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Better than Bernard Cornwell,
This review is from: Grail Knight: Number 5 in series (Outlaw Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
Having finished it on the day it was published is quite good I think, and that was mostly due to it becoming increasingly compelling the further you get into it. Here I have to admit that I have only read one other in this series, the first, but as a stand alone read, there were no issues at all. Reminders of what happened in previous books were unobtrusive and felt natural and did not jar as they can do ('Sharpe' novels for instance) and allowed the flow of consciousness to continue unhindered. And that brings me to another point - Angus Donald has grown as a writer and in confidence with his art and it was a real pleasure to read.
I know a little about the author from social media and I felt he was drawing on more of his own experience for some of this story making it more real and natural. And there are a few personal points included in it quite by chance that mean nothing to anyone other than me which will make me return to this particular novel again and again.
The story itself draws on the legend of the holy grail and man's quest to own it and the shocking price to pay for being involved with it, rather reminiscent of the Indiana Jones film. The irreverent character of Robin Hood saves the day, not without some casualties, and touches of ruthlessness shown towards the reader.
All in all a great, fun read with plenty of action and emotion, twists and turns, lovable characters, hateful characters, and the darling Tronc. More of him please, in the next one!
The next in the series is going to be a right humdinger of a read and I am so looking forward to it.