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The Enemy of God (A Novel of Arthur: The Warlord Chronicles) [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
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6 Mar 1997 A Novel of Arthur: The Warlord Chronicles
The second book in a trilogy telling the story of Arthur. After one last battle, Arthur will rule a peaceful land. But, unlike Merlin, Arthur has forgotten the Gods, who thrive on chaos. Arthur's plans are thrown into turmoil, as the search for the 13 sacred objects to restore the Gods begins.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; New edition edition (6 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718100603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718100605
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,323 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine piece of story-telling. 3 Feb 2004
Any middle part of a trilogy makes for difficult reviewing; after all, even the Two Towers on it's own lacks any real conclusion, so it might be best to look at Enemy of God in the wider context of an evolving story; in which light, it certainly does itself justice. The novel has a direct continuity with the first part, The Winter King as the action continues right where it left off, the passage of time is well handled with a real sense that we know these characters as of old and can truly understand their motivations and desires, which perhaps underlines Bernard Cornwell's excellent grasp of creating people that have depth and humanity. Derfel continues his narrative and there are plenty of unanswered questions, and overwhelmingly for me, is Derfel's apparent change of faith, which has to be answered in the final instalment. Overall, I would say that Enemy of God is an excellent continuation of what is an impressively well conceived and finely wrought tale, there is almost nothing to criticise here and I look forward to completing the trilogy, whilst being a little disenchanted with the fact that there are no more Warlord Chronicles to savour after this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first 10 Feb 2010
Enemy of God.

I first discovered this tale on Audio book read by Tim Pigott-Smith. On reading this book I was amazed, the brilliance of the author shines through here as he described a tale of Arthur through the eyes of a spear man.
Derfel (the spearman), starts his tale looking back into the past as he writes it down on parchment for his Queen. He describes the years gone by and his involvement in saving Briton from darkness. He describes his life and the lives of all the significant characters he encounters, Arthur, Merlin, Galahad et al, and the role they played in Britons Liberation. The book also tells of Pagan druids and the birth of Christianity in Briton.

This book tells the tale of the search of the cauldron and Merlin's journey to collect the treasures of Briton. It also follows Arthur and roams its way to hard decisions and sadness.

This is the second book in a trilogy and I only wish there were more, the three books are excellent and the story cannot be left alone once this first book is finished. My only advise is order all three so avert disappointment through waiting.

Fiction yes, believable well, if Arthur did exist then this story of Arthur is the one I imagine.
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Enemy of God is a brilliant second part to Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles.We meet again with Derfel Cadarn the narrator of the story of Aurthur a character so deep and rich it feels like you miss him when the book is over.This book and the entire series has a feel of the real life and times of Aurthur and not a romantic Hollywood version.It has love,honour and blood and guts.Read all three of the Warlord Chronicles it's a masterpiece and well worth putting on the big screen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book which starts off slowly 9 Oct 2000
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This is a very good sequel to the first book in the series if not quite as good as ''THE WINTER KING''. The plot starts of where the prequel ends and the book does take a while to get going. Perseverence is needed for the first seventy pages or so. The novel then picks up at the 100 page mark and we see Arthur and Derfel's attempts to unite the British kingdoms against the Saxons which is not achieved easily as you would expect. There are quite a few plot twists which keep the story interesting and overall this is a very good book with an unexpected twist at the end which makes the slow start worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 29 Sep 2013
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Great condition book and a really good read. Good follow on from first in series. Fast reliable delivery. Well recommended.
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