Reviews tagged "historical"

 

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

In this well-crafted novel, Jane Yolen reimagines the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty as a non-fantastic story of one woman’s incredible rescue from a Nazi death camp during the Holocaust. Becca, a young progressive American woman, promises her dying grandmother that she will investigate her past and find out the truth about her history. Becca’s […]

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Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire gives us a unique and well-crafted take on the Snow White fairy tale in this thoughtful, enjoyable novel. Set in 15th-century northern Italy, the story of the innocent young woman Bianca de Nevada features a real-life villainess, Lucrezia Borgia, as the evil stepmother. Lucrezia, illegitimate daughter of a corrupt pope, enters de Nevada’s […]

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War of the Gods by Poul Anderson

In retelling the legend of King Hadding of the Danes (found in the annals of the Danish early medieval writer Saxo), this book conveys a very Northern story in Northern style. The life of Hadding, raised by giants to overthrow a usurper and become king of the Danes, is told from beginning to end, as […]

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Between the Forest and the Hills by Ann Lawrence

This novel is set in Iscium, a little town in Britain, at the time when the Romans are withdrawing their troops. The inhabitants think that threat of invading Saxons is distant, until a young boy runs away and finds a Saxon girl lost in the woods. Soon the people of Iscium discover that the girl, […]

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Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Suttcliff

In this, her only book targeted toward adults, Sutcliff once again employs her beautiful prose to astounding effect. Here, however, the story is not primarily mythical but rather centers around the origins of the famous myth. This book is in essence a retelling of the central story of King Arthur, yet told as it likely […]

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