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King Arthur: The Bloody Cup Hardcover – 4 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755348710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755348718
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 24 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The final part of an epic trilogy charting the legend of King Arthur, sure to appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

M. K. Hume is a retired academic, who is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Queensland, Australia. Having completed an MA and PhD in Arthurian Literature many years ago, M. K. Hume has now written a series of magnificent novels about the legend of King Arthur. For more information visit: www.mkhume.com.


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I must say that this is one of favourite Arthurian retellings along with Mary Stewart's Merlin series and Nancy McKenzies Queen of Camelot duo.
This trilogy by Hume is firmly in the Romano-Celtic frame of reference in the tradition of Rosemary Sutcliff and Jack Whyte.
The third in the trilogy Arthur is now an aging monarch, and his evil son Mordered , king of the Brigantes is plotting insurrection and against his father and stirring up subversion.
Mordred also is exposed at diabolical, sadistic and perverted sexual pursuits aimed at anything vulnerable.
The Queen Wenwyvar is as petulant and spiteful as ever, and engages in her promiscuity without respite despite getting on in years.
Morgan is still cuahgt up in her wicked wiles and hatred
Nimue is a wise and strong mother, surviving her late husband, Myrddion and sends her eldest son the bard Taliesin to Arthur's court.
Morgause's son Gawaine has a vast sexual appetite and weakness for attractive women but is otherwise loyal to Arthur while his son Galahad is a religious fanatic puritanical prig , self -righteous and without the attribute of mercy.
His companions in hunting for the Holy Grail are Bedyr, Arhtur's lifelong companion, once enslaved by the Saxons, and the valiant and true Perzival.
The Grail is of Jewish origin from the Land of Israel and not Saxon, roman or Celtic
The murderer Gronw and the Lady Mirrell are part of a movement called the Cup of Ceridwen which aims to destroy Arthur's kigdom and Christianity and restore the pagan ways of old and will stop at nothing to do so
But Mordred is behind all the mayhem and murder.
Arthur's grandsons the twins Balan and Balyn are sent on their own missions and also add a twist in the tale.

Ends in tragedy but with the promise of deliverance. But this book was a stunning finale full of action, intrigue, strong characterization, bloodshed , treachery and passion. A stunning finale to an absorbing trilogy.
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Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of MK's writing it was a with bated breath that I had to wait to see if the third part in the series would live up to my expectations. Whilst I severely hoped that it would, there's always a nagging doubt in the back of the readers mind that it really will flop and do it badly especially when you feel that you've already been spoilt with the first two.

What occurs within is not only a fitting tribute to perhaps the reality of Arthur (as MK Hume sets the tale in Roman times) but perhaps a great example of an author who loves her work so much that she'll go the extra mile to make sure that it will please the reader. The prose are ideal, the writing crisp and above all the characters feel real enough for the reader to greet in person. Not only are they likeable but they also have issues that need dealing with emotionally as well as physically. It's a great offering and whilst some will think that this sees the end of the road, remember that MK has the first novel in her Merlin series out in October for readers to travel a more unfamiliar road. A truly great series in the historical fiction world and one that I really can't recommend enough.
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This excellent book is the 3rd and final volume of the wonderful King Arthur trilogy.
Once again I like to say that the tale is told in a very dedicated and passionate way by the author, and that it pictures Celtic Britain in a most remarkable fashion.
All the characters within the book come vividly to life yet again in this heartfelt story while the atmosphere of the times really comes of the pages.
The story itself is about King Artor, High King of the Britons, who's now weakening with age and who's now threatened from without as well as from within his Kingdom.
From without dissenters and believers of the pagan faith will try to steal the ancient cup of Bishop Lucius of Glastonbury, an act that will unleash a force for evil from which murder and mayhem will finally unsue.
But the ultimate threat to Artor's rule comes from within when Artor is betrayed by kin, and so Celt will slay Celt in the end.
This is a fantastic heartfelt tale of a thrilling trilogy, one that will end with "A Truly Fascinating Finale"!
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Format: Paperback
I am a great fan of the Arthur legends and have devoured many fantastic takes on the subject from the very Celtic rendition from Stephan Lawhead (The Pendragon Series)Arthur (Book III of the Pendragon Cycle),the 12th century chivalrous tales by Chrétien de Troyes to the dark ages version from Bernard Cornwell (The Warlord chronicles) The Winter Kingand I must say this one ranks up with them as one of the best.

MK Hume manages to include most aspects of the legend with her own particuler descriptive style, making it dark and exciting, yet keeping away from being overly magical. Most characters from the various takes of the legend make an appearence through one or more books of the trilogy. These include the not always remembered: Taliesan, Gareth, Tristan (Trystan) and Iseult, Nimua and the warrior twins Balan and Balyn as well as some of the more known including Perceval, Galahad, Merlin and Uther. Without giving anything away, what I particularly enjoyed was how Hume made her own clear take on the characters, much the way Bernard Cornwell did with his very varied characters. Those who have read his books may know what I mean. For example Gawayne, Galahad and Nimua all have aspects of their better known chracters, but with some very subtle differences. None of which are quite how I had imagined them to be. Which was a good thing!

The one notable absence was Lancelot, but his character was included in a combination of two other popular figures of legend Gawayne and Bedwyr. I have read books before with one or the other but never both!!
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