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A work of tremendous imaginative power,
This review is from: Warrior Scarlet (Paperback)
Fans of the great and, alas, late Rosemary Sutcliff, might perhaps overlook this great book, which is a pity as in many ways it ranks as her finest achievement.
Warrior Scarlet is a note-perfect recreation of the late Bronze Age and a tiny South Downs tribal community, with a very Sutcliffian twist - the hero, the young 9 year old Drem, has courage aplenty but has a withered arm. His battle to win his scarlet warrior's robe unfolds to a thrilling climax and heart-warming conclusion.
What gives this book a special resonance is that Sutcliff, too, was physically disabled. She brings the poignancy of Drem's condition completely to life.
Otherwise, some of the familiar elements you find in all of Sutcliff's stories are there - a wise mentor, Talore the hunter; an unworthy, malicious opponent; faithful dogs; and a beautiful minaturist's evocation of time and place.
This was one of my favourite Sutcliff books when i was young - Outcast has a similar emotional richness - and easily stands the test of time. Enjoy the Bronze Age as it might have been...