Out of the lands in the chill, far northcome legends from long ago.This is the story of Wayland Smith,the strangest of all I know.This beautifully told tale reinvents the northern legend of Wayland the blacksmith, whose craft and skill spread his fame far and wide. But Wayland's talents bring him nothing but pain. Following the loss of his swan-bride and his enslavement byOut of the lands in the chill, far northcome legends from long ago.This is the story of Wayland Smith,the strangest of all I know.This beautifully told tale reinvents the northern legend of Wayland the blacksmith, whose craft and skill spread his fame far and wide. But Wayland's talents bring him nothing but pain. Following the loss of his swan-bride and his enslavement by a greedy king, Wayland has to rely on hope, courage and cunning to get by."I've read nothing so enthralling for a long time. Tony Mitton's verse rings with the power and clarity of an ancient ballad, and is perfectly matched by the force and splendour of John Lawrence's illustrations . . . I think it's a marvellous piece of work, and I'm sure anyone who reads it will agree." Philip Pullman...
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I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.Just as the blurb says, this book is beautiful. The verse is stunning in itself, but combined with the gorgeous illustrations it really comes to life. For someone such as myself, who loves mythology and folklore, it would make a beautiful gift. I’d never heard the tale of Wayland before reading this – apparently it was brought to England by Vikings – and I hope that many others are exposed to the story through this book.Honestly, the cover does not do the illustrations inside justice. John Lawrence is one of the leading wood-block engraving illustrators in the world and the exquisite illustrations within, which could tell a story all by themselves, reflect that.Tony Mitton, who wrote the verse for the book, is an award-winning poet, and his words are the perfect combination with Lawrence’s artwork.I would rate the book five out of five stars. Despite being short, it is wonderfully told and beautifully illustrated.
Stunning woodcuts and a real play with positioning of text. Good story-line, and a good telling of what is a multifaceted folk tale, drawing on Nordic and Celtic imagery. The final poem, which acts as a codicil, is a stunner - but as free verse stands in sharp contrast to the main narrative, where the four-line stanzas are sometimes a little inhibiting, and whose metre is immediately recognisable as the one used in the classic Marriot Edgar/ Stanley Holloway comic monologues. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't read this heartfelt epic tale without expecting some comic bathos...
I've never heard of this local tale before. It's written as a beautiful poem, I loved the story and was rooting for the main character Wayland. There are parts of the story which probably aren't suitable for children though. The illustrations make it the story really stand out, I ended up googling the illustrator after finishing the book, wanting to know more about the illustrations and how they were done.
Any book produced by the partnership of Tony Mitton and John Lawrence can't fail to be a thing of beauty. Wayland is a retelling of an ancient Viking tale beautifully rendered into verse and produced in a stunning hardback book by David Fickling publishers. John Lawrence's stunning engravings are the perfect accompaniment, enlarging on the bones of the story in expansive form.
Review Taken From The Pewter WolfBased on a little-known legend, this tells the tale of Wayland, a blacksmith whose skills have made him know across the land. But also onto the ears of a greedy king who take Wayland into slavery. In an attempt to return to his swan-bride, Wayland must rely on his skills, courage and hope to survive.You need to read this out loud. I feel like that I need to make this clear. It is written in verse and, while reading in your head is alright, reading it out loud helps a lot to get the heartbeat (as I call it) of the story and Tony's writing. Because of reading it out loud, you fall under he story's spell.And as for John Lawrence's illustrations, they fit the story perfectly. It has the feel of hand-carved block press and this fits with the story as it gives a feel of the time when this story takes place.And for those of you thinking "This sounds a bit like a Disney tale", it isn't. There is a few moment of violence and one grown-up moment so... yeah... moving on!But I really enjoyed reading this. And if you are a fan of proses and/or Viking tales, I think you all love this!
Unfortunately I bought this for my son. Fortunately I followed my rule of always previewing first and discovered in time that it is not a kids' book! Looks like he'll be getting 'The 39 Storey Treehouse' for Christmas instead.That said, this is a beautifully written and illustrated tale.
a beautifully illustrated tale accompanied by beautiful poetry that evokes the feeling of listening to a story in the old oral traditions of its origins. its also nice that it doesn't shy away from some of the darker elements of the story in order to keep its authenticity.
Beautifully versed tale of the Viking legend Wayland. Reads aloud well, with a lovely heartbeat rhythm. The illustrations are amazing & add a special element to this amazing story.