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on 21 June 2017
Having (literally) grown up adoring T.H. White's 'The Once and Future King,' for many years I resisted some of the other popular interpretations of the Arthurian legends. it was only a few years ago that I ventured so far as to read Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, and loved it. That encouraged me to press on with Cornwell, whose representation is by far the grittiest, and furthest from the realm of legendary sword and sorcery of those I have read.
I thought it was superb.
Whilst a bit slow to get started, you shouldn't let that put you off. Press on and at about the 50-75 page range the plot reaches out, grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the end. Be aware that Merlin, and even Arthur, do take a bit of a back seat in this story: the stars of the show are Nimue (who, in this literary incarnation, I guarantee you will never forget!) and the narrator, Derfel, a Saxon foundling turned Celtic warlord turned monk (and saint!).
I really can't praise this enough. If you're enjoying 'The Last Kingdom' on the BBC/Netflix, give this a try...you are in for a treat. I've downloaded the second part of the trilogy but am saving it for my upcoming holiday in Brittany (not far from Broceliande). Can't wait!