As the cataclysmic events unfold at Ravenswood, Beowulf is left fighting his own very personal war against the forces of Hel. Finally cured with the help of the wizard Asgrim, Beowulf and the men of his comitatus gather their forces and travel to Heorot to finally confront the monster, Grendel.
In a journey which sweeps across the north, from the depths of the great Swedish forests and the marshes of Frisland to the gentle hills surrounding Sutton Hoo, Beowulf finally discovers that killing Grendel was not his sternest test after all. Woden has one more, even more powerful fiend to confront as the Gods vie for ascendancy over middle earth.
Sword of Woden, Monsters, is the conclusion of a trilogy of novels which seek to tell the early life story of Beowulf and his clan, the Swertings.
A REVIEW OF MONSTERS BY CHRISTOPH FISCHER OF THE HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY.
Monsters (Sword of Woden 3) was a fascinating and insightful read. Based on the infamous ‘Beowulf’ poem, which is dated between the ninth and twelfth century, the trilogy combines historical credibility with mythology, legend and fantasy. I was initially suspicious about such a combination, preferring my historical fiction to stay as close to the facts as it can, but the fantasy elements fitted in with the belief systems of those times and contributed immensely to the authentic feeling of the novel.
The use of language, of place names and the descriptive details seemed well researched, and the battle descriptions, the locations and action were treated with care and attention. All of this makes the book more than just a Tolkienesque legend. It is a genre blend but one that deserves its place in historical fiction. The glossaries were helpful, a small map might have been useful, too.
The characters are particularly well drawn and the story is entertaining and historically informative. Recommended.