“A vital, evocative novel with a female protagonist who not only forges swords but also our vision of the middle ages.” – Javier Sierra, author of The Secret Supper and The Lost Angel
England 1161: Ellen, a blacksmith’s daughter, wants to become a swordsmith, but for a girl this profession is unimaginable. Forced to run away from home, she disguises herself as a boy and wins the opportunity to travel with a famous swordsmith to Normandy, where the sons of the greatest barons are trained to be knights.
Under the assumed identity of Alan, Ellen is able to learn the trade and become familiar with court life. But when she falls in love with Guillaume, a brilliant knight, her secret is threatened and Ellen must run for her life. Across countries and time, Ellen struggles to achieve her dream of working as a swordsmith and eventually forging a sword for the king. It is a quest rich in intrigue, betrayal, and treachery. As epic as it is intimate, The Copper Sign is a passionate tour de force that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two, The Silver Falcon.
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"I'm glad I ignored so many low reviews on this book and read it. We read for bookclub and we all liked it. It was a great read. The story and the characters were likeable. If you are interested in silversmithing at all, the description about how the swords and daggers were forged and how the iron was worked was interesting without it going on and on. It added interest to the story. There were a lot of characters in this book, but the story was easy to follow and quite interesting. I would recommend."
Karen (4 out of 5 stars)