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A great magician, a skilled hero, an ancient lady, a lovely maiden -- all live again in this poetic retelling of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala. A great magician, a skilled hero, an ancient lady, a lovely maiden -- all live again in this poetic retelling of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala.


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A great magician, a skilled hero, an ancient lady, a lovely maiden -- all live again in this poetic retelling of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala. A great magician, a skilled hero, an ancient lady, a lovely maiden -- all live again in this poetic retelling of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala.

30 review for The Songs of Power: A Finnish Tale of Magic, Retold from the Kalevala

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    I like Finland, and while I'm happy enough to be descended from Celts on both sides of the family, I could wish to have some Finnish sap running through the family tree. This is a quickly readable English translation (in free verse) of Vainamoinen's and Ilmarinen's wooing of Louhi's daughter (sorry, no picture of the maid). Louhi's daughter, Aila, is surprisingly astute - (view spoiler)[she'll have neither suitor (hide spoiler)] - though whether this is because she's a willful 14-year-old or cann I like Finland, and while I'm happy enough to be descended from Celts on both sides of the family, I could wish to have some Finnish sap running through the family tree. This is a quickly readable English translation (in free verse) of Vainamoinen's and Ilmarinen's wooing of Louhi's daughter (sorry, no picture of the maid). Louhi's daughter, Aila, is surprisingly astute - (view spoiler)[she'll have neither suitor (hide spoiler)] - though whether this is because she's a willful 14-year-old or canny enough to know what it's like to be married to a hero is up to the reader to decide. Free (or only a penny) on the Kindle, this was more than worth it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cortney Smith

    Interesting this was an interesting little short story. I actually quite enjoyed it! if you like the real fairy tales you might like this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I don't really know enough about the Kalevala to offer much judgement about how Aaron Shepard handles this classic Finnish tale. But I did find it to be an engaging and imaginative introduction to this epic story. Shepard lays out the characters and is able to keep some sense of the poetry and magic of the story while not overwhelming younger readers. Short and easy but enjoyable and evocative. A great way to introduce the literature and folktales of other cultures. I don't really know enough about the Kalevala to offer much judgement about how Aaron Shepard handles this classic Finnish tale. But I did find it to be an engaging and imaginative introduction to this epic story. Shepard lays out the characters and is able to keep some sense of the poetry and magic of the story while not overwhelming younger readers. Short and easy but enjoyable and evocative. A great way to introduce the literature and folktales of other cultures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    A retelling of an old Finnish fable. If you like a happily-ever-after ending then avoid this one. Also, 2 old men chasing after a 14 year old girl just has the *Ewww Factor* going on way too strong for me to be able to enjoy this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hazey

    Lovely wee story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A selection of the Kalevala retold in verse. Lovely.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A lovely retelling of a story from the classic Kalevala. It's a nice quick read, but very vividly detailed. A lovely retelling of a story from the classic Kalevala. It's a nice quick read, but very vividly detailed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    A light short story that gives an introduction to the Finnish classic, Kalevala. The pronunciation guide was helpful. The ending was different. I did not see that coming.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ashutosh Jaiswal

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Almiron

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen Wu

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Glasheen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mattie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Carlson

  15. 5 out of 5

    ELISABETH FOLLY

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh Sharma

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ernesto F.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lena Lenoci

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gypsy

  20. 4 out of 5

    VJ

  21. 5 out of 5

    Derek

  22. 5 out of 5

    abhishek

  23. 4 out of 5

    ~Eric~

  24. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Morrissey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sabra

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ria

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Surya

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Wellington

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