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The Thirsty Sword

A Story of the Norse Invasion of Scotland (1262-1263)

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Author: Robert Leighton
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,755 / 220 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,046
Added to site: 2006.09.20
mnybks.net#: 14612
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of distant thunder. Then the moon's light shot through a rack of cloud, and he saw the form of the wolf standing out clear and black against the grey rock. He fixed an arrow to his bowstring; but at the sound of the creaking bow the wolf gave a sharp yelp and disappeared into the darkness beyond.

Kenric, bolder now, unbent his bow and stepped towards the rock that he might see whither the wolf had fled. In an open glade that was behind the rock he saw, instead of the wolf, a strange tall figure standing in the moonlight. It was the figure of a woman, wondrously fair and beautiful. Her long hair, that fell over her shoulders, was as the colour of blood, and her white bare arm, that shone like marble in the pale light, seemed to be pointing the way to Rothesay Castle. In her other hand she held a long bright-bladed sword.

Now whether this figure appearing so mysteriously before him was indeed that of a woman of human flesh, or, as he feared, the vision of some ghostly dweller in the pine forest, K

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Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **

Good solid historical fiction tale. Nice interesting characters and a vile villain. Basically a pretty good book with relatively obscure backdrop.


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