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The Grail Quest, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
Series: The Grail Quest, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Harlequin, this is the second installment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series. It is 1346. While King Edward III fights in France, England lies exposed to the threat of invasion. Thomas of Hookton, archer and hero of Crécy, finds himself back in the north just as the Scots invade on behalf of their French allies.

Thomas is determined to pursue his personal quest: to discover whether a relic he is searching for is the Holy Grail. But once again it is the archers whose skills will be called upon, and who will become the true heroes of the battle.

©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited; 2002 Bernard Cornwell

Critic reviews

"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)

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Vintage Cornwell

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 further 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.

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Another brilliantly narrated Cornwell book

Thank you to Bernard for writing and Andrew Cullum for his interpretation of this excellent book.

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kept me captivated very strong characters

I found this follow up an excellent listen a true Bernard Cornwellmasterpiece cannot wait to start The Heretic.

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Second installment doesn't disappoint

The saga of the English archer continues. Made all the more gripping by the accurate historical context.

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Great books, mediocre performance

The Grail Quest books are some of my absolute favourites of any genre that I read. Supreme writing by an author at his peak. However, having come from fantasy audiobooks narrated by such amazing performers as Steven Pacey, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading this reading really didn't stand up at all well. Weird pauses before every "said Will" etc, dodgy and ever-changing accents...

So if you like Bernard Cornwell and historical novels you might enjoy this but the narration doesn't elevate the experience unfortunately.

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The amazing story continues.

Thomas of Hookton continues his Grail Quest. This story is packed full of everything that makes a book great.

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very poor narrator

pauses are way to long between the sections, even sentences leading to think the app has stopped or something. great story, let down by poor editing

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Typically addictive from Bernard Cornwall.

Excellent story. Very occasionally Andrew Cullum’s accents get a touch confused (there are a huge number to deal with). Excellent speed of delivery - really enjoyable and highly recommended.

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simply brilliant again

yet again Bernard Cornwall mixes historical fact with wonderful story telling in a way no one else can.

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Enthralling!

Second book was just as good as the first...off to download third installment straight away....