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The Kingmaking (Pendragon's Banner Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Read about King Arthur without all the make believe magic!

First sentence: He was ten and five years of age and, for the first time in his life, experiencing the exhilaration of the open sea and, for this short while, the novelty of leisure.





So begins the book, The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick. We join Arthur at 15 on...
First sentence: He was ten and five years of age and, for the first time in his life, experiencing the exhilaration of the open sea and, for this short while, the novelty of leisure.





So begins the book, The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick. We join Arthur at 15 on a ship bound for Caer Arfon and Gwynned - home of Cunneda and his daughter Gwenhwyfar. He has been brought on the voyage by Uthr Pendragon - much to the chagrin of Uthr mistress, Morgause. She cannot understand why Uthr favors the boy. She sees him as the bastard child of one of the servants - being raised as a foster son by Uthr's brother.



As the story unfolds, Uthr is killed in a battle with Vortigern - fighting to be the rightful King of Britain. Arthur is devastated until Cunneda announces that he - Arthur - is the rightful heir of Uthr Pendragon. His identity had been kept hidden to protect his life from Vortigern.



When I first picked up this book - I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I was not a big King Arthur fan - and knew little about that era. However, Helen Hollick's book drew me in from the beginning. I loved that she gave the pronunciation of the names and after awhile I found myself reading them "correctly". It gave me a sense of authenticity. The book was not hard to read (like I thought it would be) due to the era, but instead was very engrossing. I even carried it with me to my son's bus stop - and it is a HEAVY book at 563 pages.

This is the first book of her Pendragon's Banner Trilogy. The other two books are Pendragon's Banner and Shadow of the King!

posted by kherbrand on March 6, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

The Kingmaking was a disappointment. It is definitely not in th

The Kingmaking was a disappointment. It is definitely not in the same league as Jack Whyte's, Mary Stewart's or Bernard Cornwell's Authurian legend.

posted by 10102070 on July 14, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Horrible

    Got this for free friday as i really enjoy arthurian legend, but i am wondering just what the heck i am reading? Arthur as a roman? No excaliber? Arthur marrying someone else??? This tale reeks. I am struggling to finish it in hopes it will improve, but it is extremely boring, and after finding out it is a trilogy, which i despise, i definately can say i will not be wasting money on any sequels. This author ruined the Authur legend for me. She needs to do some research on the Authurian legend, because i truly believe King Authur was not a roman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    This horrible book was sold and charged to me by BN without my a

    This horrible book was sold and charged to me by BN without my approval!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Dull, tired and boring version of an epic story

    I rarely give up on a book. I read 24 chapters and decided the book was getting worse instead of better. The book reads like a really long Harlequin romance novel. The characters are shallow and predictable. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Arthur is completely devoid of nobility of character...

    Starts off as an interesting retelling but characters are completely unlikeable! Arthur is completely devoid of nobility of character and Gwenivere while at one moment is hot tempered and feisty, becomes insipid when it comes to Arthur's philandering and lack of loyalty or devotion.... ::::Spoiler.... and what happens when Gwenivere is apparently abducted during a battle? Does Arthur track her down, mourn her loss...or find the nearest warm body to fill in? blah....


    totally disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Sucked

    Sucked

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    I might recommend it

    I deleted this one that came with my Nook and now I wish I hadn't. Looks like my kind of read. If you get it, give it a try first.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Another case where the author thinks stilted language makes the

    Another case where the author thinks stilted language makes the book seem like an authentic period piece.  And it does not work.  Awkward sentence structure renders the book totally annoying.  Didn't bother reading beyond 40 pages.  Life's too short to waste time with poorly written books.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    GOT BORED AND DIDN'T FINISH IT

    THIS IS A LONG BOOK. IT STARTED OUT OK, BUT DOESNT PROGRESS VERY WELL. AROUND PAGE 200 I GOT BORED AND PUT IT DOWN. MAYBE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHORTER. THE PREMISE WAS GOOD, BUT THE SPELLING IS BAD..WHY DO YOU NEED TO SPELL EVERYONES NAMES SO WEIRD? ANYWAY, I NO LONGER CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM. I LOVE HISTORICAL FICTION AND THIS MISSED THE MARK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

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    Horrible

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