- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books; paperback / softback edition (29 Jan. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867609184
- ISBN-13: 978-0745913094
- ASIN: 0745913091
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Jan 1988
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A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome's power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom.
About the Author
Stephen Lawhead is the author of some 14 outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including The Dragon King Trilogy (Lion), The Song of Albion Trilogy (Lion), and Byzantium (HarperCollins). Sales of his books have reached over 2 million copies worldwide. An American, he moved to Britain to research Celtic mythology. He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two sons. website: www stephenlawhead.com
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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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