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Swords: An Artist's Devotion

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by Ben Boos
     
 

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Be smitten by the sword! An extraordinary young artist brings the history of this noble weapon — and its skillful masters — into stunningly sharp relief.

Brave men and women have taken up the sword since ages of old, and a fascination with this formidable weapon grips dedicated followers to this day. Here is a celebration of swords and

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Be smitten by the sword! An extraordinary young artist brings the history of this noble weapon — and its skillful masters — into stunningly sharp relief.

Brave men and women have taken up the sword since ages of old, and a fascination with this formidable weapon grips dedicated followers to this day. Here is a celebration of swords and swordsmen that spans time and place — from ancient warriors such as Beowulf to medieval knights; from stealthy ninja and samurai to legendary maidens of war. Illustrated with breathtaking intricacy, SWORDS reflects the passion of a true devotee, offering lavish background details on design and use as well as exquisite spreads showcasing specimens in all their shining glory.

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
It might be difficult to think of swords as beautiful but, as presented in this gorgeous picture book, they are. Offered in 14 chapters that focus on the kind of warrior who would use the different types of swords, each chapter provides a short definition of who each type of warrior was and where each would have lived. For example, in chapter 3, we learn about the "War Maidens," specifically Queen Boudicca of Britain who faced down the Roman legions. The pages that follow in each chapter talk about specifics of the swords and blades pictured as well as other weapons that might have been used by that warrior; amazingly detailed illustrations of the various instruments of war help to show what they would have looked like or how they might have been used. Other chapters in the book include: "Samarai," "Korean Silla Knights," "Warriors (with a special emphasis on Vikings and Berserkers)" and "Landsknechts." The author tells us that the book results from his lifelong interest in swords; as the author and illustrator notes, the "book covers a broad expanse of both history and geography, serving as a repository of memory, inspiration, and imagination." This amazing picture book will be a great addition to any library. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up

This absorbing, large-format collection of sketches, paintings, and historical notes on sword craft is not called an artist's devotion for nothing. Boos's treatment of his subject is reverential and his artwork is outstanding, combining meticulous attention to detail and a designer's sense for layout. The spare text provides just enough information but generally allows the illustrations to speak for themselves. Each chapter covers a different period or place in the history of the sword, including the Iron and Bronze Ages, the Middle Ages in Europe, Japanese samurai and ninjas, the Silla knights of Korea, African sword craft, Islamic designs, and more. Although the author, a former video-game designer, "would have it known that [his] qualifications are modest," he manages to portray an incredible variety of styles, from hilts to blades to the intricate metalwork that makes each sword not just a weapon but also a work of art. It's easy to get caught up in his enthusiasm, and the right reader will spend hours poring over every loving detail. Give this to fans of history, art, or swordplay fantasies.-Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM

Kirkus Reviews
An unabashed browsing item, this big, square album is chock-full of digitally painted images of knives and swords, laid out in generic arrays with every nick, notch, decorative motif and gleaming highlight rendered in lovingly realistic detail. Though arranged in chapters according to type of user ("War Maidens," "Landsknechts," "Ninja" and so forth) and sometimes (there are many wordless spreads) even supplied with perfunctory descriptive captions, the sheaves of blades and galleries of elaborate guards and hilts are strictly eye candy. Detail junkies will revel in the specialized vocabulary run amok: Such more or less obscure terms as tang, wakizashi and blood groove (which, disappointingly, has "nothing to do with blood") litter the pages, ripe for the picking. Armchair warriors, junior members of the Society for Creative Anachronism and budding graphic artists will be riveted. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-16)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763631482
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Ben Boos (1971-2011) worked as an illustrator and designer for the bestselling Diablo video game franchise. He was also the author-illustrator of Swords: An Artist Devotion and Fantasy: An Artists Realm.

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