I only really discovered this author through audiobooks. His ability to develop genuine characters amidst the bloody violence of historical military ..Show More »campaigns is second to none. The sweeping battle scenes which are epic in nature are augmented with black, almost gallows humour and enough historical accuracy to satisfy most. I commend Cornwell for the fact that he dutifully sums up the history and where he has deviated from it in notes at the end of his books. Additionally providing other recommended reading for those interested in finding out more. If you like well-paced, bloodthirsty history books written with intelligence and panache then Cornwell is your guy and this isn't a bad place to start exploring his work.
This is an excellent series and advances the story of Thomas of Hookton who is an extraordinary English archer in the 1300s. The story develops furth..Show More »er and Cornwell pulls no punches, this isn't an author that treats his main characters with kid gloves. It's a great historical military thriller and plays well on the superstitious nature of the population at the time.
The book is well narrated and moves at an excellent pace. The plot has depth and a pleasingly varied cast of characters. Highly recommended.
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. And..Show More »rew 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.
I would start by saying that I initially fell in love with Thomas of Hookton a long time ago, when he was a Heretic, and although I still love this ol..Show More »der version of Thomas I didn't find the story quite as exciting. However, of course the amazing Bernard Cornwell has written beautifully and Jack Hawkins has done a cracking job narrating the story. I would have to suggest the reader/listener make their own decision on whether to take up this story and maybe if you are making this your first story starring Thomas of Hookton - which could be a stand alone story - you might want to, at some stage, either before or after, read the Grail Quest trilogy.