Raven's Wind - Victor CanningLondon: Heinemann, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “As a man dozes on a Somerset beach while his girlfriend wanders away over the nearby dunes to gather autumn crab-apples.
An idyllic scene — but the year is AD 866, a time when the very survival of the Saxon kingdoms in Britain was under threat through ever more sustained attack and invasion by seafaring Danes.
Victor Canning’s magnificent novel of adventure, set in those critical years when Britain’s destiny as a nation state was being forged in battle, tells how that day the youth, Justus, was abducted by Danish pirates; how, although a slave, he won a place of esteem as a boat builder in a foreign township, only to escape years later to apply his skill and energy in the service of the Atheling Alfred, heir to the throne of the West Saxons. It is also the story of the beautiful marsh girl, Riada, whose fate, though for long so severed from his, yet led them on converging paths.
Raven’s Wind is a novel that memorably re-creates the heroic age of Anglo-Saxon England, bringing to life and throwing a new light on many of the episodes that most readers will recall from history. It is also, at its true centre, an enchanting story of love and brave adventure by that master of his craft, who created the highly popular Arthurian trilogy, The Crimson Chalice, The Circle of the Gods, and The Immortal Wound.”