A gripping story based on the Siegfried and Brunnhilde tale from Nordic myth.
Sigurd has a fabulous but frightening future predicted. To start with, he must leave everything he knows to go and fight a dragon and from there descend into the Underworld. Sounds bad enough, but when you know that the dragon lives on a futuristic, industrially-ruined moonscape that was once Hampstead Heath, the scene is set for a brutal fight on an epic scale. Unhappily for Sigurd, he meets the love of his life in the underworld, and his efforts to rescue his lover will cause heartache and grief for both of them, and anyone who ever meets them.
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MELVIN BURGESS published his first book for children, Cry of the Wolf, in 1990 and has since gone on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Carnegie medal, and many others. He has been described as 'a writer of the highest quality' (The Times) and is regarded as one of the best children's writers of our time.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Told from a number of different viewpoints, this stand-alone sequel to Burgess' unforgettable Bloodtide (2001) pushes the boundaries of YA literature with its masterful melding of sf and violent Viking myth. Based on a thirteenth-century Icelandic epic, the story focuses on 15-year-old Sigurd, son of Bloodtide's Sigmund. In a futuristic war-torn England where organic machines with both flesh and circuitry live alongside human-animal hybrids, it's Sigurd's destiny to reclaim his royal lineage and unite the country. To this end, he accomplishes a series of impossible tasks, including slaying the genetically enhanced "dragon" Fafnir, rising from the dead three times, and ending war between the Niberlin and Portland families. But when Sigurd aligns himself with the Niberlin family, his fortunes turn, and his godlike capabilities are crushed beneath the iron wills of three very different women, each of whom wants to possess him. Burgess pulls no punches in his dark dystopian vision; classic themes of heroism, love, and betrayal are illustrated with violent imagery that is as shocking as it is utterly captivating. But readers who can manage the body count will discover that Burgess has breathed new life into an ancient tale, making it relevant and accessible to teens coming of age in a post-9/11 world. Although the first book was originally published for adults, this one is being marketed as YA. Hubert, Jennifer
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Book Description Puffin, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141316217