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ISBN: 1437530656 / ISBN-13: 9781437530650

The Worm Ouroboros


The Worm Ouroboros is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rucker Eddison, first published in 1922. The book describes the protracted war between the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Fabulous Fantasy

by WCook on Mar 31, 2011

Buy this book! Although practically no one has heard of it, it is fantastic. Eddison was a student of Medieval literature and his story follows the style of the old Norse saga. After a hundred pages you will say, ?This is a mavelous adventure story.? After two hundred pages you will say, ?These characters are fantastic!? And they are ? especially the villains. King Gorice XII makes your flesh creep. By the way, an ouroboros is the snake that bites its own tail and becomes the symbol for a never-ending situation. King Gorice wears an ouroboros signet ring and that's significant because when one king dies, another is instantly ready to take his place. But there is another significance to the ouroboros ? but you'll have to read the book to learn it. The language is very formal: lots of thees, thous and methinks. But the characters are formal and the story is formal, so the language is appropriate. It is sort of in the style of Le Morte D'Arthur. If you don't enjoy this book, you simply have no taste for fantasy literature.


epic story

by kbaier on Jun 2, 2007

The story starts off by a man named Lessingham from earth who is taken to mercury. Strangely though he quickly drops out the the picture by the time the story gets under way, and is on mention one other time later in the story. The real meat of the book is of the conquest of lands, uses of magic, and of adventurous journeys. I think Tolkien along with C.S. Lewis found this book to be quite good fantasy. The book is filled with masterfully drawn characters and memorable lands. The author also makes good use of prose and poetry, and here and there uses an older english diction; which I found very beautiful.

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