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At the end of The Winter King, Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms and now he sets out to face the real enemy - the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais). First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain - this cauldron story is almost certainly the root of the holy grail strand in the Arthur tales. The treasures of Britain, Merlin believes, will bring the old Gods onto the side of the British in their struggle against the Saxons (and the Christians, whom Merlin hates). But the treasures will also set Briton against Briton - especially as Guinevere, now Arthur's wife, wants to make a magic of her own. "Chaos was now thick across Britain, for someone had spilt the Cauldron's power and its horror threatened to engulf us all."

©1998 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great take on Arthur legend

Cornwell does a great job with the characters and the story. The narrator is excellent. Period warfare and period lifestyles are described with detail that makes them believable

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fantastic!!!!!

loved the story, great reader, cant wait for third story!!! crnwell at his best again!

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Excellent

As with all of Bernard cornwell books that I have read it is very good.

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Very enjoyable

Fine story and presentation
As always with Bernard cornwell
I listen to all of his books

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Excellent story! Plausible History, and fresh!

The author creates a new view of the Arthurian story. I thought it was going to be another rehash, but I couldn't have been more wrong. the characters for fresh both with their motivations and their flaws.

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Superb narrator

Very well done book. Well written, compelling and has the feeling historical accuracy despite its legendary topic. Well drawn characters. Wonderful narrator.

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A darker Camelot

This series is unique among Cornwell's historical works in having no actual history underlying it.

Nevertheless it is a wonderful alternate portrayal of the Matter of Britain.

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Wow!

Amazing retelling of the Arthurian tale. All I want to do is listen to the well written words that are delivered with power by the narrator.

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Enjoying the story

I enjoyed the first two books in this series and looking forward to the next one

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  • Tebbe
  • Asheville, NC, United States
  • 06-27-18

Continuing an Epic tale

The Work of Bernard Cornwell is remarkable in its detail and cultural purity to a time where very little historical record exists. The WarLord Trilogy st in the 5th century brings us an intimate look at some of histories most mysterious characters. Merlin The Druid Wizard, Lord Or Kings Arthur, Lancelot, Guiniviere, Galahad and the lynchpin to the story, our narrator Derfel Cadarne. The three books together form and epic ark of a historic narrative untold to this day. Highly recommend one reads all three in a row.