Second in the Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy, told from the viewpoint of Derfel Cadarn, a Saxon slave boy who has now grown up to become one of Arthur's greatest warriors. A heady blend of historical fiction and fantasy with the retelling of the Arthurian legend in a very plausible way, without a whole lot of romantic nonsense--there are love stories within the story, but it's primarily a tale of war, greed, and hunger for power, which makes it (in my opinion) a much more likely scenario than the fairy tale type Arthur stories. I particularly enjoyed Cornwell's treatment of Arthur's "Round Table." LOL It's impossible to begin to talk about this book very much without giving away too much. I can only advise anyone who enjoys Arthurian legends to check this series out--it truly is excellent and has a place firmly on my Keeper shelf.
I have fallen in love with Bernard Cornwell. I will admit it. His books are utterly captivating and true to life. I am a history buff and love how much time and energy he obviously commits to each story. The characters are real, the places are real and the plot and storyline familiar, yet different. I recommend this book and series to anyone who loves historical fiction that has been well done.
This is the second book in Cornwell's Arthurian Saga. Derfel, continues his narration giving unflattering views of early Christians, Lancelot and Guinevere, and a very different view of Arthur and his knights. A must read for those who who follow the Arthurian legends. Cornwell has stated that this is his favorite series. I find it a bit verbose and slow (at times) but appreciate the fine crafting of a alternate view of early England's life and times.
ENEMY OF GOD is like reading a tapestry. It's set in Britian about 500 AD, a time of disturst and trouble. Christianity is a growing threat to Druidism, land-hungry Saxons are invading, and Mordred,the infant king, is at risk.
Arthur ap Uther rises to leadership through sheer charisma and his belief in justice and peace. He and other characters interweave in the story as they regularly change loyalties, endure suffering, and try to unite Britian.
It's all recounted as fictional history in Cornwell's superb style.
This book was my first introduction to Bernard Cornwell's work and it started me on a search for more and more. The book has King Arther coming alive and makes him such a "possibility" as a historic figure. Enjoy and read the others Cornwell has written!