The Archer's Tale (Grail Quest Series #1)

The Archer's Tale (Grail Quest Series #1)

by Bernard Cornwell
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The Archer's Tale (Grail Quest Series #1) by Bernard Cornwell

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first book in the Grail Series—the 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.

A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor: a young archer named Thomas. On this terrible dawn, his purpose becomes clear—to recover a stolen sacred relic and pursue to the ends of the earth the murderous black-clad knight bearing a blue-and-yellow standard, a journey that leads him to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest: the search for the Holy Grail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061796791
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Grail Quest Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 17,659
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Archer's Tale (Grail Quest Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
JohnP51 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Bernard Cornwell novel, which I picked up on a whim. I have been hooked on his tales ever since. If you love historical fiction that is as real as it can get, this book and all that follow are the books for you. Don't be surprised if you start a journey similar to mine of finding and reading any and all of Bernard Cornwell books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm already hooked on the the Lord of the North Series....now I have to follow Thomas of Hookton. No one quite describes a gory battle the way Cornwell does and he is so detailed in what is going on in all the chaos with the archers, the men-at-arms....I can say out of all the historical fiction written for this time period, no one gives a battle description like Cornwell...and if you read the series books or some of his non series books - very detailed. One feels like they're right there - in the gore. Like Uhtred - gotta love Thomas of Hookton.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell (Book 1 of The Grail's Quest) The book opens with an attack on the a small British town of Hookton by the French lead by Sir Guillaume D’Eveque - Guy Vexille, count of Astarac’s mercenary. The town, led by Father Ralph, has a treasure - the lance of St. George - in their church. Father Ralph has sired a bastard with his maid, Thomas, and he’s a trained archer. The town is destroyed, the lance stolen, and Thomas is the only survivor. Thomas of Hookton joins the British army in Brittany and becomes one of Will Skeat’s archers, who served under William (Billy) Bohum, Earl of Northampton. The British have been ransacking the French countryside and the are starving. They need to take the town of La Roche-Derrien. Multiples attack on the town’s defenses have failed; and it’s Thomas who comes with a successful plan to take the town. This wins the favor of the earl, and increases Thomas’ purse and influence. Unfortunately, Thomas has made an enemy of Sir Simon Jeckyll - who manages to beat him up, and even hang him. Thomas survives and lives to fight with the British in the famous battle of Crécy. Based on true events, the book is a pleasure to read. The writer develops his characters beautifully: they come to life masterfully, without becoming a caricature. Points of view are clearly marked and sometimes we take a look at the same events from more than point of view. Cornwell’s descriptions of the battles read like a movie: it almost feels like you’re there. I read the book in three days and I recommend the book to anyone who, like me, enjoys historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Cornwell book and I couldn't stop. I went through three bookstores and had to stop by several times over a month before I got the last volume. Now there's Nook! I loved the battles and the fact it was told from a long bowman's point of view. I heard about their deadly accuracy but wasn't aware how much training and talent it took to be good. Today we have archery. Hah! I don't usually read books with bloody scenes but it's part of history and when done this way I didn't notice it. I was more into how they survived and what if I lived through it. We talk about how unpredictable life is now. Read this book and then rethink what that truly means.
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Martha_J More than 1 year ago
The Archer's Tale and the entire Grail Quest Series is solid Bernard Cornwell historical fiction. Cornwell is very careful with historical accuracy and is particularly good with male characters and the particulars of battle strategy, weapons and the nitty-gritty of combat. There is a great deal of action and fighting. Using the search for the Holy Grail as the core for the story, the book also looks at how religion and power motivated people in different ways. There are a few love interests sprinkled in the story but do not expect Cornwell to deliver a multi-dimensional female character or an intricate romance. That is not what his stories are known for. Do enjoy the history and the scheming and the fighting as the MC struggles to find his way.
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Good but rarher slow moving
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Best book of the series. Good characters. Good descriptions of armament and battles. Very bloody and brutal. Good for anyone who is interested in this historical period. Read the rest of the Grail series.
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Im hooked!
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the book was excellent, as all of the book I have read so far by Bernard Cornwell
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