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- Publication Date: June 1, 2013
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*****COMMENTARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*****
This book was definitely awesome. Beowulf returns with a plot full of twists and key moments that will grip the reader into the pages. C.R. May has deliver another great book, full of action, history and the characters that we love and hate from previous book plus some new faces that will earn their place on the plot.
The story is set after Sorrow Hill and Beowulf and Heardred will lead a complete fleet in order to get retribution from the Swedes who ravaged their land, but the mission soon turns to be suicidal and the cousins realized that King's Hythcyn is using this campaign as a mean to get rid of them. Keeping on the objective of inflict a great damage on the Swedes but also being alive to tell the tale, Beowulf will use his cunning mind and resources, to reach land on enemy ground seemly unnoticed. As they go near to land, they will be surprised by a unwelcoming party of full armored warriors, revealing the first shocking moment. The unwelcoming enemy party turns to be friendly Swedes allied with Beowulf's father, Ecgtheow. Beowulf and his band will join the Swedes and live among them meanwhile the are expecting the summer. As we know, our hero is man of action and can't stay motionless, so we will embark himself in a quick journey to disgrace and show his hostility to his former king and enemy. They will return unharmed and successful of their quest. As time passes, Beowulf will have his chance for revenge as a Geat foray is spotted on Swedeland. Against the odds, the Swedes will defeat the Geats and Beowulf will have his vengeance completed, but a high cost both on his friend, family and himself.
This is basically a very brief summary of the plot, but this story has lot of surprises, funny moments, sad moments and action. there some situations that i would like to highlight:
- Beowulf gains Pluto (Gladius sword): on this chapter, I felt that was unfair to Horsa's son to be killed. He was brave and I felt very sorry when he died, but felt happy that his legacy lived on Beowulf hand by giving him the Gladius Sword. I would add him to the band but maybe he was too old to support a band of youngsters.
- Geat's foray turns to be a trap: I thought that after Sorrow Hill, Hythcyn will be grateful of Beowulf's aid, but he wasn't. He just tried to get rid of his nephews by sending them to a suicidal mission. Glad he had back what he deserved.
- Beowulf's band disembark on a beach full of Swedes: They overcome a challenging trip to enemy ground, just to find surrounded by warriors. I read this and I thought about how are they going to escape the forthcoming massacre. Oh, that's Ecgtheow! Phew, that was close! Who would have thought that his former enemies will be his allies?
- Cola's WTF moment: Just laugh out loud. "Hey Cola! Could you please take care of him?" "Yessir! What do I do with the blood?". You see Finn and Gunnar laughing afterwards. Simply delightful.
- Beowulf cursing. The undercover mission to curse Hythcyn was a tense moment full of suspense and rebellion. This is the real acknowledgment and act to defy the king, to make sure that he sees Beowulf as a open enemy. Epic.
- Finn's death. Saddest moment number 1. I think that was unfair, but fate is what it is. I liked very much this character. On Beowulf's band he was the one how grow more, as he began a just a fisherman and turn to be a real hero.
- Ecgtheow's and Alfheim's fate. Saddest moment number 2. If you felt already moved on the previous chapter about Finn's death, be prepared by seeing two great warriors with the eyes plucked from their eye-sockets. This was so deceitful, you read and saw that they were safe just to find a group of words that will hurt more than if both of the Earldormen were dead. Unbelievably!
- The end of the book was also a shocker. Beowulf has one of his attacks and meanwhile I was expecting to get him recovered to be fit in next book for the fight with Grendel, the sound of horns break in the distance. "But Swedes never used horns!". A total cliffhanger! Get prepared boys for next book.
Aside from these, there a large collection of moments that are important to the plot, just pick these as my favorites. The story is very consistent and enjoyable. There were no pages that were heavy, in fact the story was very fluid.
The characters were fabulous as in the first book, but some of them grow more and they had more exposition. Beowulf's hearth band was definitively well featured and felt more like a group, rather than just individuals and I was glad that they were together. In the other hand, Heardred had a more protagonist role. This is something that I like, because as I said before he has some traits that are the perfect balance for Beowulf.
The rest of the characters perform well and there is a lot of likeable people on this book. As for the enemies, I hated Hythcyn to death but after I read the historical note just found that he might not be like this. Even so he had what he deserved.
This book was rated as 5/5 because is full of events that make some emotions flow, as I said there is plenty of remarkable situations that makes the plot unique and entertained. I definitively enjoyed reading it and of course, I am reading now Monsters.
On a personal note I find it hard to believe that Amazon hides these new authors away and promotes the same books again and again. This new author is producing work which is in my view not only a match for many more established names but better than many, but if I had not picked up a copy of the first volume on a free promotion I would never have discovered it. If you stumble across this review I recommend that you start at book one and work forward so that you get familiar with the characters early on but both books work as stand alone novels. For the price of a large coffee you can even discover what a wraecca is!