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Sword at Sunset by [Sutcliff, Rosemary]
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"[Sutcliff] is an effective storyteller and knows how to keep her dialogue terse and believable. . . . There are many fine battles in "Sword at Sunset," and they are described with majestic eloquence." "--"Orville Prescott, "The New York Times"

"A book of great beauty, of fine writing, of the evocation of a time past. . . . A book for the appreciative, mature reader." """Library Journal""

"[Sutcliff] is an effective storyteller and knows how to keep her dialogue terse and believable.. . . There are many fine battles in "Sword at Sunset," and they are described with majestic eloquence." ""Orville Prescott, "The New York Times""

"[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""

"The gritty realism and emotional power of Rosemary Sutcliff s writing places "Sword at Sunset" in a place of its own . . . leaves you convinced that if the story of King Arthur is more history than fantasy, this must be the way events really occurred . . . makes other versions of the legend pallid by comparison." "Green Man Review""

"A good story, swift, various, and at all times exciting. . . . Miss Sutcliff has a sure hand with heroism and pathos." "Times Literary Supplement""

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For fourteen centuries the story of Arthur was a legend, misted over by the tradition of romantic hero-tales. But Arthur was real - a man of towering strength, a dreamer and a warrior who actually lived, fought and died for his impossible dream. In Sutcliff's now legendary retelling, King Arthur is brought passionately to life.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1672 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A25NLY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the best story yet written on the Romano-British cavalryman and leader whose deeds gave rise to the legend of King Arthur. In the days of my youth Rosemary Sutcliff's fiction for children opened the wonderous world of the people of Roman Britain. Sword At Sunset is NOT A JUVENILE FICTION BOOK despite including characters and continuing a story line from an earlier novel: The Lantern Bearers. MS Sutcliff brilliantly weaves what little actual knowledge we have with fictional details in a manner that brings Arthur out of legend and into life.
The story is that of Arthur's struggle to lead the Britons, both Celtic and Roman, against the invading Saxons.
It is the story of the warrior brotherhood known as his 'Companions' as they battle to preserve the light of the dregs of Roman civilization in Britain against the darkness of the barbarians who would destroy it.
The battles are realistic and the reader practically feels the blood, sweat, fear and courage of the fighting men.
It is also a story of love, loyalty, betrayal and a horrible unspeakable sin, the consequenses of which could destroy all that Arthur holds dear.
The story includes realistic events that would seem to explain an archeological mystery of the era and other events that give rise to important elements of the medieval legend.

MS Sutcliff takes us through Arthur's challenges as he strives to mount his men on the horses of his dreams, which he believes are the key to victory against the foot-bound Saxons.
We follow him as he meets and befriends the men who will be his sword brothers as well as his meeting with the lady he grows to love, Guenhemara.
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I enjoyed it and it was beautifully written, of course, but I wouldn't rush back to re-read like I do with some of her books.
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Was a bit hard going at times but worth it.
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I first read this novel when I was in high school, and I was absolutely blown away by it. It portrays King Arthur, the figure of medieval romance and legend, as he might have been in historical reality. There has been much speculation and debate on the real man behind the legend, if there was one. The real Arthur may have been a single man, or conversely, the legendary Arthur may, in origin, be an amalgamation of several real figures; we will likely never know. All that it seems safe to say is that, like nearly all legends, this one probably has a seed of truth from which all the stories later grew. In "The Sword at Sunset" Rosemary Sutcliff tells a story of what the real Arthur might have been like. As such, it is a very, very different tale than the one with which most people are familiar. There is no Camelot, and no round table. There is no Merlin, for this is not the mythical, magical Arthurian story. There is no Grail Quest. And there is no Lancelot du Lac (who, after all, wasn't introduced until the 12th century by French writer Chrétien de Troyes). No, this is the story of Artos, a Romano-British war leader. His men, called "the companions" or "the brotherhood," not "knights" as that term would be anachronistic in early 6th century Britain, are basically late Roman cavalry troopers. The weapons, armor, and warfare are all those of late antiquity, not the high middle ages, which is the setting for the legends. Ms. Sutcliffe does such an outstanding job in portraying the world in which Artos lives, the daily life of his men, the hardships they faced on campaign, and the world in which they lived -- a combination of Roman civilization and British Celtic culture -- that the novel really transports the reader back to the 6th century.Read more ›
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I have the greatest admiration for Rosemary Sutcliff as an author, and for this wonderful novel. I bought it when I was 17 and the imagery, immediacy and powerful story has remained with me. I still have a copy - not the original one I purchased when I was so young, but one I paid a lot of money for when it was out of print. I'd re-read the three Aquila family novels - Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers and longed to re-read Sword at Sunset in which the Aquilas soldier on as minor characters, and was dismayed to find it out of print. Rosemary Sutcliff did not write many books for adults, but those she did create are most sensitively written and this is the best - the best of all that she wrote. For me King Arthur can only be the Romano British Comes Britanniorum,the war-leader Artos Aurialanus, who is declared Emperor by his troops after a decisive victory.There is no better version of the story. I love it as much now that I'm in my 60s as I did when I was that 17 year old buying the book with quite a large percentage of her monthly earnings who read it mainly for the romance. Now I better understand its depths, the story of brotherhood in war and sacrifice and doom.
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This is one of the most magnificent re-tellings of the Arthurian story, thrilling, moving tragic, authentic, it must at last be described as high and noble. All Rosemary Sutcliff's work is splendid, but this is the pinnacle.
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