Thursday, March 20, 2008
26. "Sword at Sunset" - Rosemary Sutcliff
Using factual evidence that King Arthur existed, Sutcliff creates a unique take on the old "Knights of the Round Table" theme. In this case, Artos the Bear is the leader of the British High King's army. He battles Romans (called Sea Wolves) and Scottish clansmen, trying to keep Britain's culture alive.
With a heavy lean on old Celtic culture, I adored the details, from the different traditions of separate clans to the unique role of Christianity among pagan gods and goddesses.
Toward the end, however, I became weary of the battles and skimmed the last 60 pages, nodding to myself over my predictions for the grand finale. Overall, it is worth the time, though it could have accomplished more with less.
4.0 out of 5.0 Red Sunsets.