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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A white stag and a dagger transform the life of Prosper, a Welsh chieftan’s son. With Conn, his bodyservant, he leaves his isolated valley and joins the war band of King Mynyddog the Golden as a shieldbearer. For the Saxons have returned to threaten the northern tribes of Britain, and the Shining Company—a brotherhood of three hundred chosen warriors—must make a desperate attempt to repel invaders.

And with the Company travels the minstrel Aneirin, who will keep their names and their glory alive forever more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Shining Company deserves a place with Adam of the Road , The White Stag and other classic adventure stories.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • Shining Company was written for young adults but the narration by Johanna Ward will reach many an adult audience.” 

    Reviewer’s Bookwatch

  • “The story will appeal to readers of historical fiction or fantasy, as the rich language and strong Welsh dialect give the story a mythic air.”


  • “Readers willing to surrender to Sutcliff's demanding yet hypnotic language will be drawn into a truly splendid adventure, containing powerful themes of heroism, friendship, loss, betrayal, and sacrifice.” 

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sc | 2/11/2014

    " She writes wonderfully about Dark Ages Britain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Simina | 2/11/2014

    " This is yet another Sutcliff masterpiece. The book almost reads itself and in many ways it is written in a simpler style than she uses in her other works - most certainly in a far simpler style than Sword at Sunset, also written in the first person, but then again Prosper is not Artos. The story itself was very good, albeit slightly heartbreaking, but then again this is part of Sutcliff's talent, to speak in an alomst matter of fact way about tragic things. The idea that these events are written from the point of view of a humble shieldbearer is again another of the appeals of this book. Extra points go also to the relationship between Prosper and Conn which is slightly reminiscent of the one between Marcus and Esca from the Eagle of the Ninth. It does seem at times that Sutcliff is writing the same story over and over again, but always finding fresh ways to do so. I also like the fact that she referenced Frontier Wolf as well at some point.It was a strange feeling, almost like finding familiar elements in an unfamiliar story. And now to find the Gododdin in a translated version that I can actually understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kate | 1/31/2014

    " I had to give it up because it was so boring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Skye | 1/24/2014

    " Enjoyable. Some of the battle stuff was a little dry, but the story was good. "

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