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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.
While being slow to start (I trudged through about the first third of the book because it was Bernard Cornwell) after Arthur appears the story pics up pace and becomes the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Adin M
At first I was a bit reluctant to read an "historically informed" version of a legend that I hold dear to my heart. However, it turned out much better than I ever expected. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lucas
I really enjoyed how the author took the tale of Arthur, and made it seem more believable. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.Published 8 days ago by Ross M.
Very interesting story. Cornwell has done an excellent job of building the realistic world of Arthur.Published 12 days ago by mac-2012
I am a long time fan of Bernard Cornwell, and this book just adds more fuel to my argument that he is one of the best writers of historical fiction living today. Read morePublished 13 days ago by silverfoot
Excellent Book-I am now waiting for part two and three to come via Amazon! Bernard Cornwell does not let us down!Published 15 days ago by Nancy Stinson
Avery readable account of history that is maybe not so true. Couldn't put the book down once into the mood.Published 16 days ago by Martin Wilmshurst
Very well written. Entertaining historical perspective because it is written from a narrator's point of view as someone who knew all of the main historical figures.Published 17 days ago by Drew Gould
Great story that opens up more of the life and times of England just after the Roman exit from Britain.Published 19 days ago by Mark Hausammann