Thursday, January 29, 2009

Swords: an Artist's Devotion

SWORDS: AN ARTIST'S DEVOTION; Ben Boos, author and illustrator; Cambridge, MA:Candlewick, 2008; unpaged. Juvenile Non-Fiction.
Any child (teen, or adult) having the slightest interest in swordcraft, swordplay,and medieval battle should haste to the library for this lavish and beautiful new book totally devoted to swords. Boos, who worked as an artist on the Diablo video game franchise, has brought his considerable talent and his own fascination to bear on medieval weaponry, and the result is a book about knights, ninja, samurai, and war maidens, with all the grace and beauty, and none of the blood. (Good and bad that way.)

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