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Heretic (The Grail Quest, Book 3) (original 2003; edition 2007)

by Bernard Cornwell

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Title:Heretic (The Grail Quest, Book 3)
Authors:Bernard Cornwell
Info:HarperCollins (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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Neither loved it, nor disliked it. ( )
  DCavin | Apr 25, 2018 |
This was the third and final book in the "Search for the Grail" series featuring the English archer Thomas of Hookton. This book followed the Cornwell formula and really was no different than the previous two books. It introduces one new female character, but there is never really a true love interest developed with her. The only real difference between this book and the previous ones in the series is that in the last chapters, the Plague arrives. It was interesting from an historical point of view, but other than quickly killing people off in the final pages, it didn't really have an impact on the story.

Basically I was a bit disappointed in this book. I feel like there was little magic or excitement about finding the Grail, and the entire story of the trilogy certainly could have been told in two books. I never had that "can't wait to find out what happens next" feeling that I usually do reading Cornwell. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Bar the factual Siege of Calais this book takes the plotline of the series to a conclusion in Thomas' ancestral homeland in southern France. The introduction of some new characters at this point are backstory of the history of the Vexilles in this book. Planchard is a good addition. ( )
  thegeneral | Feb 9, 2018 |
This one was actually a huge letdown. For a start, several of the supporting characters from the first two books were put on a bus, with no knowledge of their whereabouts or their fates, nor even a mention. Especially considering that Thomas and Jeanette seem to get back together at the end of Vagabond, her sudden disappearance and replacement by a sultrier figure was, in my mind, a poor choice. Nor was I very happy about the way some of the conflicts in this book were borne out. The villain in particular received a particularly unsatisfactory end considering his intelligence, deviousness and dangerousness. So too I feel that Cornwell flubbed his attempt to introduce the Black Death, which could have been a *huge* game changer and plot hook but in the end seems to be merely window dressing. All in all a very unsatisfactory end to a trilogy that began with such promise. ( )
  NishaGreyjoy | Sep 26, 2017 |
Action from start to finish. Great information on Archers & the way they fought compared to cross bow men. don't know weather Thomas eventually slept with Genevieve but he was hot blooded in other action. ( )
  BryceV | May 25, 2017 |
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The usual Cornwell bull’s-eye.
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Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom.
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Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom.

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"Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas as infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom." -- back cover.… (more)

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