- File Size: 1959 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380781042
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 13, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC1214
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grail: Book Five of the Pendragon Cycle Kindle Edition
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"Lawhead evokes the best of British fantasy." -- -- Encounters
"Suspenseful . . . soulful, philosophical . . . engagingly drawn . . . Arthurian Britain is invoked with robust verisimilitude." -- -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a straightforward story; there's less intrigue than I expected. Evil Morgian's passages of gloating are nearly over the top, but the honest, steadfast knights are good fellows all. Read previous volumes first! --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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For starters, the narration is completely different, written in the first-person. Sure, the characters and settings are the same, but the narration style makes it feel like it is disjointed from the rest of the series.
I loved the first three books of the Pendragon Cycle, and being a purist, that is what I will consider to be the canon. These three books had me riveted.
Pendragon, the fourth in the series, was a necessity, as it filled in a huge gap of the third book.
Grail, well... I kept picking it up and reading, hoping that one day, I'll eventually finish it.
Up till now, Lawhead has made every effort to present the Arther legends in historical settings. Disregarding the romantic versions, or popular culture, he built a realistic world, where one can easily imagine Arther walking the lands. With that realism came the needed disregard of the Grail quests.
Until now. The book feels like it was "just written", rather than being an outgrowth of previous material. My impression is that the author was pressed to somehow or another fit the grail into his Arther retelling, and this is the half-hearted result.
While the book is good as a standalone book, make sure you read it with that in mind: it's just a standalone book, which borrows elements from the series.