The Broken Sword

By Poul Anderson

Rating: 3 stars

Although not a big fantasy fan, I very much enjoyed this tale of swords and sorcery with its nordic gods steeped in England. It’s the contemporary of The Lord of the Rings, published in the same year as Fellowship and it has a similar feel to it, down to the use of verse, although this feels ‘harder’ than LOTR, with more of an edge to it. Anderson is certainly a versatile writer, spanning the spectrum from heroic fantasy (this book) to hard science fiction (Tau Zero, which I read a couple of months ago). Recommended.

Book details

ISBN: 9780575074255
Publisher: Gollancz / Orion
Year of publication: 1954

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