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Taliesin: Book One of the Pendragon Cycle by [Lawhead, Stephen R.]
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"Highly recommended."
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It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.

Taliesin is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the Atlantean princess who escaped the terrible devastation of her homeland, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is the story of an incomparable love that joined two worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawned the miracles of Merlin...and Arthur the king.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2031 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038070613X
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC141M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 It isn't an historical document and I think the only people who could be disappointed in the book are those who read it expecting facts.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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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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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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We start off in Atlantis just before disaster strikes, seen through the eyes of Charis,the daughter of King Avallach. We are then transported to Britain just before the coming of the Dark Ages to witness the arrival of Taliesin the Bard to the clan peoples of Wales. From here the fortunes of these two peoples are inextricably linked.
It is difficult to sum up this book in just a few words. I'm not a historian so I don't know how much is fact, what is legend and what is pure fiction, but I do know I was carried along with the story and found myself believing in all the characters without question. There are probably people out there who have read more on the Arthurian legends and feel they have read better, but for me the most important thing is the enjoyment of a really good story and a feeling of dismay when the book is finished-the sign of a really good read!
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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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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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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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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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