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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (0 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:
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1347 is a year of war and unrest. England’s army is fighting in France, encouraging the Scots to invade their old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor.

All of Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom’s most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas’ father.

Thomas’ father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook which confirms the grail’s existence and offers clues to where it might be hidden. But his rivals have the advantage of the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book’s cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies.

He finds refuge in Brittany with the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the most desperate fights of the Hundred Years’ War, the battle of la Roche-Derrien, and, amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another typically excellent Cornwell work.”

    VOYA

  • “Cornwell is meticulous about historical facts and period detail, and his descriptions of butchery with arrow, mace and battleaxe are nothing if not convincing. As expected, the book culminates with battlefield slaughter on an epic scale. Cornwell fans will eat this up.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An extremely well-written novel, grounded in actual historic events. As in the Sharpe books, Cornwell's battle scenes are particularly memorable…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “There will be torture, siege, and treachery. Historically accurate and huge fun. Vintage Cornwell.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Russamun82 | 3/20/2011

    " A stunning next chapter in the Grail series. We find ourselves in the north of England outside Durham with Thomas in search of answers to the mysteries left from his father about the Holy Grail. An exciting read full of action and twists. Yet the story continues... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sho | 3/19/2011

    " 2nd of the Grail Quest series. Quite liked the first one, so I'll give this one a whirl. (and I have part 3 ready and waiting to be read)
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 3/14/2011

    " As good as Harlequin with good battle scenes at both ends of book with a lot of intrigue thrown in with Thomas's search for clues to finding the Grail. Look forward to Reading heretic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 3/9/2011

    " Strong action, good characterization and period flavor "

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