First in the Arthurian trilogy. Told from the point of view of Derfel, a servant of Merlin--actually a captured Saxon slave freed by the powerful Druid. Derfel later becomes one of Arthur's warrior captains. Set in 480 A.D., the story tells of the wars and strife of the times--various British tribes against one another, against the Saxons, against the Franks, Christians against the Pagans, etc. and weaves Cornwell's own brand of history with legend as his unique story of Arthur, Mordred, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the like is painted on the canvas. I quite enjoyed his telling of the first part of the tale and plan to collect this set in hardcover for my Keeper shelf. Great stuff!
Bernard Cornwell has done it again - historical research coupled with a compelling tale. You've never heard the Arthur legend this way before. This is a real page-turner.
This book was given to me...I usually rip through stories based on the Arthurian legend, but I had a tough time with this one. I'm not planning to go on to the next in the series.
I really enjoy historical fiction so this one was a real winner for me. It is retelling of the Arthurian legend without many of the typical historical inaccuracies (such as the medevil era weapons etc). I really like Cornwell's writing style and thought this was well done. You may not enjoy it if you are looking for a mystical, romance ladden tale.
I love Bernard Cornwell, but I just couldn't get into this book.
There are so many ways to tell a story it is nice to see when the point of view is not what you would think. the story is told from the point view of a servant. Which when i read it at the time was new for me. I really enjoyed how the book was written and if i had more time and could read faster,would read it again.I read it ten years ago that is the best i can say.
After reading Cornwell's Saxon series and loving it, I thought the story about Arthur would be interesting.
However, the story is from the perspective of a priest looking back on his memory of Arthur's life.
Which wouldn't have been bad, but Arthur doesn't even show up until after page 100? And he's only there for a few pages before he's gone again.
I doubt I'll finish the trilogy.