HENGEST'S TALE by Gillian Paton Walsh
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It was perhaps the worst of times--northern Europe in the fifth century--and Hengest was forced to kill Finn, whom he admired most of all men, in order to avenge the slaying of his lord, Hnaef, who had injured many. How this came about, causing Hengest's thoughts to go in circles, his heart to be torn, makes the substance of Hengest's Tale presented as the legacy of a proud and bitter warrior who was an early invader of England. With the savage thrust of a Treece, the author spills forth a tale of loyalty and deceit, of graciousness and cruelty, of a new civilization nascent. Seldom has the gloom and fear of the Dark Ages been induced with such immediacy, nor the shifting demands of primitive loyalty and honor been so effectively juxtaposed; and seldom, indeed, does historical fiction sustain such knife-edge suspense throughout.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1967
Publisher: St. Martin's Press