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Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1)

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    A great read, but the ebook formatting could use some work

    I had read this book several years ago, and just recently purchased the ebook, as I have both a Nook Touch and a Nook Color.

    The story is as good as it was the first time, but I have a few quibbles with the formatting of the ebook version.

    First, there are some sloppy mistakes.

    For example, the title page displays "Book Two" when this book is the FIRST in the Pendragon series. Also, it doesn't appear that the publisher bothered to test the ebook for usability or presentation in the most common 600x800-pixel e-reader display, because there are some annoyances that could have been corrected: the map page breaks up into two pages if a font comfortable for those of us who are older is chosen (and since the choice of font size is a major selling point for older customers, this DOES matter), the line spacing within paragraphs is very tight, while the paragraphs are separated by blank lines, even though book-style indentations were used. It seems that if the publisher went to the trouble to use CSS to define the indents, they could also have used it to set the spacing between individual lines and between paragraphs to be more book-like, instead of doing the standard browser-style breaks.

    It would have been nice to see real open- and close- single- and double- quote characters, too, instead of the " and ' throughout the text. They did take the trouble to specify other special characters, like m-dashes, so it makes the character formatting look incomplete; and again, less book-like.

    I was also disappointed with the book cover that was included. In the thumbnail we have a gorgeous (watercolor?) painting of a harp, beautifully highlighted, with the title in 3D gold lettering underneath. But when I opened the book, the cover included is plain, with a crudely depicted harp and a plain beige background. I wanted to see the watercolor on the Nook Color and felt rather cheated that it wasn't included.

    The story is still a great read. I just think the folks at HarperCollins would do well to pay closer attention to the formatting.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Unity Amidst Chaos

    Taliesin, intended for an audience primarily composed of lovers of Arthurian lore, was written by S R Lawhead to combine Atlantean myths and Celtic legends and set up the stage for the rest of the series. Two dominant themes in this book are loss and rediscovery, as well as love. Taliesin is a rare gem amongst other Arthurian-based books and is a must-read story for all fans of the valorous King Arthur.

    Taliesin, but a babe when the unlucky Elphin ap Gwyddno found him in his father's salmon weir, instantly changed the man's fate from despised to an admired hero. For a nurse Elphin sought, he returned with a wife, the fair Rhonwyn. Meanwhile in Atlantis, when two traitors among the Nine Kings of Atlantis shatter a two-thousand-year-old peace, what comes next is undeterminable and ill fated. Then when the irrepressible happens to the island, two cultures have to merge together for survival.

    Lawhead, has almost given life to his creation through his vivid and colorful descriptions. The story line is amazing for it joins the fates of the lost Atlantis with the unity of Charis, the Lady of the Lake, and Taliesin, the Singer at the Dawn of the Age. All parts of the book, the setting, the plot, the characters, the theme, and Lawhead's style have made this book supreme over all Arthurian legends. Lawhead's purpose was evidently accomplished as it enchants the reader, as many have written, to keep reading other books of the series. Also, the rich report of the doom of both Atlantis and Caer Dyvi defy any doubts on how these two cultures were connected.

    Among the greatest of Arthurian stories is Taliesin, whose brilliant faith led to epic tales of the beginnings of Merlin. The loss of something is always filled with another thing; nothing can be void forever. Here, loss of family, friends, and home is replaced with a steadfast love between Charis, Princess of Atlantis, and Taliesin, of the Shining Brow. It is a sensational must-read for all lovers of Arthurian lore.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Almost finished with book 1 and I absolutely love this story. Th

    Almost finished with book 1 and I absolutely love this story. The way it's told and the historical background. There's no soap opera in it just the heart of the story. So glad this author didn't dumb the story down. I'm an intelligent reader and I was happy to find a book like this. It's adventurous and inspiring. I will probably being getting the whole series if they are all like this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    GREAT!

    Love the story, I am 13 and I have read it twice at least, not to mention going back to my favorite parts.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    WONDERFUL!!

    I positively loved this book. It captured my interest from the beginning and held it to the last page. Of all the Arthurian books I have read, is the best. I can't wait to read the next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2000

    Wonderful

    This book really opened my eyes on what really happened before Arthur came about. This story was truly one I will hold close and always read again and again. It was touching, yet adventurous. It is a story inside a story. At the end it made me cry, so if you like to read a great story you would love this one

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Excellent reading

    I enjoyed reading Taliesin and the full Pendragon Cycle series. Lawhead writes in clear, realistic fashion that drew me along with anticipation but without a frenetic pitch to it. If this is a readers first Lawhead work, it may seem as though it takes some time to bring the multiple story lines together but it is well worth the groundwork that he lays and it will sustain the reader throughout the entire series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Intriguing story!

    Lawhead really brings to life the Celtic world. He puts an interesting spin on the pre-cursor to the Arthur legend. I also enjoyed how he depicted the spiritual struggles of the characters. Well written!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    amazing

    this book was amazing. i was in love with Taliesin!!!!!! it was a wonderful book, and i highly recommend

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Amazing

    the most riviting book i've read in a long time, the descritpions of everything just makes me want to jump into the page and be a part of the story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Awesome Series

    I have read the entire series of 5 books. There is no word to describe them--but awesome will have to do. I am a BIG fan of anything Arthur and that era. These are the best!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2003

    Great!

    This book was great. My mom gave me this book when I was going out of town, and I couldn't put it down. I love Authorian legends, and this book has a permenant place on my shelf of favorites.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    An excellent book for all myth lovers

    This is a wonderful book full of excitment and amusment. A wonderful verson of the fall of Atlantis and the life of Taliesin. A definate must read for all who love to see old classics come to life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    Wonderful!

    It's wonderful! I've always been into the arthurian legend and Atlantis. This book shows much of what could have happened on this unkown island and how it became lost. There were a few parts where I cried because you get so drawn into the book that it seems like some of those things are happening to you. Anyone who likes fantasy should read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2002

    this book was awesome in every way!

    this book was awesome cuz he was able to turn something usually boring, into a great tale that u never want to stop reading, telling things done in disney movies even further.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    Taliesin is(one of) the best book ever!

    I thought this book was really cool. I love fairy tails, and I really love it when they make them seem real!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    An easy way to get lost in an adventurous past

    There is so much to learn about our past. Especially if your from the country that your reading about. This was an excellent way to learn about your roots and what those people believed in. The characters in this novel are strong and you get so drawn into the story it's like your almost there!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2000

    A must for the fan of Arthurian legend

    This retelling of the Arthur story, beginning with Merlins roots in 'taliesin' brings a fresh perspective to the whole story. With fantastic historical fact and just enough fantasy, the reader is taken on a wonderful journey through Britains earliest years. You must buy the whole Pendragan Cycle. Enjoy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Enchanting Epic of Excitement

    This book touched me very much by the strong, Christian laws and morals it teaches. I find myself inspired and intrigued by Atlantis and all it's splendors and of Britain, and of it's harsh warmness. whenever I pick up that book I find myself in a dream. (it's hard to explain) Lawhead's description of things are well-done and there is never one dull moment

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    This has nothung to do with the pendragons

    Boring

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