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- Publication Date: December 21, 2013
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As he learns the truth on those events, he realizes that it is time now for return home, fulfill promises and walk the path that Fate has for him.
By fighting the Grendel, a monstrous and unknown creature, Beowulf will transform himself from a mere Geat Lord into a living Legend.
*****COMMENTARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*****
Again, C.R. May has delivered another great book with gripping moments, those retells the adventures of Beowulf and his hearth warriors on his quest to defeat the Grendel.
I have divided the plot in four major arcs. The first one is the recovering of Beowulf. In previous books we saw Beowulf getting sudden attacks of numbness but this time, this one is an important one. In this first part, we assist to a tense and thrilling event on which brute force or wits are not enough. "Magic" is the only option for the Geat Lord. I was surprised by the detailed account about what happened and feel thrilled by the outcome of the ritual. Needless to say, that I also felt powerless as none of the warriors could have done anything until Beowulf gets on his feet and recited the enchantment. This added another flavor to the story and makes Beowulf vulnerable and aware on his Fate and he has no further chances but defeat Grendel.
The second Arc is basically understanding what happened in Ravenswood and the journey back to Geatland. I was expecting Beowulf recover before a full out war began between Swedes and Geats, but he could not make it on time (even so, he may not prevent it by being there). I found the conflict between the 2 army a case of misunderstanding and feel sad about Ecgtheow's and Alfheim's deaths. Not so sad as their torment and Finn's death in previous book, because I knew from the beginning (without reading it beforehand) that Ecgtheow and Alfheim will die. That's because what else can do a prideful pair of warlords whom have lost their sight? Just put them on the front line and they will die with honor. In any case, I felt very moved on the returning of the Ecgtheow's ashes.
The third part is the search of the Black Shucca. This was handled very well because we learn later what intentions has Beowulf after the argument with his uncle/king. I added another feeling to the story and it was the perfect moment in the plot, as Beowulf also uses this to improve his reputation.
The fourth and final is the Grendel fight. This is what we were waiting for! The moment on which Beowulf will become a legend. I found that things were pretty straight forward, except for the Woden's possession of the body of Beowulf. I could not predict that the same Woden will use Beowulf's body to defeat Grendel's mother, the very old god of the Earth, Nerthuz. That was amazing, it gave the whole trilogy a major turn and a sense of greatness. Woden intended this for our hero from the beginning!
As always, the plot and setting won't disappoint to any whom has read previous book. The only thing that I did not like, was the ending. Beowulf going into the surface and being greeted by his hearth-warriors after defeating Nerthuz was epic, but i could not help to feel an immense void when he said "It is over". Then, the Author's note on the next page.
I was eager to understand what happened, fortunately the explanation was on the Author's note. Normally, I like the historical or author's notes and they provided a valid or historical or personal sense behind the plot. Sometimes they are very useful, but on this time I found the one featuring this book mandatory and unavoidable. This book made me wonder about many things contained on the plot and the Author's note came to save the day. Every thing from the title of the book to Beowulf illness is explained, so it is very important to read it. If I had some time with the author we can debate and talk for hours!
About the characters I can say that I keep feeling the same: Good cast. For Beowulf himself, I felt happy because I really care for him and wanted him to succeed. Well done, chap!
As for the writing, I have read two books of C.R. May before this and still he surprises me. He sometime starts some chapters with some linearity, but there are others that he will begin telling what happened from the middle, getting back to account what the did previously and then revealing what they will do, getting you engaged and thrilled along the way. Amazing.
Bottom line, this book is a exciting and thrilling journey into the last part of the Beowulf adventure and will deliver the long awaited fight with Grendel with an important turn on the plot. It is a must for the readers who had been traveling along Beowulf in Sorrow Hill and Wraecca. For those, who had not read it yet, pick your copies of the Sword of Woden. You won't regret it at all. This series has nothing to envy to others more commercial best sellers