Swords (Hardcover)

An Artist's Devotion

By Ben Boos, Ben Boos (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763631482, 82pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2008

Winter 2009 Kids' List

“This illustrated celebration of swords and swordsmen is a true work of art -- exploring the use of swords from ancient warriors to ninjas and samurais. (The focus is on the sword, not its uses.) Boos is a collector of swords and offers lavish details about their design and meaning.”
— Barbara Wilson, Butterfly Books, De Pere, WI
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Be smitten by the sword An extraordinary young artist brings the history of this noble weapon -- and its skillful masters -- into stunningly sharp relief.

Brave men and women have taken up the sword since ages of old, and a fascination with this formidable weapon grips dedicated followers to this day. Here is a celebration of swords and swordsmen that spans time and place -- from ancient warriors such as Beowulf to medieval knights; from stealthy ninja and samurai to legendary maidens of war. Illustrated with breathtaking intricacy, SWORDS reflects the passion of a true devotee, offering lavish background details on design and use as well as exquisite spreads showcasing specimens in all their shining glory.
Back matter includes a bibliography.

About the Author

Ben Boos (1971-2011) worked as an illustrator and designer for the bestselling Diablo video game franchise. He was also the author-illustrator of Swords: An Artist Devotion and Fantasy: An Artists Realm.