It was a time of legend, 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 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.
This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin, and Arthur the king!
This is the first book of The Pendragon Cycle.
©1987 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Highly recommended... Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis." (Library Journal)
"A fine storyteller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasures of the legends." (Omaha World Herald)
Stephen Lawhead is a amazing author. He can write in soo many different catagoeries and make you want more. And not care if its a catgoerie that you don't like your going to like it if you like Lawhead. I can't wait to get book two. I highly reccomend Lawhead if u like books that keep u guessing,laughing,crying.
There is enough truth mixed with fantasy here to make this a truly enjoyable listening experience. You will want to follow through with all of the titles in this series. I have requested the Audible add 'Grail' to the series as well.
I had borrowed and enjoyed the first three Pendragon books a few years ago, and was pleased to find this in the listing for my first Audible download. Although I generally prefer male narrators, I thought Nadia May did a wonderful job with this story. Her rich, throaty voice was appropriate for both male and female characters, and her authentic pronunciations of old Briton words was very welcome. As a Christian, I especially appreciate having an Arthur story that does not villianize Christianity the way so many contemporary tellings do. I also thought the blending of the Arthur and Atlantis stories was very inventive and well laid out. I look forward to getting the rest of the series
Stephen Lawhead has to be my favorite author of our time. I have yet to read a book of his that dose not hold me captive.
The audio books while telling the story, are a single narative and rather medium quality recording for the price. It would have been nice to have some sound effects or multipal voice-overs for the price you pay. But all in all the story is still intack and the narative is spoken well. Its nice to hear the pronounciation of names that I would have passed over reading. :)
I highly recomend his work. If you cant put down the beans on this one in audio, make sure you at least pick up the novel.
Extremely slow and long beginning. You will need to read/listen at least 1/2 of the book before it gets even remotely interesting. Then it reallys picks up but lapses back into boredom and finish strongs.
The story is well worth the slow pace, but the reader's voice makes me want to hit her. Think a British harpy with hemorrhoids. Unlike most narrators (see Jim Dale), Nadia May's range includes a grand total of two voices: Female, and female-sounding male. I'm not the least bit surprised that she was not called back for the subsequent (and far more popular) titles. I'm an audio book fanatic (I have hundreds), and Ms. May has made it to my very short list of readers to avoid.
On the upside, the storyline that takes place after this book is worth the suffering, especially if you are one of those who, like me, refuse to engage a series out of order.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This is a pretty reasonable opening for the Arthur saga/backstory. I'm glad btw that I've already read CS Lewis's Space Trilogy (all the way to the end) as well as King Arthur's Bones (medieval murderers) as those stories honestly gave me more patience with this one. (I recommend you listen to both of those first.) This book takes a long time to get going as another reviewer said, and it was actually that review to got me to finish it. I'm glad I did. Haven't decided whether or not to go further. I believe now that I actually care about these people I'd like to know how the author develops the rest of the Arthurian saga, but i don't think I can take Fred.Davidson's narration of it. (I've listened to lots of his stuff, and after a while it all grates.) May just need to read it if Audible doesn't get another narrator to do them.
I read this book several times more than 20 years ago. I'm so glad I got the audio book and had a chance to relive the experience. I just love how Lawhead slowly unraveled a captivating story that made me wanting more.
The entire Atlantis plot line was.
The characters come alive with Miss McCaddon's voice and I appreciated the depth and dimension she brought to the story.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I loved this book until the last 15%, then, for me, it went off the edge. A silly, vindictive girl messes things up just to work some more suspense into the plot. Made me crazy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the legends of Merlin and King Arthur. This story provides an incredible amount of background for Merlin. My only complaint is that the story moves at a very slow pace.
One of the most memorable moments in Taliesin is when Taliesin is converted to Christianity. This was surprising in a book about the father of Merlin. In other Arthurian books, Merlin is always portrayed as one who is dedicated to the Druids and the Old Religion, but Lawhead puts Taliesin and later Merlin in the roles of helping Christianity flourish in the British Isles.
One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Taliesin prophesys of the great accomplishments the will be done by his newly born son, Merlin.
This book is a great lead-in to the next book in the Pendragon cycle, Merlin. I highly recommend starting this series by reading Taliesin. It provides a lot of the background and motivation for characters in the next book.
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