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The Broken Sword | [Poul Anderson]

The Broken Sword

Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.
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Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

©1954 Poul Anderson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jose Alvarez ORLANDO, FL, US 01-28-15
    Jose Alvarez ORLANDO, FL, US 01-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A struggle to finish"

    I was determined to finish this book, but it was a difficult task. This book is very slow and full of unnecessary details that complicated the story rather than enhancing it. I found myself zoning in and out as I listened to this book, something I've never done.

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    JPaladin 11-07-14
    JPaladin 11-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Something lost in the translation?"

    I'm not sure if I read the wrong review or what. But this book is boring me to death. It is like a dull retelling of an old english folk tale.

    I put it down two books ago and haven't gone back.

    Not I'm going to be able to ever finish it.

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    Jaime 03-26-14
    Jaime 03-26-14 Member Since 2010

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    "If you liked Beowulf..."

    I started listening to this book and had to double check that it was, in fact, of modern composure (modern in this case being some sixty years or so, but still, more modern than 800 AD). It has the same sweep and feel of an ancient Epic, written and sung by bards, and in fact makes good use of alliteration and various techniques so that the prose feels more like poetry at times, an effect that is subtly highlighted by the talented performer. I rewound several times to relisten to descriptive swathes because the language and performance was so beautiful that I got lost in them. (And on the way to my car. I was so engrossed that I climbed two extra flights in the parking ramp and then couldn't figure out where my vehicle was. Oops...)

    But fear not, you who have not read the ancient epics! Though I have my own opinion of classics (favorable, read as many as you can, they really aren't that daunting), I know others find the prospect of an Epic a bit overwhelming. Don't. Really, don't. Things are easy to keep track of as long as you realize that troll = bad, elf = protagonist, humans = scapegoats, and gods = avoid at all costs if you hope to live a peaceful life. Not that peace is much to be had, because the bad mix it up with the protagonists, get the scapegoats involved, and the only hope of success comes with calling on the ones you hope to avoid.

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    Abby Normal 02-03-14
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    "Dark Fantasy and Brilliant Saga"
    Would you listen to The Broken Sword again? Why?

    Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to hear a lot of the different verse and names.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broken Sword?

    Skafloc trying to win his sister's love.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Skafloc was my favorite and definitely had a range of emotions and development as a character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book put me through a range of emotions through the characters.


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    Scott Penrith, Australia 11-22-13
    Scott Penrith, Australia 11-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant sword and sorcery epic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Broken Sword to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Pinchot's narration is outstanding. He brings the characters and the story to life, giving the story great depth and drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A well constructed and thought out plot, with consistent characterisation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Odin collecting on his bargain.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tragedy of Ilrede's daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The Broken Sword is the absolute pick of this genre.

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