Dawn Wind (Puffin Books)

Dawn Wind (Puffin Books)In The Sixth Century A.D The Saxons Ruled Southern England After The Great Battle Of Aquae Sulis, Owain, Injured, Wakes To Find His Father And Brother Killed During The Fight On The Battlefield The Only Other Living Thing Is A Lean And Hungry Dog This Story Covers The Twelve Years Following The Battle And Describes The Life And Adventures Of Owain During This Time Of Historic Change In The Annals Of England. Britain, circa 584 A.D.King Artos has been dead a hundred years, and nothing of Rome remains in Britain beyond the increasingly rare Christian faith and the ruins that dot the countryside The Saxons are coming.The Britons made a valiant last rally against the Saxons, but they were crushed Among them were the father and older brother of fifteen year old Owain, who wanted to fight but lay incapacitated for most of the battle The only survivor of that force, he leaves the corpses and sets off for climes unknown He is accompanied by a mysterious hound, whom he names simply Dog.Owain makes a slow journey toward the coast In a dead city, he and Dog meet Regina, a beggar girl clinging to life through sheer will She joins them, but when she falls ill, Owain must leave her to heal with one Saxon family while he sells himself to another As he grows up, he joins in battle for his homeland but his homeland is not the same place he knew as a child Will these people be Saxon or British Will they be pagan or Christian Will anything of Arthur and Rome survive the present chaos Content Advisory Violence A few battle sequences, not gory but still full of death A man dies after being thrown by a wild horse Young men pretend to abduct unmarried girls as part of a wedding ritual Sex A beggar girl is almost kidnapped by a group of violent men rape is never mentioned, but the threat is clearly present
2.5 stars In general this was boring Okay, so I like descriptions, so that really wasn t the problem I think it was the settingI m just not used to it and there needed to be a tad dialogue But still, I enjoyed the last 100 pages the best and I m glad things ended happily, although it took long enough for it to happen There were several parts I did enjoy, but it still was one of those books that I had no trouble setting aside after one chapter Since
Dawn Wind is the fifth in the sequence of historical novels dealing with the collapse of Roman Britain that began with The Eagle Of The Ninth Set in the sixth century it tells the story of Owain, the sole British survivor of a battle near Bath and his struggle to come to terms with the complete destruction of his culture.As usual with Rosemary Sutcliff, there s a powerful sense of place, and of the changing face of the natural world The writing is compact and masterful in its use of salient detail to evoke a vanished world The central characters of Owain and Regina, the
This is a reread and a childhood favorite, a book I first read in 6th grade, checked out from my elementary school library Which rather surprises me now, as this book is VERY dark, especially at the start I then managed to buy a discarded hardcover of Dawn Wind from my hometown library in the mid 90s I probably haven t read it in gosh, at least fifteen years, but it s moved around the country with me.Rosemary Sutcliff s historical fiction had a big impact on me as a writer She writes deep, engrossing works, and really delves into detail Perhaps too much detail for some readers, but I can geek out over this stuff This book takes place as Britain falls to Saxon invaders Owain is at that final, fateful battle with his father and brother He is the lone survivor human survivor, anyway He finds a dog, dubbed Dog, who becomes his steadfast companion They wander for a while before returning to the city where the war host gathered, to find the Roman British inhabitants have fled before the Saxon forces There, he finds a girl just slightly younger than him Regina was a beggar even in better times, and together they scrape by to survive But as they follow a fantasy of fleeing to Gaul, Regina falls terribly ill For a chance of saving her, Owain turns to enemy Saxons, selling himself into slavery so that Regina can get the aid she needs.One thing I always loved about this
Ah, I ll always love Sutcliff so much She is such a good writer, and it doesn t get old saying how beautifully and understatedly powerful her writing is Dawn Wind started a bit slow, and took me a good while to get through especially in the first half , but I m half inclined to think it was my fault because I ve been in a bit of a reading slump Nonetheless the last third of the book had a heightening of suspense, and the conflict felt real It was a quiet novel, in many ways, but I learnt a lot from its history I also love Owain s character his faithful service
Dawn Wind isn t my favourite of the series so far, but it is a lovely read, even though the British people that Sutcliff has written about up to this point in the series are dying out, even though the light that Artos and his men tried to protect is going out It still focuses on British people, but and now the Saxon people are important, and given lives and feelings I always half expect Aquila s sister s son s family, from The Lantern Bearers, to somehow show up, with some story to hold onto about a dolphin ring But not so far, at least Still, a member of the family still carries the ring, for most of the story.It s a story about keeping faith
When I was young, I read all of the books written by Rosemary Sutcliff that I could find, but that was a very long time ago, and I do not remember if this novel, Dawn Wind, was among them It is one of her young adult novels, and thus not a particularly challenging read, but it is still a solid historical novel, with a personable young hero and an interesting time to tell a story in Roman Britain is almost gone, yielding to the incursions of Angles, Saxons and Jutes Owain, a young British boy orphaned in battle, finds a young British girl, Regina, the survivor of a sacked Romano British city Together they try to escape to Gaul, but the girl falls ill, and to buy her a place in a household where she will be cared for, sells the only thing he has other than his father s ring, which he buries rather than give it into Saxon hands his freedom Sutcliff s account of Owain s life as a thrall among the Saxons gives light to the events a
The Dawn Wind is a fabulous book primarily because of the virtues of Owain, the main character He gives away years of his life out of honor, even though his own desire is to return to a young girl he was forced to leave
Life is fierce and harsh to the young, but gentler when one grows old Only while one is young there is always the hope that one day something will happen that one day a little wind will rise Precise, visual writing with words that alighted on my heart The characters were vividly described and the story flowed n
Not the dawn yet, but the dawn wind stirring This iconic quote from the book really sums up the story, and throughout the whole book, we see the little wind , as Uncle Windreth tells the protagonist Owain, though we never quite reach the dawn I found that throughout the book, I kept expecting something to happen, but I eventually ok, in the last chapter realized that no, it is the story of Owain s life a chunk of it, at least and there isn t some grand Thing that will happen I ll get over with my complaints about the book first why it didn t get 5 stars The whole book is shrouded with an air of melancholy It is a beautiful melancholy, but it isn t really an uplifting book Actually, the air was similar to the Lord of the Rings I liked it, but would have also liked a few positive things too.The description was also overdone ahemnot like I do that and the description of battles and historical things often just went over my head The book was supposed to be about Owain,and I became confused at times because it seemed to be focusing too much on the Saxons and the wars and things Also near the end, the old Briton Einon Hen talks to Owain about the wind to do with the spread of Christianity, which Owain wasn t really a part of the confusion was that I thought he would play a major role in this There were parallels with this and Owain s life, b