Sword at Sunset: Question Eight


The book for me did a fine job of bringing across the feel of different landscapes. How did the use of landscape affect the moods of the book, and its themes?


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    That was probably the highlight of the books for me. She did a real nice job with landscapes.

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    It was OK for me, but not really a noteworthy feature. The language was very nice, and yes, there are good descriptions. Some places stood out more - Badon (and maybe this in part is due to @RichardAbbott 's pictures, the flatter and more marshy east, and the area around Eildon, which I can relate to having climbed two of the three hills. But I'm not sure about the rest. I hold no memory of her descriptions of Narbonne or Chester, and didn't really get much feel for the Celidon wood, or Eburacum.

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    I think mainly it was she paid attention to the land. Most authors don't do that. I mean Tolkien is the master here, and she's not in his league, but she did a good job not just describing, but making the action fit the land.

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    I wish wish wish she had included a map! I only discovered the placename glossary at the end after finishing the book, and often read descriptions of long journeys with a yeah whatever feel, as I couldn't place many of the movements - despite living here and probably having visited many if them. Hence my excitement and picture-posting about Uffington / Badon. So yes, I found the descriptions of land to be good and interesting, but also vague and a bit formless.

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    My version had a map, though sadly not all the named places were on it.

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    edited December 2018

    Probably took it out so folks wouldn't think it was a fantasy novel... :wink:

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