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In 600 A.D. in northern Britain, Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood against the invading Saxons.

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Overview

In 600 A.D. in northern Britain, Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood against the invading Saxons.

In 600 A.D. in northern Britain, Prosper becomes a shield bearer with the Companions, an army made up of three hundred younger sons of minor kings and trained to act as one fighting brotherhood against the invading Saxons.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Britain in 600 A.D. forms a vibrant backdrop for this gripping action-adventure tale concerning the son of a feudal chieftain. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThe uniting of the disparate kingdoms in early Britain in a attempt to ward off the threat of Saxon invasion forms the core of this sweeping historical adventure. Heroism, camaraderie, and sacrifice all come shining through in a stirring tale of glory and treachery, told in demanding yet hypnotic prose. (July 1990)
From the Publisher
"This novel of early Britain draws you into a desolate landscape that quivers with flame and shadow; an age-old war story of glory...A story dark and fierce and shining." —Starred boxed review, Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099855804
  • Publisher: Arrow/Children s (A Division of Random House Group)
  • Publication date: 6/20/1991
  • Series: Red Fox Older Fiction
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers, which won the Carnegie Medal. The Eagle of the Ninth is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Tatum. Born in Surrey, Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and on various other naval bases where her father was stationed. At a young age, she contracted Still’s Disease, which confined her to a wheelchair for most of her life. Shortly before her death, she was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) one of Britain's most prestigious honors. She died in West Sussex, England, in 1992.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    Totally cool.

    This was a very enjoyable read. Not very intense or action-packed, yet well paced and precise with a good sense of direction that still doesn't give the end away. It is somewhat uneventful in the beginning, but the climactic final is what makes this story worthwhile. Set in the Dark Ages, AD 600, and based on the earliest surviving North Britain poem, The Gododdin, this is the well told tale of a brotherhood who gave up their lives for an ungrateful kingdom whom they loved. If this story fails in anything, it is in the somewhat blunt way our character, Prosper, relates it. Not that it was bad I just saw areas where the author could have 'enhanced' certain emotions and feelings. But the story mostly speaks for itself in emotion and feeling, and Rosemary does convey a good amount of thought throughout the tale. Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    A great read!

    It is a shame that a wonderful author like Rosemary Sutcliff is unknown to so many readers. I love her writing, and this story is both an easy read and an interesting view of the early years after the Romans left Britain. The author makes her characters come alive, and the story is compelling and sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Excelent writting, Unusual ending.

    The story of an attempt to prevent the saxons from overwhellming the island of britain, this book is great for all who like historical fiction, or fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    Awsome

    Great Book!!!!!!!! Would reccomend to anyone 1 of the best books ive ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    LAME BORING

    DO NOT READ can cause death from boredom. The Shining Company was the worst ¿book¿ I ever read. It is so dull I kept on drifting to sleep while reading it. The description of the settings was average and the character development was lame. Best friends the three main character promise not to separate and the next day the boys ditch the girl and leave. In the first three quarters of this fire starter nothing happen except for a menial dilemma when a prince went hunting. This problem took me twenty minutes to read, I am a fast reader, and I kept on day dreaming. I never day dream when reading good books. A fifty page essay written about two centimeter by two centimeter square is more enthralling than most of this book. The conclusion was bad ether there is a sequel or the author sucks at conclusions, because it left the reader hanging. The only action was two, yes folks I said two, battles they were lame void of good description and short, yes the action was over in a page or two. Anyone who liked this piece of¿ well I can¿t think of the word¿ 'I could if I swore' are ¿uh¿ people who like bad books. This is a great bed time story for hyper active seven year olds with A.D.D they will be sleeping in a couple paragraphs. Anyone under ten years of age reading this has a risk of death. At the age of ten to twelve could risk in brain damage, anyone older will be prone to severe boredom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    AWSOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was very intresting and i Could barely put it down. It is one of the best books i have read in very long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    The Shining Company is a great book.

    The Shining Company is an amazing tale of a boy Prosper, three hundred companions, and their shield bearers, who set off on a heroic tale to stop a rising Saxon threat. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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