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The Broken Sword - Poul Anderson
The Broken Sword
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The sword Tyrfing has been broken to prevent it striking at the roots of Yggdrasil, the great tree that binds earth, heaven and hell together ...but now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves, who are heavily involved in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child... show more
The sword Tyrfing has been broken to prevent it striking at the roots of Yggdrasil, the great tree that binds earth, heaven and hell together ...but now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves, who are heavily involved in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade the mighty ice-giant, Bolverk, to make the sword Thor broke whole again. But things are never easy, and along the way Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who took his place in the world of men. A superb dark fantasy of the highest, and most Norse, order The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780575082724 (0575082720)
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages no: 231
Edition language: English
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BOOKWRAITHS REVIEWS
BOOKWRAITHS REVIEWS rated it
3.0 MODERN MORSE MYTH
The Broken Sword is a modern Norse myth that both dazzles and disappoints with its tale of unwitting mortals caught in the web of gods. When just a newborn, our hero Skafloc is snatched from his mother’s breast due to the machinations of a disgruntled witch, who hates the babe’s father. This crone...
The Surly Dragon
The Surly Dragon rated it
2.5 Review - The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
I received a copy of this from NetGalley for an honest review. I'll keep this brief... I enjoy Anderson's work but this one that I had never read (originally published in 1954) and not one that I particularly enjoyed. Well written and all, but I was bored while reading and I hate that :(
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog
Bry's Bountiful Book Blog rated it
4.0
Very cool book. I'm glad I read this one, as it gives me an entirely new appreciation for the skills and vision of Poul Anderson. The only book of his I'd read previously was Three Hearts And Three Lions, and while that was a good book and surely deserves its place amongst the classics of the fantas...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 The Broken Sword
This is a tale of faerie--of elves and changelings in the age of Vikings and dealing with creatures of Norse myth in the rhythms of the sagas. In this Foreward, Anderson writes of how elves had become a thing diminished in grandeur and stature: In our day, J. R. R. Tolkien has restored the elves to...
thepaladin
thepaladin rated it
3.5 The Broken Sword
I also reviewed this book on "Goodreads". There they have a simple 5 star rating system thus the "rating choices" are more limited. Here I can go 3.5 stars for The Broken Sword. This book is better than a simple 3 star might indicate. The problem is that I don't like it as much as many 4 star books....
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