The Copper Sign

A vital, evocative novel with a female protagonist who not only forges swords but also our vision of the middle ages Javier Sierra, author of The Secret Supper and The Lost AngelEngland 1161 Ellen, a blacksmith s daughter, wants to become a swordsmith, but for a girl this profession is unimaginable Forced to run away from home, she disguises herself as a boy and win A vital, evocative novel with a female protagonist who not only forges swords but also our vision of the middle ages Javier Sierra, author of The Secret Supper and The Lost AngelEngland 1161 Ellen, a blacksmith s daughter, wants to become a swordsmith, but for a girl this profession is unimaginable Forced to run away from home, she disguises herself as a boy and wins the opportunity to travel with a famous swordsmith to Normandy, where the sons of the greatest barons are trained to be knights.Under the assumed identity of Alan, Ellen is able to learn the trade and become familiar with court life But when she falls in love with Guillaume, a brilliant knight, her secret is threatened and Ellen must run for her life Across countries and time, Ellen struggles to achieve her dream of working as a swordsmith and eventually forging a sword for the king It is a quest rich in intrigue, betrayal, and treachery As epic as it is intimate, The Copper Sign is a passionate tour de force that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two, The Silver Falcon.
The Copper Sign A vital evocative novel with a female protagonist who not only forges swords but also our vision of the middle ages Javier Sierra author of The Secret Supper and The Lost AngelEngland Ellen a

  • Title: The Copper Sign
  • Author: Katia Fox Lee Chadeayne
  • ISBN: 9781611090345
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Research - 5 stars (at least as far as blacksmithing goes)Execution - 1 starWriting ability - 2 starsOriginally published in Germany in 2006, The Copper Sign was picked up and translated by 's Crossing publishing imprint. Now, I don't know if it's the fault of the translator or if it's the fault of the original prose, but despite the book's history, it still reads as a self-published work. There's a good book in here and a competent editor would've brought it out. As it stands, though, one has t [...]

    2. 3.5 STARS - This is a really good story for someone who has the patience to read a long book and take in a lot of information. But the book dragged, and the writing was dull - though I'm not sure much of that is due to the language lost in translation.I have mixed feelings about this book because I was really intrigued by the storyline from Ellen's ambition to the hardships she has suffered to the romances she had experienced to the outcome at the end. But I also felt like I was reading a whole [...]

    3. KlappentextEngland 1161. Die 12jährige Ellen, Tochter eines Schwertschmieds, möchte nur eines: ebenfalls Schwertschmiedin werden. Doch das ist für ein Mädchen undenkbar. Als sie nach einer ungeheuerlichen Entdeckung von zu Hause fliehen muss, verkleidet Ellen sich als Junge und nutzt die Chance: Sie begleitet einen berühmten Schwertschmied in die Normandie und lernt dort als Schmiedejunge Alan das Handwerk ausüben und das höfische Leben kennen. Doch die Lüge, auf der sie ihr Leben aufgeb [...]

    4. I was really interested in this book and wanted to finish, but the content of the book is not what I would read.I skipped around a lot especially when the book focused on the "Bad guy" who was sexually obsessed with our main character. I felt so bad for this girl her life was just one tragedy after another. There was a point in the book she was living in a safe place with people who loved her but her need to be a blacksmith drove her into more bad situations. I just couldn't read about anything [...]

    5. I got this one because it sounded remotely interesting and it was on a great deal for the Kindle. I ended up returning it because the content was so slimy that I didn't want to touch it.There is nothing elegant or even pretty about Fox's writing skill, and her storytelling leaves much to be desired. It's hard to pin down the main character's age, yet we have sex scenes right and left, including an incest-rape. Fox has no sense of pacing, skipping whole years and then rushing through the interest [...]

    6. Didn't finish, so I won't officially rate it, but based on what I did read, it's a 2 out of 5. Some good descriptions of the setting and of sword-crafting, but the writing reads like a rough first draft. Alas.

    7. READ MEREAD this book, I feel like I was taught a lot of things from this book. Well worth reading for all!

    8. There was something about Fox's writing that I just didn't like, a certain lack of emotional depth and an overuse of exclamation points in the dialogue. When I read the author bio at the end, I realized that it had been translated from German, which made the strangeness of the text make a little more sense. But despite the writing style, this was a book that I had trouble putting down. The Copper Sign tells the story of Eleanweore, the daughter of a common blacksmith, who is drawn to the art fro [...]

    9. There was something about Fox's writing that I just didn't like, a certain lack of emotional depth and an overuse of exclamation points in the dialogue. When I read the author bio at the end, I realized that it had been translated from German, which made the strangeness of the text make a little more sense. But despite the writing style, this was a book that I had trouble putting down. The Copper Sign tells the story of Eleanweore, the daughter of a common blacksmith, who is drawn to the art fro [...]

    10. Inhalt:Ellen ist die älteste Tocher des Schmieds Osmond. Zu gern hilft sie ihrem Vater in der Schmiede beim Halten und Verarbeiten der Eisenklötze zu wertvollen Schwertern. Doch bedauerlicherweise wächst Ellen in einer Zeit auf, in der es Frauen nicht erlaubt ist Männerarbeit zu verrichten. Von ihrer Mutter bekommt sie deshalb einen Tadel nach dem anderen, weil sie mal wieder nicht ihren Pflichten im Haus nach kommt. Als Ellen eines Tages mit dem Gerberssohn Simon unterwegs ist, und sie sich [...]

    11. Katie Fox's "The Copper Sign" reads like a graduate thesis in medieval blacksmithing - well-researched, extremely detailed, and undeniably boring. A friend had recommended this book as a good companion to Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth." I agree that it's a companion book in that both novels focus on craftsmen in the Middle Ages. I also agree that both books are door-stop heavy.But the parallels end there."The Copper Sign" tells the lengthy tale of Ellen, a young English girl who wants [...]

    12. I'm not sure how to place this book. Though the storyline of a young girl going against society and becoming a master swordsmith sounds like young-adult, the intrigues along the way are downright adult romance-novel material.Storyline moves along nicely throughout, dates and place-names given on the chapter help the reader along. Dialogs are natural and unforced, with emotional color. Societal and culinary history add the flavors required to give the reader a feeling for the period. Descriptions [...]

    13. This review was first published in the Historical Novel Review.When Ellen is forced to flee home, she must pretend to be a boy to pursue her life’s passion: to become a sword-smith. Her natural daring and tenacity bring her through innumerable obstacles and betrayal, and into the shop of a renowned blacksmith. Through her travels, both in England and on the Continent, she masters her trade and becomes acquainted with court life, complete with its high-living, politics, and intrigue. It is in c [...]

    14. I'd give this between2 1/2 and 3 stars. I started this back in March when i didn't have anything else to read on a plane, and just picked it back up a few days ago. This novel is so richly filled with history and knowledge of the art of blacksmithing! Kati's Fox truly did her research and it truly paid off in her writing. As others have said, this book gets 5 stars for its research. From there, it loses a few stars. I felt as though it was a little long-winded and at times felt as though we skip [...]

    15. Hacía bastante tiempo que tenía ganas de leer esta novela porque, francamente, a simple vista su argumento parecía de lo más interesante. ¿Las peripecias de una mujer que persigue su sueño de ser forjadora de espadas en la Edad Media? ¿Que en el proceso conoce el apasionante mundo de los torneos y los caballeros? Dicho así, yo lo compro ¡Qué ingenuidad! Aunque en mi defensa diré que, al leer semejante extracto, se me vino a la cabeza "La Templaria" de Wolfgang Hohlbein, que esa sí es [...]

    16. Mit diesem Buch habe ich mein -Ziel für 2012 erreicht und es hat mich insgesamt positiv überrascht, da ich für 99 Cent nicht wirklich viel erwartet hatte. The Copper Sign (Deutsch: Das kupferne Zeichen) ist ein Mittelalterroman, der sich intensiv mit der Schmiede- und insbesondere der Schwertschmiedekunst auseinandersetzt, während er die junge Ellen dabei begleitet, wie sie ihren Traum verfolgt, die beste Schwertschmiedin Englands zu werden und schließlich sogar ein Schwert für den König [...]

    17. Ellenweore, Allan, Ellen, an iron maiden, is a young girl who grows into a great swordsmith despite all the taboos regarding roles that were not available to women in the years between 1161 and 1183, in England, Normandy, and France. Risking discovery and possible execution as a witch, Ellenweore must disguise herself as a man in order to learn smithing, like Anne Swinfen’s Christoval Alvarez must do to practice medicine. Readers may look forward to learning all about iron working, smithies, a [...]

    18. Complete disappointment by the end. Started out well, Ellen wants nothing more than to work in the smith wither her father and become a swordmaker in her own right. But she's a girl, and this is 1161, so that's not possible. At first, the story was interesting, with wanting to know if and how Ellen would achieve her dream but by the third time something bad happened and Ellen had to flee with nothing and start all over again - but always with some convenient miracle so it's not too hard - I was [...]

    19. 3.5 stars. I'm glad I stuck with it. Our heroine goes through many great struggles and some of them really are accurate portrayals of some of the things in the 11th century life. But I learned a lot about the making of swords, scabbard's, hilts, etc. and this book certainly brings you in touch with struggles that a woman would go through if she had wanted to be a swordsmith in those days. The plot contains many interesting shifts and tight spots. Lots of diabolical intrigue. It was refreshing, t [...]

    20. England 1161. Die zwölfjährige Ellen, Tochter eines Schwertschmieds, möchte nur eines: ebenfalls Schwertschmiedin werden. Doch das ist für ein Mädchen undenkbar. Als sie nach einer ungeheuerlichen Entdeckung von zu Hause fliehen muss, verkleidet Ellen sich als Junge und nutzt die Chance: Sie begleitet einen berühmten Schwertschmied in die Normandie und lernt dort als Schmiedejunge Alan das Handwerk ausüben und das höfische Leben kennen. Doch die Lüge, auf der sie ihr Leben aufgebaut hat [...]

    21. This was a very good read set. In the 1100's I recommend it.The story grabbed me by the second page. I read the kindle edition on an iPad and added the audio file as I knew I would not have enough free time to read it. The main comment people make about this format is the editing but neither the audio or the printed text caused me to complain. It start with the main character a young girl and ends when she is in her thirties. Her success and defeats of her life time all have the feeling of possi [...]

    22. The writing style was a little odd, but I put that down to the translation from the original German. On the plus side, the story held my interest strongly enough that I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the author's detailed descriptions of middle ages era blacksmithing, which were fascinating. It was also interesting to see a woman's perspective on 12th c. European life and society. The characters were less than lovable, everyone kept dying (which is at least historically appropriate, although [...]

    23. I was a little bored early on in this book, but thought that perhaps the story would improve and/or some of the good stuff had been lost in translation as the original was written in German.When the main character flees for her life after spotting her mother having sex with a knight that is not her father, she ends up in Normandy. She also found out her 'father' was actually some Norman Knight her mother slept with. She then meets this man who instantly knows she is his offspring (although she i [...]

    24. So excited, thanks Good Reads Giveaways! Made my day, winning a book is the best!Received my copy today, thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to start into this book.I read this book and really enjoyed it. The story starts off with Ellen helping her father in the forge and he was saying how it was a shame she wasn't a boy who could work there for a living. The book follows Ellen through her life into her later years as an adult with a new life ahead of her. There are twists and turns in every cha [...]

    25. It was okay. It had a lot of potential but it just didn't quite make it. It could be several things. This was probably the author's first book. It definitely sounded like it while I was reading it. But it could also be the not so great translation? Reading the pages before the story, it looked like it was originally written in German. If that's the case, the way some of the book was translated seemed very elementary style but other times, it seemed fine and more grown up. If that makes any sense [...]

    26. Before I begin, let me be clear that I read the English translation in the Advance Reader's Format, before the final publishing date. Though I enjoyed the story and could barely put the book down for want of finding out what would happen next, the writing and character development often irked me. For a woman as stubborn and arrogant as Ellen, her romance with Isaac comes a bit too easily. The writing also hovers at a young adult level, and does not rise to that of an adult novel. Granted, this c [...]

    27. I will never find enough time in my day to descibe this book. So much happened in it but it was definitely a good read. I do have to say that some parts were confusing like as to how old the characters were because many years passed throughout the entire book. Another thing that got confusing was who was who. Many names were repeated throughout the book and I can understand why, but I only thought it was a bit confusing. Over all it was a good book. Lots of adventure, but I have to warn you thou [...]

    28. A book containing self flagellation, a girl in disguise, incestual rape, jousting, sword fighting, and more should be exciting. Somehow, this managed to include all of this and I still had to keep myself awake reading it. Also, all of the characters talked like they were doing their best robot impressions. I don't think anyone used a contraction during dialogue until the last chapter, it was very odd. "You are gorgeous and very interesting." was my favorite line, I laughed out loud. Everything w [...]

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