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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (8 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0751544922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544923
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For the past 15 years, he has been a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has a baby daughter, and he now writes full time from home in Tonbridge, Kent.

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Angus Donald delivers rip-roaring novels that fling you headlong into the dark undercurrents of the medieval world, written in a taut and compelling style and seething with skulduggery. A master of adventure. (Robyn Young)

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AD1200: Robin Hood seeks a relic with power over life and death.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SJATurney on 1 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
One of the highlights of my year is the new Angus Donald novel, but this new book was slightly more anticipated than usual. You see, while I've thoroughly enjoyed all Angus' books, I have noted the opposite of what they used to say about the Star Trek Movies (the even movies were the better ones). While I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Warrior (2) and Warlord (4), it was Outlaw (1) and King's Man (3) that were outstanding in the series and eclipsed many other great reads of the time. So would book 5 continue this trend?

Simply, yes. Grail Knight may well be the best of the five and, even if not, it is on a par with the outstanding King's Man, which is about the highest praise to give anyway.

Why is it a win? Well to start with, Angus has consistently managed to take Robin Hood (one of the most clichéd subjects in history) and write a series about him that repeatedly side-steps cliché and delivers fresh, engaging and fascinating tales that do not irritate in the way Robin Hood could so easily do (ahem, Ridley Scott!) That in itself is a feat. But this tale is also about the Holy Grail. No it's not a spoiler. Even if you didn't realise from the title (giveaway #1) the lead-up in book 4 made it obvious this was going to happen. And if there's anything that delivers more cliché and general awfulness than Robin Hood as a subject, it is the Holy Grail. And yet in this book, Angus has managed to avoid cliché and awfulness very neatly. The result is that, in a book about two things that are a minefield of cheese, Angus has created a gem of a tale that delivers shock, joy, fascination and sheer power. Kudos.

The tale delves deeper into the awful and mysterious `Master' and his secretive order within the Knights Templar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
The fifth novel in Angus Donald's superb series of Outlaw Chronicles powerfully mixes medieval legend and history in a brutal, bloody stew of warfare, vendetta, feudalism and fanaticism. Moving between the outlaws' Sherwood lair and the heretical castles of southern France, Grail Knight brings alive the months following Richard the Lionheart's death in 1199, written from the perspective of Sir Alan Dale, a young knight in the service of Robin of Loxley, otherwise known as the much feared Robin Hood.

While I would suggest that you read the Outlaw Chronicles in order, beginning with Outlaw (Outlaw Chronicles), it is possible to read each as a standalone novel. However, Grail Knight benefits enormously from a read of the previous novels, not least because it marks a turning point in some of their themes and stories. As a result, don't read this if you don't want to know what happened before to Alan and Robin.

One strength of the series is that each of the novels is very different - battling for survival in Sherwood Forest, going on Crusade, following the trail of the captive Richard the Lionheart into Germany and Austria and, in Warlord, the previous novel, to war with France. Warlord introduced the charismatic and powerful symbol of the Holy Grail, the quest of knights of legend, and it forms the focus of Grail Knight. Facing new and old enemies, Alan and Robin set out to find the Grail's hiding place in the heartland of the Cathars in southern France. The Companion of Grail Knights they lead is a mixed bunch indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Britten on 13 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Sir Alan Dale is trying to enjoy his new found wealth in peace and quiet. His estate at Westbury is providing a comfortable living and his beloved wife Goody is pregnant with their first child. Dale hopes that his life of daring and adventure are now over but when your Lord is Robin Earl of Locksley, danger and adventure are never far away.

When an old crime surfaces, powerful forces are drawn to Westbury seeking vengeance. The Knights Templar are determined to bring Dale to justice and will use any means to ensure it.

To make matters worse, the witch Nur has been seen around Westbury and when Goody falls ill Dale fears the worst.

With Goody on her deathbed, Robin convinces Alan that the only thing that can save her is the Holy Grail.

Christendoms holiest and scared object is in the hands of an old enemy and Robin is determined to take it from him.

So with the Templars dogging their every step and Nur as one of the Grail Companions, Robin and Alan travel across England and France in their quest for the Holy Grail.

Can Alan survive the array of enemies lined up against him and return the Grail to Westbury in time to save his beloved Goody and their unborn child?

Grail Knight is the fifth book in the Outlaw Chronicles by Angus Donald and while you can read it by itself I would recommend you start from the beginning of the series to get the full back story.

If you read these books expecting the classic Robin Hood stories and characters you are going to be sorely disappointed.

Angus Donald's Robin is much more of an early gangster, surviving on robbery, murder and protection rackets.
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