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In a forgotten age of darkness, a magnificent king arose to light the land They called him unfit to rule, a lowborn, callow boy, Uther’s bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. And he had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was ARTHUR—Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatn In a forgotten age of darkness, a magnificent king arose to light the land They called him unfit to rule, a lowborn, callow boy, Uther’s bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. And he had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was ARTHUR—Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war; who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity; and who would fall in a desperate attempt to save the one he loved more than life. ARTHUR “Evocate . . . intriguing . . . enthralling.” –Locus


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In a forgotten age of darkness, a magnificent king arose to light the land They called him unfit to rule, a lowborn, callow boy, Uther’s bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. And he had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was ARTHUR—Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatn In a forgotten age of darkness, a magnificent king arose to light the land They called him unfit to rule, a lowborn, callow boy, Uther’s bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. And he had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was ARTHUR—Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war; who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity; and who would fall in a desperate attempt to save the one he loved more than life. ARTHUR “Evocate . . . intriguing . . . enthralling.” –Locus

30 review for Arthur: Book Three of the Pendragon Cycle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I read this book in high school. I'm sure I read it before the year I graduated, but since I can't remember the specific year, I'll just put 96. This book was fantastic when I read it in High School. It was truly a different perspective to the story of King Arthur than in books that I originally read on Arthur. It's interesting that in many depictions of Arthur, the version of Christianity that he is depicted of following differs from story to story, and in this version, Arthur's Christianity pr I read this book in high school. I'm sure I read it before the year I graduated, but since I can't remember the specific year, I'll just put 96. This book was fantastic when I read it in High School. It was truly a different perspective to the story of King Arthur than in books that I originally read on Arthur. It's interesting that in many depictions of Arthur, the version of Christianity that he is depicted of following differs from story to story, and in this version, Arthur's Christianity probably follows a more Gnostic version of Christianity, as a result of Merlin's Atlantean Mystic leanings. All in all, this novel includes a lot more Celtic ideas than other versions of King Arthur's story. Great read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 2* of five The Publisher Says: In a forgotten age of darkness a magnificent king arose to light the world. They called him unfit to rule—a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned the uses of power from his guide and protector, Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed and war; the Lord of Summer who would usher in a g Rating: 2* of five The Publisher Says: In a forgotten age of darkness a magnificent king arose to light the world. They called him unfit to rule—a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned the uses of power from his guide and protector, Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty—who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed and war; the Lord of Summer who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity . . . and whose noble, trusting heart would be broken by treachery. My Review: Battle, battle, battle; foreshadowed Religious Event; battle, battle; Merlin and Morgian (variant spelling in the source document, even though I hated it I'm using it) sparring; oh hell, nothing much new. BORING! B...O...R...I...N...G!!! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    A really cool and epic Arthurian retelling. The best I've ever read. It's all so real and I can totally see every single part happening in real life. The characters are all very real and 3-D, not really relatable in the sense of the word, but there are certainly things to connect with. The story tellers each have a unique voice and cadence and I really love how it doesn't switch POVs except in each book 'part' so I can get stuck nice and comfortably inside one person's head. The writing style is o A really cool and epic Arthurian retelling. The best I've ever read. It's all so real and I can totally see every single part happening in real life. The characters are all very real and 3-D, not really relatable in the sense of the word, but there are certainly things to connect with. The story tellers each have a unique voice and cadence and I really love how it doesn't switch POVs except in each book 'part' so I can get stuck nice and comfortably inside one person's head. The writing style is often hard to read, wherefore this book isn't just a pick-up-and-go sort of thing, and it can seem to drag at times just because of that. The plot itself kept up a good pace most of the time, and I really liked the ending. Just the hinting of a distant hope, because King Arthur will return one day. It gave me legit shivers. I definitely recommend this series to everyone (but probably mostly 14-ish +). A rather good read indeed (although I still think the first one is the best).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Audra

    I need to read this one again, but I remember Arthur and loving this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Then, upon waking one morning, it came into my mind that Morgian, Queen of Air and Darkness, was fear driven. It is so simple! Why did she act now after all these years? Because something drove her to act – and the something was fear. Morgian was afraid. I'm so glad I got around to re-reading this book! It's such a brilliant book about the Arthurian legend! It shows Arthur becoming a great and strong king to rule over Britain but also focus' on the other people that helped get him there, with a Then, upon waking one morning, it came into my mind that Morgian, Queen of Air and Darkness, was fear driven. It is so simple! Why did she act now after all these years? Because something drove her to act – and the something was fear. Morgian was afraid. I'm so glad I got around to re-reading this book! It's such a brilliant book about the Arthurian legend! It shows Arthur becoming a great and strong king to rule over Britain but also focus' on the other people that helped get him there, with a huge focus on the Merlin/Arthur friendship. I think my favourite parts will always be the parts between Merlin and Morgian the way you can feel their old friendship still lingering just below the surface but it can never be the same way ever again because too much has happened. The one thing I don't really enjoy about Lawhead's writing is the way he drags on the battles and camping scenes, I understand their relevance but a lot of the time the small battles that mean nothing go on for pages and then aren't at all related to the task at hand and that bothers me a fair bit about his writing and seems to be a common element. I do love how descriptive he is with scenery and characters and how extremely evolved his characters are, they feel so real and are very relatedable which is sometimes hard to find with Arthurian literature.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James

    Lawhead's continues his Pendragon series with Arthur. Like the first two books, I also enjoyed reading this book. In this story, we see Arthur become the foretold high king ruler of the Isle of the Mighty. We are taken through the arduous process Arthur must undertake to create the Kingdom of Summer. Arthur and Myrddin must combat treasonous kings as well as multiple invasions of Britain by barbarians. The battle sequences are epic and very well told. I'm glad Lawhead chose to use the first pers Lawhead's continues his Pendragon series with Arthur. Like the first two books, I also enjoyed reading this book. In this story, we see Arthur become the foretold high king ruler of the Isle of the Mighty. We are taken through the arduous process Arthur must undertake to create the Kingdom of Summer. Arthur and Myrddin must combat treasonous kings as well as multiple invasions of Britain by barbarians. The battle sequences are epic and very well told. I'm glad Lawhead chose to use the first person account of the story once again, this time from a perspective of three characters. I gave this book four stars because of two reasons. The ending was a bit odd and appeared abrupt as if injected to meet a deadline. Also, like the other books, there's a good deal of Christianity wrapped into the story, as there may have been in 4th and 5th century Britain. However, I found it less intertwined and more preachy in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Toby Brennen

    Just finished the 3rd in Stephen Lawheads 'Pendragon Cycle', "Arthur". While it took me longer to get through than the previous two books, it was no less entertaining. Lawhead continues to weave wonder fiction around history and myth. While the depth of character was maintained in this book, the storyline was not nearly as detailed as the earlier ones. To portray Arthur as a master strategist, the story is filled with the history and detail of many battles. The unfortunate thing is that the stor Just finished the 3rd in Stephen Lawheads 'Pendragon Cycle', "Arthur". While it took me longer to get through than the previous two books, it was no less entertaining. Lawhead continues to weave wonder fiction around history and myth. While the depth of character was maintained in this book, the storyline was not nearly as detailed as the earlier ones. To portray Arthur as a master strategist, the story is filled with the history and detail of many battles. The unfortunate thing is that the story between these battles often seemed forced nor as detailed as his prior books. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it helped paint the picture that this time of Arthur's life was filled with the intensity of war. The ending of the book was sudden, quick, and caught me totally unprepared!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A beautiful, epic treatment of the Arthurian legends, with several interesting twists that diverge from what I was expecting. The Celtic or Old English interpretations of several names made each new character a mysterious revelation, and the multiple narrators made the story a fascinating shift of perspectives. Yet through it all was a sense of nobility and heroism that I deeply appreciated. Most surprising was the esteem in which the Christian faith has been upheld through the books so far. As A beautiful, epic treatment of the Arthurian legends, with several interesting twists that diverge from what I was expecting. The Celtic or Old English interpretations of several names made each new character a mysterious revelation, and the multiple narrators made the story a fascinating shift of perspectives. Yet through it all was a sense of nobility and heroism that I deeply appreciated. Most surprising was the esteem in which the Christian faith has been upheld through the books so far. As big a fan I am of Bernard Cornwell's historical warfare fiction (including another spin on the Arthurian legend), his work is vehemently anti-Christian (or, at the very least, anti-church)...so it was refreshing to read of Christianity as a light in the world instead of the ugly, corrupt caricatures found in Cornwell's stories. I am anxious to get started on "Pendragon"!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Cihodariu

    With the third book, the events take us even closer to the heart of the Arthurian legends - every secondary character from Malory's tales has the accurate appearance here as well but in a much more enjoyable narrative. :) The round table, the values of emerging Christianity blending with the Celtic lore of old, everything is here in a very satisfying way. But what makes the book really great is the plausible and well-documented way in which the historical times of the 6-7th century Britain are al With the third book, the events take us even closer to the heart of the Arthurian legends - every secondary character from Malory's tales has the accurate appearance here as well but in a much more enjoyable narrative. :) The round table, the values of emerging Christianity blending with the Celtic lore of old, everything is here in a very satisfying way. But what makes the book really great is the plausible and well-documented way in which the historical times of the 6-7th century Britain are also portrayed. The battle with foreign invaders (Catharge refugees), the tense relationships between the many British kings and the similar social structure of Ireland, everything comes together in a most vivid and plausible world picture.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Woody

    Continuing on in the Pendragon series, "Arthur" is a great read. I love this series and having a thing for Arthurian Legend, I have read a lot of these. This is now my favorite Arthurian series. I love the rich language, the writing reminds me of J.R. Tolkien. Lawhead is a great storyteller and his characters come alive. This series is written with Arthur and Merlin as followers of Jehu (Jesus) and is full of honor and bravery. Some of they typical Arthurian characters are missing and some have Continuing on in the Pendragon series, "Arthur" is a great read. I love this series and having a thing for Arthurian Legend, I have read a lot of these. This is now my favorite Arthurian series. I love the rich language, the writing reminds me of J.R. Tolkien. Lawhead is a great storyteller and his characters come alive. This series is written with Arthur and Merlin as followers of Jehu (Jesus) and is full of honor and bravery. Some of they typical Arthurian characters are missing and some have come in a new and different way. I give it five stars! No swearing and no sexual content. I can recommend for ages 14 and up, though it is geared for adult reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ainsley

    The archetypical Western Canon hero can be quite boring. Having a stiff upper lip, square jaw, abjuring preemptive action and being achingly pious can result in a distinct lack of dramatic tension for the reader. Lawhead's Arthur overcomes all of the above disadvantages (and more) and coming across as a genuinely interesting and inspiring character. Lawhead also adopts a multiple first person narrative to good effect in this book. Highly recommended, but be sure to read the first two books in th The archetypical Western Canon hero can be quite boring. Having a stiff upper lip, square jaw, abjuring preemptive action and being achingly pious can result in a distinct lack of dramatic tension for the reader. Lawhead's Arthur overcomes all of the above disadvantages (and more) and coming across as a genuinely interesting and inspiring character. Lawhead also adopts a multiple first person narrative to good effect in this book. Highly recommended, but be sure to read the first two books in the sequence first.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Good story == I have been re-reading the five book series of King Author by Stenphen R. Lawhead. The books begin at the tail end of the Roman heydays and the implosion of Atlantis. They take the reader through the few people who escaped to Britain and establish a community there. Heir to these people if Merlin and King Author. The stories are greatly embellished and provide believable tale of Authur, his round table, knights, many battles and the search for the holy grail. Good reading! These bo Good story == I have been re-reading the five book series of King Author by Stenphen R. Lawhead. The books begin at the tail end of the Roman heydays and the implosion of Atlantis. They take the reader through the few people who escaped to Britain and establish a community there. Heir to these people if Merlin and King Author. The stories are greatly embellished and provide believable tale of Authur, his round table, knights, many battles and the search for the holy grail. Good reading! These books are on my home bookshelf and get read regularly about every couple of years.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JC

    Great ending to a fun series. This was probably my favorite book in this series as most of the characters were quite familiar to me (from King Arther and Queen Gwenhwyvar to Merlin of course). The book is a tale of Arthur uniting the British "Summer Kingdom" together and so there is a lot of battles and war. All the same, I quite enjoyed the story and was very impressed overall with Stephen Lawhead's ability to tell this story and his knowledge of the British legends. I plan to read more from hi Great ending to a fun series. This was probably my favorite book in this series as most of the characters were quite familiar to me (from King Arther and Queen Gwenhwyvar to Merlin of course). The book is a tale of Arthur uniting the British "Summer Kingdom" together and so there is a lot of battles and war. All the same, I quite enjoyed the story and was very impressed overall with Stephen Lawhead's ability to tell this story and his knowledge of the British legends. I plan to read more from him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Hayes

    Lawhead is a Christian writer that has the ability to weave Christianity into the fabric of a story (even historical fiction) without cheapening the faith or ruining the story. This is what he has accomplished in his telling of Arthur story. Imagine beginning with the destruction of Atlantis, the conversion of the Druids and Christianization of the British Isles. A fantastic story!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwenhwyfar McIntyre

    Lawhead is a brilliant writer in many aspects but also not so brilliant in others, his lengthy scenes and descriptions can drag on too long and be completely unrelated to the story. But a lot of the time I do enjoy his writing and how he portrays each character, I especially like how Arthur is portrayed as a strong and yet vulnerable young king. Overall I really enjoyed this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Just as good the second time around! :D

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Another worthy viewpoint on this legend

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kayle

    Finally finished it! I've been so busy lately that this book took me way longer to finish than it should have. But I'm done now. I didn't like this book quite as well as the first two, although it was still great. I felt like too much time was covered in it. It starts out in the beginning with teenaged Arthur pulling the sword from the stone and goes all the way until the tragic end to his reign with the occasional flashback to Arthur's childhood. It felt like Mr. Lawhead was simply trying to co Finally finished it! I've been so busy lately that this book took me way longer to finish than it should have. But I'm done now. I didn't like this book quite as well as the first two, although it was still great. I felt like too much time was covered in it. It starts out in the beginning with teenaged Arthur pulling the sword from the stone and goes all the way until the tragic end to his reign with the occasional flashback to Arthur's childhood. It felt like Mr. Lawhead was simply trying to cover everything in one book. There were many details and characters that I wish he had lingered on a bit longer. For instance, King Arthur's wife Gwenhwyvar. She was a strong, kick-butt type of female character that doesn't show up often enough in this kind of epic fantasy. Actually, I think a whole book about her character would have been awesome. She wore ARMOR to be introduced to her future husband and fought alongside him whenever she was given the chance. We definitely needed more about Gwenhwyvar. I did like the fact Arthur had to fight for his crown. So often it seems that stories about Arthur simply give him the throne as soon as he gets the sword out of the rock. It doesn't seem all that logical that a country full of adults--and minor kings who had enjoyed ruling on their own for years--would hand over the crown to the first teenaged boy to perform a magic trick. In this book, Arthur was met with a lot of hostility and grudgingly given a title, some land, and a minuscule amount of power. With that little that he was given, he fought his way up, winning allies and freeing Britain from the threat of barbarian raids. The story is split into three parts and each part has a different narrators. I am unsure how I feel about that fact. On one hand, each narrator was equipped to give the reader a unique look at different aspects of the life of Arthur. Pelleas, as assistant to Merlin, was able to tell us about Arthur's character and rise to power. Bedwyr, one of Arthur's knights, showed us the kind of warrior Arthur was and what made him a great leader. Aneirin,who came into Arthur's service as a young boy, told about Arthur as a king. On the other hand, while these were all told in first person, they were still very third person accounts of Arthur. Pelleas served Merlin and, while close to Arthur, was by no means a confidante. Aneirin had very little interaction with Arthur--most information was relayed to him through Merlin or one of the knights. Only Bedwyr was a close, personal friend of Arthur's, but wartime is not a time when they would have had discussions to give us a glimpse into the mind of the Pendragon. I felt that I did not really know the book's namesake, but I was still supposed to root for him. (I did root for him though--I mean, it's King Arthur!) Maybe Mr. Lawhead intended for his hero to be a bit mysterious, but I still would have liked more of a personal touch. In contrast, Taliesin (book 1) was written in third person, enabling the reader to get a good look at the main characters without having to go through a separate one. Merlin (book 2) was actually told from Merlin's point of view. That's more what I was expecting from Arthur. I expected to be able to really get to know the hero. On a different note, the writing. Stephen R Lawhead's prose never disappoints. It's probably one of my favorite parts of his books. I love the poetic descriptions and the rich dialogue. There are always passages that I have to go back and read a couple times over just because the language is so beautiful. I'm such a sucker for well written prose. It's the main reason I like works by Charles Dickens. Overall, it was a great book, even though I think I've mentioned more about what was wrong with it than what was right. I did have some issues with the pacing and viewpoint, but I still enjoyed the story. I would have liked to read more about the characters themselves and less about their exploits. The writing style, though, is probably what elevated this book from three stars to four. I just love the writing style.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brad McKenna

    I'm a wee bit disappointed by this series. Taliesin was pretty dang incredible. Merlin was pretty dang good, with only a lull in the middle of the book. Arthur was pretty dang ok. The first two books were at least partly narrated by the titular character. This book didn't give Arthur's point of view even once. It was broken down into three parts, with three different narrators. The first was Pellas, Merlin's right-man. The second was Bedwyr, Arthur's right-hand man. The third was Aneirin, Merlin I'm a wee bit disappointed by this series. Taliesin was pretty dang incredible. Merlin was pretty dang good, with only a lull in the middle of the book. Arthur was pretty dang ok. The first two books were at least partly narrated by the titular character. This book didn't give Arthur's point of view even once. It was broken down into three parts, with three different narrators. The first was Pellas, Merlin's right-man. The second was Bedwyr, Arthur's right-hand man. The third was Aneirin, Merlin's last lackey. This last one was completely inexplicable to me. It was a questionable choice by Mr. Lawhead. The only reason I could come up with was this: by relegating Arthur's actions to descriptions by those around him he's held up in a more obscured light. Perhaps, it's to lend a feel to the huge legend the man has become (for historians do think the legends were based on a historical king). By not seeing through his eyes the reader has no choice but to see Arthur set apart from mere mortals. All that said, the book did has a redeeming qualities. The battle sequences were pulse-raising. I also liked making Guinevere, a feisty Irish warrior. Though the Llenlleawg character was his take on Lancelot and happened to be cousins with Guinevere. Ah but this paragraph is supposed to be the good stuff sorry. So what's next? Um, well. I sad to say nothing. I hate to end on a down note because I feel reviews should contain both good and bad. So perhaps I'll finish by saying the story covered in the first 3 books of this series was good in its own right. While I fear folks familiar with the Arthurian Legends may be put off but the liberties Mr. Lawhead took, I would recommend it to folks not too familiar with the Legends.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sedna Dragon

    Very well written and I cannot believe that it has not a popular adaptation! My favourite character is still Merlin.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Lee

    OH.MY.GOSH. This is my absolute, most favorite book about King Arthur EVER written. It's not the magical, golden, dripping with gems story that you might be thinking. This is a soldier's story, a man who could discern the ebb and flow of a battle better than anyone every had. Arthur was a hero of battles, a great leader even though he was young. I was enchanted with this version of Arthur. The battle at Hadrian's wall had me breathless. The description of the land, the smell of the horses and th OH.MY.GOSH. This is my absolute, most favorite book about King Arthur EVER written. It's not the magical, golden, dripping with gems story that you might be thinking. This is a soldier's story, a man who could discern the ebb and flow of a battle better than anyone every had. Arthur was a hero of battles, a great leader even though he was young. I was enchanted with this version of Arthur. The battle at Hadrian's wall had me breathless. The description of the land, the smell of the horses and the fear emanating from them, the smell of metal and blood, and damp earth were all so real. Just as real were the clashing of the swords, the screams of the men and horses pierced and dying on the battle field. I could gush and gush about this book. Arthur. Man of my dreams, King of my heart.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although it was a good book, Arthur was an unsatisfactory ending to the original Pendragon Cycle. Although there are three more books I am pretty sure they will not be able to fix this ending. I guess I shouldn't judge them before I read them but Arthur ends with Arthur disappearing along with the last of the Atlantians. Everyone else just moves on with their lives. Basically everyone dies sad because the Kingdom of Summer didn't have all the glorious years that they had envisioned. Frankly I do Although it was a good book, Arthur was an unsatisfactory ending to the original Pendragon Cycle. Although there are three more books I am pretty sure they will not be able to fix this ending. I guess I shouldn't judge them before I read them but Arthur ends with Arthur disappearing along with the last of the Atlantians. Everyone else just moves on with their lives. Basically everyone dies sad because the Kingdom of Summer didn't have all the glorious years that they had envisioned. Frankly I don't blame them. When you spend two and 1/2 books trying to build a wonderful kingdom, obviously you will be disappointed when it seems to last such a short amount of time. I did enjoy the book, however. Especially the first half when it tells of how Arthur struggles to be named King and take control of his kingdom.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    I continued my Arthurian travails with The Pendragon Cycle series. This is a modern sci-fi / fantasy take on the Arthurian legends. The first book started off as an interesting fantasy take on Arthur with some Atlantis thrown in. I thought it was pretty original and easy reading at first. However, the characters were pretty weak and didn't keep me totally engaged. As the series progressed, it dragged more and became a lot more preachy and the characters were just too shallow. The prose was overl I continued my Arthurian travails with The Pendragon Cycle series. This is a modern sci-fi / fantasy take on the Arthurian legends. The first book started off as an interesting fantasy take on Arthur with some Atlantis thrown in. I thought it was pretty original and easy reading at first. However, the characters were pretty weak and didn't keep me totally engaged. As the series progressed, it dragged more and became a lot more preachy and the characters were just too shallow. The prose was overly flowery. The plot was just not at all interesting. It was actually worse than Malory. It's just a recap of uninteresting things and the way they pan out is not very well thought out. I only ended up reading 3 out of the 5 or 6 books in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

    A very good read. The tale is told by different characters but still flows well. Arthur's rise to become High King is difficult as he works to gain the support of all the kings in the kingdom. Battle after battle must be engaged to free the kingdom of invaders and to prove to these kings that he is the leader they need. Even when he attains the crown his support among some is tenuous. The impact of Morgian, her father, and her son Medraut takes its toll on Arthur's supporters. When Arthur and hi A very good read. The tale is told by different characters but still flows well. Arthur's rise to become High King is difficult as he works to gain the support of all the kings in the kingdom. Battle after battle must be engaged to free the kingdom of invaders and to prove to these kings that he is the leader they need. Even when he attains the crown his support among some is tenuous. The impact of Morgian, her father, and her son Medraut takes its toll on Arthur's supporters. When Arthur and his knights leave the Summer Kingdom to assist Rome, Merlin and Gwenhwyvar, the queen, are captured and held prisoner while most of those he left behind have been murdered and his kingdom pillaged. While I enjoyed this read my favorite in the series is still Merlin.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gabor Nyiro

    Finally end! I'm a little bit sad to say it.. This book is "too much" for me. Basically the book itself, the story, the characters are fine. But too long! The story divided into 3 parts: 1st narrated by Pelleas, 2nd narrated by Bedwyr and 3rd narrated by Aneirin. In my opinion the 1st and 2nd parts are very very long, and boring. There are too many battles! There are too many religious events! There are too many preachy speech by Arthur and Merlin! Unfortunately 3rd part is the shortest, however Finally end! I'm a little bit sad to say it.. This book is "too much" for me. Basically the book itself, the story, the characters are fine. But too long! The story divided into 3 parts: 1st narrated by Pelleas, 2nd narrated by Bedwyr and 3rd narrated by Aneirin. In my opinion the 1st and 2nd parts are very very long, and boring. There are too many battles! There are too many religious events! There are too many preachy speech by Arthur and Merlin! Unfortunately 3rd part is the shortest, however this is the most interesting, and adventurous. The Pendragon Cycle series is also too long. 5 books (around 2200 pages at all) are more than enough for the story of Arthur. I will continue to read the series, but I hope the remaining 2 books will be not "too much" :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    was quite disappointed to see the pagan and druid religion regarded so badly in these books when i had thought that merlin was very much a druid and the fact that he and all the others are portrayed more as catholics and so fervent at that was very disappointing. I love the pagan and druid beliefs and hate that they were so disparaged and given such a bad name!! also this book in particular is very much all about wars and i am not so much into wars but i suppose that was the reality of life in t was quite disappointed to see the pagan and druid religion regarded so badly in these books when i had thought that merlin was very much a druid and the fact that he and all the others are portrayed more as catholics and so fervent at that was very disappointing. I love the pagan and druid beliefs and hate that they were so disparaged and given such a bad name!! also this book in particular is very much all about wars and i am not so much into wars but i suppose that was the reality of life in those times!! Must say that i did start to respect arthur a bit more during the reading of this book but still prefer merlin!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    This was the best of the three original Pendragon books by Steven Lawhead. Perhaps someday I'll get around to reading the two later books he wrote, Pendragon and Grail. By the time of Arthur, the Atlantean subplot of the first two books is fading into the past, and it was that discordant element that made me hesitate about the first two books. Overall, Lawhead's take on the whole Arthur story in this trilogy is unique and interesting enough to recommend to anyone who is a fan of the Arthur legen This was the best of the three original Pendragon books by Steven Lawhead. Perhaps someday I'll get around to reading the two later books he wrote, Pendragon and Grail. By the time of Arthur, the Atlantean subplot of the first two books is fading into the past, and it was that discordant element that made me hesitate about the first two books. Overall, Lawhead's take on the whole Arthur story in this trilogy is unique and interesting enough to recommend to anyone who is a fan of the Arthur legends. If you're not already interested in Arthur though, these books may not hold your interest.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Wallis

    Arthur was an excellent book! The entire Pendragon Cycle, so far, has been excellent! Honestly, I have no idea why I've never read Stephen Lawhead before this. The book was soaked with God. The battles, the struggle between good and evil, the honor, the devotion to Christ, all of these attributes and more in the book made me want to, first off, read more Stephen Lawhead and, secondly, read the Bible. It reminded me of reading an Old Testament story. So good! I definitely recommend this book and Arthur was an excellent book! The entire Pendragon Cycle, so far, has been excellent! Honestly, I have no idea why I've never read Stephen Lawhead before this. The book was soaked with God. The battles, the struggle between good and evil, the honor, the devotion to Christ, all of these attributes and more in the book made me want to, first off, read more Stephen Lawhead and, secondly, read the Bible. It reminded me of reading an Old Testament story. So good! I definitely recommend this book and the entire series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Jr.

    Like the other Pendragon books, I read these a long time ago. I still remember them fairly well. If you are a fan of the King Arthur mythology, these are a must read. More realistic than the movie Excalibur, but more fantasy elements of the King Arthur movie with Clive Owen (2004). Extremely fantastic book series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Varga

    This series is getting more and more awesome. Absolutely different from the original legends or any other adaptation I've ever read or watched, yet it contains all (or rather most of) the Arthurian elements. I wonder what the next book will be about though, I think this one has a perfect finale. This series is getting more and more awesome. Absolutely different from the original legends or any other adaptation I've ever read or watched, yet it contains all (or rather most of) the Arthurian elements. I wonder what the next book will be about though, I think this one has a perfect finale.

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