• ISBN:
    9781780748054
  • eISBN:
    9781780746647
  • Published on:
    01/10/2015
  • Page Count:
    592
  • Binding:
    Paperback
  • Dimensions
    198 x 129

    Shardik

    Richard Adams’ cult classic, a gripping tale of war, adventure, horror and romance, for fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones

    This brilliantly inventive fantasy epic by the award-winning author of Watership Down immerses the reader in a medieval world complete with created languages, detailed maps and elaborate traditions and rituals. Centring on the long-awaited reincarnation of a giant bear among the half-barbaric Orelgan people, Shardik’s appearance sets off a violent chain of events as faith in his divinity sweeps the land. Closest to the bear is the hunter Kelderek, a naturally pious, ignorant, well-meaning man who becomes – in his dedication to Shardik – a prophet, victorious soldier, corrupt priest-king and ruler of an empire.

    A gripping tale of war, adventure, morality and slavery, horror and romance, Shardik is a remarkable exploration of mankind’s universal desire for divine incarnation, and the corrosive influence of power. Recently ranked in the top 100 bestsellers over the past 40 years by the Sunday timesShardik is a book for our age.

    Richard Adams’ cult classic, a gripping tale of war, adventure, horror and romance, for fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones

    Reviews


    ‘A story told with conviction and creative zest’

    Guardian

    'Shardik is my masterpiece'

    Richard Adams

    'Recalls the imaginative scale of Lord of the Rings.'

    The Financial Times

    'Striking enough to confirm Richard Adams as one of the most talented descriptive writers to emerge in this country for years.'

    The Times

    Richard Adams grew up in Berkshire and studied history at Worcester College, Oxford before and after the Second World War, in which he served in the First Airborne division. Watership Down is considered a modern classic, and recently appeared at number thirty-seven on the Sunday Times list of bestsellers in the last forty years. Richard Adams has written nineteen books, including Shardik and The Plague Dogs (forthcoming from Oneworld Modern Classics). He currently lives in Hampshire, England.

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