Tuesday, January 3, 2023


Four-star review for Last Song of the Swans by Jennifer Bohnhoff

 The parallel tales of a girl in Beowulf’s time, Hrunting, and a contemporary high school senior, Helen, was handled so well that I was never confused. The similarities between the tales were surprising, and yet believable. Both girls were outcasts and befriended boys who were considered enemies. Another main theme of the stories was, especially in the Beowulf one, that the facts can be embellished to prove what someone wants to prove. And one final thing that tied the two stories together was that Helen was reading the Beowulf saga for English and working on a paper about it. Her theory in it was similar to what actually happened in Hrunting’s time.

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