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Arthur (1989)

by Stephen R. Lawhead

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Series: The Pendragon Cycle (3)

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Interesting adaptation of Arthurian legend. Guenever makes an appearance as a fierce pagan Irish warrior. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 17, 2014 |
Rating: 2* of five

The Publisher Says: In a forgotten age of darkness a magnificent king arose to light the world.

They called him unfit to rule—a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned the uses of power from his guide and protector, Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed and war; the Lord of Summer who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity . . . and whose noble, trusting heart would be broken by treachery.

My Review: Battle, battle, battle; foreshadowed Religious Event; battle, battle; Merlin and Morgian (variant spelling in the source document, even though I hated it I'm using it) sparring; oh hell, nothing much new.

BORING!

B...O...R...I...N...G!!!


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. ( )
1 vote richardderus | Aug 15, 2014 |
This book takes a different approach to the legend of King Arthur, The traditional story of Arthur has always been riddled with deceit, adultery, and intrigue (in the worst sense). Lawhead's re-telling presents a kinder, gentler legend; but even so, the pace will keep every reader's blood pumping.

In this story, we see Arthur become the foretold high king ruler of the Isle of the Mighty. We are taken through the arduous process Arthur must undertake to create the Kingdom of Summer. Arthur and Myrddin (Merlin) must combat treasonous kings as well as multiple invasions of Britain by barbarians.

I particularly enjoyed the way Lawhead divided the book into three parts, each narrated by a different individual. In this way, the different stages of Arthur's life are better portrayed. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 27, 2013 |
I like the character of Arthur far less than that of Merlin. Still it is a great book. ( )
  alsocass | Oct 12, 2013 |
Starts well, ends not-so-well, unfortunately. Lawhead really has a hard time getting his endings to pack a punch; I'm not sure why. ( )
  chriskrycho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Hildebrandt, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vortipor! Foremost in corruption, supreme in spite! A pig with its snout sunk in the entrails of its rival is not swifter than you to suck down iniquity. Your wickedness flows from your smoke-filled hall and inundates the land in a vile flood of wrongdoing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380708906, Mass Market Paperback)

In a forgotten age of darkness a magnificent king arose to light the world.

They called him unfit to rule—a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned the uses of power from his guide and protector, Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed and war; the Lord of Summer who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity . . . and whose noble, trusting heart would be broken by treachery.

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A retelling of the legend of Arthur from the time he pulls the sword from the stone until he is carried off to Avalon.

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