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The Winter King: a Novel of Arthur | Paperback

Released on 05 September 1996

Author: Bernard Cornwell | Format: Paperback

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Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

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Bernard Cornwell for me is the no 1 in historical fiction genre, and as these are his favourite set of books of all he has written, I was really looking forward to these. I have just finished the first book, and it was amazing. I think as these books are written in the Dark Ages, he is able to let his imagination go wild in a way that he couldn't in the Sharpe or Grail Quest series. This book is an interesting take on the famous Arthur legend, and in his usual way, he has done an amazing amount of research into the time period and legend, to make what is probably the most likely Arthur tale that I have read (dont expect round tables!). This book is one you just cant put down, finished it in a week! A great tale of battles, love and magic..... halfway through book 2 already!

 An absolute must read!

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In the past I was not the biggest reader but my best friend recommended this book to me and I cant thank him enough... its amazing! The book is so descriptive and well written you feel like youre actually there, an unmentioned character watching a story unfold that is intriguing, emotive and supremely crafted. The characters themselves are so real you feel like they become your friends as you read. It is great that Cornwell has drawn upon all the history surrounding the Arthurian legend and written it into an accurate and believable account that just draws you in.
This is the first book in a trilogy, followed by Enemy of God then Excalibur, so be aware once you finish this one you will be straight onto the next two as you wont be able to stop yourself. In the end I guess the biggest praise I can give this book is how it has got me into reading, I now cant imagine my already hectic life without a book in it!

 Epic story telling

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Without a doubt the most believable tales of Arthur made, Cornwell is a master at storytelling, the depth and the detail gone into each one of the trilogy is brilliant.
These would be epic films, and would make equal to or more than the Lord of the Rings, a shame that the Director of the 2004 King Arthur film didn't read Cornwells books first.


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this series is the greatest series of books that the great Bernard Cornwell has writen closely followed by the the lords of the north series, both of witch i have read time and time again this is deffinatly the series to start with. He is a master story teller and puts you in the life and times and the heat of battle alongside derfel and arthur fighting for Britain. Real mans book as well as true love, romance and disaster that we all need once in a while. so sit down grab a flagon of mead and enjoy

 Better than Sharpe, by Jingo! Absolutely Brilliant!

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Although the opening was an immersion into Dark Age Druidic Britain and I found myself a little disorientated, the story quickly became recognisable as a Cornwell classic. Characterisations, getting to the heart of what makes a character tick, believable interplay between characters: the whole series is a thing of beauty. One cannot read one of the trilogy without immediately following on with the other two. I read all in four days and then read them again a month later. Don't be put off by the opening - persevere - it will be well worth it.
If Arthur wasn't as portrayed, he should have been!

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AuthorBernard Cornwell
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 512 Pages