The Sword of the Raven by Alan Boucher; illustrated by Doreen Roberts.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969. First edition. Hardcover. 258 pages ; illustrated ; 21 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. Minor damp stain to lower edge of dust jacket, which seeps into the cover board a bit, but still visible. Light damp stain about a quarter size on the lower right-hand corner of the edge of the page. Light foxing to front and rear endpaper. Binding is firm. No markings to pages.
The Sword of the Raven
by Alan Boucher illustrated by Doreen Roberts
This compelling adventure story of Halli Thordarson has all the sweep of the Icelandic sagas upon which it is based. It is a tale of a rugged way of life in a hard land, of a pursuing fate, of bold exploration, of close bonds and blood feuds. In setting, it ranges from Iceland, to Greenland, to Wineland, and finally to Ireland, where Halli's journey ends.
Above all, this is the story of a boy whose childhood friendships and loyalties have been broken by a family feud and whose destiny, foretold in the runes inscribed on the blade of his sword, over-hangs his life like the wings of a raven. The narrative of his life is a rich tapestry of incident and relationships, told with the vigor and eloquence and high drama of a true saga.
ALAN BOUCHER was born in Leicestershire, England, and was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge. For seven years Dr. Boucher served in the British Army, in the Royal Artillary and the Intelligence Corps, and was stationed in Iceland for two years. There he married the daughter of a sea captain from Reykjavik. After leaving the army he taught for a year in England, then returned to Iceland to study Icelandic literature at the University of Reykjavik. On returning to England, Dr. Boucher completed a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Cambridge and later worked as a producer and programme organizer in the Schools Broadcasting Department of the B.B.C. He has returned to Iceland many times and is presently living in that country. This is the most recent of his many books for young people.
DOREEN ROBERTS was born in London and was educated there. Since 1952 she has been head of the art department of a girls' grammar school in her home city and has illustrated a number of children's books. Miss Roberts is especially interested in ancient and medieval history, so THE SWORD OF THE RAVEN is an appropriate vehicle for her talents.
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