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4.0 out of 5 stars Can Arthur unite the Britons against the English?
Don't read this book (or any of the trilogy) expecting a tale of mystery, magic and Merlin. Rather a historian's view of what the real Arthur and Britain in the post-Roman, pre-Saxon age might have been like. This is a time when Rome has deserted the British and the English are only just arriving from 'Germany' bringing with them upheaval and a constant struggle for...
Published on 16 Mar. 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Characterization
I love arthurian legends and had been recently looking for adaptations that challenge the old 'damsel in distress' theme for gwen. Theoretically, this should have been right up my alley, with its more brutal portrayal of the legends. But the characterizations were terrible. Instead of routing for gwen, I just found her spoilt and irritating. There were 'goodies' and...
Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Tisha


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kiungmaking (The Pendragon's Banner Trilogy), 8 Jun. 2014
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Yet again, a really good engrossing read. Just love the way the author makes the pages come alive with great storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, 28 April 2014
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Excellent book. Cannot put the book down. Helen Holliick must have spent months or years researching the background of the subject, as a result she has ended up with a fine book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, intelligent read, 23 April 2013
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First time with this author and I've enjoyed it. I don't have a lot of time to read but the book was worth it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Characterization, 17 Mar. 2013
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I love arthurian legends and had been recently looking for adaptations that challenge the old 'damsel in distress' theme for gwen. Theoretically, this should have been right up my alley, with its more brutal portrayal of the legends. But the characterizations were terrible. Instead of routing for gwen, I just found her spoilt and irritating. There were 'goodies' and 'baddies'- no characters that were in conflict and challenged our moral standings as the reader. In fact, the only characters with any decent characterization were Arthur and his half-saex wife. I found myself cheering her on far more than gwen. I definitely don't care about the sequels
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