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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendragon Cycle Release Date:
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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 powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage 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, ushering in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity—and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life.

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  • “The stories, alive with the mystery and magic of the ‘fair folk,’ cannot easily be forgotten, nor can the superb narration of Frederick Davidson as he captures the voices of hundreds of characters. His storytelling becomes as magical as the stories told around the fire by ancient bards. Merlin himself could do no better.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cinnamingirl | 2/17/2014

    " I wasn't sure how I felt about this book while reading it- it's gets a bit bogged down with all the battle scenes. However even though the narration was split and I am not a super fan of war fiction it was interesting. All the religion gets a bit monotonous after a while and there's an annoying tendency to be unclear about details that interest me; the whole Morgian/Urien thing, for example. I felt that toward the endthe story got a bit rushed and everything happened too quickly ... And then it just - ends. What?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Walton-Jones | 1/31/2014

    " This book is the third installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle. It turns out there are five books, but this one seems to reach a final conclusion. Did Lawhead plan more in his original vision for the series? I found this book too long and repetitive to be truly enjoyed. The legend of King Arthur fascinates me and the earlier books in the cycle added to my interest. This book was full of battles and the hoped for Summer Kingdom once attained was glossed over in a sentence. Christianity is woven like a thread through the story in a sympathetic manner. Some reviewers have said "too preachy"; but I would not agree. It does not seek to convert nor moralize. Spirituality and religion were as integral to life and therefore this story as battles, blades and blood! Avalon is a mystery and mystical and the High God and Jesu are part of the story in that same manner. I am curious now to see how Lawhead brings the story back to life following this seeming concluding episode. Not sure though if I will get to it soon.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicky Shirley | 1/30/2014

    " It's been a while since I read Lawhead. I read Taliesin and Merlin a while ago, but then failed to follow through with this one. Hopefully I'll finish the whole cycle soon. I read this one fairly quickly, but I enjoyed the earlier stories a lot more. Lawhead retains first person narration throughout, with the story of Arthur's ascension to power and his death being told by Pelleas, Bedwyr and Aneirin (who later becomes Gildas, the historical author of the Ruin of Britain I presume). I failed to place Pelleas - he's a Malorian character here presented as Merlin's protege - but Bedwyr and Aneirin are familiar, and they record Arthur's battles at Badon and Camlann. There's a greater use of 'Celtic' myth throughought this part of the cycle, with Merlin re-telling The Dream of Rhonabwy and Branwen's story from the Mabionigon. The work is also a little more Christianised than the earlier books, which I don't necessarily mind, and some of the writing of those parts is very good; but I don't really like how 'universalised' the Arthurian legend is throughout. It's a little bit cliche for my liking. It also only occured to me in reading Arthur that Lawhead's conception of the 'Fair Folk' is actually quite reminiscent of Tolkien's Elves - that was quite frustrating. Nevertheless, if I hadn't left Pendragon in my university city over Easter, I'd be starting that by now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jayne | 1/24/2014

    " Good story == I have been re-reading the five book series of King Author by Stenphen R. Lawhead. The books begin at the tail end of the Roman heydays and the implosion of Atlantis. They take the reader through the few people who escaped to Britain and establish a community there. Heir to these people if Merlin and King Author. The stories are greatly embellished and provide believable tale of Authur, his round table, knights, many battles and the search for the holy grail. Good reading! These books are on my home bookshelf and get read regularly about every couple of years. "

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