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`Beowulf the dragon slayer`by Roesmary Sutclif,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Beowulf: Dragonslayer (New Windmills KS3) (Hardcover)
Beowulf Dragon Slayer by Roesmary Sutcliff is a vivid and creative re-telling of an original Anglo-Saxon ,epic poem. The historical fiction of myth-like fantasy has been adapted making it an immensely enjoyable read for children age 9 and older.
It is the tale of Geatish warrior Beowulf who feels a debt of duty through loyalty to his father, towards king Hrothgar, whose men are being terrorised and slaughtered by an evil demon, named Grendel. Beowulf and his men sail across the' whale road' to defend the king and slay Grendel , but as the story unfolds, Beowulf must conquer other horrific demons and foes, testing his strength, endurance and belief.
The story is fast paced and action packed, it is a gripping tale, a book you cannot put down.
Although it is a short quick-read Sutcliff has given the characters great depth and vivid portrayal through her descriptive language. I also enjoyed the use of Anglo-Saxon words, making the story authentic, old and atmospheric.
There is no happy ending BUT there is a clear and powerful moral message, which describes Beowulf's life as courageous and honourable.
I would highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys the heart pounding excitement and passion of a historic tale