Michaela Hausmann (GUEST)

MICHAELA HAUSMANN, one of our guest reviewers, is a teacher and researcher in literary studies, who is currently completing her Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Vechta in Germany. She has a particular love for poetry, fantasy literature and many related genres, Victorian literature, and Romanticism (British and German). To her, the most important ingredients for a good fantasy book are: language (preferably poetic), setting (preferably a well-constructed otherworld or our world well altered) and atmosphere (enchanting or frightening). She likes suspenseful plots and complex characters (especially intelligent and strong female characters). Her favourite authors include (in no particular order) J. R. R. Tolkien, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Marion Zimmer Bradley, E.T.A. Hoffmann, John Keats, W. H. Auden, J.K. Rowling, Oscar Wilde, Terry Pratchett, Sarah Waters, Michael Ende, and many more.

The Sundering Flood: An old-fashioned heroic tale from a godfather of fantasy

We welcome a new guest reviewer: Michaela Hausmann.

The Sundering Flood by William Morris

The Sundering Flood (1897) is the last fantasy romance by William Morris. Unfinished during his lifetime, the romance was published posthumously by his daughter May Morris. It relates the trials and tribulations of the young hero Osberne and his female friend and future lover Elfhild. Although both are separated from each other by an impassable river (the eponymous Sundering Flood), they can communicate with each other across the water and form a close bond. When fate strikes and Elfhild seems lost, Osberne embarks on a journey to find her and becomes involved in a greater struggle for freedom.

Osberne is in many ways a typical hero, w... Read More

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