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Bernard Cornwell
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7 July 2011 A Novel of Arthur

The Warrior King has brought peace to Britain - but for how long?

Following a hard-fought victory, Arthur appears to have at last won the unity of the British Kingdoms. He turns his attention towards the invading Saxons, while Merlin begins a quest to uncover the sacred Treasures of Britain, believing they will bring the might of the old Gods behind Arthur for one last decisive battle. But the quest soon unravels the fragile peace, as bitter rivalries come to the fore and threaten to undo Arthur's successes, while those closest to him move to betrayal.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241955688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241955680
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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"A fantastic revision of the standard Arthurian legend."

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of the Warlord Chronicles and the Sharpe series, is married and lives in Cape Cod, USA.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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"Enemy of God" is the second volume in Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles trilogy, it follows directly on from "The Winter King". The story is narrated by Derfel Cadarn, one of Arthur's warriors.
If you are expecting swords and sorcery in the traditional fantasy style you will be disappointed. Cornwell excels in writing about battles and in involving the reader in the bloody horrors of war. Each sword thrust is described, his warriors bleed curse and die, and at the end of a fight, the battle field is strewn with dead and dying men.
Magic is an important part of the tale. Everyone in the book believes in it, but the magical events can all be explained. Merlin is not a supernatural being but simply an old Druid trying to collect the thirteen Treasures of Britain.
In summary, the series is the most readable and certainly the most realistic telling of the legend of Arthur and "Enemy of God" is a powerful mixture of intrigue, magic and warfare.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing second story in the trilogy 1 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of Bernard Cornwell's work but like the author himself, the Arthur trilogy is my absolute favourite. I must admit I am also a fan of King Arthur storiesand untill I read these novels, Mary Stewarts "Merlin" books were my absolute favouritesbut Cornwell is so vivid and realistic in his version that he puts you there.
Told by Derfel one of Arthurs warlords the story follows the years of the battles against the Saxons (the Winter King it's predecessor, followed the rise of Arthur and the way he unites the kingdoms of Britain)
Morte D'Arthur it aint, no middle age knights on horseback wearing plate armour and following the rules of chivalry. Instead, it is dark age Britain at it's dirtiest, bloodiest and liveliest. Romance, friendship, divided loyalties, no real good guys and bad guys (except the obvious traitors) and astory in which pagan and christians battle for religious supremacy to mirror the Saxon battles. Gritty realism in the shield wall and beyond.
Excellent, readit in sequence though.
Thanks for many hours of reading pleasue Bernard, I re read it often.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues to intrigue me! ( 2 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Finishing The Winter King, I already longed for to set my teeth into this volume and ordered directly from Amazon, as there is not much call for Cornwell in my country ( as yet!).
I read the book, engulfed in it for days and really really enjoyed it ! Boys like adventures, knights, swords, dragons and beautiful princesses and this is a wonderful way to turn the boyhood stories about Arthur into a novel for grown ups, with adult perspective on things.
Cornwell's bold new ideas on the old knights and their valour spice up the bokks considerably. THIS is the story to make a film about, not like in the poor earlier attempts of "Excalibur" and the latest "Arthur".

If you've read anything about Arthur, you should try this series! If you like anything medieval, it's for you!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring stuff 5 July 2004
Format:Paperback
The second book in the trilogy of Arthur books, and it seems a lot better than the first one. I say seems because I'm not sure if it is, the first one had all the exposition, setting the scene, characters and soforth, all of which made it a bit more difficult to get into.
This book had none of those problems as it leaps straight into the plot literally minutes after the ending of the first one, and from then on it rattles along at a good pace. A pace which goes up remarkably when Derfel (the narrator and effective lead) and Arthur, learns some truths about Lancelot the hard way. Obviously anyone who knows anything about the Arthur and his Round Table bollocks, knows that Lancelot was a git, so it's no big revelation that he actually is in the book, but as part of the overall plot it works remarkably well.
I have never read any of Cornwells Sharpe series, but I would be tempted if they are as well written as these books. I love the way he debunks the early Christianity of Britain, and slyly hints at Bishop "Mouselord" Sansum buggering his young disciple. He also draws in some other invented parts of the Arthurian myths such as the Round Table-which turns out to be small stone table from Roman times, already cracked and battered, it takes more of a beating, when all of the "knights" get bladdered and roll around fighting-and Camelot-no one place but the feeling of prosperity and good times that Arthurs rule engendered during peace.
Overall, it just made me want to read the final part of the set, to find out how everyone dies, although I never like to go straight into a sequel, I prefere to read a few different styles of book in-between. Anyway, extremely enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Arthurian / Dark Age saga so far 5 July 2007
Format:Paperback
This series of books is excellent. Much better than Sharpe (which I really enjoy as well).

The way fact, fiction and legend blend together is almost faultless. It feels 'real' and the research seems good.

The characters are well written, the battles brilliant. I wish I could go into details but I would only spoil the epic plot. Its gritty and heroic and sad all at the same time.

I've read and re-read all three books 3 or 4 times and enjoyed them each tme.

I'm really suprised there hasn't been an adaption for TV or even Film.

brilliant 99% of the time (i'd give it 100% if I there was a 4th book)
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