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Excalibur [Read] ➬ Excalibur Author Bernard Cornwell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time Now in this riveting final volume of The In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time Now in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur's final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams This is the tale not only of a broken love remade but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for Peopled by princesses and bards by warriors and magicians Excalibur is the story of love war loyalty and betrayal the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.


10 thoughts on “Excalibur

  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    The Warlord Chronicles trilogy is hands down the best Arthurian saga I’ve ever had the chance to experience out of all medium I have to confess that of all the books I have written these three are my favourites” – Bernard Cornwell2 months and 20 books after my last 55 stars without rounding up read the end to that slump is finally here for I have found a new addition to my favorite shelves in a genre I rarely ventured Cornwell has a new fan and this might be a sign for me to dive into Historical Fiction in the futureExcalibur the third and last book in the Warlord Chronicles trilogy is definitely the best entry out of the trilogy I’ll try to keep this review as brief possible to avoid any kind of spoiler I’ve talked about what made the trilogy great in my previous reviews the only thing missing was the battle and war scenes I’ve come to expect from the genre and they’re finally hereCornwell’s capability in weaving plot and unfolding them slowly is impeccable He’s a masterful storyteller and one of the few authors whose prose worked wonderfully to me Both George R R Martin and John Gwynne stated that Bernard Cornwell is their personal best author when it comes to battle scenes and this book finally reveals the truth on that notion “Only a fool wants war but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half heartedly It cannot even be fought with regret but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war” Three intricate fast paced duels with a lot of stakes behind each one the 130 pages of war filled with siege tactics clashing shield walls against the Saxon at Mynydd Baddon and the thrilling climax were all so epic thrilling and breathtakingEverything about Derfel and Arthur also reached closure here The story that was told from 480 AD until 525 AD full of loss tragedy friendship familial love war heroism betrayal everything has been waged and fought and the ending has reached the most appropriate conclusion I do admit that I wish for one chapter of epilogue for closure for two characters but when it comes down to it this series has never been only about Derfel it’s about Arthur and the people he met as well and for that I can't ask for any other endPicture Fanart of Derfel Cadarn by chronicvillainy on DeviantartOften I had to remind my brain that this story is fiction The book is superbly written and Cornwell’s Arthur formed out of the blend of legend and imagination has brought forth original characters retelling and amazing plots that reminds us how deep the history humanity has left us how much we despite living in a totally different age and civilization still remained the same with the people of our past Fate as Merlin says is inexorable “History is not just a tale of men’s making but is a thing tied to the land We call a hill by the name of a hero who died there or name a river after a princess who fled beside its banks and when the old names vanish the stories go with them and the new names carry no reminder of the past” This book was published exactly 20 years ago I was only 8 years old back then and yet it became and still the best Arthurian saga I’ve ever had the chance to experience not to mention superior in comparison to a huge amount of high fantasy books I’ve read It’s Cornwell’s personal favorite books that he ever wrote and it’s now included in one of my favorite trilogies of all time list That's all I have to say on this reviewI totally recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Historical Fiction genre Arthurian saga or just in need of a marvelous book with great storytelling in general The Warlord Chronicles trilogy is an incredible retelling of a name A name which personification cannot be put proven to exist by countless historians a name that brought forth countless retelling adaptation and a name that may have truly became ‘real’ in the perception of many despite the lack of proofs His name is Arturus Rex uondam Rexue Futurus Arthur our Once and Future King Series review The Winter King 455 Stars Enemy of God 455 Stars Excalibur 55 Stars The Warlord Chronicles 1415 Stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest


  2. Peter Peter says:

    Duplicitous Excalibur is the final book of the Warlord Chronicles trilogy and it maintains the excitement intrigue conflict and wonderful narrative the first two books led us to expect The Arthurian legend has never been better told on any medium The land is divided into kingdoms and Arthur continues his uest to unite the Britons and repel the Saxons His mission is noble and is tied to his oath to Uther “Mordred should be King we took an oath to make him King and if we beat the Saxons Derfel I’ll let him rule” For Arthur to achieve his goal he needs all his cunning in political manoeuvrings and tactical subtlety to orchestrate victory Meanwhile his Saxon opponents Cerdic and Aelle are continuing to increase in strength and establish footholds in Briton and many of the other factions want to ensure they end up on the winning side Arthur needs to divide his opposition and unite potential allies “‘If we can divide our enemies one time’ Arthur said ‘then we still have a chance If Cerdic comes on his own we can defeat him so long as Powys and Gwent help us but I can’t defeat Cerdic and Aelle together’” Arthur can never be faulted for his strategy but he can’t control the dealings of his alleged allies and does he actually have the resources to win? The array of machinations hidden agendas personal vendettas and ideology is mesmerising Cornwell is a true master in this warring historical fiction genre and it is difficult to let a page escape your attentionThe women in the story play a huge part with Guinevere Nimue and Ceinwyn having a massive impact in both positive and negative ways Derfel states at the outset of this book “ it took both a man and a woman to bring Britain low and of the two it was the woman who did the greater damage She made one curse and an army died and this is her tale now for she was Arthur’s enemy” This teasing suggestion adds to the suspense who will be the destructive catalyst against Arthur The conflict between the beliefs and followers of the old Pagan Gods and Christianity is hugely important as Christianity continues to grow and Druids like Merlin and his priestess Nimue remain powerful but are losing their believersMany will read the ending and appreciate that there was no other way for this epic story to finish while others will be left wondering and wishing it could continue and resolve some of the finer issuesThe weaving threads of lubricious politics war tactics religious conflict history magic and amazing characters are so impressive and they never lose the momentum of this captivating storytelling This trilogy is amazing and will assuredly sit on my favourite’s shelf forever I highly recommend reading this book and trilogy Five glorious stars


  3. Will.J.R. Gwynne Will.J.R. Gwynne says:

    My expanded review is on BookNestBookNest “Tell your father” I said “That I loved him to the end” Excalibur is the third and final book in The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell It brings about the conclusion of the best Arthurian novels I have ever read “This tale of Arthur my Lord my friend and the deliverer of Britain” Excalibur was utterly brilliant just like its predecessors It is the finale of a story that has immersed me into the lives of the characters as my feelings became the victims to the scale of emotions experienced from euphoria to misery “Only a fool wants war but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half heartedly It cannot even be fought with regret but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war” Excalibur contained the largest scale conflicts of the trilogy with Arthur and his warriors forced to repel a Saxon invasion that far outnumbers them One of the best duels I have had the pleasure to read was in this and it was mesmerising the tension and description moulding together to make the scene truly incredible I will remember that duel for many years to comeSo many acts of heroism were performed that had me physically grinning and then there were the despicable actions that had me weeping as the characters I have so grown to love fell victim to those whose ambitions are insatiable Some of my most loved characters and most hated were in this trilogy Derfel and Arthur being two who I will genuinely miss While Excalibur had its fair share of tragedy to say the least it was also complete with moments of bitter satisfaction that softened the blow slightly but not enough to stem the tears view spoiler FINALLY LANCELOT hide spoiler


  4. Rob Rob says:

    Number 3 and the last of the Arthur SagasBernard Cornwell kept the bests for last This book oozes with heroes undying love and magic most foulThis is Britain in the late 5th and the early 6th centuries When the Britain’s were under siege from the marauding Saxons who were hell bent on taking as much of Britain as they could The Saxon’s had to be stopped but this was no easy task Britain at this time was a land of many small kingdoms and these kingdoms have spent many generations killing each otherThe land needed a hero and that hero was Arthur If Britain was to survive all the kingdoms have to come together as a whole and this was the task that Arthur gave himselfThis was also a time when Druid paganism and Christianity were vying for supremacy So we have a land that is being torn apart by military warfare and spiritual warfareMerlin is trying to bring the old Gods back but baulks at the cost of young lives needed for entice the Gods back Merlin’s disciple Nimue frustrated at Merlin’s ineffectiveness takes matters into her own hands and unleashed untold horrors upon the landThere is a lot of well researched history here and the reader will get a real insight into what life was like back thenBut this is not and never was intended to be a history text book This is a warts and all folk lore fantasy minus the romance and gallantry that we normally associate with Arthur and the Knights of the round table Nobody constructs battle scenes better than Bernard Cornwell which is just as well as there are a number of horrific battles to be foughtThere are characters here that will bring you to tears Make you smile Make you proud and some you will hate with a passion Highly recommended for anybody even remotely interested in historical fiction


  5. Daniel Ionson Daniel Ionson says:

    I read this series years ago but started it again to study Cornwell line by line This book just gets so profoundly sad as you move deeper through it There are so many things I would love to change about our history This book makes me want to step back in time 15 centuries to stop Christianity from infecting the world and to burn all of the Saxon ships before they sailed to Britain Cornwell is truly a masterful writer I aspire to his level of skill for my own life as a writer


  6. Shannon Shannon says:

    Per my review of WINTER KING this is a different take on Arthur focusing on the legend and the times And those times were when Briton was desperately fighting itself and trying to hold back the Saxon invasions The ruins of Roman occupation still remain In this part of the trilogy Arthur's plans to unite Britain begin to unravel Merlin is betrayed and former allies of Arthur turn on him or won't assist him as Mordred gathers power Follows the Arthurian legend in some places but in others it is very different For instance Galahad and Lancelot are half brothers; Galahad is brave but Lancelot is a coward who had good PR people to speak who made him into a hero Arthur has children from a previous marriage Mordred is club footed Merlin doesn't get trapped in a tree I could go on but don't want to give out real spoilers Appreciators of an author who can blend History with legends will greatly appreciate this trilogy Enjoy


  7. Nate Nate says:

    I have to admit that this novel was another pleasant surprise from Cornwell for me While I'm always entertained and informed by his books they very rarely actually move me in a sentimental way given that they're not really sentimental books However this novel was really touching Potent episodes of broken and then redeemed love undying loyalty and sticking to ones' principles even when you have nothing to gain and everything to lose spring up everywhere during this book It's really nice and so bittersweetThat's not to say it's like a novel length Hallmark card however This is probably the most violent and bleak Arthur book All of the wounds and rivalries and in fighting boil of the past books boil to the surface and the pages fly by in this kind of blur of utter turmoil and strife I don't think it's a spoiler that Arthur has to confront the Saxons and deal with their shit for good in this novel and boy does he ever The series of engagements that makes up the event we call Mount Badon is really given the full Cornwell treatment It's long gory exhausting tense and full of memorable scenes that run the gamut from terrifying to funny to heartwarmingAlso so much magic Whereas Enemy of God concerned a particular kind of intense and overzealous Christian fervor gripping the countryside in this book the pagans are even worse I'm not really sure if Cornwell just completely makes all these bizarre rituals and superstitions up or he consults some source or a mixture of both but he pulls out a huge arsenal of them and many of them impressed me with their sheer gross paganiness One bizarre thing that always stuck out with me was the druids insisting on shaping their hair into spikes with dung I'm not sure if Cornwell ever mentioned a particular reason for that or if it was just a cosmetic thing popular among fifth and sixth century druids Either way it's stuff like this that really brings the uniue and enthralling Britain of these books to life A fun thing is that Cornwell really leaves it kind of ambiguous as to how much of the magic is real A cynic like myself will probably leave with the idea that everything that transpired in this book could well have happened but others may not be so convinced Most of the characters in the book whether they'd like to admit it or not believe in it and that's enough for it to take on a reality of its own regardless of what the reader might personally believe This kind of thing will be utterly familiar to people that have read the Saxon Tales but in this one it was a lot harder for me to just dismiss the pagan magic as interesting superstition I'm not sure why I just harped on the magic thing for so longAnd the characters Man it's really hard for me to really dig the guts out of why I found them so engaging We certainly don't get into their heads and souls like we might with other characters in other books but the way we see them was kind of novel for me Although I was familiar with the perspective from the Saxon Tales it certainly had a different flavor to it I suspect that Cornwell planned to use Uhtred in a role similar to Derfel; that of the observer and limited participant with the main character of the story being a person that this character hangs out with and observes However Uhtred is just so arrogant and likable that for me he kind of broke free of Alfred's shadow and just fucking ran off with the story I mean view spoilerAlfred died in the last book and the series is still going hide spoiler


  8. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    Book 1 3'sBook 2 35'sBook 3 4's If you like the tales of Arthur this series is a must and each book gets better It is probably the darkest and least romanticized version I've read The endings for a lot of our characters of myth are much less glorious as well then other versions of the tale This makes them no less compelling and even so in the realistic gloom of 6th century what would become England It's somewhat amazing with all the hatred across kingdoms they ever did manage to unify


  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    Arturus Rex uondam Rexue FuturusArthur our Once and Future KingWhat an amazing retelling of the legend I think I'm a believer The book has a great ending but I wasn't ready for the story to end I hate it when I get closer and closer to the end of a book and just know that not everything I want could fit into the remaining pages Its heartbreaking to keep reading then but what a great series I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell Thats the 9th book of his I have read in less than two months How can I read anything else?


  10. Lucia Lucia says:

    Another great book by Bernard Cornwell


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10 thoughts on “Excalibur

  1. Petrik Petrik says:

    The Warlord Chronicles trilogy is hands down the best Arthurian saga I’ve ever had the chance to experience out of all medium I have to confess that of all the books I have written these three are my favourites” – Bernard Cornwell2 months and 20 books after my last 55 stars without rounding up read the end to that slump is finally here for I have found a new addition to my favorite shelves in a genre I rarely ventured Cornwell has a new fan and this might be a sign for me to dive into Historical Fiction in the futureExcalibur the third and last book in the Warlord Chronicles trilogy is definitely the best entry out of the trilogy I’ll try to keep this review as brief possible to avoid any kind of spoiler I’ve talked about what made the trilogy great in my previous reviews the only thing missing was the battle and war scenes I’ve come to expect from the genre and they’re finally hereCornwell’s capability in weaving plot and unfolding them slowly is impeccable He’s a masterful storyteller and one of the few authors whose prose worked wonderfully to me Both George R R Martin and John Gwynne stated that Bernard Cornwell is their personal best author when it comes to battle scenes and this book finally reveals the truth on that notion “Only a fool wants war but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half heartedly It cannot even be fought with regret but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war” Three intricate fast paced duels with a lot of stakes behind each one the 130 pages of war filled with siege tactics clashing shield walls against the Saxon at Mynydd Baddon and the thrilling climax were all so epic thrilling and breathtakingEverything about Derfel and Arthur also reached closure here The story that was told from 480 AD until 525 AD full of loss tragedy friendship familial love war heroism betrayal everything has been waged and fought and the ending has reached the most appropriate conclusion I do admit that I wish for one chapter of epilogue for closure for two characters but when it comes down to it this series has never been only about Derfel it’s about Arthur and the people he met as well and for that I can't ask for any other endPicture Fanart of Derfel Cadarn by chronicvillainy on DeviantartOften I had to remind my brain that this story is fiction The book is superbly written and Cornwell’s Arthur formed out of the blend of legend and imagination has brought forth original characters retelling and amazing plots that reminds us how deep the history humanity has left us how much we despite living in a totally different age and civilization still remained the same with the people of our past Fate as Merlin says is inexorable “History is not just a tale of men’s making but is a thing tied to the land We call a hill by the name of a hero who died there or name a river after a princess who fled beside its banks and when the old names vanish the stories go with them and the new names carry no reminder of the past” This book was published exactly 20 years ago I was only 8 years old back then and yet it became and still the best Arthurian saga I’ve ever had the chance to experience not to mention superior in comparison to a huge amount of high fantasy books I’ve read It’s Cornwell’s personal favorite books that he ever wrote and it’s now included in one of my favorite trilogies of all time list That's all I have to say on this reviewI totally recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Historical Fiction genre Arthurian saga or just in need of a marvelous book with great storytelling in general The Warlord Chronicles trilogy is an incredible retelling of a name A name which personification cannot be put proven to exist by countless historians a name that brought forth countless retelling adaptation and a name that may have truly became ‘real’ in the perception of many despite the lack of proofs His name is Arturus Rex uondam Rexue Futurus Arthur our Once and Future King Series review The Winter King 455 Stars Enemy of God 455 Stars Excalibur 55 Stars The Warlord Chronicles 1415 Stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. Peter Peter says:

    Duplicitous Excalibur is the final book of the Warlord Chronicles trilogy and it maintains the excitement intrigue conflict and wonderful narrative the first two books led us to expect The Arthurian legend has never been better told on any medium The land is divided into kingdoms and Arthur continues his uest to unite the Britons and repel the Saxons His mission is noble and is tied to his oath to Uther “Mordred should be King we took an oath to make him King and if we beat the Saxons Derfel I’ll let him rule” For Arthur to achieve his goal he needs all his cunning in political manoeuvrings and tactical subtlety to orchestrate victory Meanwhile his Saxon opponents Cerdic and Aelle are continuing to increase in strength and establish footholds in Briton and many of the other factions want to ensure they end up on the winning side Arthur needs to divide his opposition and unite potential allies “‘If we can divide our enemies one time’ Arthur said ‘then we still have a chance If Cerdic comes on his own we can defeat him so long as Powys and Gwent help us but I can’t defeat Cerdic and Aelle together’” Arthur can never be faulted for his strategy but he can’t control the dealings of his alleged allies and does he actually have the resources to win? The array of machinations hidden agendas personal vendettas and ideology is mesmerising Cornwell is a true master in this warring historical fiction genre and it is difficult to let a page escape your attentionThe women in the story play a huge part with Guinevere Nimue and Ceinwyn having a massive impact in both positive and negative ways Derfel states at the outset of this book “ it took both a man and a woman to bring Britain low and of the two it was the woman who did the greater damage She made one curse and an army died and this is her tale now for she was Arthur’s enemy” This teasing suggestion adds to the suspense who will be the destructive catalyst against Arthur The conflict between the beliefs and followers of the old Pagan Gods and Christianity is hugely important as Christianity continues to grow and Druids like Merlin and his priestess Nimue remain powerful but are losing their believersMany will read the ending and appreciate that there was no other way for this epic story to finish while others will be left wondering and wishing it could continue and resolve some of the finer issuesThe weaving threads of lubricious politics war tactics religious conflict history magic and amazing characters are so impressive and they never lose the momentum of this captivating storytelling This trilogy is amazing and will assuredly sit on my favourite’s shelf forever I highly recommend reading this book and trilogy Five glorious stars

  3. Will.J.R. Gwynne Will.J.R. Gwynne says:

    My expanded review is on BookNestBookNest “Tell your father” I said “That I loved him to the end” Excalibur is the third and final book in The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell It brings about the conclusion of the best Arthurian novels I have ever read “This tale of Arthur my Lord my friend and the deliverer of Britain” Excalibur was utterly brilliant just like its predecessors It is the finale of a story that has immersed me into the lives of the characters as my feelings became the victims to the scale of emotions experienced from euphoria to misery “Only a fool wants war but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half heartedly It cannot even be fought with regret but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war” Excalibur contained the largest scale conflicts of the trilogy with Arthur and his warriors forced to repel a Saxon invasion that far outnumbers them One of the best duels I have had the pleasure to read was in this and it was mesmerising the tension and description moulding together to make the scene truly incredible I will remember that duel for many years to comeSo many acts of heroism were performed that had me physically grinning and then there were the despicable actions that had me weeping as the characters I have so grown to love fell victim to those whose ambitions are insatiable Some of my most loved characters and most hated were in this trilogy Derfel and Arthur being two who I will genuinely miss While Excalibur had its fair share of tragedy to say the least it was also complete with moments of bitter satisfaction that softened the blow slightly but not enough to stem the tears view spoiler FINALLY LANCELOT hide spoiler

  4. Rob Rob says:

    Number 3 and the last of the Arthur SagasBernard Cornwell kept the bests for last This book oozes with heroes undying love and magic most foulThis is Britain in the late 5th and the early 6th centuries When the Britain’s were under siege from the marauding Saxons who were hell bent on taking as much of Britain as they could The Saxon’s had to be stopped but this was no easy task Britain at this time was a land of many small kingdoms and these kingdoms have spent many generations killing each otherThe land needed a hero and that hero was Arthur If Britain was to survive all the kingdoms have to come together as a whole and this was the task that Arthur gave himselfThis was also a time when Druid paganism and Christianity were vying for supremacy So we have a land that is being torn apart by military warfare and spiritual warfareMerlin is trying to bring the old Gods back but baulks at the cost of young lives needed for entice the Gods back Merlin’s disciple Nimue frustrated at Merlin’s ineffectiveness takes matters into her own hands and unleashed untold horrors upon the landThere is a lot of well researched history here and the reader will get a real insight into what life was like back thenBut this is not and never was intended to be a history text book This is a warts and all folk lore fantasy minus the romance and gallantry that we normally associate with Arthur and the Knights of the round table Nobody constructs battle scenes better than Bernard Cornwell which is just as well as there are a number of horrific battles to be foughtThere are characters here that will bring you to tears Make you smile Make you proud and some you will hate with a passion Highly recommended for anybody even remotely interested in historical fiction

  5. Daniel Ionson Daniel Ionson says:

    I read this series years ago but started it again to study Cornwell line by line This book just gets so profoundly sad as you move deeper through it There are so many things I would love to change about our history This book makes me want to step back in time 15 centuries to stop Christianity from infecting the world and to burn all of the Saxon ships before they sailed to Britain Cornwell is truly a masterful writer I aspire to his level of skill for my own life as a writer

  6. Shannon Shannon says:

    Per my review of WINTER KING this is a different take on Arthur focusing on the legend and the times And those times were when Briton was desperately fighting itself and trying to hold back the Saxon invasions The ruins of Roman occupation still remain In this part of the trilogy Arthur's plans to unite Britain begin to unravel Merlin is betrayed and former allies of Arthur turn on him or won't assist him as Mordred gathers power Follows the Arthurian legend in some places but in others it is very different For instance Galahad and Lancelot are half brothers; Galahad is brave but Lancelot is a coward who had good PR people to speak who made him into a hero Arthur has children from a previous marriage Mordred is club footed Merlin doesn't get trapped in a tree I could go on but don't want to give out real spoilers Appreciators of an author who can blend History with legends will greatly appreciate this trilogy Enjoy

  7. Nate Nate says:

    I have to admit that this novel was another pleasant surprise from Cornwell for me While I'm always entertained and informed by his books they very rarely actually move me in a sentimental way given that they're not really sentimental books However this novel was really touching Potent episodes of broken and then redeemed love undying loyalty and sticking to ones' principles even when you have nothing to gain and everything to lose spring up everywhere during this book It's really nice and so bittersweetThat's not to say it's like a novel length Hallmark card however This is probably the most violent and bleak Arthur book All of the wounds and rivalries and in fighting boil of the past books boil to the surface and the pages fly by in this kind of blur of utter turmoil and strife I don't think it's a spoiler that Arthur has to confront the Saxons and deal with their shit for good in this novel and boy does he ever The series of engagements that makes up the event we call Mount Badon is really given the full Cornwell treatment It's long gory exhausting tense and full of memorable scenes that run the gamut from terrifying to funny to heartwarmingAlso so much magic Whereas Enemy of God concerned a particular kind of intense and overzealous Christian fervor gripping the countryside in this book the pagans are even worse I'm not really sure if Cornwell just completely makes all these bizarre rituals and superstitions up or he consults some source or a mixture of both but he pulls out a huge arsenal of them and many of them impressed me with their sheer gross paganiness One bizarre thing that always stuck out with me was the druids insisting on shaping their hair into spikes with dung I'm not sure if Cornwell ever mentioned a particular reason for that or if it was just a cosmetic thing popular among fifth and sixth century druids Either way it's stuff like this that really brings the uniue and enthralling Britain of these books to life A fun thing is that Cornwell really leaves it kind of ambiguous as to how much of the magic is real A cynic like myself will probably leave with the idea that everything that transpired in this book could well have happened but others may not be so convinced Most of the characters in the book whether they'd like to admit it or not believe in it and that's enough for it to take on a reality of its own regardless of what the reader might personally believe This kind of thing will be utterly familiar to people that have read the Saxon Tales but in this one it was a lot harder for me to just dismiss the pagan magic as interesting superstition I'm not sure why I just harped on the magic thing for so longAnd the characters Man it's really hard for me to really dig the guts out of why I found them so engaging We certainly don't get into their heads and souls like we might with other characters in other books but the way we see them was kind of novel for me Although I was familiar with the perspective from the Saxon Tales it certainly had a different flavor to it I suspect that Cornwell planned to use Uhtred in a role similar to Derfel; that of the observer and limited participant with the main character of the story being a person that this character hangs out with and observes However Uhtred is just so arrogant and likable that for me he kind of broke free of Alfred's shadow and just fucking ran off with the story I mean view spoilerAlfred died in the last book and the series is still going hide spoiler

  8. Scott Hitchcock Scott Hitchcock says:

    Book 1 3'sBook 2 35'sBook 3 4's If you like the tales of Arthur this series is a must and each book gets better It is probably the darkest and least romanticized version I've read The endings for a lot of our characters of myth are much less glorious as well then other versions of the tale This makes them no less compelling and even so in the realistic gloom of 6th century what would become England It's somewhat amazing with all the hatred across kingdoms they ever did manage to unify

  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    Arturus Rex uondam Rexue FuturusArthur our Once and Future KingWhat an amazing retelling of the legend I think I'm a believer The book has a great ending but I wasn't ready for the story to end I hate it when I get closer and closer to the end of a book and just know that not everything I want could fit into the remaining pages Its heartbreaking to keep reading then but what a great series I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell Thats the 9th book of his I have read in less than two months How can I read anything else?

  10. Lucia Lucia says:

    Another great book by Bernard Cornwell

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