A home burned. When past crimes resurface, Sir Alan Dale, loyal lieutenant of the Earl of Locksley - better known as the murderous thief Robin Hood - faces terrible vengeance at the hands of those that he and his master have wronged.
A family threatened. With his beloved wife on her deathbed, Sir Alan must seek salvation by following Robin into the lair of their enemy, the mysterious leader of a band of renegade Templars, on the trail of the most precious object in the world: the Holy Grail.
Only a miracle can save them. As vengeful Templars hound Robin and his men across England and France, deals done with mighty lords turn to bloody battle. The companions must find the Cup of Christ before they face certain destruction.
Myth, mayhem and masterly storytelling meet in the astounding new epic from the bestselling author of Outlaw and Holy Warrior.
©2013 Angus Donald (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Angus Donald delivers rip-roaring novels that fling you headlong into the dark undercurrents of the medieval world, written in a taut and compelling style and seething with skulduggery. A master of adventure." (Robyn Young)
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
OK, so the title of the headline is NOT taking away the entertainment value & overall enjoyment I got from reading the 3 books available by audible (1,4, & 5). Donald writes at a level below Cornwell, Iggulden, or Shaara regarding the substance of the narrative... perhaps a bit more like Ludlow or Scarrow, although 'Macro & Cato' series were much better.
These books do not resemble historical fiction as much as mythological legends although there are kings that are rulers at the time & possible people who could have lived during the time period, the book is an adventure with vivid action drawing off a childhood legend merged with harsh realities of life during the timeline. This is def. not ur 'men in tights stealing from the rich to give to the poor' although a perfectly plausible set of events/stories unfold. The story is told from the perspective of sir Alan Dale one of the Earl of Locksly's protege's, so right away u know he is alive & recounting his life & of those while in the service of the notorious Robin Hood...
The actual content within the book was not anything extremely unique & i found myself listening to the book at 2x the speed on many occasions, after the books escapades I felt the author did include different spins on characters, included adventures that were not associated with Robin Hood's legends, & provided fodder for my brain that enjoys Cornwell, Martin, Abercrombie, Erikson, etc... Am I someone that enjoys descriptive battles & fights? Absolutely, the individual stories of tortures & idea's of what passed for magic? Not so much
If u are a historical fanatic, I don't think u will enjoy the series if u set a bar like Shaara or expect character development even over 5 books, but if u find books that are simply about fights, deceptions, comrade, & basic action writing at a 'James Patterson' like flow (I mean the guy has a new book like every 5 weeks?!?), check out book 5 or 1... not sure the others are worth it.
Not as good as the first few books in the series, but good nonetheless. I hope the remaining books are more like the first few.
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