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Beowulf : A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes - Nicky Raven


A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes

By: Nicky Raven (Retold by), John Howe (Illustrator)

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The exhilarating epic blazes to life -- featuring illustrations by a lead artist on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

"Look into the flames and let your minds empty. . . . For this is a tale of blood and heat and ashes."

It is a tale that has been retold countless times through the centuries -- and here, in an enthralling edition illustrated by a noted Tolkien artist, the mighty Beowulf is well set to capture new legions of followers.

This contemporary retelling of the ancient epic -- narrated with a touch of banter by the faithful Wiglaf and featuring vividly dramatic illustrations -- follows the mythic hero from his disarming of the gruesome Grendel to his sword battle with the monster's sea hag mother to his final, fiery showdown with an avenging dragon.



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Beautifully written and illustrated.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Beowulf:

    I'll keep this one for myself, unless the grandies find it and carry it off forever.

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    The Story Begins
    Chapter One- Hrothgar's Hall
    Chapter Two- Search for the Hero
    Chapter Three- A Fight in the Dark
    Chapter Four- Into the depths
    Chapter Five- Honor and Peace
    Chapter Six- A New Peril
    Chapter Seven- The end of an Age
    The Artist- A note from John Howe

    ISBN: 9780763636470
    ISBN-10: 0763636479
    Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
    For Ages: 9+ years old
    For Grades: 4 - 6
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 84
    Published: 9th October 2007
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 1.27 x 23.495  x 26.67
    Weight (kg): 0.803