Readaholic / Library Thing
Review by Bridget3420 *****
I just finished "The Saga of Beowulf" by R. Scot Johns last night and wow!! I don’t really know where to begin because there is so much going on in this book! It’s nonstop action and adventure. The synopsis on the back says it’s "relentless in pace" and that is so true! Beowulf battles ogres, armies and himself. And the love between Beowulf and Haereth is something most people dream about.
Instead of giving away parts of the book, I’d like to share a couple of quotes with you that I found touching. Beowulf said to his clan after returning from war, "So much blood. So many dead. And all for what? Homes ransacked, villages destroyed, men and women slain for half a sack of grain. We became no better than the Swedes. Wolves that feed on sheep when they’re not even hungry." Another quote that I enjoyed is when Haereth tells Beowulf "There are ways of being together even when all the world divides you. Just as there are ways of being far apart, although we stand this close."
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. And if you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep up, don’t be. The author included a map and glossaries of people and places, which I found really helpful.
Bridget also posted a 4-star rating on GoodReads, saying "This book is awesome. I can picture everything the author says. It's a great book."
ADDENDUM: MARCH 12
Bridget emailed me to apologize and say that she had meant to give The Saga of Beowulf a 5-star rating, but only clicked on 4 stars by mistake. She has since gone back and upgraded it. In fact, in her uniquely exuberant way, she said she wished she could give it a 10!