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The Wolf and the Raven

The Wolf and the Raven

by Diana L. Paxson
     
 

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It is the fifth century, and the Germanic tribes are pushing westward toward the world of Rome. In the forest of the Teutons, Sigfrid works at the forge and runs with the wolves. In the Taunus mountains, Brunhild trains with the Walkyriun, the witch-warriors who serve the tribes. Both find a father in Wodan, the ambiguous god of magic and madness who is guiding the

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It is the fifth century, and the Germanic tribes are pushing westward toward the world of Rome. In the forest of the Teutons, Sigfrid works at the forge and runs with the wolves. In the Taunus mountains, Brunhild trains with the Walkyriun, the witch-warriors who serve the tribes. Both find a father in Wodan, the ambiguous god of magic and madness who is guiding the tribes into a new world. Wodan helps Sigfrid forge a legendary sword and become a hero. With his guidance, Brunhild becomes a raven priestess. But Sigfrid's first great deed leaves him without a family, and when Brunhild obeys the god instead of her superiors, she is cast out. Their only hope of happiness lies together, but more than their own lives will be changed when the wolf and the raven fall in love . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The legend of Siegfried and Brunhilde--popularized in Icelandic sagas, the medieval German epic Nibelungenlied and Wagner's operas--is imaginatively retold in this lyrical narrative, the first installment of a projected trilogy. Tapping the myth's archaic sources and using alternate spellings for his characters' names, Paxson ( The Serpent's Tooth ) creates an untamed, down-to-earth young Sigfrid who studies shamanism, runs with a wolf pack and asks his beloved Brunahild, ``What do you need a hero for anyway?'' The self-searching Brunahild, a budding sorceress, belies the stereotype of the Wagnerian soprano with brass bra and winged helmet, although she does attend a Valkyrie training school and wear a raven-winged headdress. With her knowledge of herbs, runes and spells comes understanding, then love. As in Wagner, the theft of a treasure is the source of evil, but nonetheless the lovers achieve their long-desired union at the novel's close. Set in a fifth-century Rhineland aswarm with migrant tribes, gods and spirits, Paxson's detailed retelling distills an exotic brew from the famous myth. (Apr.)
Library Journal
As nomadic tribes battle among themselves along the fringes of a decaying Roman Empire, the seeds of destiny take root in the lives of two young people marked by the gods for glory and tragedy. First in a trilogy based on the Nibelungenlied, this story of the coming of age of Brunahild and Sigfrid prepares the way for the epic events that result from their meeting. Paxson ( The White Raven , Morrow, 1988; The Serpents Tooth , Morrow, 1991) seamlessly blends history and legend in this graceful and credible retelling of a classic love story that should appeal to fans of both fantasy and ancient history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939744005
Publisher:
Ansuz Press
Publication date:
06/28/2013
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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