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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Beowulf' by Rosemary Sutcliff (Written by Neal Patel), 13 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Beowulf: Dragonslayer (New Windmills KS3) (Hardcover)
Review of Beowulf

In this gripping novel Rosemary Sutcliff has taken us back to the times of misery in the land of the Danes when Grendel the night-stalker brought terror to the nights in Denmark. King Hrothgar has grown too old and calls for a young hero to defeat the beast. Beowulf sister's-son to Hygelac sails from Geatland to serve for Hrothgar as he had helped Hygelac. Though Grendel takes more lives and demolishes Hrothgar's Hall, Beowulf still wants revenge and goes off to find the death-shadow, but will he come back?

The book is full of exciting adjectives and descriptions and it really does make you feel like you are there with them. Even though it is quite short Rosemary Sutcliff has managed to vacuum pack the story with incredible detail and thought with the exact mixture of description, to create this thrilling book that you cannot put down. The Anglo-Saxon style of writing was very well written with lots of kennings and interesting language.

I thought that the plot of the story was also fantastic and you just could not predict what would happen next. One minute Beowulf was fighting Grendel, another minute he would be fighting the dragon, it was fantastic.

The interesting use of language has inspired me to write like this; with lots of description, kennings and adjectives and it really does add that spark of imagination to any piece of creative writing. The intricate style is very enjoyable to read as you have to puzzle out what the book is telling you.

This book is nearly faultless though things that I would change would be: the opening paragraph as I don't think that you can understand what is happening the first time that you read it as you get lost on where they are and what they are doing. Also if the book is being read aloud, unless you have studied the book you probably will not be able to pronounce the names with the traditional spellings.

Overall I would rate this book four out of five as it is a fantastic book however with a few faults as listed above. I really enjoyed reading this book and even though it is quite a short read it is a very worthwhile one. I have enjoyed every page, in fact every sentence and it is just one of those fun and interesting books that you just have to read.

Written by Neal Patel
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