Dawn Wind

Dawn Wind In the sixth century A D the Saxons ruled Southern England After the great battle of Aquae Sulis Owain injured wakes to find his father and brother killed during the fight On the battlefield the on

  • Title: Dawn Wind
  • Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • ISBN: 9780140312232
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the sixth century A.D the Saxons ruled Southern England After the great battle of Aquae Sulis, Owain, injured, wakes to find his father and brother killed during the fight On the battlefield the only other living thing is a lean and hungry dog This story covers the twelve years following the battle and describes the life and adventures of Owain during this time of hIn the sixth century A.D the Saxons ruled Southern England After the great battle of Aquae Sulis, Owain, injured, wakes to find his father and brother killed during the fight On the battlefield the only other living thing is a lean and hungry dog This story covers the twelve years following the battle and describes the life and adventures of Owain during this time of historic change in the annals of England.

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    1. Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children s author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninety Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer She contracted Still s Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction Her early schooling being continually interrupted by moving house and her disabling condition, Sutcliff didn t learn to read until she was nine, and left school at fourteen to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course She then worked as a painter of miniatures.Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954 In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in 1985.Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex In 1975 she was appointed OBE for services to Children s Literature and promoted to CBE in 1992 She wrote incessantly throughout her life, and was still writing on the morning of her death She never marriedcmillan author rosema

    2. 2.5 starsIn general this was boring. Okay, so I like descriptions, so that really wasn't the problem. I think it was the settingI'm just not used to it and there needed to be a tad more dialogue. But still, I enjoyed the last 100 pages the best and I'm glad things ended happily, although it took long enough for it to happen! There were several parts I did enjoy, but it still was one of those books that I had no trouble setting aside after one chapter. Since I've heard other good things about t [...]

    3. Dawn Wind is the fifth in the sequence of historical novels dealing with the collapse of Roman-Britain that began with The Eagle Of The Ninth. Set in the sixth century it tells the story of Owain, the sole British survivor of a battle near Bath and his struggle to come to terms with the complete destruction of his culture.As usual with Rosemary Sutcliff, there's a powerful sense of place, and of the changing face of the natural world. The writing is compact and masterful in its use of salient de [...]

    4. Dawn Wind isn't my favourite of the series so far, but it is a lovely read, even though the British people that Sutcliff has written about up to this point in the series are dying out, even though the light that Artos and his men tried to protect is going out. It still focuses on British people, but more and more now the Saxon people are important, and given lives and feelings. I always half-expect Aquila's sister's son's family, from The Lantern Bearers, to somehow show up, with some story to h [...]

    5. When I was young, I read all of the books written by Rosemary Sutcliff that I could find, but that was a very long time ago, and I do not remember if this novel, Dawn Wind, was among them. It is one of her young adult novels, and thus not a particularly challenging read, but it is still a solid historical novel, with a personable young hero and an interesting time to tell a story in. Roman Britain is almost gone, yielding to the incursions of Angles, Saxons and Jutes. Owain, a young British boy [...]

    6. Ah, I'll always love Sutcliff so much. She is such a good writer, and it doesn't get old saying how beautifully and understatedly powerful her writing is. "Dawn Wind" started a bit slow, and took me a good while to get through (especially in the first half), but I'm half inclined to think it was my fault because I've been in a bit of a reading slump. Nonetheless the last third of the book had a heightening of suspense, and the conflict felt real. It was a quiet novel, in many ways, but I learnt [...]

    7. The Dawn Wind is a fabulous book primarily because of the virtues of Owain, the main character. He gives away years of his life out of honor, even though his own desire is to return to a young girl he was forced to leave. The story begins with Owain waking up on a battlefield that he fought upon with his father, brothers, and his father's army, but he soon finds that no one else survived the battle except for one wounded war dog. This is my favorite book.

    8. I'd give this one 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up, because, Sutcliff. The light of civilization has gone out, but there is a hint of new light on the horizon; the Saxons have defeated (most of) the Romano-British, but there is hope for a new civilization from the best of the Saxons and the remnants of the British. Interestingly, Owain (the narrator) explicitly considers and rejects Christianity as that light, or rather, he sees that Christianity is only part of it, not the whole. Once you get pas [...]

    9. I'm reading these chronologically out of order, and it's a bit of adjustment to jump back and forth into these transitional periods of time in early (recorded) British history. This shows, basically, the establishment of the frontier of Wales that stayed effectively intact into modern British history. Sutcliff's thesis in this book was an investigation of the commingling of the settling Northern European groups with the remaining Romano-British peoples in the first few hundred years after Rome's [...]

    10. I absolutely loved this book! Rosemary Sutcliff uses a perfect blend of history with just a small dash of fantasy in her books. Even though most of her books were written for children and you'll find them shelved with children/young adult books, I think that the reading level is a lot higher.

    11. This is at least the third time I've read Dawn Wind, and I love it. For some reason, the story of Owain captured my imagination as few other historical novels have. The setting is vivid, and characters are clearly drawn. It's worth reading, but more—it's worth re-reading.

    12. "Not the dawn yet, but the dawn wind stirring" This iconic quote from the book really sums up the story, and throughout the whole book, we see the "little wind", as Uncle Windreth tells the protagonist Owain, though we never quite reach the dawn. I found that throughout the book, I kept expecting something to happen, but I eventually (ok, in the last chapter) realized that no, it is the story of Owain's life (a chunk of it, at least) and there isn't some grand "Thing" that will happen. I'll get [...]

    13. Rosemary Sutcliff's Dawn Wind is full of the tropes of YA postapocalyptic fiction. It opens with the 14-year-old protagonist waking up to the realisation that everyone he ever knew is dead and he is all alone in the world; later, he and a girl he meets eke out a living in the burnt-out and deserted ruins of their home city, foraging for food and having to avoid lawless bands of armed men. So far, so standard; but the difference here is that the book begins in around 680AD, and is historical fict [...]

    14. I have three tiers of Sutcliff novels: those which I love to distraction (*****), those I love (****), and those which I enjoy (***). (We won't talk about Warrior Scarlet).This falls into the second category. The protagonist didn't draw me in as with some of the others, and I'm not as madly in love with the setting and premise as I am for "Frontier Wolf" or "Blood Feud," but I deeply enjoyed it, and Owain's love interest Regina is one of the most interesting (and least queenly and dignified) Sut [...]

    15. An interesting read, but not my favorite Sutcliff book -- though I am still glad I read it. This is the tale of Owain, the only British survivor of a battle with the Saxons, and at first his dog Dog (also a battle survivor). He makes his way to ruined Viroconium where he meets Regina, the only person still living there. They plot to head to Gaul, but Regina sickens and Owain sells himself into Saxon thralldom to get the Saxons to take care of her.The portrayal of both Saxons and slavery is more [...]

    16. If fairy tales were historically accurate, they would read like Dawn Wind. Once upon a time during the Saxon conquest of Britain, there was a boy named Owain who, along with a war hound, was the sole survivor of the battle of Aquae Sulis. While searching for any remnant of the British host, he discovers a young girl, Regina, alone in a sacked and ruined city. As they attempt to escape to the safety of the British settlement in Gaul, Regina falls deathly ill, and Owain's only hope of saving her i [...]

    17. I don't think Sutcliff ever wrote a bad book, and her books have the perfect partner in the illustrator, Charles Williams. He also illustrated all of Nicholas Stuart Gray's books, and both authors profit immeasurably. I can't picture either with his brooding, intricate linework and heavy eyed, wiry figures.Sutcliff's children, almost uniquely in my experience, live adult lives and actually grow up to become adults without ever losing their character as children. I read these books as a kid, I am [...]

    18. It's the Dark Ages following the departure of the last Roman legions. A young boy and a dog are the sole British survivors of a battle between Britons and Saxons. Wandering through his conquered land the boy befriends a forlorn girl living off scraps in a devastated city in what could almost be a futuristic post-apocalyptic SF novel. The author follows the boy's progress to manhood as Saxon slave and warrior. It's a grim tale, imaginatively and honestly realised. Although there is hope by the en [...]

    19. This is the first book I have read from this author and I fell in love instantly with the style of writing. Thank you writerlibrarian for the recs! Set in a fascinating transitional time in the history of the UK the book follows a decade in the life of a Romano British boy from the devastating defeat of his people through his slavery to the incoming Saxons. The details are what make this book, the real places it mentions, the change of the seasons, the side characters who seem fleshed-out and re [...]

    20. My favorite of Rosemary Sutcliff's historical novel of medieval England. This one takes place in the "Dark Ages" (which weren't all >that< dark). Sutcliff ties together her stories with one physical item--a ring with a dolphin carved into the gem. The ring is passed from son to son to son and so on. A nice touch to tie together what seem to be unrelated stories across vast stretches of time. Sutcliff was a genius in the realm of young reader's historical fiction.Charles Keepings' illustrat [...]

    21. I try really, really hard to like YA literature, I really do. OK, I sort of do. But howcome none of it is THIS good anymore? Really, if you can read Rosemary Sutcliff, why on earth would you want to read Cassandra Clare instead? Sigh. OK. I sure wish books like this one were still in print and available. Great story, moving characters, ones you might wish you could know. Not a boring moment here! Also no prom dresses. Or dystopias. Or vampires. LOL

    22. A story of keeping faith, worth reading over and over on a regualar basis. A story of endingsd beginnings, learning to love your enemy, living in hope. A real world, drawn in detailed strokes, with respect for the past. Dawn Wind changed my opinion about historical novelsd introduced me to the incomparable Rosemary Sutcliff.

    23. Previous entries in the Eagle of the Ninth series were concerned with Roman Britons holding back the Saxons; by this point they've failed. This book is left with the problem of humanizing the "barbarians". The last third achieves this in an awkwardly heavy-handed way. Not up to the level of the series.

    24. A good, detailed young adult novel about coming of age in post-Roman Britain. The hero, Owain, starts as a 14-year-old survivor of the battle of Aquae Sulis (Bath) and grows to manhood. Sutcliff shows as much of the everyday life of her people as she does the big events.The ending was a bit predictable, but overall a good book.

    25. I liked this one better than The Outcast, I think. I'm not sure! I feel like I should be able to rate my enjoyment of each historical fiction YA novel but apparently I CANNOT except for The Mark of the Horse Lord which nothing can ever eclipse.

    26. Part of the Eagle of the Ninth/Silver Branch/Lantern Bearers series. It follows a young Romano-British boy in the aftermath of the Saxon invasions. While it didn’t have the emotional resonance of the other books in the series, it was still very solid. [Oct. 2009]

    27. A wonderfully elegiac and wise novel about an in-between moment of history. Sutcliff at her very best.

    28. I remembering reading all the books I could find by this author when I was aged between 9 and 11, and was clearly still struck by her when I purchased this book as a teenager. It still reads well.

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