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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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Could do with not shouting the story as much as he did and leaving the words to the imagination of the listener

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orator destroys this book

I have read Bernard Cornwell novels for over 2 decades and I have revisited the works on Audible over the last 4 years. For this book, the reader is torturing me. Never have I wished a book to end so quickly. There is no flow, the pauses between characters leave me agitated, the accents are terrible and the need to shout to define a character was totally unnecessary. This is the first negative review I have ever left and I hope it is the last.

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Good story with true references

Another good one from Cornwell. Well worth a read with great historical references. Good trilogy

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again brilliant

another great listen Cornwall novels of this period continues be bettered brilliant narrator to listen to.

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Absolute classic

Loved it! Downloading 1356 immediately! Bernard does it again... so great! And you learn history while you listen, I love the factual tellings at the end of the story.

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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.