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Arthur: Pendragon Cycle Book 3 | [Stephen R. Lawhead]

Arthur: Pendragon Cycle Book 3

They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity, and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life. This is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle.
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They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity, and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life. This is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle.

©1989 by Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A fine storyteller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasures of the legends." (Omaha World Herald)
"Highly recommended... Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis." (Library Journal)

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    Lisa Bartholomew Nebraska, USA 02-06-08
    Lisa Bartholomew Nebraska, USA 02-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent ending!"

    As I had fully enjoyed the first two books, I looked forward to the final book in this trilogy. I was not disappointed! This continued the wonderfully rich story I was used to with no slowing. I thought it really brought the Arthur myth to life, and the ending left me wishing for more. The only problem I had was the narrator slipped out of voice more often toward the end, which sometimes made it difficult to follow dialogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rither 04-05-04
    Alan Rither 04-05-04
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    "Gripping story, well told, loses steam at the end"

    This is a gripping story that seems unfamiliar because Lawhead does not use the names we've become accustomed to hearing from Le Morte d' Arthur by Mallory or the newer retelling by Tennyson. I especially liked Merlin's character. Frederick Davidson's narration was masterful. He does an incredible job keeping his characters' voices and pronouncing the Celtic words. Unfortunately the story seems to lose steam near the end and it sort of fades out or it would be perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 09-09-13
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 09-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "This is an epic tale of battles."

    I loved the previous two books in this series.
    I liked this one well enough but I could not really fall in love with it the way I did with the others.
    One battle scene follows the next and I think the target market may be more a male oriented audience than a general one.
    The writing is fine, the plot line is present and tight, I simply grew tired after a few hours of another battle scene.
    In all, I think if you love fantasy and if your a man, you will probably love this.
    WaAr

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    Pint-sized Bookworm 11-02-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "All hail, King Arthur"

    Arthur is book 3 in the Pendragon Cycle. It is told from the point of view of 3 characters in 3 parts. First is Pelleas, then Bedwyr and finally Aneiron. If you wish to read in chronological order though read only the first 2 parts, then read Pendragon and frail and finally the last part of Arthur. Good narration by Frederick Davidson adds extra dimension to this brilliantly told version of the Arthurian legends.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-14-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2001

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    "This series just gets better"

    have many books about the "King Arthur" legend. This five book series which starts with "Taliesin" and narrated by Nadia May is a wonderful interpretation. I have read and listened to at least 6 times and have always found something I might have missed when I first listened. The next three books are narrated by another of my favorite narrators Fredrick Davidson, and the last book in the series "Grail" is narrated by Robert Whitefield. Each narrator does a brilliant job and if you enjoy the legend of Merlin and Arthur, you will enjoy this series. It is different and you should start with this book, then Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon and finally Grail. I have at least 6 other audio books about the "Arthur Legend" and most are enjoyable, but this to me takes the reader or listener to fantasy and legend that has not been touched upon before. Always try the free listen that Audible gives to see if you will like the narrator, I have only found maybe 3 in the entire ten and a half years I have been a member to annoy my ears, but if the story is truly good I can usually get past.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-12-11
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    "Arthur"

    Was another amazing book, although the Tailisman remains my favorite. Was sorry to see the series end.

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    Emma Claremont, US, Canada 05-04-07
    Emma Claremont, US, Canada 05-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "God-awful"

    I listened to all four of the books in this cycle and they are just awful. Really, really boring.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Spoilt by a bad narration"

    This narrator makes every charactor sound the same. He does not emerse himself intot he character, rather, he just reads the words.

    Not a good choice

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