- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch; Repack edition (August 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006053284X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060532840
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 298 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heretic (The Grail Quest, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2004
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In the flames of unceasing war, a young archer's heart, will, and courage will be supremely tested in the conclusion of an epic quest for vengeance and the greatest prize in all history: The Holy Grail.
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This is the conclusion of The Grail Series by Bernard Cornwell. The book opens with the battle of Nieulay, where the French defeat the British. However, unable to cross the River Ham, and engage the British army, the French withdrew and Calais fell to the British.
Thomas is commanded by the Lord of Northampton to seek the Grail and take back some of his lands in Gascony. Thomas, commanding men at arms and British arches take the Castillon d’Arbizon and saves a heretic woman, Genevieve, from being burned at the stake. As Thomas’ men plunder the countryside for food and provisions, they are engaged in troubles. Genevieve kills father Roubert, her inquisitor, and the bishops declare Thomas and Genevieve heretics. Two groups are formed - one lead by Robbie Douglass, Thomas Scottish friend, and the other by Sir Guillaume d’Evecque. Robbie wants to burn Genevieve and turn Thomas to the church, and Sir Guillaume pledges allegiance to Thomas. Thomas is forced to leave his men under Sir Guillaume and he and Genevieve become fugitives.
They are attacked by corridors and seek shelter at the abbey in Astarac. There they are greeted by abbot Planchard, who knows Thomas is after the Grail. The abbot advices Thomas that the grail should be destroyed because the world is not ready for it.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Louis Bessieres of Paris is making a “fake” grail so that he can be made Pope. His brother, Charles, is in charge of a band of men at arms whose job is to take the fake grail to Astarac and have the grail discovered after they capture Thomas.
Thomas cousin, Sir Guy Vexille, is also looking for the Grail. Guy’s men attack the abbey and kill Abbot Planchard, while Thomas and Genevieve are in hiding - thus witnessing the event. Not knowing what to do, Thomas and Genevieve escape back to the Castillon d’Arbizon to “die amongst friends.” They find the castle in siege by the new count of Berat - Joscelyn - and they enter the castle and they find the fake grail that was held by Charles.
Thomas figures out that the grail is fake and, as the siege concludes, Thomas kills his cousin, thus avenging his father’s death. He also finds the true grail, which was in Hookton all along.
Based on true events, the book is a pleasure to read. The writer develops his characters beautifully: they come to life masterfully, without becoming a caricature. Points of view are clearly marked and sometimes we take a look at the same events from more than point of view. The book has only two battles and is shorter so its a pleasure to read. I would have made all three parts of the book into just one book. The author could have saved the trouble of describing what had transpired in previous books, thus shortening the length of the tale and avoiding having to repeat himself to make each book stand on its own.
I read the book in three days and I recommend the book to anyone who, like me, enjoys historical fiction.