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The King's Peace (2000)

por Jo Walton

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Sulien ap Gwien was seventeen when the Jarnish raiders came. Had she been armed when they found her, she could have taken them all. As it was, it took six of them to subdue her. She will never forgive them. Thus begins her story--a story that takes her back to her family, with its ancient ties to the Vincan empire that once ruled in Tir Tanagiri, and forward to Caer Tanaga, where the greatest man of his time, King Urdo, struggles to bind together the squabbling nobles and petty princes into a unified force that will drive out the barbarian invader and restore the King's Peace. Ringing with the clash of arms and the songs of its people, rich with high magic and everyday life, The King's Peace begins an epic of great deeds and down-to-earth people, told in language with the strength and flexibility of sharpened steel.… (mais)
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first of an Arthurian trilogy, this was just lovely, with strong and endearing characters and relationships, authentic and lyrical and very detailed about the clash of cultures and religions of the period. she's chosen between a lot of Arthurian texts for this, as of course she must, and changed all the names, but Arthur and Morgan and Morgan's son remain vivid and true within this loose canon. not much magic in it as such (a plus for me, as magic tends to be lazy as a plot device), but Morgan and her son remain witches, the elementals and the high gods are present and occasionally even active, the sidhe dwellers and those who came before them are known, and the pagans still sometimes can use the old homely charms, which are spoken. altogether it's a masterful retelling, with a fine heroic female protagonist at the center. and all the poetry written for it was really excellent, and very true to the various forms of the period. ( )
  macha | Jul 20, 2016 |
When Sulien's village is attacked by Jarnish raiders, her father sends her to the king for help. She immediately proves her courage and worth as a warrior to Urdo, who is setting himself up as the new High King. She rises through the ranks of his army, while all around her the various factions and tribes fight for land and power. Only the High King has the vision and the might to unite them all, but he needs all the help he can get against the encroaching chaos.

This is a fantastic retelling of the myth of King Arthur. It is by far the most believable version I've read--White and Mallory should take notes. I hate how the Victorians screwed up the entire mythos of King Arthur and made it entirely about forbidden sex (oh noes!). Walton takes back the myth from their damp hands and sets it once more into a time as brutal as it is honorable, with characters as pragmatic as they are brave. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I liked this book a lot and can not wait to get the rest of the trilogy but have not been able to find it yet. I found this one in a discount store for a dollar and have felt it was a dollar well spent. One reason I like this book is because the main character is a woman and a strong woman at that. She is raped in the book and deals with it extremely well in my point of view when she must fight side by side with the man who raped her. This book is a fairly long book and is filled with technical jargon of a military aspect but when it is a book about war what else can one expect. If you are bored easily by this sort of thing you might get bored a bit in this book but I think it adds to the theme of the book and the mood which may have been what Walton was going for. She is one of my favorite authors! ( )
  donna.riffebarker | Oct 8, 2013 |
This was lousy. I don't say that because it took a woman's view. Read the excellent Paksarnarion books and you know that we can find women heroic figures.

The reason that this was such tripe was manifold. And herein lie spoilers. I had this on my to purchase list for a long time and regret that I spent the money for it now. And that time of my life reading far too much of it.

Firstly our hero is raped in the first few pages. That sets up the drama, right? Well her rape is such that she will forgive the rapist, forgive the rapist who also killed her brother when he tried to rescue her.

Forgive a man who turns her off men and sex for ever. All of which conspire to make the hero unbelievable.

Further what makes this a difficult read is that all the names of places are long winded and unfamiliar without a map reference, so you never know really where you are and where it is in relation to anywhere else.

And then all the people. Each of whom needs to be named when they are on stage for a second. Why not just call so and so, a warrior. We'll never see him again. And those that show up twice, there are so many that you are confused. So a list of names and their relations to each other in the story could have sorted this out. But with a garbled mouthful to read past each time some minor character impacts the hero, getting lost amongst all the people for countless pages also occurs.

I stuck with it well beyond 80% until I realized I didn't care. I had invested my life in a character that I could not care about. That had no redeeming humanity. All she cared about was her being a great warrior. She didn't care about anything else, and that was boring. The thing about our characters and making us want to empathize with them is to give us emotion to relate to. Sulien, the main character was so lacking, and her hooks to humanity so subtly left behind that I didn't care how it ended, and that there were more books to follow. I have much better fantasy to delve into then reading a series that is so bad. Or I can reread some much better fantasy then give any more hours to this.

The King's Peace qualifies as a NEVER AGAIN. ( )
1 vote DWWilkin | Jul 31, 2013 |
Not as unusual as Jo Walton's later books, but still good reading. This is a sort of take on the King Arthur legend, with a bit of King Alfred thrown in. ( )
  annesadleir | Apr 24, 2012 |
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Rather than creating yet another retelling of the Arthurian myth itself, Ms. Walton borrows the source material to weave her own story. She does not craft an imitation, but a tribute, and best of all, a thinking tribute. The idea is best summed up in the character's own words: "My story has no drama; a land defended, vows unbroken, faith upheld. That is not the stuff of legend." Indeed, the Arthurian legends themselves focus not on the triumphs of the knights, but on the failures; Lancelot's love for Guinevere, Merlin's seduction and downfall, the manipulations of Mordred and Morgan. Similar events and similar characters do appear in The King's Peace, but the story focuses on the triumphs, on divine aid and mundane hard work, on the building and maintaining of a peace, and on efforts to build, and rebuild, the heart of a family. They are not tedious; at times, these triumphs are full of drama and passion. Unspoken, but certainly present, is the implication that the creation of the peace -- and the concept of peace itself -- and not its shattering, should be the part of the story the people treasure and re-tell.
 

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Jo Waltonautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculated
Bell, JulieArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hayden, Patrick NielsenEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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I would have it so that though King, son, and grandson were all slain in one day, still the King's Peace should hold over all England! What is a man that his mere death should upheave a people! We must have the Law.

Rudyard Kipling, Rewards and Fairies, 1910.
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Sulien ap Gwien was seventeen when the Jarnish raiders came. Had she been armed when they found her, she could have taken them all. As it was, it took six of them to subdue her. She will never forgive them. Thus begins her story--a story that takes her back to her family, with its ancient ties to the Vincan empire that once ruled in Tir Tanagiri, and forward to Caer Tanaga, where the greatest man of his time, King Urdo, struggles to bind together the squabbling nobles and petty princes into a unified force that will drive out the barbarian invader and restore the King's Peace. Ringing with the clash of arms and the songs of its people, rich with high magic and everyday life, The King's Peace begins an epic of great deeds and down-to-earth people, told in language with the strength and flexibility of sharpened steel.

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