Schaefer, Frank Whose Song Is Sung: Or, a Narrative of the Travels of Musculus Herodes Formosus, Known As Musculus the Dwarf, Through Barbarian Territories
New York Tor Books 1996 031285756X / 9780312857561 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Illustrated by Ruddell, Gary & Russo, Carol [cover]
Faint spot on edge; DJ has a very little shelfwear at top of spine, else fine. A bright, tight, attractive copy.
A fictionalized account of Beowulf, as told through the eyes of Musculus the Dwarf.
"Born into the decadent splendor of the Byzantine court, Musculus Herodes Formosus began life a bastard, an outlander, and a dwarf. But through cunning, eloquence, and a keen understanding of the human heart, he soon transcended his origins, becoming a favorite of the emperor Heraclius, and a power in his own right. But fate is fickle, and power fleeting. Betrayed by a vengeful courtesan, Musculus finds himself overnight stripped of his influence, sold into slavery, learning to live by his wits for the first time in his lush, pampered life. Learning quickly, narrowly escaping death a dozen times, Musculus is swept up on a remarkable odyssey through one of the most harrowing eras in human history. His journey will take him across the face of the known world, bringing him at last to the land of the Northmen, where he encounters Einarr, the young Viking prince who will one day be known as Beowulf, Slayer of Monsters, and play a crucial role in one of the most lasting legends of all time."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall