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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendragon Cycle Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781504652155
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Taliesin, oracle of melody. His singing bore the haunting beauty of another world and the spark of a kingdom yet to come.

Charis, Lady of the Lake. Driven by the cataclysm that destroyed her home—the scented groves of the Isle of Apples, the coliseums of the bull dancers of Atlantis—she encountered an uncertain future in a barbarous land … and the bard who would capture her untamed heart.

Their love would bridge two worlds. And like golden threads, their lives would knit the fabric of a timeless legend; that of Merlin the prophet and Arthur the king.

Stephen Lawhead’s majestic retelling of western literature’s most compelling epic is an enchanting tale of love and loss set in the twilight of Rome’s power, as the Celtic chieftains of Britain battle to save their land from an onrushing darkness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This magical story will occupy the imaginations of young listeners as it is brought to vivid life by the untiring voice of [Wanda McCaddon]. Her voice evokes the sweetness of the legend, and the images of the fabled characters come to life. When the tapes end, the imagery carries on.”

    AudioFile

  • “This graceful combination of Atlantean legend, Celtic myth, and Christian message reminiscent of C. S. Lewis is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The King Arthur saga is one of the foundational epics of Western culture, and Stephen Lawhead retells it with breathtaking sensitivity and detail.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 2/7/2014

    " Great fun. Fantastic. My only critique is that it seemed a bit difficult to figure out what was happening when. That being said I gave it 4 stars because it superseded all of my expectations for a fantasy novel. I enjoyed the way the themes and characters were skillfully woven together and the two story lines were so well held in tension. Good Read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giacinta | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this series, although I found the books of Merlin and Arthur to be somewhat redundant. Taliesin, Merlin and The Pendragon are my favorites and really stand just fine without "Arthur". But Lawhead has created a rich fantasy with excellent characters. He really brings his fantasy world to life, with the warring Briton and Saecsen tribes, the strange Celts, the Romans, Christianity versus paganism, and Taliesin's mysterious fairy blood. There is lots of heroism and valor portrayed, although there is some magic too. The Christianity is fully present in the story and there is lots of spiritual warfare. The Pendragon is a little different, in that it brings the story forward to a fictional present-day Britain, but I also really enjoyed that one too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffini | 1/31/2014

    " I don't know how this book ended up on this list. I've never read it. I can't figure out how to remove it. Maybe I'll have to read it now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 1/29/2014

    " So boring I barely got through it. Won't be reading the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy Cunningham | 1/18/2014

    " Best description yet of how Merlin came to be. I am just in love with this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslee | 12/3/2013

    " Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenore Appelhans | 11/16/2013

    " I love Charis. One of my favorite characters ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 10/14/2013

    " the beginning of one of the best series i have read it is the story of arthur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 9/20/2013

    " I read this series in high school during a Arthurian Legend phase. I thought i'd give it a try again. Maybe it will be as good as Mary Stewart's series? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Archibald | 10/18/2012

    " Great read but with very Christian Theme. This is my second time reading the series and it is as engrossing as it was the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 7/19/2012

    " This book is a very interesting twist on how Atlantis was destroyed, and how it combines the birth of Merlin (half Atlantian, Half Britian)and Christianity coming into Britian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/1/2012

    " GOOOOOOOOOOD BOOK. A MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Fuhrman | 11/20/2011

    " 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 Peni | 7/29/2011

    " Love this series. My very favorite of the Aurthorian Legends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Miller | 6/12/2011

    " This is probably my favorite Lawhead book. It doesn't matter how many times I read it, I still cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saleris | 4/5/2011

    " Overall, I liked the pace of the book. I've read the next two of the series and have the two after that waiting on a shelf to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 3/25/2011

    " Lawhead has a way with words that just sits so right with me, I love his Pendragon cycle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 3/15/2011

    " Very interesting take on the origins of the legendary King Arthur. He's the first author that we know of who ties his origins with the Lost Atlantis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2011

    " A very interesting take on the Arthurian legians. "

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

    " It wasn't what I expected. I like that I got to know Merlins parents. Usually we come upon Merlin as an accomplished sorcerer with no background. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/16/2011

    " It was excellent, till the last quarter of the book. Then the message of Christianity beats you over the head with a 2x4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 1/8/2011

    " Well it was alright. I loved Lawhead's "Song of Albion", but this one didn't quite capture me the same way. I enjoyed parts, particularly the middle, but felt that in the end it just sort of slumped. Not a bad book over all but not a great one. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.