The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the number one best seller Vagabond, this is the third installment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series, in a bright and bold repackage. It is 1347. The Hundred Years War has been suspended. The truce releases English archer Thomas of Hookton to pursue his arch enemy and resume his quest for the most prized relic in Christendom: the Holy Grail.
Heading south, Thomas and his men-at-arms begin lightning raids to draw out his enemy. But fate takes an unexpected hand when the plague strikes. What had been a landscape of castles, monasteries, vineyards and villages becomes death's kingdom and the need for the grail, as a sign of God's favour, is more urgent than ever.
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"Crackling with good deeds, fine characters and sparkling set pieces, it confirms yet again Cornwell's reputation for masterly historical novels" (Daily Mail)"It is all spectacular, rattling good stuff: war and torture; love, lust and loss" (The Times)"The battle scenes, as always, are masterful; and the vignettes of everyday living, in times of extreme hardship, have the ring of simple truth" (Sunday Telegraph)"A very fine writer" (Economist)
A man with a child in his ears
This is the third and final book in the Grail series and at the end provides a very fitting and satisfying conclusion to a very enjoyable series. Andrew Cullum narrates in fine style and brings to life Cornwell's trade mark accuracy in describing medieval life.
While this has been an excellent series and I am a huge admirer of Cornwell's work I didn't get quite the same satisfaction out of this one as his other books. Perhaps the lack of large scale action or I felt the repetitive nature of the plot (hero has lost his previous lover, totally lacks direction etc) meant that it wasn't as gripping as previously.
It is a decent end to the series though and when combined with the excellence of the previous two books this series is still well worth investing time in.
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