The Winter King

The Winter King

Book - 1996
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It takes a truly great storyteller to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time it was told. In The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell, who has been called one of the most accomplished and stylish storytellers now writing (Kirkus Reviews), tells the tale he was meant to tell: the mythic saga of King Arthur. Powerful and dramatic.--Sharon Kay Penman.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9780312144470
0312144474
Branch Call Number: CORN
Characteristics: 431p. 25cm.

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crazygerbillady
Aug 19, 2015

I really enjoyed this whole series. It does a really good job of making the dark ages seem dark. Everything and everyone (for the most part) is dirty and and disgusting and horrible.

I also really appreciate the way magic is treated in the series. Cornwell never lets magic unequivocally be real. However, nor does he delve into scientific explanations which might spoil the mystery. This is complicated by the fact that not all the characters believe in all the magic all the time, and yet it is a very important plot device. There is a wonderful balance between reality and superstition.

The story, however, is not a happy one. It covers basically all of Arthur's life, and throughout the series, there is a strong sense of loss, from the abandonment of England by the Romans to the encroachment of Christianity to the eventual conquest by the Saxons.

It's not an uplifting story, but it is enjoyable and very well told.

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PatrickT
Jul 25, 2011

I like Bernard Cornwell as a writer. This one took a little while to get going but a good read.

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cloudni9e
Jun 04, 2011

Warlord Chronicles series:

1. The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur (1995)

2. Enemy of God (1996)

3. Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur (1997)

Classic Cornwell. One of my favourite series. Historically accurate, descriptive, and gory at times.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 01, 2009

In this tale Mordred, Uther's infant grandson, is the rightful king and Arthur is merely one of his guardians, sworn to hold the kingdom against the Saxon warlords.

Book #1 in the Warlord Chronicles

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