Book Reviews of The Archer's Tale

The Archer's Tale
The Archer's Tale
Author: Bernard Cornwell
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ISBN-13: 9780694526093
ISBN-10: 0694526096
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 6
This is the first book by Bernard Cornwell that I've read. It is not for the faint of heart. Full of realistic details of the battles and hardships of the time. I found the details of blood, guts, and gore, a bit too much for me! Having said that, he is an excellent writer! I would not have finished the book, if he wasn't. The end is a little anti-climatical, but I believe it's because you are expected to continue the journey in the next book....I probably won't.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first Bernard Cornwell book I have read. It is a fascinating look into the 14th century England. Highly recommended to those, like me, who enjoy historical fiction. It is also very historically accurate which makes it even better. Thank you to PBS for the referral as I had not heard of this author before!
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Helpful Score: 2
The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell was read for a reading challenge. I truly enjoy books when the author spends time describing the research and/or how the tale is developed. It's fun to get into the author's mind. This book was fun to read and I can see how people get into Cornwell's writing. The battles described in Archer are fantastic and realistic. I felt that I knew the characters in this book and am looking forward to the next volume in this series and seeing what happens to Thomas, the archer in The Vagabond. My recommendation: Take time to read this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
A gritty but enjoyable tale in Cornwell's usual style, about a young peasant man who is forced to leave his home, and becomes a mercenary archer. Cornwell's research, particularly on archery, make this title an enjoyable read, even for those of us not "into" his Sharpe's series (which I am not).
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Helpful Score: 1
I don't usually enjoy Bernard Cornwell's writing style - there are a lot of war scenes that tend to stagnate and seem to be unnecessary. But I did enjoy this book and I have continued to the second book in this series - Vegabond. The third book is Heretic.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm a big Bernard Cornwell fan. The book was action packed, detailed in its historical explanations of the time and place. I give the book an 8 out of 10.
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Gritty and often violent view of the Middle Ages. Loved Tim Piggott-Smith's reading of the text.
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#1 Of the "Grail Quest"
Excellent read!!
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Cornwell's Saxon series, the Arthur tales, and of course, the Sharpe series are much better. But the Grail series isn't too bad.
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great read!
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The start to the Grail series; heavy reading. If you're a fan of the Sharpe series you may like this one - I wasn't. YMMV, of course!

excellent depth for the historical reader!
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Excellent treatment of a really exciting historical novel. I listened to it in my car and found myself trying to think of places I needed to go so that I might listen to the tape.
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Great history.
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Book One of Cornwell's Grail Quest Series. Great stuff!
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I enjoyed this story very much. Afterward I read the three others in this series.
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Good story about 14th Century English/French wars and also a bit of search for the holy relics. I enjoyed it.
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very exciting-good story, well plotted!
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A different series of Bernard Cornwall, this one centering around an archer who ends up on a quest for the Holy Grail.
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This historical adventure (set in the 1300's) is full of action and gory battles--as well as the aftermath of the battles. The author does a nice job creating characters and a plot that keeps the reader interested. Because of some of the "adult" things that happen in this medieval world, I would not share this book with a young teen, but I did find myself interested enough to want to read more. The author leaves the story at a bit of a loose end--hooking the reader for the next book in the series.

The audio book, read by Tim Piggott Smith, is very well done and made good listening for long car rides.
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1st in the Thomas of Hookton (or Grail Quest Series) my husand is looking forward to the rest of the series.
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1st in the Thomas of Hookton (or Grail Quest Series) my husand is looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Abridged. 4 tapes, 6 hrs.
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Excellent Tale