Between the Forest and the Hills

Between the Forest and the Hills[PDF / Epub] ★ Between the Forest and the Hills Author Ann Lawrence – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A humorous fantasy tale set in ancient Britain Iscium, an isolated Roman town in the west of Britain, is cut off from the collapsing Empire Most of the town senators and officials are primarily concer A humorous fantasy Forest and PDF Ê tale set in ancient Britain Iscium, an isolated Roman town in the west of Britain, is cut off from the collapsing Empire Most of the town senators and officials are primarily concerned with keeping a Between the PDF/EPUB ² low profile with the neighboring barbarians and renovating the city baths with the exception of the crotchety old bishop But when young Falx runs away, and finds a lost barbarian girl, things begin to happen The children are brought the Forest and PDF ↠ back by a one eyed merchant who returns them to an Iscium quivering with the possibility of a barbarian invasion The mysterious merchant has a plan involving two talking ravens and The Hallelujah Chorus and life is never quite the same again, for either the Romans or their invaders A zany mix of history, humor, and the miraculous in the satisfying tradition of Don Camillo Agesand up. Oh, the very great pleasure of discovering the works of an author who wrote books that just perfectly matching one s reading taste Since I was nine or so, I have loved Ann Lawrence s medieval fantasy Tom Ass, and now I am savoring the other books she wrote, after coming to the belated realization that they existed The latest of her books to utterly delight me is Between the Forest and the Hills 1977, middle grade, republished in 1999 by Bethlehem Books, and still available.Imagine, if you wi Oh, the very great pleasure of discovering the works of an author who wrote books that just perfectly matching one s reading taste Since I was nine or so, I have loved Ann Lawrence s medieval fantasy Tom Ass, and now I am savoring the other books she wrote, after coming to the belated realization that they existed The latest of her books to utterly delight me is Between the Forest and the Hills 1977, middle grade, republished in 1999 by Bethlehem Books, and still available.Imagine, if you will, the book that would result if Angela Thirkell or D.E Stevenson collaborated with Rosemary Sutcliff to write a book about early Dark Age Britain for children, and they decided to throw in a touch of fantasy The result would be this book.The Romans built a fort at Iscium, in eastern Britain, for no obvious reason, but gradually over the years people came, and built houses, and eventually a church, and there it was, a small city When the Roman empire crumbled, the soldiers remained, training the next generations Astragolus, the old commander, and his old friend and verbal sparring partner, Father Malleus, between them provide the civic backbone to keep things going But when a young Isciumite named Falx finds a lost Saxon girl in the forest outside the town, and brings her home with him, it seems the days of Iscium might be numbered the Saxons, after all, have a habit of sacking towns.An enigmatic one eyed traveller, two talking ravens, and the pluck and resourcefulness of the townsfolk conspire to bring peace between the two peoples is utterly magical it involves a rousing rendition of the one and only Hallelujah chorus and completely delightful The fantasy element is understated, and ambiguous the question of Odin or angel is left unanswered yet it is has sufficient weight to make the story literally magical Lawrence makes no particular effort to strive for Authenticity, yet she doesn t offend my historical sensibilities, and though her characters would be at home in a mid 20th century story of English village life, she creates a Dark Age Britain that rings true to me.I love her characters, her world building, her writing, and her message of hope that even in dark times, people can come together with a bit of divine intervention and keep the light of civilization burning I could, however, have done without all the parts of the body puns used for names Fortunately, being dense that way, I didn t pick up on it till about half way through I have read this book multiple times and it just seems to get better The humor, history, and characters just seem to blend together Not to be a book snob but I have read hundreds and hundreds of books and this remains one of the most memorable. Misleading description, Goodreads Now that I ve read this book several times, with renewed delight each time, I m appreciating how unusual it is Catherine Butler and Hallie O Donovan mention it as the only children s novel set in fifth century Britain that does not include some version of King Arthur it s also the only one with that setting in which the threatened bloodshed between Roman Britons and Saxons doesn t happen While a few details earn the fantasy label, mainly the non existence of Misleading description, Goodreads Now that I ve read this book several times, with renewed delight each time, I m appreciating how unusual it is Catherine Butler and Hallie O Donovan mention it as the only children s novel set in fifth century Britain that does not include some version of King Arthur it s also the only one with that setting in which the threatened bloodshed between Roman Britons and Saxons doesn t happen While a few details earn the fantasy label, mainly the non existence of a Roman town called Iscium between forest and hills south of Deva Chester , the account of everyday life is consistent with historical evidence Events seen as miracles by the people have realistic explanations, and one really impossible occurrence is witnessed by just two characters and overlooked or explained away by everyone else An object that sounds like the Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum could have existed in that time and place but also becomes an apt symbol of adaptation, the old ways taking on new meaning Both adult and child perspectives contribute to the effect not Dark Ages at all And by the way, it was first published in 1977 but not until 1999 in the US A likable fantasy of 5th century Roman Briton life I happily looked upthan a few Latin words, for the exact meaning After awhile I giggled whenever the author introduced a new character The cover did not interest me before reading the book But now I see that the illustrations do pertain to elements of the story I may read this to grandchildren, ages 8 omitting the few expletives This reminds me to read some of my G A Henty books to compare them. Will do a proper LJ write up soon, but for the moment, this is unusual and very enjoyable historical fiction Not sure why it s called fantasy on the cover, exactly as there s one miracle, and it s just that. I love every word of this book I now undestand a little just a little because it is fantasy about Britain s past. This book is so true and without being strictly factual, as becomes a work of fiction My favorite part is the bishop s Virgilian episode with the bees and the Saxons Great book read to my boys when we were studying Roman history we still talk about the raven, Hrudin the enemy is coming

Between the Forest and the Hills PDF/EPUB ¶ Between
    Between the Forest and the Hills PDF/EPUB ¶ Between the same again, for either the Romans or their invaders A zany mix of history, humor, and the miraculous in the satisfying tradition of Don Camillo Agesand up. Oh, the very great pleasure of discovering the works of an author who wrote books that just perfectly matching one s reading taste Since I was nine or so, I have loved Ann Lawrence s medieval fantasy Tom Ass, and now I am savoring the other books she wrote, after coming to the belated realization that they existed The latest of her books to utterly delight me is Between the Forest and the Hills 1977, middle grade, republished in 1999 by Bethlehem Books, and still available.Imagine, if you wi Oh, the very great pleasure of discovering the works of an author who wrote books that just perfectly matching one s reading taste Since I was nine or so, I have loved Ann Lawrence s medieval fantasy Tom Ass, and now I am savoring the other books she wrote, after coming to the belated realization that they existed The latest of her books to utterly delight me is Between the Forest and the Hills 1977, middle grade, republished in 1999 by Bethlehem Books, and still available.Imagine, if you will, the book that would result if Angela Thirkell or D.E Stevenson collaborated with Rosemary Sutcliff to write a book about early Dark Age Britain for children, and they decided to throw in a touch of fantasy The result would be this book.The Romans built a fort at Iscium, in eastern Britain, for no obvious reason, but gradually over the years people came, and built houses, and eventually a church, and there it was, a small city When the Roman empire crumbled, the soldiers remained, training the next generations Astragolus, the old commander, and his old friend and verbal sparring partner, Father Malleus, between them provide the civic backbone to keep things going But when a young Isciumite named Falx finds a lost Saxon girl in the forest outside the town, and brings her home with him, it seems the days of Iscium might be numbered the Saxons, after all, have a habit of sacking towns.An enigmatic one eyed traveller, two talking ravens, and the pluck and resourcefulness of the townsfolk conspire to bring peace between the two peoples is utterly magical it involves a rousing rendition of the one and only Hallelujah chorus and completely delightful The fantasy element is understated, and ambiguous the question of Odin or angel is left unanswered yet it is has sufficient weight to make the story literally magical Lawrence makes no particular effort to strive for Authenticity, yet she doesn t offend my historical sensibilities, and though her characters would be at home in a mid 20th century story of English village life, she creates a Dark Age Britain that rings true to me.I love her characters, her world building, her writing, and her message of hope that even in dark times, people can come together with a bit of divine intervention and keep the light of civilization burning I could, however, have done without all the parts of the body puns used for names Fortunately, being dense that way, I didn t pick up on it till about half way through I have read this book multiple times and it just seems to get better The humor, history, and characters just seem to blend together Not to be a book snob but I have read hundreds and hundreds of books and this remains one of the most memorable. Misleading description, Goodreads Now that I ve read this book several times, with renewed delight each time, I m appreciating how unusual it is Catherine Butler and Hallie O Donovan mention it as the only children s novel set in fifth century Britain that does not include some version of King Arthur it s also the only one with that setting in which the threatened bloodshed between Roman Britons and Saxons doesn t happen While a few details earn the fantasy label, mainly the non existence of Misleading description, Goodreads Now that I ve read this book several times, with renewed delight each time, I m appreciating how unusual it is Catherine Butler and Hallie O Donovan mention it as the only children s novel set in fifth century Britain that does not include some version of King Arthur it s also the only one with that setting in which the threatened bloodshed between Roman Britons and Saxons doesn t happen While a few details earn the fantasy label, mainly the non existence of a Roman town called Iscium between forest and hills south of Deva Chester , the account of everyday life is consistent with historical evidence Events seen as miracles by the people have realistic explanations, and one really impossible occurrence is witnessed by just two characters and overlooked or explained away by everyone else An object that sounds like the Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum could have existed in that time and place but also becomes an apt symbol of adaptation, the old ways taking on new meaning Both adult and child perspectives contribute to the effect not Dark Ages at all And by the way, it was first published in 1977 but not until 1999 in the US A likable fantasy of 5th century Roman Briton life I happily looked upthan a few Latin words, for the exact meaning After awhile I giggled whenever the author introduced a new character The cover did not interest me before reading the book But now I see that the illustrations do pertain to elements of the story I may read this to grandchildren, ages 8 omitting the few expletives This reminds me to read some of my G A Henty books to compare them. Will do a proper LJ write up soon, but for the moment, this is unusual and very enjoyable historical fiction Not sure why it s called fantasy on the cover, exactly as there s one miracle, and it s just that. I love every word of this book I now undestand a little just a little because it is fantasy about Britain s past. This book is so true and without being strictly factual, as becomes a work of fiction My favorite part is the bishop s Virgilian episode with the bees and the Saxons Great book read to my boys when we were studying Roman history we still talk about the raven, Hrudin the enemy is coming "/>
  • Paperback
  • 247 pages
  • Between the Forest and the Hills
  • Ann Lawrence
  • English
  • 22 April 2017
  • 1883937396