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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,101,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

It is a pleasure to read.
JBS
Her frequent injections of humor add spice to the story; her description of the hippogriff was memorable and informative as well as amusing.
Yrmother
The period details were excellent.
Sheena978

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BookishFriend on April 16, 2012
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I just finished reading Bradamant's quest by Ruth Berman.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, however what was delivered was a mouth watering tale for any lover of fantasy writing. The author really did her research and her account of a number the battle scenes and one on one hand to hand combat scenes are both vivid and insightful for the level of detail and accuracy of the time period. As a history lover, that really pleased me to see the level of research gone to by the author. You can tell her love of the era with the additional notes about the time of Charlemagne.

The story follows a 'veteran' female knight, known as Bradamant and her quest to retrieve a number of magical artefacts. This quest is given to her by the Fairy King Oberon. These items have such power that they cannot be allowed to remain in the custody of humans as they were given to humans by the fairies.

On her way Bradamant encounters: mermaids, orcs, orges, giants and many other fantastical creatures. It is a breathtaking world and a worthy read for any fantasy lover.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JBS on April 6, 2012
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If you enjoy both fantasy and historical fiction you will love Bradamant's Quest by Ruth Berman. If you are a Baby Boomer, struggling with the vicissitudes of middle age, you will find this book particularly charming. The main characters, including the heroine, Bradamant are middle aged, they have aches and pains, they get hungry, tired and lonely. The heroism may be slightly different, but you don't have to be young to be a hero.

The author has researched the time period and the accurate details give an immediacy to the story. The songs, the food, the clothes, the weapons are precise. The characters are based either on the legends surrounding Roland and Charlemagne or on historical figures. Berman's appendix provides welcome historical background, but the story itself will carry you along. It is a pleasure to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul McComas on May 16, 2012
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The titular quest of Bradamant, Ruth Berman's formidable yet very much 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 description, stunning set pieces, an unerring evocation of era (the reign of Charlemagne), and a freewheeling imagination to conjure an elegant, authentic historical fantasy novel. Magic, indeed...and, in every sense, charming.

Paul McComas, award-winning author of UNFORGETTABLE, PLANET OF THE DATES, and UNPLUGGED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheena978 on June 20, 2013
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A well written medieval tale. The story line was very entertaining, keeping me interested in what came next. The period details were excellent. Some I did not know, however based on the accuracy of those I did, I accepted the new knowledge. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GMA Steele on February 10, 2013
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The reason I gave this book 3 stars is because I didn't feel like the writer ended the story very well. The story was left up in the air.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yrmother on October 2, 2012
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A great read! Ruth Berman takes a medieval legend and updates it for the contemporary reader, using everyday language and realistic detail that make the story more accessible and enjoyable. She humanizes her characters, making them people we can relate to. Her frequent injections of humor add spice to the story; her description of the hippogriff was memorable and informative as well as amusing.
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By hydrospud on January 2, 2014
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Well researched. A little confusing if you are not already familiar with the history. Believability of the characters and their personalities is thin. At the end I did not feel I knew the characters.
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A Fantasy of the times of Charlemagne with Roland's sister, Bradamant, the warrior maiden as a central figure.
The story does come out equal to some other writings from the same legends that I read as a child. Oh well, this gal has to face a series of problems and solve them in an enjoyable manner.
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