- Hardcover: 271 pages
- Publisher: Beagle Bay Inc; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967959136
- ISBN-13: 978-0967959139
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,060,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gudrun's Tapestry Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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A book of this brilliance can only be classified as one of the best I've read in a long time. -- Roundtable Reviews
An amazing tale of revenge and most of all, the story of an intelligent, brave, selfless woman. -- ByGone Days
I felt somewhat empowered [reading this] and applaud this amazing portrayal of a woman thrust into adventure, love and drama. -- Gothic Review
Schweighardt's got a lyrical, graceful voice and good psychological sense... a genuine can't-put-it-down page-turner. -- The Chronogram
The author weaves a first-person account with interesting characters, a twist of magic and an intriguing and powerful mood. -- Yet Another Book Review Site
[A tale] embroidered with considerable flair.... [H]ere is a story full of dust and colors that will sweep you away. -- Fearless Reviews
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Gudrun's Tapestry won the silver medal in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. It was a finalist for the Independent Publisher's Book Award. Find out why critics and judges think so highly about this book!
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If you like a bit of "fantasy" then you wont mind the Nordic mythology the author is blending into to the story. If you prefer a straight historical epic blending fact and fiction with believable characters only then you might be disappointed. After all tales of dwarf comrades-in-arms,fire conjuring Sorceresses and dragon slaying Goths (Sighurd) and a magic sword set in Roman Empirical times dont tend to lean towards that element.
The bulk of the story revolves around these Nordic fables and revenge. Gudrun the title character seeks to revenge her massacred and desecrated people by finding a way to get close to the architect of their massacre -Attila. In between she has her reputed dragon slaying lover Sighurd. Lovers quarrels ensue due to Gudruns rivalry for Sighurds affections with the sorceress beauty Brunhild. Without giving much away Gudrun does end up in Attilas camp and basically not a lot happens as she wittles away time plotting, and making an ally of a former tribesman turned Attila lieutenant and trying to make small talk with the servants. In fact you will be able to say most of Gudruns time in this novel is spent in a tent (Hun encampment) or in her village and her familys large hut (given her father and brothers are her peoples leaders)where lover quibbles, family plots, hidden agenda's, misunderstandings, personality clashes are the main fair.
Its not too difficult to research basic village life of Ancient German peoples or Hun behaviour hence i have to question why some reviewers exhorted the depth of research of the authoress or implored that the book was overly exciting. Even Attila hardly comes out as more than a grunting, meat eating, bad tempered killer who loves his Roman gifted wine and bowl of meat in the evening in his quarters as he both rally's his leadership groups morale as well as enjoys scaring everyone witless with his psyschotic and unpredictable nature.
Its a quiet read, not boring but not terribly exciting. You wont learn a terrible lot about the times. The writing is quite flowing in style and very nicely structured that is not in question. It jumps back and forward in time as well as Gudrun recalls her life and times and what brought her to Attila only to do it all again (but its necessary I suppose given she is under guard in a Hun tent for half the book). If the jumping back and forth wasnt enough its the jumping from fable to the historic that also tests ones concentration. All-in-all I found this made continuity a bit blurred, so much so I lost track as to where and when she had her own baby in the story (and no i didnt skip any pages). I am still looking to find the "happy" event :-)
The story started off with Gudrun arriving at the City of Attila with the intent of gifting him with a cursed sword as a way to avenge his army's slaughter of her tribe many years before. But once she finally gets it to him, the sword seems to bring him luck instead, and, as long as she's a prisoner, her only hope to hurry up Attila's death is to turn his loyal second-in-command into her ally.
Periodically, the story switched back to the events that led to her bringing the cursed sword to Attila. This section told of her crush on Sigurd, a man intent on slaying a dragon to get gold, the cursed sword, and everlasting fame, and of another woman who coveted his love. I had no problem keeping track of the events in the two sections and enjoyed the greater action provided by the "leading up to Attila" portion of the story.
Which brings us to the novel's slower-the-typical pacing. It's partly due to Gudrun being stuck in a hut as a prisoner and forbidden to speak with anyone but Attila's second-in-command for a significant portion of the book. This part wasn't boring--there was plenty of verbal sparing and news of Attila's victories and such. There simply wasn't a lot of physical action. The action picked up as the story moved along, though, and the story had a satisfying ending.
There was no explicit sex and the only illicit sex (not by Gudrun) brought realistic consequences. There was no bad language. I'd recommend this well-written, clean novel to readers who enjoy historical fiction and/or who want to know a bit more about Attila the Hun.
Reviewed by Debbie from Genre Reviews (genrereviews. blogspot. com)