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The Eagle and the Sword: An Arthurian Epic Mass Market Paperback – April 8, 1998

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Merlinus has fostered the future king of Britain with Kyner, a Celtic chieftain, protected by obscurity from the jealous hatred of the sorceress Morgeu. As Arthor [sic] grows to manhood, though, he becomes a twisted creature, loving violence and hating himself. What kind of king will he be? A chance journey leading to woodland encounters shapes his character and settles his destiny.

Arthor's story is a single thread in a vast, complex web of gods, demons, angels, a sorceress, a unicorn, a carpenter with a wish, a dragon, Saxons, an impoverished Aquitanian lady with a secret weapon, battle-hardened Celtic chieftains and treacherous Roman nobles, knights, warring religions, and fairies. A. A. Attanasio's metaphysics, marvels, and magic will keep your interest and suspense high. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Attanasio continues the epic fantasy, begun in The Dragon and the Unicorn (HarperPrism: Harper Collins, 1996), with the story of young Arthor on his journey to Camelot. When Merlin discovers that Arthor's only joy is killing, he vows to turn the youth around with a magical sword. Recommended especially for fantasy collections where The Dragon and the Unicorn was popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (April 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061058394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061058394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in Honolulu, and I actually write most of my fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near my home. Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I'm particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love how this dramatic energy finds its way to the page, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jaynes on July 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The eagle and the sword proved to be a very entertaining continuation of Mr. Attanasio's very literate version of the Arthurian legend; however, I must say that it did not fully live up to it's predecessor, the dragon and the unicorn. The book has less of the beautiful mysticism and focuses more on the life of Arthur (I suppose it is Arthurian legend after all). To me, the best ingredient in this book is the character of The Demon Lailoken, aka Myrddin, aka Merlinus, aka Merlin. The characters of Arthur, Morgeu the Fey, and The Furor are well thought out and vivid, but Merlin and Prince Bright Night(a prince of the Daoine Sid) steal the show. For me, the most fabulous section of the story was when Hannes (an unlikely apprentice of Merlin) enters the shadowy twilight world of the "hollow hills" to bring back Excalibur. The preternatural, eerie scene almost wails it's otherworldly ululation right off the page. Overall, the book is a very interesting read. I reccomend it (and the series) for anyone interested in Arthurian Legend that is tired of the same old, worn out stories endlessly circulating through the halls of bookstores everywhere. This is a fresh, creative and ingenious new take on the once and future King. Finally, I must say that the archaic and oft difficult to comprehend language of The Dragon and the Unicorn is not carried over to the Eagle and the Sword. This book is a bit easier to read, but just as entertaining.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
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This book is a thousand times better than the mojority of others in the same genre. It was masterfully written, blending pure fantasy with the traditional Authorian legend. It painted vivid pictures and presented complex personalities. The most entertaining book I have read in a long time and the best Authorian based novel I've read since "The Once and Future King".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Finn on July 28, 2009
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The Dragon and the Unicorn was nothing less than mind-blowing in scale and ambition. In contrast, The Eagle and the Crown was ...not. It maintained the same character names, and some of the same vocabulary, but without the worlds-spanning grand vision of the first book. The very chapters were longer and more majestic in the first work.

Instead, this book is just a chapter at a time view of some greatly diminished characters, with comic relief at times by Merlin and others. The difference is night and day - as if Frank Herbert wrote the first book, and Brian Herbert cranked out the sequel.

This book was OK in the "I want to know what happened to the characters" sense, but definitely did not scratch the same itch that the original book of the series did.
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This is the second book in his Arthurian series. I found the prose lyrical and original. I am enchanted with this author and his unique approach to the Arthurian legend. I have bought every book in this series and will probably buy every book he has written. Thank you for sharing your talent with fantasy readers everywhere. Your books are truly gems of the genre.
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A unique take on the arthur legend full of uniquely wide ranging myth and science, legend and narrative. I loved it.
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By C. J. Milne on May 3, 2013
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This sequel to the Dragon and the Unicorn continues to describe the trials Merlin must go through and where the sword came from in a different way. Very interesting if you enjoy reading about the realms of fairies, dwarves, demons, witches and such. A must read.
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By spike on January 24, 2013
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A really, really, new twist on an old legend. I enjoyed it and it was surely thought provoking.I found myself rooting for the bad guys ( Odin and his clan) half the time. I consider myself at least half way literate, but some of the descriptive words were way beyond my vocabulary. One other negative, you know how it's going to end, sorta.
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