The Shining Company

The Shining Company

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by Rosemary Sutcliff
     
 

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Life is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party. Prosper's unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince's attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield-bearer when he comes of age. Two years later, three hundred princes are summoned to the king's fortress at Dyn Eidin,

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Life is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party. Prosper's unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince's attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield-bearer when he comes of age. Two years later, three hundred princes are summoned to the king's fortress at Dyn Eidin, where they will prepare to fight the Saxon forces which are gaining strength in the east. Prosper, with Conn, his bondservant, leaves his father's lands to join Gorthyn in the rigorous training for battle. With the coming of spring, word reaches the Three Hundred Companions that the Saxon leader has taken yet another kingdom. They set out at once for the Saxon stronghold of Catraeth, where Prosper must face the greatest challenges of his life.
Adventure and heroism against impossible odds create a moving, robust tale set in Britain in the eighth century and based on actual events.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374466169
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
629,064
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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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Shining Company 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
HCE2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!!!!!!! Would reccomend to anyone 1 of the best books ive ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.