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)
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.
74 y o 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 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.
Lawhead's spins a great story. You can truly imagine imagine the settings in your minds eye with his rich prose. He develops each character well. I found myself looking forward to my long walks just to be able to listen to the story unwind.
Charis. At times tough as iron, at times soft and sensitive. Nadia May's voice was perfect for her character.
Narrated by Nadia May, not Wanda McCaddon. Nadia was perfect for this story. Her accents for each character were perfect. Amazaing how she was able to keep the voice for each character throughout the whole story.
The ending was tragic. But it set up the next book in the series well.
I heartily recommend this audible book. Listen. You won't be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this "back story" of the Arthurian legend. Less political/ethnic slant than so many retellings that try to make the legend "relevant." The people give the story heart and make the story relevant, just the way the people have always made the legend relevant.
I'm a huge fan of Lawhead books and Taliesin in particular. But, this audible version of Taliesin is hard to listen to (having read the book so many times) because of the narrator. She has an English accent, but for some reason gives the Briton characters an Indian/Hispanic sound. Any time a Magi (and many other characters) speaks, she draws out each word for fiiivvveee seconnnddddssss. And, there's hardly any variation in voice between different characters. I haven't heard the narrator for the rest of the books in the series, but my suggestion is to read this great book and skip the audio. I hope the rest of the books get a better reading.
This is a very good story with A bit of Magic and Reality. The Story of the Rise of Britons Greatest Bard. Can get a bit long winded for short periods but was always enjoyable to read.
As other reviewers found, I thought the narrator was an unpleasant listen. However, I've wanted to 'read' the Pendragon books. I'm glad I did, because the story is good! The characters are well developed, and realistic. It always takes me a while to properly place the characters in their settings when two branches of the story are developed in parallel (a common way of writing novels), but it worked well in this story.
In short, I recommend this story. Once you get past the relatively flat narration, the characters take over, and talk to you directly.
++-- love historical novels but I was unable to finish this one due to its slow pace. I also feel the the narator read too slowly thus adding to the long drawn out tediouness of this book.
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