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Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grail Quest Series Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060784485
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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first book in the Grail Series—the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor: a young archer named Thomas. On this terrible dawn, his purpose becomes clear—to recover a stolen sacred relic and pursue to the ends of the earth the murderous black-clad knight bearing a blue-and-yellow standard, a journey that leads him to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest: the search for the Holy Grail.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cornwell [is] a consummate pro when it comes to plying the tried-and-true combination of heroic characters; a fast-moving, action-packed plot; and enough twists and turns to keep the narrative from lapsing into formula. He uses his historical expertise judiciously as well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tim Piggott-Smith reads the narrative crisply, his voice shifting tone with each action and thought, from the tension of the battle scenes to Thomas’ joy for archery.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Cornwell, one of the undisputed masters of historical battle fiction and author of the bestselling Richard Sharpe series, spins an irresistible tale of honor and revenge set on the brink of the Hundred Years’ War...Authentically detailed and appropriately gruesome, the medieval battle scenes fairly crackle with tension...what sets Cornwell’s work apart from most run-of-the-mill military adventures are his meticulously developed story lines and...razor-sharp characterizations.”

    Booklist

  • “Cornwell has crafted an extremely well-written novel...As in the Sharpe books, Cornwell’s battle scenes are particularly memorable...attention is paid to fascinating secondary characters and the roles they play in the political, religious, and social arenas of the time. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Another top effort from one of today’s truly great storytellers.”

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About the Author

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.