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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warlord Trilogy Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780062009487
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In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft-told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time. Now, in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur's final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams.

This is the tale not only of a broken love remade, but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for. Peopled by princesses and bards, by warriors and magicians, Excalibur is the story of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal-the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell is certainly a step above most interpreters of myth.” 

    USA Today

  • “The action is gripping and skillfully paced, cadenced by passages in which the characters reveal themselves in conversation and thought, convincingly evoking the spirit of the time.”  

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An exciting, intelligent, and mythic novel of duty, betrayal, greed, and love.” 

    Booklist

  • “Splendid, white-hot storytelling.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anni | 2/20/2014

    " This was a good ending to a good tale. It nicely finishes the story of all the characters and it provides an ending that makes it possible that Arthur is still alive somewhere outside of Britain :). Bernard Cornwell is really good at creating characters that you really like. And so I miss Arthur too and would love to hear the very last of Derfel's story. What happened to him and Ceinwyn after Arthur's departure? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 João Batista | 2/19/2014

    " For the moment, in Portuguese...if I like them (almost pretty sure I will...) I'll get them in English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.T. McHugh | 2/1/2014

    " Cornwell's Sharp Series is in my mind the greatest series ever written, but the King Author Trilogy is right up there. I simply loved all three books, unbelievable. It makes you really believe that Author might have lived after all. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wagner | 1/27/2014

    " One of the best King Arthur stories i have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Van Heertum | 1/25/2014

    " In this 3rd volume of the retold story of King Arthur, Bernard Cornwell presents a disillusioned and sceptic Arthur who retires in a small country, living the simple and retired life he always wanted to. But the Saxons' thread is a never ending story and Arthur needs to come back to defeat them. The descriptions of the battles are extraordinary vivid : Cornwell is no doubt a master ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 paul redman | 1/17/2014

    " This series just keeps getting better with each book and I really enjoyed how the author wrapped things up in the end. I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys historical fiction, the Arthurian legend or both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/4/2014

    " quite graphic but well-told and details about the Arthurian Legends never heard before ... a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malte | 12/25/2013

    " This third book in the series is a perfect conclusion for a really well-written drama set in the span between myth and history. Another great book by Bernard Cornwell "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 11/3/2013

    " One of my all time favourite books. I love the detail, the retrospective nature of it and the (sometimes infuriating) characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/15/2013

    " I have to say that I am sad to see these Arthur books go ... There isn't anything quite like the passion of a world eventually called Camelot to make everything seem a little bit better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean McVeigh | 9/4/2013

    " The final in the series and what a finale! An easy read, but one that is well worth it. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Gray | 7/16/2013

    " See review for "Enemy of God" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/24/2013

    " A fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series of book. The ending is a heart pounder and breathe holder. Anyone with any interest in the Arthur legend should read these book. There is enough familiar and enough different to keep you turning the pages. Great stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 1/4/2012

    " The best of the three book trilogy. Fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 1/2/2012

    " Recommended to me by my husband's brother-in-law and his sons one summer, and after the first 50 pages I was hooked. It really made me rethink the Arthurian legend, in a really smart way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris The Story Reading Ape | 9/15/2011

    " Read this out of sequence still have #2 to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Ziegler | 8/31/2011

    " Cant recommend this trilogy enough. It is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Speight | 7/17/2011

    " The epic conclusion to Cornwell's Warlord trilogy. Britan is in turmoil, and the Saxons are taking advantage of it. It will take everything Arthur and Dervel can muster to turn the tide and save their people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joaquimposses | 6/15/2011

    " (Spoiler) Eu já tava envolvido na história e fiquei surpreso com o final. Depois de algum tempo caiu a ficha de "isso é um mito feito por um povo derrotado, pra levantar a moral deles, tinha q terminar assim..." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/25/2011

    " Great finish to lucid and engrossing tale of Arthur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bertu | 11/19/2010

    " La saga è imperdibile, ben scritta e molto coinvolgente.
    Un'unico difetto: il finale sembra troncato, sembra che ci sia ancora un libro, ma purtroppo no.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 10/14/2010

    " I very much enjoyed this book and the entire series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solyndra | 8/13/2010

    " What a heartwrenching conclusion in the trilogy. Fantastic books. I think that in years to come I will remember these books as my favourite retellings of the Arthurian Legend. Despite all the fighting and tragedy this was beautiful. I will miss Derfel, Ceinwyn, Arthur & Guinevere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/12/2010

    " This is the last book in an excellent series on the King Arthur Legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 João | 4/14/2010

    " For the moment, in Portuguese...if I like them (almost pretty sure I will...) I'll get them in English. "

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