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Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Pendragon Cycle Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481598965

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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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  • “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

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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). "

    - Mandy, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Michael, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Annika, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Suzanne, 12/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Brent, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Don, 11/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Regan, 9/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Justin, 8/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Victoria, 8/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Ellen, 5/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Christina, 3/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - David, 10/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Tim, 9/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My close second favorite of the Pendragon series "

    - Hannah, 12/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Bianca, 12/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " so goes the series... "

    - Julia, 12/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Joel, 11/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Justin, 8/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Suzanne, 4/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Joel, 10/27/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Christina, 9/5/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    - Bianca, 6/24/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Justin, 5/10/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Justin, 2/22/2009
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Regan, 1/24/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Laura, 6/1/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My close second favorite of the Pendragon series "

    - Hannah, 5/27/2008

About the Author

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 narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.