The first volume in this new series begins a medieval quest for the Holy Grail. When his English village is attacked by French marauders led by a vicious knight, young Thomas vows revenge and to retrieve a holy treasure taken from the church. Traveling to France, Thomas joins the army of King Edward III at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, ...Read MoreThe first volume in this new series begins a medieval quest for the Holy Grail. When his English village is attacked by French marauders led by a vicious knight, young Thomas vows revenge and to retrieve a holy treasure taken from the church. Traveling to France, Thomas joins the army of King Edward III at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, becoming an preternaturally gifted--and deadly--archer.Read Less
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"The Archers Tale" was a good change of pace from my usual nonfiction historical reading. It's well paced with believable characters that you take an interest in emphasize with. The setting and story background is not only something out side of my usual venue (Civil War and WWII) but obviously well researched and vividly brought to life. Like most readers I have a stack of books on the to read list and have eagerly added the next two books in the series "Vagabond" and "Heretic" to the it. Highly recommended.
Feb 28, 2008
The Archers Tale
This is an excellent well written book which gives a good insight into Norman/Saxon England. It is a difficult book to put down once you get into it and the excitment and intrigue starts early on. Bernard Cornwell writes very good historical fiction. This is the first book of a triology.
Apr 3, 2007
Love it :)
I actually read this book after the last one in the trilogy, (because i didn't know it was a trilogy when i got it) and i still loved it even though i knew where it would all end. When i get the time i am going to read it again. Like all Cornwell's books the battles are well-written and alive, as well as the characters.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-08-06 The young archer Thomas of Hookton joins the forces of King Edward III to fight against France in Cornwell's latest, which takes place in the mid-14th century at the beginning of the Hundred Years War. Thomas, a brilliant, handsome warrior who combines physical strength and skill with the bow, survives the pillaging of his village to become an archer and then rescues a female counterpart known as the Blackbird after she's nearly raped by Sir Simon Jekyll during one of the troop's raids in France. The nobleman becomes Thomas's chief rival as Jekyll continues to pursue the Blackbird, and Thomas is finally cast out of his unit after failing to kill Jekyll in an ill-conceived assassination attempt. He recovers to join and couple with the Blackbird, making his way through France and parlaying his skills into a royal pardon even as his opportunistic partner leaves him for the libidinous Prince of Wales. The three members of Cornwell's romantic triangle eventually meet during a huge climactic battle at Cr?cy, where Thomas must face up to a demanding family legacy involving a quest for a special lance. Cornwell has been down this path many times before, and he's a consummate pro when it comes to plying the tried-and-true combination of heroic characters; a fast-moving, action-packed plot; and enough twists and turns to keep the narrative from lapsing into formula. He uses his historical expertise judiciously as well. This book mark the beginning of a promising new series that brings an intriguing period to life. (Oct. 9) Forecast: Cornwell, the author of the Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars, has a strong and growing U.S. fan base. The Archer's Tale, already a bestseller in Britain, should strengthen his hold on the Patrick O'Brian crowd. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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