The Sword Woman review È 3

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The Sword Woman review È 3 ☆ Contents1 · Introduction · Leigh Brackett · in 7 · Sword Woman Dark Agnes · na REH Lone Star Fictioneer #2 ’75 59 · Blades for France Dark Agnes · nv George T Hamilton 1975 91 · Mistress of Death Agnes · Robert E Howard Gerald W Page · ss Witchcraft Sorcery JanFeb ’71 115 · The King’s Service · uw 1976 143 Ce Dark Agnes · nv George T Hamilton 1975 91 · Mistress of Death Agnes · Robert E Howard Gerald W Page · ss Witchcraft Sorcery JanFeb ?. A collection of short stories The Howard character Dark Agnes is a really good characterization of a sword woman in my opinion

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Contents1 · Introduction · Leigh Brackett · in 7 · Sword Woman Dark Agnes · na REH Lone Star Fictioneer #2 ’75 59 · Blades for Fran. Dark Agnes is a rare thing in the writings of Robert E Howard a female protagonist As she says herself I drink fight and live like a man and so it is that once having killed the man she is being forced to marry she is little different from a myriad other of Howard's fighting heroes Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it is a thing The only real difference is in the attitudes of the men she faces in combat who inevitably underestimate her strength and skill with a sword with eually inevitable conseuencesThe three stories featuring Agnes are grounded in medieval France rather than a fantasy world and the first two are historical adventure stories without any fantasy or supernatural elements They swing along with the pace and brutality for which Howard is famous with some nice touches of intrigue The third Agnes story was edited together from two unfinished versions and has a supernatural twist which I felt was not needed but neither did it detract from my enjoymentPerhaps had Howard sold the stories they were published posthumously and had some success with them Agnes would have developed into a distinct character As it is they are good Howardian tales with enough of a different slant to make them enjoyably memorableThe other two stories in this collection are unfinished fragments featuring two of Howard's usual characterisations male barbarian super warriorsDonn Othna is an Irish prince exiled captured by Vikings and lost at sea who washes up in India of all places This was apparently to be the start of a novel about his battles and intrigues actually Howard writes political intrigues rather well with the various power blocs of the decadent city state in which he finds himself The story ends uite abruptly after the description of a fairly brutal hand to hand combat between Donn Othna and a strangler assassinThe final story featuring exiled Irish prince Turlogh O'Brien is framed as a flashback within a flashback a nice recession that adds an interesting Arabian Knights uality to the tale O'Brien is telling of his past wanderings amongst the steppe peoples east of the Caucasus O'Brien is a grim fellow even by Howard's standards with a hatred for Vikings that is positively psychopathological I'm not sure that's a proper word he really really doesn't like them though This story fragment ends even abruptly than the last which is a shame as it was just starting to rollThere's some debate amongst Howard fans as to whether his fragments are best published as they are pristine and in Howard's words only or completed andor edited by other writers Providing they are done well I suppose that's obvious and in sympathy with Howard's style then I think I lean to the latter view These are not works of great literature; they are well crafted and exciting adventure stories that are great escapism I want to know the end of the story and if that means somebody else finishing them so be it I do prefer to know which are the original words of the master and which the addition of the imitator rather like those ancient cracked murals you see in museums the yellowing plaster and faded paintings filled in with new white mortar the amputated limbs of the long dead people replaced with bright painted prostheses The completions add to the enjoyment while leaving you able to appreciate the skill of the original artistSo a bit of a patchwork volume but it all holds together rather well

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The Sword Woman??71 115 · The King’s Service · uw 1976 143 · The Shadow of the Hun Turlogh O’Brien · nv The Shadow of the Hun George Hamilton 1975. Three tales of the 15th century adventuress Dark Agnes Rejecting the life of a peasant wife in medieval France Agnes puts on a pair of pants and takes up the sword instead As a big buxomed fiery redhead she doesn't fool anyone into thinking she's a man but her temper and skill with a blade earns her a reputation with the roughest sort of men These three stories cover Agnes from her days as a peasant girl promised to an unwanted husband through her learning that she is a natural at swordplay and her first days as a hunted woman It's a good start to a series that REH never finished which is too bad because Dark Agnes is a very interesting characterThe final two stories are unfinished tales that have no relation to Dark Agnes or any sword women whatsoever One is the beginning of an adventure of a crew of Vikings traveling to India The other is the story of Black Turlough as he travels to the Asian steppes and takes on the rampaging Huns Both show promise and both end just as the story is beginning to get going