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- SynopsisFrom New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperbackthe sequel to The Archer's Tale and Vagabond from #1 international bestseller Bernard Cornwellthe spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail. Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom.,In this exciting sequel to The Archer's Tale and Vagabond, the New York Times bestselling author concludes his tale of an epic quest for vengeance and the greatest prize in all history: the Holy Grail.
- AuthorBernard Cornwell
- Number Of Pages368 pages
- SeriesGrail Quest
- Publication Date2007-09-25
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Series Volume Number3
- Weight9.6 Oz
- Height0.8 In.
- Width5.3 In.
- Length8 In.
- Dewey Decimal823.914
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews"Cornwell delivers intense and detailed battle action ....Highly recommended.","Cornwell is a master of the historical action novel, and he outdoes himself again.",'A master of battlefield writing.' (Publishers Weekly),'Cornwell delivers intense and detailed battle action ....Highly recommended.','Cornwell is a master of the historical action novel, and he outdoes himself again.','�Cornwell delivers intense and detailed battle action ....Highly recommended.'�,'�Cornwell is a master of the historical action novel, and he outdoes himself again.'�,?A master of battlefield writing.? (Publishers Weekly)
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- russellfib42Apr 20, 2016by
Bernard Cornwell writes a riveting story, which parallels history. His caracters are come alive and are vibrant and
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- daisey0522May 09, 2007by
A great end to a fantastic trilogy (The Grail Quest)
Cornwell has completed the Grail quest trilogy, Harlequin (The Archer's Tale in the U.S.) Vagabond and Heretic, with a wonderful climax that leaves every loose end tied up and every person, evil or good, dealt their final hand in life.
The story continues to follow Thomas of Hookton as he endures the weight of the family burden (protectors of the grail), and his position as an archer in the English army; now commanding a garrison of men that are charged with taking a castle for the Earl of Northampton.
The battles are, as with both of the first 2 books, well described and equally explained from both sides of the battle-line. Cornwell has presented a far more fictional book than the first two, which were described as historical fiction. This book, according to Cornwell's historical notes at the end of the book, presents some fictional towns and fictional battles that were used to bring the book to a close. As much as I enjoyed the historical portions of the first 2 books, I was not disappointed by the liberty that Cornwell took with the final chapter of the trilogy. Cornwell created places, people and battles that could be used to reach the necessary climax.
The story, despite the lack of historical fact from the time period (the hundred years war), still manages to grab ahold of the reader's attention and hold it until the epilogue is complete.
I was definitely disappointed when I reached the end of the book. I wanted more of the story but, alas, it would seem that the grail quest is complete and I must move on to other Cornwell novels.
The entire trilogy is excellent and is highly recommended for anyone that enjoys history, grail stories, medieval mythology, early catholic history or plain, old good story writing.Read full review