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The Silver Hand (original 1992; edition 2010)

by Stephen R. Lawhead

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Title:The Silver Hand
Authors:Stephen R. Lawhead
Info:Thomas Nelson (2010), Edition: Reprint, Hardcover, 448 pages
Collections:Your library, Annotated
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Tags:Fantasy, Multiple Universes, Celtic, Mythology, Adventure, Magic

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So many times a sequel doesn't satisfy, but this one does. Lawhead's story is interesting and exciting, and extremely well-written. I'm learning a lot about ancient celtic culture, too. He's done his research well.
Read more Stephen Lawhead book reviews at Fantasy literature. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
I finished this book the day my youngest sister was born. I had attempted the series and struggled with the open section. The first few (actually more than a few) chapters are downright boring. The author drags us through a long narration setting the scene for the two main characters in the books.

My Dad had noticed the books and took this one to the hospital while we waited for the birth. My Dad share a long history of reading the same book together. Every time he put it down I would pick it up. It was common for us to both have bookmarks in the same book.

If you can make it to the second part of the book, the rest of the series is brilliant. Even the first part of the book is good once you know what the rest of it is about. It does set up a nice scene, it is just tedious.
  alsocass | Oct 12, 2013 |
Good again. The world painted is very vivid and beautiful. The characters are strong and interesting, too. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
The Silver Hand is a necessary companion to The Paradise War, but I think it does not do what it sets out to quite as smoothly. For one, the switch to a "native" viewpoint character undercuts a lot of the tension built in the first one about whether or not Lewis should stay or go, and while that's less the focus of the story, it detracts from Lewis's character - his reluctance to take the lead becomes petulant rather than justified, and he becomes a cipher rather than a three-dimensional character.

The villains are also increasingly flat - they are edging into the puppy-kicking stage by the end of the book. It's clear what their initial motivation is, but by the end they're just as much ravening monsters as the actual ravening monsters from the previous book are. And the whole "they lose because they are by definition the Bad Guys" is a little hard to take.

That said, it's still a fun book, and there are quite a few entertaining secondary characters keeping things moving. But it's a step down for sure. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
As the second in the Song of Albion trilogy, The Silver Hand picks up the storyline immediately preceding the events in The Paradise War; however, the narrator has shifted from Lewis Gillies, now Llew, to the Chief Bard Tegid Tathal.

Lewis' brief visit to our reality at the ending of The Paradise War has reinforced the idea that both worlds are faltering as the nexus bridging the worlds destabilizes. Together Llew and Tegid must defeat the usurper Meldron to begin to repair the corruption Simon Rawnson, now Siawn Hy, has wrought in Albion with his insidious ideas. The action driven, violent adventures are filled with the foreboding and the mythic dimensions of Celtic traditional folklore. As the story follows the twistings of prophecy, Llew is made King of Prydain in name only, is maimed and exiled, only to rise to be the Aird Righ and savoir of Albion.

Resolved episodic ending, in a larger continuing story arc. However, the ending feels more like a conclusion than most second volumes in a trilogy. ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 21, 2012 |
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'Aangezien de hele wereld slechts een verhaal is,
zou u er goed aan doen,
het duurzamere verhaal te verwerven
in plaats van het minder duurzame.'


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We droegen het lichaam van Meldryn Mawr van het hooggelegen Findargad naar beneden om het te begraven in de Heuvel der Koningen.
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The great king, Meldryn Mawr, is dead, and his kingdom lies in ruins. Treachery and brutality stalk the land. Prince Meldron, prompted by the cunning and grasping Siawn Hy, now claims the throne. Kingship, sovereignty, and the making of a true king lie at the heart of this second book in the Song of Albion trilogy. Herein lie passion and power, heartbreak and hope—the fate of Albion and the destiny of the long-awaited champion: Silver Hand.

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Story deals with the exploits of the champion Llew of the Silver Hand when he is called on to fight an usurping High King.

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