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Bradamant's Quest is set in a rarely used fantasy world, that of romances about Charlemagne. It starts after the battle of Ronseval, where the emperor's nephew Roland has died, along with many peers and knights. Among those who died with Roland is Bradamant's husband; she is mourning him and the others when Berman's novel begins. Bradamant is a woman knight, borrowed from Orlando Furioso, a romance about Charlemagne's knights by the Italian Renaissance poet Ariosto. In Berman's version. she is an admirable character; intelligent, tough, stoic, resourceful, ambitious for honor and loyal. While she is still grieving for her husband, she is given a quest by Oberon, the king of the fairies. She must recover the magical tools that have belonged to members of her extended family and return them to Oberon. It s an entertaining journey through a France described in loving, realistic detail. Although Berman is drawing on medieval and Renaissance romance, she gives us real landscapes, real food, and the real problems while on a quest. This realism is one of the charms of the novel. Berman anchors her romance in everyday pleasure and discomfort, in the grit and beauty of ordinary life. I'm not going to tell you the end of the story, except to say it ends happily. It s a novel about loss and recovering from loss. Though magic is gone or going, ordinary life remains; and ordinary life is pretty darn fine. What else is there to say? The book is has images that stay in my mind: the marsh filled with gargoyles, the stony waste, and Bradamant's journey roped to a sea-orc, like Ahab to Moby Dick, though with a better ending. Read it! --Eleanor Arnason

Bradamant's Quest is a youthful fantasy from Ruth Berman who presents a story of Bradamant, who is charged in recovering her family's magical talismans after Charlemagne's wars are over. But faced with the forces of magic . . . Bradamant's task is anything but easily done. Bradamant's Quest is an excellent pick that shouldn't be overlooked. --Midwest Book Review

Prose by a poet. I look forward to rereading this many times. --Phyllis Ann Karr

It's time to give back the gifts of Faerie, said Oberon. They are too powerful for mortals to use safely... And so this king in Faerie asks Bradamant, a warrior of strength, back from the wars, to seek out these treasures. She agrees, seeking honor and glory as her only reward. Who wouldn't like to go along on a quest to return the gifts of Faerie magic with Bradamant and her companion hippogriff? Part eagle, part lion, part horse, he proves to be a useful, if not always reliable, animal. I enjoyed the journey, feeling close to Bradamant as she planned her days and her actions in accord with her bodily rhythms and knowledge of herself. Not least was my delight in descriptive words and phrases. I could hear the footsteps as they squelched along the muddy road. And I wanted to hand a handkerchief to the man who was crying as he walked, until his nose was stuffed up, and it was hard to breathe. I hope author Ruth Berman will continue following Bradamant through this heroine s life in her fantasy world. It's fine writing and a fine story. --Norma Gaffron

It's time to give back the gifts of Faerie, said Oberon. They are too powerful for mortals to use safely... And so this king in Faerie asks Bradamant, a warrior of strength, back from the wars, to seek out these treasures. She agrees, seeking honor and glory as her only reward. Who wouldn't like to go along on a quest to return the gifts of Faerie magic with Bradamant and her companion hippogriff? Part eagle, part lion, part horse, he proves to be a useful, if not always reliable, animal. I enjoyed the journey, feeling close to Bradamant as she planned her days and her actions in accord with her bodily rhythms and knowledge of herself. Not least was my delight in descriptive words and phrases. I could hear the footsteps as they squelched along the muddy road. And I wanted to hand a handkerchief to the man who was crying as he walked, until his nose was stuffed up, and it was hard to breathe. I hope author Ruth Berman will continue following Bradamant through this heroine s life in her fantasy world. It's fine writing and a fine story. --Norma Gaffron

The titular quest of Bradamant, Ruth Berman's formidable yet quite flesh-and-blood heroine, is to reclaim a series of talismans from various parties and return them to the Faerie realm whence they came. It is at once fitting and ironic that the author, in so beautifully chronicling the End of Magic, herself works a kind of literary spell. Then again, as the fairy Logistilla observes near the book's end, spells are related to spelling, and Speech was always at the heart of magic. In Bradamant's Quest, Berman speaks volumes, deploying deft descritpion, stunning set pieces, an unerring evocation of era (the reign of Charlemagne), and a freewheeling imagination to conjure the most elegant, authentic historical fantasy novel this author has ever read. Magic, indeed...and in every sense charming. --Paul McComas

About the Author

Ruth Berman's work has appeared in many science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies, as well as in general, literary, and scholarly magazines and anthologies. She edited Sissajig and Other Surprises (a collection of the fantasy writings of Ruth Plumly Thompson, IWOC), The Kerlan Awards in Children's Literature, 1975-2001 (Pogo Press), and Dear Poppa: the World War II Berman Family Letters (Minnesota Historical Society Press). She was one of the co-authors of Autumn World, a group novel.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936881020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936881024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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