"No story set in the Middle Ages is complete without such elements. Much to the reader's delight, The Silver Horn Echoes: A Song of Roland provides them all...
Even those unfamiliar with this piece will find themselves caught up in the saga and rooting for Roland as he swashbuckles his way through the Pyrenees Mountains, fighting for the honor of his Frankish King against not only the marauding Saxons, but also against the ploys of his treacherous stepfather Ganelon and other opponents.
Those who relish getting lost in a tale of heroics and derring-do will surely enjoy this read, as will history buffs of the Carolingian era." STARRED Review, Blue Ink Review, November 2017
Does Honor to La Chanson de Roland
"... The Silver Horn is reminiscent of the stories of King Arthur, with courtly love, knightly honor and dark treachery; it also reminds me of a favorite book of my youth, Ivanhoe...With its sacrifice and loss, the ending was deeply affecting, and the discovery of the silver horn in the future was a reassuring testament to the endurance of Roland's legend. This is a truly epic tale which will resonate with many readers and which does honor to La Chanson de Roland." Noelle Granger, writes as N.A. Granger, Author of Death in a Red Canvas Sail and Death in a Dacron Sail (soon to be released). Author, Blogger and Reviewer
From the Author
Roland and his exploits have been part of my life since I was very young. Some of the first stories I read as a child were from books of mythology that regaled me with the exploits of Roland and his Peers. These tales then led me further to the chivalric deeds of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Men of Iron by Howard Pyle, and the eternal Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. Many a summer afternoon, after all the chores were done on our small Ohio farm, I spent curled up in the bole of a willow tree with some small volume smuggled from my parent's bookshelves transporting me to lands where brave knights faced insurmountable odds. The books in our home were plentiful, and when I ran out my parents encouraged the use of my library card to seek out more. It was there that I discovered the feats of Byzantine emperors and generals, Charlemagne and his paladin knights, and many more historical tales. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my father was a kindred spirit who must have taken some pride in my interest in things medieval, and in particular a knight named Roland.
In 1987, while attending Brigham Young University, I had the good fortune to take a class on the early Middle Ages taught by Dr. Paul Pixton. Dr. Pixton, as part of the coursework, required us to read an English translation of La Chanson de Roland. Later, when I was his teaching assistant, we spoke about the poem and he expressed the opinion that this would make for an epic movie. It was shortly afterward that I went with Michael Mitchell, who was also a teaching assistant in the History Department, to spend a short break between semesters camping in the Wasatch Mountains (with the indulgence of my patient wife, Lori). In the evenings, as the sun faded over the distant peaks, we huddled about a campfire to read aloud The Song of Roland. With each stanza one could hear the clatter of arms and the cries of the doomed as the brave words came alive. By the summer of 1988 I had outlined the first draft of a feature-length screenplay.
For more about the journey to Silver Horn Echoes: A Song of Roland, see Michael Eging's Author Notes in the novel...