Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1)

Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1)

by Stephen R. Lawhead, Nadia May (Read by)
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Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead, Nadia May

It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.

Taliesin is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the Atlantean princess who escaped the terrible devastation of her homeland, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is the story of an incomparable love that joined two worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawned the miracles of Merlin...and Arthur the king.

Author Biography:
Stephen R. Lawhead was born in Kearney, Nebraska on 2 July, 1950. He attended local schools and then Kearney State College, where he majored in Fine Art. He paid for his education by playing lead guitar in a popular local rock band, Mother Rush. While at Kearney State he published numerous poems in college anthologies, and wrote a humor column for the college newspaper.

He married Alice Slaikeu in 1972 and, together they moved to the Chicago area so he could attend Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He left before graduating when offered a position on the staff of Campus Life Magazine, where he worked for five years. Writing a record review column at Campus Life fed his musical interest; he took on the management of Christian rock band DeGarmo & Key, then left Campus Life to start his own record company in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ariel Records lasted only a year; going out of business on a Friday afternoon in January. On the following Monday morning Lawhead began writing a novel: In the Hall of the Dragon King. The object of the exercise was to see if he could sustain a full-length work of fiction, and support his family – which now included baby Ross, and soon-to-arrive Drake – on a writer's income.

He did finish the book and, with the support and advocacy of editor Jan Dennis, it was published in 1982 by Crossway Books. Eight novels followed, all published by Crossway: the remaining DRAGON KING books, three science fiction novels, and the first three books of THE PENDRAGON CYCLE.

Meanwhile, the Lawheads moved from Memphis to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Oxford, England, in 1986 for more than a year while researching and writing Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur. They returned to Lincoln in 1987, but by 1990 were back in Oxford where they now reside.

A strong publishing relationship with Lion Publishing in Britain was forged when Lion published Dragon King, and went on to commission several children’s books which had been inspired by Ross and Drake’s interest in their father’s stories. Additionally, Lion acted – and continues to act – as agent for translation editions of the children’s and adult books throughout Europe and beyond.

Avon Books (New York) and HarperCollins (New York and London, along with their subsidiary Zondervan in Grand Rapids) are both currently commissioning books. The most recent Avon release is Grail, the fifth book in THE PENDRAGON CYCLE, and this will be followed by Avalon a stand-alone novel in which King Arthur returns to modern-day Britain (anticipated publication September 1999).

HarperCollins, who published Byzantium, is releasing THE CELTIC CRUSADES, a series of three books of which the first, The Iron Lance, will be available on 21 September in Britain and in November in the United States.

Lawhead's fascination with historical mythology continues unabated. Having started in fourth-century Britain (Taliesin) he has now worked his way forward to the twelfth-century. What is next? Perhaps a giant step backward. Books about ancient Egypt are beginning to fill his shelves . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441744869
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/20/2010
Series: Pendragon Cycle Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion. Lawhead makes his home in Austria with his wife.

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Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
weg59 More than 1 year ago
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.
BMJaisl35 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gr8skeptic1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story, I am 13 and I have read it twice at least, not to mention going back to my favorite parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. i was in love with Taliesin!!!!!! it was a wonderful book, and i highly recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
I love stories of Atlantis, and Merlin, and King Arthur, etc. This story is really wonderfully crafted, blending the two separate stories of Atlantis with early Britain and the Druids and the beginnings of Arthur and Merlin. The entire series is wonderful, and this book is a great beginning to it.  This story tells of the fall of Atlantis, and the people who managed to escape this tragedy, to end up on the isle of Britain, and their blending with the original inhabitants of this island. Lawhead does a marvelous job of imagining what could have happened in both of these places, both of these wonderful, mysterious, and fantastical places. Yes, Britain exists, but many do not believe the history that brought about King Arthur and his story to the world. If you have any interest in any of these topics, please read this book, and the series. It will be very worth your time.
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Boring
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Another great book in a great series
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