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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Barnhouse Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem Beowulf.

When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman living on a farm far removed from the king’s hall, to raise as she saw fit.

Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring on the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he comes to the hall each winter for weapons training. But somehow he never quite fits in. Many people still fear he will bring a curse on the kingdom. Then a terrible thing happens. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, someone awakens a dragon. It is time for Rune to find the warrior inside himself and prove to the doubters once and for all that he is a true hero.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Garrett Bailey | 2/18/2014

    " ahh it was pretty good however the action was short and sweet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robyn | 2/17/2014

    " I was initially intrigued with the fact that it was "inspired" by the epic poem Beowulf. It was actually more of a sequel than a companion, but I liked it. It was very well written. My only concern in recommending it to my usual fantasy/action students is that it takes a little time to get into. I was definitely hooked by the middle, and it had some of the best swordplay/battle scenes I've read in a long time. I just don't know how many will have the patience to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theo P | 1/28/2014

    " It was really good, but it didn't have enough girl power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane Price | 1/18/2014

    " Helps if you are familiar with Beowulf! "

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