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Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle) [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Lawhead
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29 Jan 1988 Pendragon Cycle
A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome's power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; paperback / softback edition (29 Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867609184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745913094
  • ASIN: 0745913091
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Lawhead is the author of some 14 outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including The Dragon King Trilogy (Lion), The Song of Albion Trilogy (Lion), and Byzantium (HarperCollins). Sales of his books have reached over 2 million copies worldwide. An American, he moved to Britain to research Celtic mythology. He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two sons. website: www stephenlawhead.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Mar 2006
By Lizi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I, like a few of the other reviewers for this book, wondered to begin with how the two stories would come together and for the first few chapters wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book...then surprised myself with how hooked I actually was. The book took just a few days to get through and came together at the end beautifully.
I think die hard historians and those who have not only an interest in the Arthurian legends but who have researched the subject themselves may find the story disappointing, because it is, as stated on the back cover for all who misunderstand, a work of fiction based around legend. It isn't an historical document and I think the only people who could be disappointed in the book are those who read it expecting facts.
As a work of fiction the book is excellent, the characters are more than likeable, they are lovable, and you truely care what happens to them. There are those you like, those you loathe, and those you want to read the next book to decide about.
I'm off to start the next one now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first of the pendragon cycle. It was lent to me by a friend, and boy have I been grateful! Stephen Lawhead manages to combine the fantastic with the mundane in such a way as to create 'real' images in the mind. A writer in the Tolkein mould in so many ways, his ability to be complete in his settings takes the reader into the story, rather than leaving them simply reading a book. The combination of Atlantis, Cymru, Roman Briton and the world of 'magic' is breathtaking in its breadth and simple in its presentation. Taliesin in particular is a masterpiece. If you haven't read them, get them. They now have pride of place on my bookshelves, along with 'Lord of the Rings' and the Discworld novels. If that tells you anything, good. If not - buy them anyway. You'll read them again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did all the potatoes come from? 2 May 2007
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I first read Taliesin in the eighties (when it first came out), and I loved it. I went on to read and re-read the whole Pendragon cycle, and (even better I think), The Paradise War trilogy. For me, Lawhead took over where Rosemary Sutcliffe and Geoffrey Trease left off. He writes well, at times powerfully, and his retelling of the Arthurian cycle rings true for the most part.

There are niggles: I notice the ham-fisted smearing of Christianity onto an otherwise consistent tale far more now than I did twenty years ago. His use of Welsh is questionable, and (for me the worst of all!!) every feast sees mounds of potatoes being prepared... which is some feat a thousand years before Raleigh brought them back from America (or even two hundred years before Prince Madog).

Overall, though the story overcomes the historical errors, and sweeps you along. The interweaving of the two narrative strands heightens the contrasts between old, jaded Atlantis and the young, passionate Britain. It also sets up Charis, Elffin and Taliesin, as credible protagonists before they even come into contact with one another. As I said, I'm still re-reading these books twenty years after I first bought them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Slant on the Arthurian Myths 4 Aug 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion. Stephen Lawhead has his home in Austria with his wife.

I admire Stephen Lawhead's writing very much. It is quite obvious to the reader that the author loves his subject matter and in his historical novels has diligently researched the material that he uses. Even with Taliesin, which can only be described as a fantasy, the way the author sets the scene makes the reader almost believe that they are reading a factual rather than a fiction book.

This story begins the series of the Pendragon Cycle, and opens with the sinking of Atlantis and the escape of its people to Britain, including King Avallach and the Price Taliesin. During the waining of the power of the once mighty Rome, a tale is told that brings about the miracle of Merlin and Arthur, the Once and Future King.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read that I found hard to put down. 13 Jun 2000
By A Customer
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Lawhead sums up the characters of the age brillantly. I found the first chapter or so a little confusing as I did not realise at first what was happening, but as soon as I settled into the novel I enjoyed it immensly. An excellent read that everyone with even a slight intrest in history - or indeed anyone without - should read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something very special 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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I have read and some years later re-read the three Pendrago books and want to tell all potential readers that if you will only ever read one Trilogy make it this. Lawhead manages to convey a Britain of glorious beauty and characters detailed enough to form a relationship with. Truly, truly wonderful and my fondest memory of a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.........totally addictive 23 Oct 1999
By A Customer
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I am totally addicted to Stephen Lawhead after reading this. I was enthralled by his ability to make people and places come to life. Charis is a women after my own heart. READ THIS BOOK, it will lead you on to the rest in the series and will make you wonder just how much is truth and how much is fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Set and it all unfolds 1 Mar 2001
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I was not a great reader of books, i bought this just to read on the plane now the entire pendragon series later and on to the next Set. I have to say thanks a very addictive read and such detail you really feel you know the characters. more please
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
Once I got passed the interspersed chapter format the story drew me in and held me completely bring on Merlin!
Published 2 months ago by Subaru
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely brilliant book. I already have the books and couldn't be without this in my kindle collection. Give it a read. You won't regret it v
Published 5 months ago by Delialah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Easily one of my all time favourite books, full of everything you want in a book

Shame the Kindle edition is littered with spelling mistakes
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb start to the saga
This introduction to his Arthurian saga could not have been bettered. To match the end of Atlantis to the beginning of the Arthur legends could not have been better. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bird of Paradise
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
A great book by a great author, if you like the King Arthur legend or just a fictional period piece full of wonder and magic youn wull enjoy this
Published 22 months ago by Miss J.A,Brewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreary
I had hoped for a good read when I read the reviews.
Maybe its cos I'm used to a faster paced book. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow...
The Robin Hood trilogy by Lawhead (Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Volume 1, Scarlet: King Raven Trilogy, Book 2 and Tuck: King Raven Trilogy, Volume 3) are amongst my favourite all time... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by simon211175
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series
I mostly enjoyed this book, but a few things didn't sit right with this re-telling of the Arthurian mythology. Firstly the Christian feeling to it, especially with Taliesin. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2007 by rhinoa
1.0 out of 5 stars Christian revisionist nonsense
Christian revisionst fantasy. An insult to the reader's intelligence and to English heritage. badly written and boring to boot!! Avoid. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series.
Taliesin is by far the best novel of the Pendragon Cycle. The story is set both in Briton (mainly N. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2003 by Silas Wegg
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