The Coming of the Dragon (Legacy of Beowulf)
Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this awesome retelling of the top of the outdated English poem Beowulf.
When he used to be a toddler, Rune washed up onshore in a ship, besides a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. a few humans concept he used to be a sacrifice to the gods and desired to ship him correct again to the ocean. fortunately for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman dwelling on a farm a long way faraway from the king’s corridor, to elevate as she observed fit.
Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring at the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he involves the corridor each one wintry weather for guns education. yet by some means he by no means really matches in. many of us nonetheless worry he'll convey a curse at the state. Then a negative factor occurs. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, somebody awakens a dragon. it's time for Rune to discover the warrior inside of himself and turn out to the doubters as soon as and for all that he's a real hero.
From the Hardcover edition.
His personal lack of expertise. but even figuring out that she had kept his lifestyles, he knew she’d been incorrect. Vengeance used to be the way in which of the realm. all of the tales mentioned it, all of the knowledge of the tribe taught it. it is going to were higher for everybody if Amma had demanded his dying the instant she observed his father’s sword. If she had referred to as for it, the king wouldn’t have denied her. Neither may Dayraven. Rune twisted a strand of straw so demanding it snapped. while he had washed ashore within the boat, humans said,.
acknowledged. He blinked and observed Ketil status close to him, chewing on a hunk of meat. Goat meat, from the dollar that were sacrificed to Thor. the center went to the god, the liver to the king, and the ideal components of the beef to his warriors. humans like Rune received what was once left. “Thought you’d be going with us.” Ketil shook his head ruefully as a dribble of juice made its approach down his chin. “What, a person who can’t even carry directly to his personal sword?” Rune spat the phrases, then became and walked out of the.
The track ended, there has been a roar of approval. Rune signaled the bond servants to fill up the consuming horns. they might must be extra cautious with their assets later, which will get during the lengthy iciness, yet he didn’t imagine now was once the time. this night, no less than, the folk had to have fun. “Let’s have the half the place the dragon comes out of the barrow again,” somebody referred to as, and the bard rang his hands around the harp strings, satisfied to oblige. Rune slipped out the facet door of the.
to carry the cloak jointly. Then she stepped again to appear him over. “Turn,” she stated, and he did, the cloak swirling round his legs. “You’ll do,” she stated, smiling. “Now, remain right here and I’ll pass discover if it’s time.” As she slipped out the door, Rune desired to sit down down—he couldn’t have in mind the final time he had performed so—but was once afraid he may perhaps smash anything. in its place, he reached as much as contact the brooch. As his hands met the patterned gold, a reminiscence got here to him, one he didn’t be aware of he had, a.
His head. Rune swung on the warrior’s knees, yet Dayraven danced backward, growling as he did. Rune had no selection yet to take one hand off his sword to loosen the cloak. He wasn’t quick enough—the folds have been twisted too tightly. He grasped the hilt back. Dayraven improved, preserving simply out of Rune’s sword achieve. He readied his personal weapon for an additional blow. Rune held his sword with either fingers, taking a look up at Dayraven’s blade, getting ready to parry it, figuring out he wouldn’t be capable of if.