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The Angel and the Sword

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the dark and bloody days of the Ninth Century, a courageous young woman took the guise of a gallant warrior to preserve the precious legacy of the past, and protect her people from destruction. Here is a bold retelling of one of Europe's greatest sagas, by one of the world's most acclaimed historical novelists.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published December 1st 2000)
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Jan 16, 2010 Phoebe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nanci
Spanish Princess Ragny is on the run for her life when her mother dies, and her appalling father locks her in a tower and intends to marry her himself to gain the kingdom. Dressed as a man, she and her father's former sergeant flee over the mountains to Francia, and join the fight against the Northmen (Vikings) who are intent upon taking Paris. The current king is the grandson of Emperor Charlemagne and lives everyday with that glorious shadow hanging over him. Ragny, now Roderick the beardless,...more
This is my second try with this author. I am glad I gave this author a second chance; I like everything better. The story was more interesting and I "got" the authors style, which has been described as terse and stripped down. I found the action sequences a little boring ( skimmed them) but where the author shines and captures you is in the illustration of Ragny/Roderick, her faith, and her struggles.
Della Vance
The best Cecelia Holland book yet! She is an amazing Historian who puts you in the time she is writing about. This is the story of Historical figure Roderick the Beardless, ninth century warrior who took on the Vikings for France's King Charles the Bald. No one does history better than Cecilia Holland. A terrific book.
Oh, how I loved this book. It was everything I love most in a book. Royal historical fiction taking place in Europe with an insanely strong female character making a place for herself in a world where only men hold the power. I loved Ragny and how entirely good and brave she was. I loved the symbolism and references to the angel so obviously protecting her. This was such a quick read and I absolutely loved it all!
I did not like Seffrid; well, I liked him until he met Erma. I still wish Roderick...more
This was an excellent book. She pulls you right in and does a wonderful job describing the inner termoil going on within Ragny/Roderick. It made me want to go look up the history of these people. If we could give half stars this would get 4 1/2.
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