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The Sundering Flood   By: (1834-1896)

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The Sundering Flood by William Morris is a captivating and thought-provoking tale set against the backdrop of a medieval England. This historical fantasy novel takes readers on a thrilling journey, woven with elements of adventure, romance, and redemption.

Morris effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era, where he brings to life a cast of vivid and multifaceted characters. Through his impeccable storytelling, he skillfully explores the complexities of human nature and the consequences of one's choices. As the narrative unfolds, readers are introduced to Wood Lea and Golden Green, two neighboring villages locked in an ongoing feud. Here, we meet the protagonists, the resilient, headstrong, and courageous Lady Birdon and the enigmatic, wandering outlaw Golden Walter, whose paths intertwine amidst a backdrop of political unrest and personal struggles.

The author masterfully creates an immersive world, blending elements of history, folklore, and his own imaginative touch. The descriptions of the idyllic landscapes, intricate tapestries, and majestic forests are so vividly rendered that one can almost smell the scent of moss and feel the rustling of leaves. Through his rich prose, Morris paints a picture of a world teetering on the brink of change, where ancient traditions clash with the emerging forces of progress.

One of the book's most striking aspects is the exploration of themes such as love, loyalty, and the pursuit of freedom. Lady Birdon's unwavering determination to rise above societal norms and free herself from the chains of traditional expectations portrays a powerful and inspiring female character. Her desire for independence is a driving force behind the narrative, serving as a reminder of the timeless struggle for self-discovery and authenticity. The relationship between Lady Birdon and Golden Walter, while fraught with challenges and obstacles, serves as a beacon of hope and resilience, highlighting the potential for redemption even in the bleakest of circumstances.

Morris's poetic language and lyrical prose lend a timeless quality to the story, infusing it with an enchanting and almost ethereal quality. However, there are moments where the narrative may slightly drag, particularly in some of the longer descriptive passages. Despite this, the vivid world-building and the strength of the characters keep the reader engaged throughout.

Overall, The Sundering Flood is a poetic and poignant tale that combines the appeal of a gripping adventure with the complexity of human emotions. William Morris leaves an indelible mark on the reader's imagination with his skillful storytelling and evocative descriptions. It is a book that will resonate with lovers of historical fiction, fantasy, and anyone who seeks a thought-provoking and beautifully written tale that transcends time.

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The Collected Works of William Morris Volume XXI The Sundering Flood Unfinished Romances Longmans Green and Company Paternoster Row London New York Bombay Calcutta MDCCCCXIV


Chapter I. Of a River Called the Sundering Flood, and of the Folk that Dwelt Thereby

Chapter II. Of Wethermel and the Child Osberne

Chapter III. Wolves Harry the Flock

Chapter IV. Surly John Falls Out with the Goodman

Chapter V. Osberne Slays the Wolves

Chapter VI. They Fare to the Cloven Mote

Chapter VII. Of a Newcomer, and His Gift to Osberne

Chapter VIII. The Goodman Gets a New Hired Man

Chapter IX. The Bight of the Cloven Knoll

Chapter X. Osberne and Elfhild Hold Converse Together

Chapter XI. Osberne Shoots a Gift Across the Flood

Chapter XII. Of a Guest Called Waywearer

Chapter XIII. Steelhead Gives Osberne the Sword Boardcleaver

Chapter XIV. The Gifts of Steelhead

Chapter XV. Surly John Brings a Guest to Wethermel

Chapter XVI. Hardcastle Would Seize Wethermel

Chapter XVII. The Slaying of Hardcastle

Chapter XVIII. Elfhild Hears of the Slaying

Chapter XIX. The Winter Passes and Elfhild Tells of the Death of Her Kinswoman

Chapter XX. Osberne Fares to Eastcheaping and Brings Gifts for Elfhild

Chapter XXI... Continue reading book >>

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