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Nicola Griffith, author of Slow River and Hild, is back with Spear, a beautiful, moving short novel set during Arthurian times.

She knows little of the outside world, having been sheltered by her mother in a cave for her entire life, until she decides to leave and find out what is out there. She has been training with a broken sword and feels ready to tackle what the world will throw at her. She travels the lands, helping those who need it, pretending to be a boy and then a soldier until she learns of the knights who are loyal to Artos, King of Caer Leon. She shows her ability in battle and makes it to Camelot, where she meets the king, but he is suspicious of her ways. Under the guise of a man named Peretur, she must convince Artos she is loyal and wishes to fight for him.

Written in a lovely lyrical style, Spear takes the reader on a journey to the knights of the round table, as told through the eyes of a woman pretending to be a man. When she meets Numue, they soon fall in love. Spear is a wonderful story to behold.

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Author Nicola Griffith
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher Tordotcom
Publish Date 19-Apr-2022
ISBN 9781250819321
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Issue May 2022
Category Popular Fiction