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Title:
The book of the spear
Author:
Paxson, Diana L.
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Publication Information:
New York : Avon Eos, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
200 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780380805464
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Book

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The Saga

The Arthurian saga is one of the most enduring legends of Western civilization--a stirring tale of destiny, duty, faith, and majesty that has been told and retold by some of the greatest storytellers of all time. In her sweeping and magnificent multi-volume work The Hallowed Isle acclaimed author Diana L. Paxson brilliantly reinvents the classic myth--by reimagining the great king, his life and legacy from the unique perspectives of four distinct tribal cultures that shaped Britain in the violent days of the sixth century.

The Book of the Spear

A Saxon of royal blood, Oesc has fled the drowned, doomed country to which he is heir in order to claim rich lands in Britannia. Though sworn to the spirits of his new home, he tryly serves an older god...and a darker sorcery: the power of the Spear. But the Spear's magic is opposed by that of the Sword of Rome, a weapon now wielded by young King Artor, and before him by Artor's father Uthir. In Uthir's hand, the blade slew Oesc's own father, and now vengeance burns fiercely in Oesc's heart--a lust for revenge that could destroy a greatness before it fully flowers.

Destiny lies in the clashing of magic steel. The hope of all Britain rests in the hands of the warrior sons.


Author Notes

Diana L. Paxson, a noted fantasy author who collaborated with Marion Zimmer Bradley on much of her later work, lives in Berkeley, California. She has written twenty books including the Arthurian novel "Hallowed Isle".

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

YA-Part two of a four-part Arthurian saga that focuses on the diverse and conflicting cultural groups occupying fifth-century Britain, this volume tells the story of Oesc, a Saxon warrior whose magical spear opposes Arthur's famous sword. Those who enjoyed the first book will not want to miss this continuation of Paxson's highly original version of the great legend.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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