge her secret for fear it will endanger her dream of fame and recognition. Across countries and time, Ellen struggles to achieve her dream and find her place, always in fear that Thibault, an evil knight who tracks her every move, waits around the corner. Full of tension, intrigue, and treachery, The Copper Sign is a passionate tour de force that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

About the Author

Katia Fox, born in 1964, grew up in Germany and southern France, and started her career as an interpreter and translator. After the birth of her third child, she turned her attention to the English Middle Ages and started to research blacksmithing. That research directly inspired the first installment in her captivating trilogy set in medieval England, The Copper Sign. Katia Fox lives with two of her three children splitting her time between a small town near Frankfurt and Provence. She also visits England as often as possible to continue her research.

Translator Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician, college professor, and owner of a language translation company in Massachusetts. He was a charter member of the American Literary Translators Association and has been an active member of the American Translators Association since 1970. His translated works are primarily in the areas of music, art, language, history, and general literature. Most recently this includes the bestselling The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch and The Copper Sign by Katia Fox.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1756 KB
  • Print Length: 652 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (6 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1QD5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read. 27 Nov 2011
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I can see where the author was trying to go with this good, a plucky heroine who has a dream that she wishes to fulfil, namely becoming a sword smith, a dream that she cannot fulfil due to her gender.

It should be a winner. Strong female lead, historical setting. But it all falls flat, the book contains cliché after cliché, The wicked lord who does her wrong, the flight from danger, the good man who she ends up with.

I found some parts of the plot to be trite and over done. I did manage to read it but I did not enjoy it, which is strange as I am a historical fiction fan. This one was a miss for me
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but ok 10 Feb 2012
By Paula Woods VINE VOICE
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I struggled with this book. The heroine is a plucky lady, but that was about all. I felt it was far too long and dragged in a lot of places. It just seemed that the author lost her way in places. Not my favourite I am afraid. Also the font in the book was far too small, hence the reason a kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too soap operish 10 April 2013
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Just seemed too predictable with quite unnecessary sex scenes introduced, presumably to titillate the reader. Never got to the end - gave up in frustration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but lacking substance 11 May 2012
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This is a bit of an epic and centres around a girl, who disguises herself as a boy to train as a blacksmith/swordsmith. It tries to evoke the spirit of Ken Follet (in Pillars of the Earth) but is just too unbelievable. I enjoyed it, but there were points at which I just got frustrated with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hum-drum Historical with Swords 2 Feb 2012
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As a young girl Ellenweore loved working in her father's smithy - and frequently wished she'd been born a boy. So when she's forced to leave home that's what she does, disguising herself in order to become a smith's apprentice. A new master and a move to Normandy not only hones Ellen/Alan's skills, but also tempers her ambition - to forge a sword for the king.

But Ellen faces a hard road ahead, filled with love, loss and knights both wicked and beloved. If it's hard for a woman smith to gain the recognition she deserves, it's nothing compared to just living some times.

A well-researched medieval tale with a strong female lead and everything you could ever wish to know about sword-smithing, I agree with other reviewers that there does seem to be something missing here. For all the research and detail there is very little atmosphere - which could be a translation issue. The plot is also a little lacklustre as Ellen traipses here and there, never really learning from her mistakes.

At the end I was left feeling indifferent. Yes, Ellen does develop into a stronger person, but I never really liked her, and I wasn't sure what all the point of it was. It's all just a bit humdrum - the true action happens off-stage, without having any true impact on the story. There are plenty of good - even excellent - historical novelists writing out there already. This book in this form sadly doesn't really compare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK actually 19 Dec 2011
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Not a literary review person, but just wanted to say I quite enjoyed it. I liked the character of Ellen. She is a plucky lady. Would be more than happy to read other stuff from same author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Medieval Saga 7 Dec 2011
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This lengthy saga, which was translated from German as part of the Amazon Crossings programme, covers the life of Eleanweore for a period of a little over twenty years in the latter half of the 12th Century. Starting in East Anglia, Ellen is forced to flee from her home aged 12 and, initially disguised as a boy, she pursues her ambition of becoming a leading swordsmith. The adventure moves from Suffolk around various parts of France and then back to East Anglia.

I enjoyed this tale and got through this long book quite quickly as it grabbed my attention sufficiently that I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Ellen next. In some respects it is fairly simplistic as we have Thibault, a good, old fashioned villain who pops up to give Ellen trouble at intervals and in many ways it is a clear cut issue of black versus white or good versus evil. Personally I found the first half of the book more interesting than the second as there was quite a lot more action, and once Ellen is back in England, the pace seems to slow considerably. I did not find the very end of the book worked as well as most of the rest of this story. The author first gives us a fairly lengthy history lesson to set the final scene, which she does not feel the need to do elsewhere, then efficiently sets about tying up all the loose ends. However, it all seemed just a little bit too tidy for my taste.

I thought this was generally well translated from the original German, although from time to time little modernisms crept in which seemed just a little out of keeping. Ellen makes a convincing heroine and is a strong, ambitious woman, living at a time when there was strong and fairly widespread prejudice against women doing much apart from looking after the home and family.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Copper Sign 4 Dec 2011
By A. V. Calvert VINE VOICE
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"Good Lord Ellenweore if only you were a boy.You were born a blacksmith"
The main theme of this story is how Ellenweore a blacksmiths daughter follows her dream to make the King a sword.Not just any old sword but one of quality and strength.
She follows her dream,falling in love,leaving home.She travels to France learning her chosen dream working with master craftsmen to make her name.
She also seeks her first love Sir William the advisor to the king.
I picked this book up and could not put it down it was so intriguing.The story is fast moving with the usual twists that life throws.A very good read.My partner also read this.He does not usually read books written by women but he too had a good surprise.He loved it and had to read it in one sitting.
I received this free for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read and I am not usually into historical tales.
Published 4 days ago by lynn CROFTS
3.0 out of 5 stars good
Americanisms. would have been better if it didn't have the American spelling of words such as GOTTEN instead of got
Published 1 month ago by A W Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars medieval imaginary novel
Good book-- great heroine with an interesting life-- and an unusual trade nowadays-- but not then- I enjoyed reading about how swords are made
Published 2 months ago by Mogie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Copper Sign
Just a lovely book, set many, many years ago.It takes you back in time, when you are suddenly immersed in the story and you start living in those times as well A very good read!
Published 3 months ago by Karyn Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This isn't the normal genre that I usually read though I have to say it was brilliant I could not read it fast enough. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Changer
It was a "Girls Book"or so I thought after a few pages I was hooked. A fantastic Book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it promised
I agree with the other reviewers, drawn out and at times frustrating to read. Why would a supposedly intelligent and independent woman keep putting herself in the path of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol, SoT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really god read with an unusual twisting and turning story, I could not put it down, a great historical novel of a forgotten age.
Published 4 months ago by M0753
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
really good read and the technical details are easy to understand. Great story too with good twists and turns to the conclusion.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book
I always enjoy hisorical novels and this was no exception, plenty of suspense and twists and the reader gets a feel of being in the period. Well written.
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