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The Book of the Sword (Hallowed Isle #1)

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Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancie ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Eos
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Bill Tillman
Another spin on Arthur just not as shinny as I like.

I wrote this in 2008:
Arthurian series with a unique representation:
'Paxson departs from the usual fare is in her consideration of the Saxons as people with their own goals and beliefs and lives, rather than as stock barbarians who exist only to destroy what is left of Roman civilization'.

I am very much looking forward to reading these novels.
I've read Ms. Paxson before and like her style. As Marion Zimmer Bradley's sister in law and most trusted friend, she's worked on the Avalon series with Mar
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this different perspective of the Arthurian tale, and am already gobbling up the "Spear" book two of the 4-book set. I like Diana Paxson's writing. I love this type of historical fantasy, and I am a huge Arthurian fan. I am enjoying the series very much.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
really having a hard time deciding what I think about this book. I like that it is a different take on the Arthur legend, with more of an emphasis on the magic of the sword itself, but the writing is rough and unsatisfying.
Patrick Bättig
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Artussage Teil 1: Artur erhält das Schwert von Merlin, der es in einen Stein steckt
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book - it started earlier than usual in the author legend, with Merlin's birth. Not a common angle, but familiar enough to satisfy Authorian legend fans.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Definitely more the Arthurian scholar instead of the Arthurian romantic.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Workmanlike tale of Merlin's birth and emergence of the young Arthur. Nothing special here, but future instalments may improve.
concept was good, writing was just too flowery (dense, heavy, just not right) for me....
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Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
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