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Bernard Cornwell downplays the magic that enlivens the traditional stories, depicting it more as a combination of superstition and shrewd wits. I recommend this with reservations; though it's absorbing to read, the emphasis on battles and politics means that this will greatly appeal to some fantasy readers, but disappoint others.
Read the first page, I can promise you you will want to read more.
The story was fresh, the combat well done, the characters likeable and real, magic believable, and so many other great aspects.
Bernard Cornwell is a master of historical fiction, and this, the first in a series about Arthur, is a great tale.
I haven't read a lot of Bernard Cornwell but I have to say I loved this book. It's dark and graphic but really gives a true depiction of what it's like to live in the times of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by PB&JMom
Interesting and intriguing take on Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin and the gang!Published 17 days ago by robert garcia
BC has incredible writing style. I finished Game Of Thrones, and needed more intrigue, backstabbing, moneygrubbing, raping and pilaging. . Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story got better and better as I got into the novel. I did not want it to end but there is a sequel--Published 19 days ago by Jill Charbonneau
Really loved the 'realistic' description of the famous Arthur saga without the Romance novel influence. Very visual descriptions without any boring parts.Published 22 days ago by Fräulein
I was disappointed that the rich history and myth of this story was translated into a B movie and certainly might draw those who thrive only on action, violence and brutal sexual... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa Goodwin
Any book by Cornwell will be at least four star. Personally, I miss Sharpe like an old friend.Published 1 month ago by donald haskett
BC seems to thrive in this atmosphere; using all the characters we've already met, but recasting them as human beings with likelier lives.Published 1 month ago by Thomas Foster