The Shining Company

By Rosemary Sutcliff
Read by Johanna Ward

7.68 Hours 07/01/2001 unabridged
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A white stag and a dagger transform the life of Prosper, a Welsh chieftan’s son. With Conn, his bodyservant, he leaves his isolated valley and joins the war band of King Mynyddog the Golden as a shieldbearer. For the Saxons have returned to threaten the northern tribes of Britain, and the Shining Company—a brotherhood of three hundred chosen warriors—must make a desperate attempt to repel invaders. And with the Company travels the minstrel Aneirin, who will keep their names and their glory alive forever more.

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Summary

Summary

A white stag and a dagger transform the life of Prosper, a Welsh chieftan’s son. With Conn, his bodyservant, he leaves his isolated valley and joins the war band of King Mynyddog the Golden as a shieldbearer. For the Saxons have returned to threaten the northern tribes of Britain, and the Shining Company—a brotherhood of three hundred chosen warriors—must make a desperate attempt to repel invaders.

And with the Company travels the minstrel Aneirin, who will keep their names and their glory alive forever more.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Shining Company deserves a place with Adam of the Road , The White Stag and other classic adventure stories.”  Publishers Weekly
“Shining Company was written for young adults but the narration by Johanna Ward will reach many an adult audience.”  Reviewer’s Bookwatch
“The story will appeal to readers of historical fiction or fantasy, as the rich language and strong Welsh dialect give the story a mythic air.” AudioFile
“Readers willing to surrender to Sutcliff's demanding yet hypnotic language will be drawn into a truly splendid adventure, containing powerful themes of heroism, friendship, loss, betrayal, and sacrifice.”  School Library Journal

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Author Bio: Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992) was born in Surrey, England. A voracious private reader, she left her regular studies at fourteen to attend art school. In 1950 her first children’s book was published, and from then on, she devoted her time and talents to writing children’s historical novels. Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period that particularly interested her. She received the OBE in 1975 and, in 1992, was awarded the CBE. She was still writing on the morning of her death at the age of seventy-two.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 7.68
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English