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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.
|Product dimensions:||10.40(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My 8th-grade son loves swords--he draws his own designs constantly, and even thinks about making them when he gets older. Seeing as I wasn't going to buy him any actual swords, this book is as close as it gets to his dream come true. The drawings in this book are truly spectacular, and very cool. There are depictions of many different cultures and time periods of swordcraft, and just enough of a brief description and some history to be educational and engaging without being boring. I highly recommend this for any upper-elementary through high schooler who loves swords and sword art.
This is a book that truly brings the art of historical weaponry to the reader in beautiful illustrations that highlight and clarify the intricate details and shapes of the various types of swords. An oversize book, it truly does justice to the subject. I will donate this book to our local Christian school library, and I foresee this being a frequent check-out by the boys. But then, of course, I see their daddies also pouring over its pages once it is in the home. The array of swords, knives, and other such weapons are covered in 14 chapters including but not limited to: Warriors, Raiders, War Maidens, Villagers, Soldiers, Knights. Kings, Samurai, Ninja. I can see this book used and studied for the sheer artistry of each illustration. I can also see that the interest of a reader would be drawn to the historical value of this piece because the author has done his research homework thoroughly. The use of swords throughout history has indeed been bloody and yet some cultures hold to the belief that the sword is a sacred instrument. The combination of such intricate beauty with destruction in its use is mindboggling but none-the-less factual – swords are beautiful and swords are destructive. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Swords from Candlewick Press in exchange for this review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.