How does the Relationship Change Between Peter and Tomas as the Novel, 'My Swordhand is Singing' Develops

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How does the Relationship Change Between

Peter and Tomas as the Novel Develops

This novel is based around a small village called Chust, in Romania. Chust is a small 17th century village surrounded by a large and sinister wood, full of shadows of unease. The villagers were frightened of the wood, and all that it contained. They were wary of ‘outsiders’ and were led by tradition. They especially believed in the Miorita, a song about a shepherd murdered by his fellows and through a lamb, he sends word to his mother that he is not dead but has gone to 'marry a princess from a distant land.' They believed in vampires and ghouls and the Shadow Queen.

Peter and Tomas lived a nomadic life. They moved from place to place and were not accepted in Chust. They were wood-cutters and lived on a little island with flowing water around it. Peter does not understand the significance of this moat and thinks it is just an attempt to try and bond with him. It was the first time in years where Peter and Tomas were working together and enjoying it. It is a metaphor of their own existence; lonely, isolated and secretive. Tomas has no interest in making friends and shuns society. This means that Peter doesn’t have the chance to make relationships as they are always moving around. This exacerbates his sense of isolation and makes him resent his father more. Peter does not understand what Tomas was running away from, mentally or physically.
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Before Peter was born, Tomas was enrolled to fight with King Michael, the ‘Winter King’. The fighting was long and savage and there was lots of bloodshed. When invading a small Turkish town, Peter found a sword. This was not just any sword. It had the power to kill vampires.

“The sword was made in a land were vampires were common. This sword has the power to vrykolakoi for good.” Vrykolakoi are the living dead, souls, escaping from corpses.

When Tomas’s wife died giving birth to Peter, Tomas believed his life wasn’t worth living. He ...

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