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Grail: Book Five of the Pendragon Cycle by [Lawhead, Stephen R.]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in The Pendragon Cycle (6 Book Series)
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"An exciting and thoughtful addition to the ranks of Arthurian fantasy."-- "Locus"Suspenseful . . . soulful, philosophical . . . engagingly drawn . . . Arthurian Britain is invoked with robust verisimilitude."-- "Publishers Weekly"The familiar tale [is] singularly reworked . . . Lawhead's interpretation is different and distinctive."-- "Kirkus Reviews"Lawhead manages to give the old tale new meaning and fascination. A fine story teller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasure of the legends."-- "Omaha World Herald"Highly recommended."-- "Library Journal"Lawhead evokes the best of British fantasy."-- "Encounters

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The legend of King Arthur has been told many times but never with the strength and resonance, passion and richness granted it in Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful

Pendragon Cycle

Drought, plague, and war have left the Isle of the Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured until a secret relic is brought before the dying KIng; a Holy Grail that heals his wounds and restores his vigor.

But soon evil enters the royal court in the guise of a beautiful maiden; a soulless, malevolent force capable of seducing the King's loyal champion, confounding the sage whom some call Merlin, and carrying the sacred Grail and Arthur's adored Queen off into the dark unknown. And now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovererignty: a quest of recovery that must lead the noble liege through realms of magic and the undead, on a trail that winds inexorably toward a grim confrontation with his most foul nemesis . . . and his destiny.

Drought, plague and war have left the Isle of Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured. But, astonishingly, the High King lives his wounds healed and vigor restored by a sacred and secret relic: the Holy Grail.At Ynys Avallach, a dying Arthur was miraculously renewed. And now, in this time of rampant disease and death, the great king wants to share the Grail's curative powers with all who require it. A shrine will be built to house the holy treasure and Arthur's fabled Kingdom of Summer will at long last come to be.But evil has entered the royal court in the guise of a beautiful maiden. Unbeknownst to Arthur, to his devoted warriors, to his adored Gwenhwyvar. . .even to the bard Myrddrin, the sage Emrys whom some have called "Merlin," malevolent forces, soulless and cunning, seduce the King's most loyal champion. And in an unthinkable unguarded moment, the Grail is carried off, vanishing somewhere into the dark unknown.Now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovereig.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1959 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380781042
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1214
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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"Grail" is the last volume of Lawhead's Pendragon series. It is narrated by Gwalchavad, and revolves around the mysterious and magical Grail which was the cause of Arthur's miraculous healing at the end of the previous volume. The Grail is the cup used by Christ in his last supper (p.45), and has healing powers. Arthur's kingdom is firmly established now that the Saecsons and Vandals have both been defeated. Now that the Kingdom of Summer is officially inaugurated, the Grail is seen as a symbol of this kingdom of light. So Arthur builds a shrine for this symbol of his kingdom, and the kingdom of summer is officially declared.
Just when the kingdom of summer reaches its high point, tragedy strikes. At the height of the kingdom's glory, the subversive attacks of Morgian return. This Queen of the Powers of the Air and Darkness steals the sacred Grail, abducts Arthur's queen, and deceives his champion soldier. From this point on the action intensifies, as the newly established kingdom of peace fights warfare on a new front: spiritual warfare. Unlike the battle scenes of previous volumes, the battle scenes in this book describe a struggle against demons and the powers of darkness (Eph. 6).
Lawhead's vision of the Grail did make me uncomfortable. Firstly, the cup used by Jesus was an ordinary object, and to have it turn into a sparkling grail with rows of rubies, emeralds, and pearls, with a "broad band of impossibly ornate scrollwork" seems to go against the very purpose of the last supper. Secondly, the purpose of the supper was to encourage believers in their spiritual worship and commemoration of Christ, not in a material worship of a sacred object.
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Stephen Lawheads pendragon cycle of books are the best ever written on the subject of Authur and Merlin. Great read and well thought through presentation of the early times. This writer could make you believe the legend of Auther and Merlin could be true or at lest have some basis in fact. The books do repeat themselves from time to time when you read them all, however I assume this is so you can just read one book and still know what is going on. The battles are realistic and you have some idea of the struggle in this time of emerging Christianiy. This should be a TV series as it would take off like Game of Thrones into a great box set.
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To begin, I'd like to say that the Pendragon Cycle is a brilliant work, and the other books in it stand without this, frankly, unnecessary work.
I am not sure what prompted Stephen Lawhead to write a fifth volume, but all I can say is that it simply feels wrong - almost as if someone else wrote the book.
The traditional tales of King Arthur ends with Arthur disappearing mysteriously, an event depicted magnificently at the end of Pendragon Cycle 3: Arthur, as Arthur sails off to Merlin's Grandfather's palace on Avallon - a secluded island (marked as the Isle of Wight on the map at the beginning).
So it came as a bit of a surprise to me to discover that this book begins with Arthur, Merlin and others not only returning from Merlin's Grandfather's palace, but somehow the palace Arthur was returning from was at Glastonbury Tor, the location Avallach leaves in the previous book.
The structure of the book was also different to the other books - while the others are all split into three or four sections, this is one single section told through the eyes of one person.
There were other discrepancies too, and the narrative did not seem up to the standard I have come to expect from Lawhead. To be honest, I'd recommend avoiding this book, because it kind of spoilt the rest of the series for me.
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This time it's Gwalchavad (Galahad) who tells the story of Arthur, miraculously healed, and his final confrontation with the power of Morgian (also miraculously healed, presumably). This has far more magic in it than the other novels, and less feel for Celtic Britain, which may put some off, but I thought it a fine and satisfying conclusion, though again it contradicted Arthur. I can't decide if the series was originally planned as a trilogy and Lawhead carried on because a) he knew the conclusion to Arthur was unsatisfactory or b) the success of the series demanded more books. Or if it was planned as a five novel series from the beginning, which makes the continuity gaps even more puzzling. Still, a fine series, overall, even given the dips in the middle.
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It concludes the story. If you've read book 4 you'll want to read this, if you completed just the original trilogy you may not need to bother with the extra two - they are harmless but just not quite as rivetting.
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Talisien: Excellent Merlin: Very good Arthur: Good Pendragon: Ok Grail: Er, can we see a pattern here? This book jumps back in time from the events of Pendragon in a noble quest to relieve you of your hard earned money.A turgid tale of misery, deceit and un-remitting God-bothering descibing a years worth of monumental events, which no character even mentioned in passing in the previous book. Avoid like the yellow ravager!
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