An Artist's Devotion

Publisher: Candlewick
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.


"As a sword lover, turning the pages of this book makes my pulse accelerate.  More alive than photography, Ben Boos's stunning illustrations capture both the reality and the myth of the weapons.  Swords is a treasure." — Suzanne Collins