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.