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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grail Quest Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060784508
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Thomas of Hookton is a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army and a natural leader in what will be remembered as the Hundred Years' War. Accompanied by a small but able band of soldiers, Thomas is sent to Gascony to capture the castle of Astarac. But he has ulterior motives for accepting the charge: Gascony is the home of the black knight -- Guy de Vexille -- who brutally slaughtered his father. It is also reputed to be the place where the Grail was last seen.

While capturing Astarac, Thomas learns of a tragedy in the making: a beautiful young woman named Genevieve, innocent if not pious, is to be burned as a heretic. Thomas prevents the corrupt local priest from carrying out his "God -- given" duty -- a sacrilege that turns him into an outcast, even among his own men. Eventually he and Genevieve have no choice but to flee. While hidden away at a monastery, they learn of a plot involving the creation of an imitation Grail for a diabolical end; and they witness the murder of a trusted priest at the hands of Guy de Vexille.

At last reconciled with his allies, Thomas leads his brave band in a bloody battle to the death, the outcome of which could determine the seat of power -- and the direction of Christendom -- forevermore.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell is a master of the historical action novel, and he outdoes himself again with this gripping third volume in his Grail Quest series…Graphic battlefield action, strong characters and sharp plotting are Cornwell’s trademarks, and his fans will love this latest melee.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Oozing with all the blood, gore, and action that fans of Cornwell’s graphically detailed historical fiction have come to expect, the conclusion of this gripping trilogy is on target to please.” 

    Booklist

  • “The usual Cornwell bull’s-eye.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tim Pigott-Smith performs this bloody tale of war and deception with captivating accents and entrancing narration, never forgetting the nation or rank of the speaker. He effortlessly switches from French to English and back again.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alessandro | 6/13/2011

    " Fortunatamente in questo terzo libro della saga la storia diventa un po' più interessante e appassionante, e il libro scorre via abbastanza bene, con poche parti noiose. Siamo lontani dalla qualità complessiva della saga di Artù, però. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 5/3/2011

    " I love the way Cornwell weaves a tale out of historic events. He is very knowledgeable of even the humdrum way of life during the 1300s, the time of this tail and a search for a grail "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sho | 3/19/2011

    " Last in the Grail Quest series. Really not as good as the Sharpes.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lunaredhell | 3/10/2011

    " Come il primo e il secondo, forse anche un pochino meglio! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sa | 3/2/2011

    " A good historical read. This one kept me engaged until the end and for the $4 I paid for it, was well worth the money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 1/24/2011

    " More in the 14th Century Grail quest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lo Rez Skyline | 12/23/2010

    " Great conclusion to an exciting series of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 12/5/2010

    " Third in the trilogy. Cornwell has an extraordinary imaginination and this trilogy of medievil adventures of a young English archer fighting his way across France in search of the Grail was just plain, relaxing fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2010

    " A honorable man, a holy quest, continual battles and betrayals. This last book of the series is a real page turner. Thomas of Hookton bastard born knoble man takes you on a journey of loyalty to country, friends, soldiering, love and faith you will not forget for a long time to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 8/10/2010

    " Excellent, excellent trilogy. This man writes historical fiction as well as it can be. Check these out. "

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.