The Sunbird (The Lion Hunters #3)
Telemakos is the grandson of two noble men: Kidane, member of the parliament in the African kingdom of Aksum, and Artos, the fallen High King of Britain. Telemakos is also an exceptional listener and tracker, resolute and inventive in his ability to discover and retain information. Now his aunt Goewin, the British ambassador to Aksum, needs his skill. Plague has come to Br...more
My favorite of the Lion Hunter's series, The Sunbird is an amazing adventure story told through the eyes of Telemakos, an intelligent and nimble eleven year old boy. As a member of the royal household and one who often roams the palace freely, Telemakos fades into the background as a natural part of the landscape. Because no one takes notice of h...more
Our protaganist is of the small, cunning variety, raised by people who value strength, cunning, and sneakiness. The setting is imperial Ethiopia, a sophisticated and world-ranging empire. The negusa nagast (King of Kings) finds him sneaking around and spying, and sets him a more difficult spying task. Wh...more
The Sunbird is the third book in Elizabeth Wein’s Arthurian/Aksumite cycle of stories which follows the descendants of King Artos of Britain and their lives in sixth century Aksum, Africa (present-day Ethiopia). Although part of an ongoing series, The Sunbird can definitely be read as a standalone (although I did have a few questions about previous happenings in the series, the most urgent one being: how and why exactly did the descendants of King Arth...more
The writing is superb, Telemakos is one of my all-time favorite YA protagonists, the setting -- the African kingdom of Aksum -- is fabulous. But there is some grim, grim, grim violence in this book, some of the worst I've eve...more
The character torture is sickening and it made me feel physically ill....more
So if you are not a wimp like me and you can handle really very awful things happening to child protagoni
Telemakos, grandson of the former British king as well as of the grandson of a member of Aksum's imperial parliament, likes to test his abilities to hide and spy on happenings in the court. Finally the emperor decides that the best way to utilize Telemakos' skills is to send him on a mission. There is plague in the kingdom and someone is deliberately sabotaging the quarantine in order to make money in the black market. The plague is spreading due to this breach and mu...more
Because it's really good! The plot is excellent! The setting is fantastic! The writing is technically proficient! The style suits the subject matter! The characters are really believable!
The character torture is sickening and it made me feel physically ill.
So if you are not a wimp like me and you can handle really very awful things happening to child pro...more
Ms. Wein blends Arthurian legend and sixth century Ethiopian history in her books. Telemakos, the main protagonist of this book, is the son of Medraut (Mordred, Arthur's son). If you're a fan of Arthurian novels, I definitely recommend Ms. Wein's novels. But even if you aren't, I still recommend them! I haven't read a lot of Arthurian books and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Telemakos is such a talented child and so mature for his age. There were times when I was reading t...more
The story of his search for the figure called the Lazarus, and what happens to him there, are compelling. The darkness from the other stories remains here....more
But overall it was wonderful. It's historical information wasn't told in a dull boring way, it sucked you into Africa.
It did get kinda intense for young children...so I would say for people 12 and up.
Definitally recomend it...and will be looking to get the first two.