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on 10 May 2013
I have always been a fan of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf but although it is fabulous tale it does suffer from the fact that it was never meant to be read but performed in front of a live audience. What has come down to us is really a script rather than what we would describe as a story and anyone who has tried to read a script of even their favourite film will know that most of the magic is lost. I was intrigued to see that an author has finally decided to tell the tale of Beowulf and his extended family in a modern series of novels. The first half of this first volume deals with Beowulf's journey from insecure child, through awkward adolescence to early adulthood as he is groomed by the extended family in the ways of the warrior elite. It is a journey we all have to take, with varying degrees of success, and the author has managed to tell it in a fast paced and exciting way. By the second half of the book Beowulf is a young adult and fully involved in the skulduggery of the adult world he now inhabits, culminating in a murder (or was it?) and an extended series of grimly realistic battles.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, Ed Flack. For a first novel the author has done an amazing job. The style of writing is very easy to read, helped by a good standard of editing. I don't recall seeing a single typo and it really helps the book flow for me. The characters became real, multi-faceted people, always the mark of a good writer. I found this first volume in the series absorbing and look forward to the following titles. Sue