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- Print Length: 518 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 15, 1997)
- Publication Date: April 15, 1997
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006WOVK52
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Warlord Chronicles (3 Book Series)
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As always, Cornwell's fiction based-in-history is well researched and fast moving. And while the evidence of Arthur is inconclusive, his faithful depiction of Briton's warlords fighting each other, even while the dreaded Saxon's occupy the eastern half of the island, is fact. The ancient Pagan religion vies with the emerging Christianity for mind share of the populace, while Druids and Christian Priests intermingle with no love lost. It's been a couple of generations since the Roman's packed up and left, taking with them, it seems, any semblance of civilization, leaving the natives in awe of their knowledge. The once great Roman roads and cities have drifted into disrepair, and rival tribes raising armies and taxes to battle their brethren drain the land. In this war torn land, Cornwell's Arthur returns from service across the sea in Armorica (France). Arthur is not a king, but a noble and loyal leader sworn to protect the infant and crippled King Mordred, heir to the recently deceased Uther Pendragon, Briton's high king. While admittedly anachronisms, the author includes familiar figures from the legend: Merlin, Galahad, and Excalibur, but Lancelot is a cowardly fraud and Guinevere is a shallow and witchy seductress who inadvertently leads the courageous but naive Arthur into war that never should have been.Read more ›
Until I read this. My freind recommended this to me, saying "The Druids hop around on one foot in this book!" And that got me. (They actually do, in parts)
This book is highly imaginative. And while it does use parts of the later legends that irritate me in books that are marketed for their historical accuracy (yeah right), there is so much creative imagination in this book. The author sticks to the legends, but not so artificially that it's the same as any other series you've read.
Example one that I love:
We know very little about the Druids. But many authors take this fact and either 1)don't include a worthwile description of them or 2)just use a few simple facts that we do know over and over.
Instead, the author uses his knowledge as a scholar to invent some really strange but wonderful things, still managing to keep it realistic.
Another thing I loved in this book was the portrayal of the main three characters: Arthur, Lancelot, and Guenievere. So often you see them as these beautiful, shiny happy people. Not so in this book. They are dynamic individuals. Arthur is still his down to earth self, but he is selfish and rash. Lancelot is beautiful but a total flake and a jerk (the way I always thought he was). And Guenievere. The most dynamic of all. All she wants is to see the world at it's most beautiful, but you can tell that underneath it all is a layer of cold intelligence, a hard iron will.
Anyway, this book was unlike any other I've read. It was completely compelling.. I read it in 3 days.
I'll definetly recommend it over Steven Lawhead, Jack Whyte, Marrion Zimmer Bradley, and most of the others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good, a little on the fantasy side to me, although Cornwell does infuse a lot of historical realism to the story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Greg Royal
Outstanding novel for any fan of military style historical fiction or fantasy fiction. Mr. Cornwell does a great job of molding the myth of Arthur into the history of the time. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Eric B.
I've read all three books, but I'm only writing a review for this first novel in the series. I am new to Bernard Cornwell's work, and based on the his Arthur series, I want to read... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Castorp
This fascinating tale of legendary Arthur is very different from “The Mists of Avalone” and other books about Arthur. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Klapaucjusz
Seriously: this isn't even my preferred genre and I was enchanted. New dimension and life is found in one of the oldest tales and it's a triumph!Published 1 month ago by Disheveled Michelle
Pales in comparison to the Saxon series, partially because little of this is based on historical fact. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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