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Peaceweaver (Legacy of Beowulf) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Barnhouse
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is historical fantasy at its best. Sixteen-year-old Hild has always been a favorite of her uncle, king of the Shylfings. So when she protects her cousin the crown prince from a murderous traitor, she expects the king to be grateful. Instead, she is unjustly accused of treachery herself.

As punishment, her uncle sends Hild far away to the heir of the enemy king, Beowulf, to try to weave peace between the two kingdoms. She must leave her home and everyone she loves. On the long and perilous journey, Hild soon discovers that fatigue and rough terrain are the least of her worries. Something is following her and her small band of guards—some kind of foul creature that tales say lurks in the fens. Will Hild have to face the monster? Or does it offer her the perfect chance to escape the destiny she never chose?

Rebecca Barnhouse's companion to The Coming of the Dragon is sure to appeal to younger fans of Tamora Pierce, Esther Friesner, and Shannon Hale.

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Editorial Reviews

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Barnhouse’s latest historical fantasy is a stand-alone companion to her Beowulf-inspired tale, The Coming of the Dragon (2010). When Hild, the niece of the Shylfings king, has a vision of the crown prince’s assassination, she impulsively murders the visiting lord she knows will be responsible. Unwilling to believe in her far-minded visions, the king claims she has been possessed, and after a frightening imprisonment, she is sent as a peace offering to marry the new king of the Geats. Hild’s scorn for the seemingly barbarian Geats changes during their long, dangerous journey, and she has a difficult decision to make when she learns that her uncle has no intention of honoring the treaty, instead using her journey to plan an invasion. This vigorous Norse saga is rich in details of medieval Scandinavian life, and Hild grows convincingly from a naive, judgmental girl into an honorable, capable warrior-queen as her prowess is tested against both monstrous creatures and all-too-human traitors. Give this to readers of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and Viking mythology. Grades 6-9. --Krista Hutley

About the Author

REBECCA BARNHOUSE is the author of The Book of the Maidservant and The Coming of the Dragon. She first read Beowulf in Old English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her doctorate, studying Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and medieval literature written in Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and other fascinating languages. She lives in Ohio, where she is a professor of English at Youngstown State University. To find out more, visit her Web site at

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERQRNKI
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ACH5HO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Historical Fantasy March 31, 2012
Received ARC from NetGalley

Apparently this book is a sequel, but I have not read it. It worked well as a stand-alone.

Hild is the niece of the King. She comes into her powers of seeing the future and her actions land her in trouble. Her Uncle sends her off to be married to the King of the Geats(Rune-whose story was told in Coming of the Dragon). Her adventures form he heart of this coming of age story.
If you enjoy clean,epic Historical Fantasy, you will enjoy this book.

I wish the romantic element was highlighted more, but otherwise highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fantasy interwoven with Beowulf Saga. September 4, 2013
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A heroic maiden good with a sword, too good, making her relatives uneasy--has her life further complicated by an unexpected gift of "far sight." Because of her actions in response to her mystic far seeing, she is condemned and imprisoned until her uncle finds a way to use her as a "Peace Weaver." These peace weavers are women given as wives to former enemies to cement a new peace. But as we learned in the earlier novel in this series, this is often a ploy to betray. The young woman sent to marry Beowulf's successor is lost in a wood inhabited by creatures very like Grendal (and the modern day legend of Sasquatch) How she escapes capture by one of these creatures, and what she does when she reaches the hall where Beowulf's young successor now rules makes a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch historical fantasy April 20, 2012
Peaceweaver, like The Coming of the Dragon, is absolutely top notch historical fantasy. The fantastical elements (the monsters, the intervention of deities, Hild's strange gift) don't in the least make the book feel less plausible, less truly set in the dark ages of Europe; the world-building happens organically and convincingly, with lots of details woven into the story, and not just flat-out told. Rebecca Barnhouse has proven herself to be an author of historical fiction who I feel I can read with the relaxed confidence that comes from trusting that no nasty little anachronistic bits are going to kick me out of the story.

Hild is a most excellent character. From the beginning of the book, she is sympathetic, but she grows up during the course of events, become more thoughtful about her world and her place in it. For instance, she's forced to question somewhat her assumptions about the slavery that's part of her culture--and although she doesn't repudiate it on moral grounds, which would be ridiculously anachronistic, she does have a moment of truth in which she realizes that there is more to the lives of those who are enslaved than their service to their captors.

She's a strong character, in that she isn't afraid to act, but her abilities don't strain credulity--she knows how to use a sword (that scene on the cover really happens), but she's no Valkyrie. Likewise, she wants to do the right thing, but she's no holier than thou, unselfish martyr about it, and she also wants for things to work out nicely for herself!

Peaceweaver can perfectly well be read on its own, but since it includes spoilers for The Coming of the Dragon, that one really should be read first.
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