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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendragon Cycle Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463093
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Drought, plague and war have left the Isle of Mighty battered and the beloved King Arthur grievously injured. But astonishingly, the High King lives, his wounds healed by a sacred and secret relic: the Holy Grail. Now, in this time of rampant disease and death, the great king wants to share the Grail’s curative powers with all who require it. But with the Grail, evil has entered the royal court, in the guise of a beautiful maiden who seduces the King’s most loyal champion. Confounding both Arthur and the sage Merlin, evil abducts the Grail, along with Arthur’s beloved Queen, and carries them off into the dark unknown. Now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovereignty: to recover his lost treasures. It will lead him through realms of magic and the undead, on a trail that winds inexorably toward a grim confrontation with his most foul nemesis—and his destiny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Arthurian Britain is invoked with robust verisimilitude…engagingly drawn…soulful, philosophical sections are well placed at suspenseful points in the action.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An exciting and thoughtful addition to the ranks of Arthurian fantasy.”

    Locus

  • “Lawhead evokes the best of British fantasy.”

    Encounters

  • “Lawhead’s interpretation is different and distinctive.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 1/20/2014

    " Finally. I'm not sure why the two central books (3&4) that actually focus on Arthur in this Arthurian legend series were so damn boring to me, but this last one focusing on the trial of the Grail as told by Gwalchavad (Galahad) finally brought back the enjoyment I had in the first two books of the Pendragon Cycle (the ones focusing on Charis and Merlin). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Sechler | 1/16/2014

    " This concluding title of the Pendragon Cycle was a bit less stellar than the others in the series. It felt a bit darker than its predecessors. Nonetheless, a good work of historical fiction in this Christian version of the epic Arthurian legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 12/12/2013

    " This was probably my favourite book of the series. I found that I couldn't put it down. It was fast-paced, had a great plot, and left the reader wondering what was going to happen next. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and wish there would be more like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/10/2013

    " Great conclusion to the series - can't believe I just found out about book #4 and #5 this year! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 11/24/2013

    " Book 5 of The Pendragon Cycle, a fantastic series based on the legend of King Arthur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 11/14/2013

    " Strated kind of slow but finished on a high note. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regan | 9/25/2013

    " I just find this author very dull to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Hall | 8/29/2013

    " Cool, however doesn't seem to follow the rest of the series as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 8/29/2013

    " Even more "meh" than Pendragon. A skim-read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 5/21/2013

    " As much as I loved the first three books in this series, I couldn't manage to muddle through this last book. To me, it simply felt like a rehashing of Arthur's story in Pendragon (book 4) but with fewer character insights. I grew weary of it all by the 4th chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 3/20/2013

    " compared to the other books in this series, this one was less battles, more mysterious. great imagination and the short morgian passages were really interesting, you got to see her side of the story a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Mosley | 10/12/2012

    " Not the best in the series, but a harrowing tale about the quest for the cup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Fuhrman | 9/23/2012

    " Probably my favorite series to date. I love the way Lawhead infuses the legend of King Arthur with Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 12/11/2011

    " My close second favorite of the Pendragon series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 12/10/2011

    " probably the most depressive & dark novel of the series. but as always, stephen r. lawhead is a true genius. love his version of the arthurian legend.. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 12/1/2011

    " so goes the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel Falconer | 11/28/2011

    " I enjoyed this series of books over ten years ago, but in retrospect it's a little preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 8/5/2011

    " Better than Arthur and Pendragon, not as good as Taliesin and Merlin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/20/2011

    " Great conclusion to the series - can't believe I just found out about book #4 and #5 this year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 10/27/2010

    " I enjoyed this series of books over ten years ago, but in retrospect it's a little preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 9/5/2009

    " compared to the other books in this series, this one was less battles, more mysterious. great imagination and the short morgian passages were really interesting, you got to see her side of the story a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 6/24/2009

    " probably the most depressive & dark novel of the series. but as always, stephen r. lawhead is a true genius. love his version of the arthurian legend.. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/10/2009

    " Cool, however doesn't seem to follow the rest of the series as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/22/2009

    " Better than Arthur and Pendragon, not as good as Taliesin and Merlin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regan | 1/24/2009

    " I just find this author very dull to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/1/2008

    " I liked it b/c it was really freaky, and cool. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/27/2008

    " My close second favorite of the Pendragon series "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as the King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King trilogies. Although born and raised in America, he was brought to England by his research into Celtic legend and lore and now resides in Oxford with his wife, writer Alice Slaikeu Lawhead.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.