Rafe Martin



  • Title: Birdwing
  • Author: Rafe Martin
  • ISBN: 9780439211680
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback

Once upon a time, a girl rescued her seven brothers from a spell that had turned them into swans But one boy, Ardwin, was left with the scar of the spell s last gasp one arm remained a wing And while Ardwin yearned to find a place in his father s kingdom, the wing whispered to him of open sky and rushing wind Marked by difference, Ardwin sets out to discover who he is Once upon a time, a girl rescued her seven brothers from a spell that had turned them into swans But one boy, Ardwin, was left with the scar of the spell s last gasp one arm remained a wing And while Ardwin yearned to find a place in his father s kingdom, the wing whispered to him of open sky and rushing wind Marked by difference, Ardwin sets out to discover who he is bird or boy, crippled or sound, cursed or blessed But followed by the cold eye of a sorceress and with war rumbling at his kingdom s borders, Ardwin s path may lead him not to enlightenment, but into unimaginable danger.

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Ardwin Birdwing is the youngest of the seven princes who were turned into swans by their evil stepmother. He is the one whose coat of nettles was unfinished when time ran out, and one arm remained a wing.This story begins years after the enchantment has been broken. Rose, the savior sister, is married with children, as are most of the princes. They were eager to put the trauma and strangeness of their curse behind them. Ardwin cannot, since he is marked by physical difference and also by greater [...]

The Wild Swans is one of my very favorite fairy tales, and this story takes off where that story ends. Only this time, we are seeing the world through the eyes of the youngest brother, in this story named Ardwin, whose knitted shirt was not finished in time and he still has the wing of a swan. The enchanted wing gives him a view into the world of animals, enabling him to hear their thoughts and to catch of glimpse of things to come.Among his family and community, however, life for Ardwin is frau [...]

This is without a doubt the worst retelling of this particular fairy tale that I have ever read. I'm usually a fan of reimagined fairy tales, but not when they are done as poorly as Birdwing This book is probably intended for a younger audience, but even taking that into account, this book is dreadful. The dialogue is awkward and forced, the pacing is inconsistent, and the main character, Adrwin, is irritating beyond belief. Fairy tales aren't supposed to be believable, but this story simply can [...]

When I was an aspiring playwright in my college days, and came across "The Seven Swans" in Grimms' Fairy Tales, I was haunted by image of the youngest brother who, at the end of the story, remained with a swan's wing. I imagined a sequel to that fairy tale, as a play, and even drafted several scenes. I never completed the darn thing, for two reasons, I think: one is that writing was damned hard work (and I was discovering my talent for improv gave me satisfaction with much less effort), and two, [...]

I did enjoy this, definitely. According to it is aimed at ages 11 to 16. I'd say the writing style is oriented more toward the younger end, although there are a couple unexpected mature theme moments. I picked it up because it is a sequel to The Seven Swans, one of my favorite fairy tales. An interesting take on the youngest brother. He is very skilled, goes on a quest, funtimes. The writing is competent, but whenever people had serious conversations it was really flat and awkward.The plot is e [...]

This book was weird. It was kind of disjointed and had all these threads that would be opened and then juggled kind of inexpertly, but it still somehow kept me really interested the whole time. I could pick out really clunky dialogue and prose and sometimes Martin would kind of shoot for that Ye Olde Tale kind of language and not quite hit it, but yet I really enjoyed the whole thing. I'd still recommend it even with tons of problems in execution. That and it's like a 6th grade reading level so [...]

Similar to Shannon Hale (who wrote The Goose Girl) this story revolves around the retelling of a classic fairy tale. But in this case, what happens AFTER the "ever after". We follow Ardwin on his version of a Hero Journey where life lessons are learned and accepting yourself for who you are is the theme. It took me awhile to get through this book. I guess it just didn't have that spark and pull for me. But it is a good young middle reader book. I would recommend it as such.

I have recently finished this book for the fourth time, and have come to find that my prior review was stunningly lacking. Even as I type, words are swirling around in my head as to what to say in this review, and I hope that I get it all down in an organized way (truthfully, probably not going to happen). This book, like all books, has its faults. Faults that become clear after it has had time to sit and gather dust on a bookshelf as well as in my mind. Faults that spring out as I read it, as i [...]

Birdwing picks up where the Grimm's "The Six Swans" tale ends. Rafe Martin proposes that the "happily ever after" ending might not have been so happy for the brother who was turned back into a human but left with one swan wing. Birdwing tells this brother's story (Ardwin) as he copes with the "curse" of the remaining wing that also gives him unique insight into the thoughts of living creatures around him. When Ardwin is faced with the prospect having his wing forcibly removed in order to be repl [...]

Ardwin is stuck between two worlds. He once flew the skies with his five brothers, under the spell of a witch who turned them into swans. His sister rescued them all, with one minor hitch - Ardwin was left with one wing instead of an arm. Now that he's passing from childhood to manhood, Ardin must figure out what the wing means to him and how he will live his life. Turning away from his family and friends, Ardwin goes on a quest to find himself and his place, but it is not as easy as he imagined [...]

This book was amazing. This book is from the Brother's Grimm tale of the six swans. I had never heard of the story before. My 6th grade daughter brought this book home from school and suggested I read it. I love the characters in it. I really liked Prince Ardwin's story. He really struggled with having a swan's wing instead of 2 healthy arms. The wind had some wonderful abilities, though, and enabled him to be able to communicate with animals. There were a lot of times that Ardwin saw this wing [...]

I wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did. I /love/ the concept-- it's a really neat fairy tale, and a relatively unknown one, so a good choice for a re-telling-- but I just didn't care about the main character or his journey at all, and the whole thing was really slow and kind of unfocused. The love interest didn't even show up until the last fourth of the book, so I didn't have time to care about that either. I don't know. I'm sure other people will like it, it just wasn't for me.

"Birdwing" is a magical tale of Prince Ardwin who is not fully transformed from a swan into a human. It is search for self/quest story that young boys and girls will relate to. Characters are multi-dimensional and are seen for their admirable traits as well and their disappointing qualities. I like this real look at people. Who among us are totally selfish or without altruistic motives? I recommend this to young people 10-18 and the adults who love them.

I really like books that take classic fairy tales and write them as in-depth novels, sometimes with a character that most wouldn't immediately think of their story and continue to after the fairy tale ended. This book definately delivered. Light and entertaining but with a few layers of how one looks at oneself, this is a very good read that I would recomend to most anyone.(Horse is my favorite!)

A pretty good story for mature 11 yr olds or 12 yr olds. It's got a little something in it for boys and girls. I thought it was a bit of a slow starter. In other words, it's easy to put this book down until around the 4th chapter. Probably a good book to have on hand for a child on vacation who needs some rainy day reading.

My first real experience with fantasy ( new ones) and omfg was I blown away. I appreciate authors who acknowledge the readers's intelligence and Rafe Martin has mightily impressed me. His way of writing has captured my heart and imagination ^_^ I truly love this story! =)

Interesting expansion of an old fairy tale, but when it came down to it I wasn't too attached to the characters. The developing plot and creative ideas weren't quite enough to bring the somewhat flat characters to life for me.

Delicious blend of The Six Swans and Goose Girl, liberally sprinkled with The White Snake and featuring a delicate hint of Bearskin. My favorites of the non-Disneyfied fairy tales, gathered together in a "what happened next" tale that is just marvelous.


I loved this book because my daughter loved it and it spawned beautiful conversations between her and me about what it is to be human and how we each deal with our gifts and our wounds.

The idea is brilliant but I didn't like her method of going about it at all.

This wasn't the first time I'd read this book, but it felt like the first time because it has been some years since I read it, and although I remembered some things, I rediscovered others.I love the effortlessness of how Rafe Martin weaves fairy tale elements into the story, as well as paints a clear picture of a world where legends are beginning to fade. Ardwin is the perfect character for the story, since he's balanced between both the world of magic and the world of man--his left arm, the one [...]

Birdwing was pretty good, but it felt like there were a few plot holes was missing something, but I can't pinpoint whatLoved reading it though.~ 8)

This was pretty decent. I liked the grounding in the fables. It padded a bit and there was some bare exposition that would have been better as scene, but not too bad. Easily worth reading.

Well, I tried. I got little more than halfway before I began furiously flipping pages, just to find out what happens.The main issue that I had with this book was that I do not like the main character. That's a pretty tough issue for a reader to overcome, and usually the unlikable part gets developed further at an earlier point in the plot. Ardwin is a reflection of the swans he so desperately wants to reunite with: selfish, suspicious, quick to anger, and really just doesn't think. Allow me to p [...]

Summary: Once upon a time six brothers were turned into swans by their jealous and supposedly evil stepmother, Evron. The only person who can reverse their curse is their cunning sister, Rose Red, who for six years, fashions shirts of nettle and birchwood. But after an event gone awry only five successful shirts are fashioned, and the sixth shirt for the sixth brother is designed with a missing sleeve. Years later as a winged adult, the sixth brother, Ardwin, explores life as half-man, hopeful t [...]

MacKenzieBirdwingRafe Martin Based upon the fairy tale, “The Six Swans” by the Brothers Grimm, Birdwing by Rafe Martin, and set sometime before electricity, and when torches were used to light castles, Ardwin, an adventurous young prince, runs away from home to a mythical land upon learning that his father has ordered his left wing be cut off and replaced by a mechanical arm that has been invented by Belarius, a clever old man. As he searches to be reunited with the other swans Ardwin discov [...]

So don't you hate it when you write a big long review & then the site hangs and it never posts it but gets lost forever. Yeah, that's why I hardly ever write reviews anymore because it happens way too many times to me. Anyway, I shall try to recall.I didn't have this book on my to-read list. I thought it was just another fairy tale retelling that seems to be pretty overdone at this point, but I found myself with no books left to read (library summer hours always seem to fall short), so my da [...]

I very much enjoyed this book! Birdwing is a continuation of the Grimm Fairytale 'The Six Swans'. In the original fairytale, six brothers are turned into swans by their evil stepmother. In order to break the spell, their sister must make each brother a shirt out of nettles and keep a vow of complete silence for six years. She completes this task but unfortunately does not finish the sixth shirt, leaving her youngest brother disfigured with a win for an arm.This book picks up after the fairytale [...]

I picked this up at a garage sale, thinking the cover looked sort of interesting. (When people say not to judge a book by its cover, they are wrong. Everyone judges books depending on its cover.) Most definately worth the dollar I spent! The story is based off a Grimm fairy tale about six princes who get turned into swans. In Birdwing the author tells us the story of what happened to the youngest prince, whose left arm was to bs forever a swan's wing. As Ardwin swiftly leaves off to quest for Ev [...]

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