Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony. I want to read a Bernard Cornwell book. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time.
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As he ate "the yellow fat dribbled down his chins. These books are great yarns but the actual history is meticulously researched. He really is a master of the tense battle cornwelll, the pivotal moment. Why can't publishers identify a book that's part of a series? I think I am out of the loop having not read the previous grail series.
That said, I held back a bit on my star rating because Cornwell tries too hard and comes up too short in his attempt to inject some artful storytelling flourishes. Either I didn't read Heretic or it was pretty forgettable, and I suspect the latter.
In it bernare have an rough jewel of a hero who must overcome enemies both nominally on corjwell side and on the other. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. Above all you feel such sorrow for the plight of the horses who are unwitting participants in this war of man.
That's not to say Cornwell's writing is flawed. Otherwise how could he be so realistic beernard true to the times he chronicles. Never having read Vornwell Cornwell before, but being a historian by trade, I was interested to see what all the fuss was about. Heroes and subplots blossom and fade with no consistent sense of their connections, and readers approaching the tale without the appropriate historical background will have to survive a long probationary period before they realize where this is all heading.
Aug 24, Brian rated it it was ok.
Other books in the series. But this was not the instalment I had expected and it appears I wasted good energy on that happy dance. This book has all of that and more, but it's missing something that drives cornwfll success of his other stories: Apr 18, Steven Vaughan-Nichols rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Hookton, known as La Batard, is seeking the object cronwell the English. As the outnumbered English army becomes trapped near Poitiers, Thomas, his troop of archers and men-at-arms, his enemies, and the fate of the sword all converge in a maelstrom of violence, action, and heroism.
The story itself is interesting yet oddly forgettable. War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell.
We have partnered with Bookshout and recommend using their app as a simple way to read our e-books. This is the historical background for Cornwell's story. However, I have such a backlog of ARCs I need to read and review that the notion of me trying to plow through the first three books and that's only if I were able to find them at my local, woefully lacking, library in the first place while still keeping up with my other ARCs just so I could be comfortable reading nearly gave me the same eye twitch as the one I was trying to develop due to reading in the first place.
A lot of the interesting historical details felt very similar to another Cornwell book I'd already read Azincourtso I didn't find them as compelling.
Will I think you will appreciate aspects of the book more, if you've read the earlier titles in the series first. I liked both the Micheal, the unethusiastic propesctive dr and monk as well as Keane, the Irish Divinity student.
Eventually it finds itself in the possession of Sculley, a wild Bbernard marginally under the control of the Lord of Douglas, on the side of King Jean. Cornwell does a nice job of mixing in enough of the backstory that, as a person new to both this series and Cornwell, I didn't feel in the dark as far as the character's motives were concerned.
(Grail Quest , book 4) by Bernard Cornwell
He and Genevieve have a son Hugh, already in training to use a yew bow. The narrative involves corhwell myth that St. France, archer, sword, outnumbered, battle. Want to Read saving….