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Excalibur (Warlord Chronicles Series #3)

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    If you like historical fiction, highly recommend the Arthur series by Cornwell

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book & the others in the series. My only complaint would be that the series is expensive. Each book is approximately 289 pgs & @ an average of $9.99 per nook book, that makes the complete story around $30 in a digital format. This is true of Bernard Cornwell's other historical as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Another great one

    As mentioned, if your image of the Arthurian legend is the romantic one and you want to keep it that way, do not read this trilogy. However, Bernard Cornwell retells the legend in a way that it probably would have happened if it were true. He strips away the romance and fair maids waiting to be rescued by their knight in shining armor and gives us King Arthur as he would have been during the Dark Ages. Told from the veiwpoint of Derfel, a Saxon who was given to the Britons when he was a child and who grew up to be one of Arthur's trusted leaders.

    Here is Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Galahad and Gawain, presented in a way like you've never seen before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A fitting end to the Warlord Chronicles

    In the third and final episode of his Warlord Chronicles Cornwell wraps up all the loose ends, like what happened to Derfel¿s hand. He also returns to the more traditional telling to find his ending for the Arthur story. I found the ending of the Arthur portion of the tale very satisfying but was a little disappointed in the ending the Cornwell wrote for Derfel. In the end Derfel is a warrior again which is the way I am sure my friend would have wanted it but I really wanted Derfel to have one last glorious triumph to end his tale. I guess that would have been impossible as Derfel is the author of the story, life is inexorable. All in all a great ending to a wonderful and much more believable and satisfying retelling of the Arthurian legend. P.S. If you are looking for the Holy Grail, check out the ¿Archer¿s Tale¿ another great series by Cornwell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Enjoyed this series.

    Liked all 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Best Arthurian Series Ever Written

    Although this is perhaps one of the best books I've ever read, it did not live up to the first two in the series. Both The Winter King and Enemy of God were exceptional, believable, and realistic tales. I felt Excalibur abandoned the realism upon which the other 2 books were based, and instead told a more 'fantastic' tale. The end seemed a little rushed, as the descriptions of scenes weren't nearly as detailed as Mr. Cornwell had so eloquently conveyed in the first two books. However, as a series, these books are far and away the best ever written about Arthurian legend.

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