Paxson, Diana L.

ISBN 10: 0688108210 / ISBN 13: 9780688108212
Published by New York: William Morrow & Co, (1993.) dj, 1993
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The first volume in the Wodan's Children trilogy. A retelling of the early adventures of Sigfrid and Brunhild, set in fifth century Europe. SIGNED on the title page by the author. Background and sources, glossary of names. Map endpapers. 320 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 57037

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Publisher: New York: William Morrow & Co, (1993.) dj

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Brunahild and Sigfrid are two children who, despite their tender years, possess great powers of sorcery

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Another Paxson rattle and roll of a cluster of ancient tales and myths. Here, in the first of a trilogy, the author spotlights a heroic pair given fame by Wagner's operatic Ring cycle: Sigfrid and Brunahild of the Walkyriun, who--like Tristan and Iseult of The White Raven (1988) and King Leir of The Serpent's Tooth (1991)-- step out of the mythic mists with earthbound feet and overheated crania. After an essential Foreword, in which Paxson sketches a fifth- century background of a crumbling Roman empire amid the roiling movement of Germanic tribes, there's an eye-crossing roll call of characters (from the one-eyed god Wodan to Fafner, ``a berserker''), plus a Prologue and a view of the theft of the Gold from the river Rhenus. (The jury is still out on the joys of authentic spelling.) The young girl Brunahild, daughter of a Hun prince, will first see the image of Wodan as, with Gudrun, offspring of a Bergund chieftain, she peers into a sacred well. (Wodan will appear at other times and places.) So it's off to the Walkyriun for Brunahild, to be trained with the other women to defend the old ways and old gods. The storms through which they ride in battle are within--as is Brunahild's quest for her father, surely the One-Eyed. Meanwhile, Sigfrid is being raised by the smith Ragan to avenge a death by slaying the shapechanger Fafner, guardian of the Rhenus gold. He'll run with wolves, learn killing, receive his father's sword, etc. Then at the stony cold ``pyre'' on which Brunahild lies (punished by her peers for sparing an enemy), the two will thunderously lose their respective virginities. There are those who regret the leach of old gold out of old myths, but Paxson substitutes the happy clamor of invention--how can one kill a dragon that isn't there?--with ease and in a wink of Wodan's eye. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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