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Thank you, Giles Kristian, for not giving up on writing this book despite the harsh circumstances you had to deal with during the time of writing. May you rise like a hawk through all the difficult times ahead. Side note: It may be short but it shows just how much heart and soul were poured into this book.
You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions View all 57 comments. Bernard Cornwell is the king of historical fiction. For a start, the Arthurian myth is something that has been adapted many times into fiction, movies and television shows.
We see his side of the story. We see how he fell in love with Guinevere when he was very young and we see how he was forced into an impossible love triangle that threatened everything he had become. He didn't want this: You see, Lancelot had been training his entire life to become a warrior. After his entire family was betrayed, he has been under the tutelage of Lady Nimue and her personal warrior guard.
He has become a skilled fighter and an honourable man. He becomes the best of his men. And it was fantastic! One of the greatest difficulties in writing historical fiction is balance. Some authors stretch their stories out too far even after the plot has dried up. Others do not give their characters enough substance and prioritise contextual details and timelines.
Giles Kristian gets it just right. This is a big book, with a huge story, though it keeps moving forward and does not get stuck in the mud. Even though the events are dramatic and swift, I feel like the characters are depicted perfectly. And it also made it very easy to sympathise with him.
I can only understand him and feel for him.
Chat Sex With Horny American GirlsLancelot never stops growing until the end. He learns about himself, and how far he is willing to go for who he loves. His was an impossible situation. I also like the sense of realism that ran through the story; it showed how historical details or events can easily become exaggerated and turned into myth.
This is an explosive book, the pinnacle of the genre- Go read it! View all 10 comments. Never never never did I imagine it to be this heart rending. View all 19 comments. What a great re-telling of the Arthurian mythos. Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles is one of my favourite series of all time, and I don't think I'm alone there, so for me Giles Kristian's decision to step into the same mist-shrouded land is a brave and bold step.
Especially when he's writing about Lancelot, who Cornwell masterfully turned into one of the most loathed and despised characters I've ever had the pleasure of hating. And yet Giles Kristian did it. He turned Lancelot into a character I fel What a great re-telling of the Arthurian mythos.
He turned Lancelot into a character I felt for, cared about and dared to dream for, even though I knew there was not going to be a happy ending. He crafts a beautiful, tragic tale with exceptional heart, punctuated by visceral, blood-spattered battle scenes. A must read. View all 3 comments. Incredible piece of historical fiction, an easy 5 stars.
Review to follow. Well, that was a wonderfully entertaining, exciting and highly emotional read! This one will not soon be forgotten. I was drawn to that tale back then and this helped to create my love of heroic fantasy. Now, as an adult and reading a more realistic and gritty telling of the legend, I find myself caught up again falling in love with the story and those same ideals.
The telling of this tale from the perspective of Lancelot is terrific, adding a broader view to the classic story and even adding a refreshing take on it. And these characters! They felt so real to me. I think I liked that the best. An emotional roller coaster well worth the ride! View all 5 comments. From the very first words I knew I was going to adore it and I did.
Before he even meets Arthur though, Lancelot has lived a life less than ordinary… Lancelot broke my heart, had me on the edge of my seat, it was one of those books where, when reading it, you let out little exclamations sometimes embarrassing if you are sat on a bus where you absolutely live every minute of it with the characters and sink into their world coming out slightly dazed the other side.
It was wonderful. The ending made me sob a bit, not sure whether it was due to the events of the ending or the fact of it, but either way I was distraught that I was leaving them all behind — Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, yes even Mordred but especially Lancelot who will stay with me — and Giles Christian has gone straight to the top of my must read list. I long for more. Please do it again!
View 1 comment. You guys, I just finished reading the most amazing book and I have a massive book hang over! I stayed up super late last night to finish up Lancelot and if there is ever a good reason to be completely knackered all day, it's this one. I'd been hearing wonderful things about Lancelot on Twitter and Goodreads so when Anne at Random Things Book Tours emailed me about the blog tour, you can bet that I wrote her back within seconds.
I've never been a huge reader of Arthurian novels but Lancelot has ch You guys, I just finished reading the most amazing book and I have a massive book hang over! I've never been a huge reader of Arthurian novels but Lancelot has changed that. Though I don't think any other book will compare with Kristian's now.
Giles Kristian is a true story-teller. His writing is absolutely gorgeous and I immediately fell in love with the book within the first page. It's one of those books that you never want to put down. I was reading while cooking, while giving my kids a bath, and made my husband drive so that I could read while running errands.
I just wanted to stay in Lancelot's world. I know I'll be picking up the hardcover copy of Lancelot, because just look at that cover! Agh, it's stunning! I need this book on my shelf so that I can go back and read it again and again. I have a new author crush, so excuse me while I go out and pick up the rest of Giles' books to devour.
A truly magical book from the first person perspective of Lancelot, Arthur's greatest friend and biggest rival. The story follows Lancelot from a boy in Brittany through to his training and then his time as Arthur's right hand. While belief in the gods and magic is prevalent, there are no dragons and precious few swords in stones or ladies in lakes - and the novel is the better for it.
It gives us the biggest elements of the story in such a compelling way that the line between historical fiction A truly magical book from the first person perspective of Lancelot, Arthur's greatest friend and biggest rival. It gives us the biggest elements of the story in such a compelling way that the line between historical fiction and fantasy is so blurred as to be non-existent.
Lancelot reads with the authority and gravitas of Manda Scott's Boudicca books, such that I found it utterly believable throughout. Lancelot himself is by turns the grief-stricken boy, the arrogant youth and the killer of men. His world revolves around two suns - Arthur and Guinevere - and the central agony of his life is his inability to reconcile these competing loves and demands.
It was a stroke of genius to retell this legend through Lancelot's POV, the betrayer rather than the betrayed. I must now immediately buy all of Giles Kristian's back catalogue and I am very much hoping for a sequel following the lives of other characters in the legend. View 2 comments.
He took the world of knights in plate armour on horseback, with couched lances and their flowery medieval poetry of vanquishing barbarian foes with honour and knocked them right back to the 6th century, a post Roman world, riddled with Saxon invaders, a land with its opulent stone buildings falling down and no skills to repair them, back to the dirt the grime and the terror of small kingdom Review In Bernard Cornwell wrote the Warlord Chronicles, with that he set the bar for Arthurian tales.
He took the world of knights in plate armour on horseback, with couched lances and their flowery medieval poetry of vanquishing barbarian foes with honour and knocked them right back to the 6th century, a post Roman world, riddled with Saxon invaders, a land with its opulent stone buildings falling down and no skills to repair them, back to the dirt the grime and the terror of small kingdoms stitching together parts of that Roman prowess to forge new alliances and petty grievances.
No one has attempted to emulate that achievement since… Until Lancelot. Full review: An intense and beautifully powerful retelling of the Arthur story, focusing on the most famous and noble yet troubled of knights, Lancelot. All the emotions can be found here and tears do ensue - this is storytelling wrought from the heart. And I'd expect nothing less from Giles Kristian.
Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. No, dammit, that can't be the end. How can this be over? How can that be the end. Dammit, I'm not finished yet! What the hell happened? This book was lukewarm all the way through and then the last hour I sobbed through that last hour.
I'm still sobbing. What the hell just happened? It made me cry. I was seventeen, at Gatwick airport browsing the shelves in Waterstones, waiting to board a flight to Cyprus when I picked up a book called Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell. I'd never been much of a reader, and at that point had never heard of the great man!
I bought it, thinking it might alleviate the boredom of two weeks round the pool with my family. Little did I know it would change my life forever. I read it three times in the two weeks I was away, even after getting halfway through the first I was seventeen, at Gatwick airport browsing the shelves in Waterstones, waiting to board a flight to Cyprus when I picked up a book called Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell.
I read it three times in the two weeks I was away, even after getting halfway through the first read and realising it was the third book in a trilogy! Since that holiday I have spent twelve years devouring any historical fiction I could get my hands on, even taking the leap to write in the genre myself.
Giles Kristian is without doubt one of the finest writers in the genre right now, and he truly has excelled himself with this book. I was anxious at first. How could it live up to Cornwell's work? Surely it was bound to be a bit of a let down? I need not have worried. It is simply spellbinding. The prose as smooth as silk, the words deeper than the ocean.
I was hooked, transfixed, completely unable to function without my head buried in the pages. The book takes you from Lancelot's early life, his journey from his home in Armorica, across the narrow sea and into Britain. I read in awe as the boy became a warrior, the warrior a man. Lancelot is brought to life on the pages, his love for Guinevere pure and everlasting, as is his love for his lord, Arthur.
It's rare for a book to stir any emotion within me, but this really hit home. You feel Lancelot's turmoil as his best friend and lord showcases his beautiful bride, Guinevere, to the people of Britain. You get a real sense of his contrasting emotions, his indecision. I also enjoyed Arthur's part. His jealousy of what he imagines his best friend and wife may have shared in the formative years, a sense that his old age will always leave a void in his marriage.
As always with a book from Giles, the battle scenes are all blood and dust, as shieldwalls collide on Britain's fields and the fate of a nation is decided. In case you haven't gathered - I absolutely adored this, I don't think I'll read a better book for long, long time. Apr 05, M. I received a free EArc from Netgalley.
Lancelot is a brilliant book. I really can't recommend it enough - but at its heart, it is also flawed. The more I think about this, the more I imagine this might have been done on purpose - a mirror image of the character, perhaps. When I first began reading Lancelot I simply thought the author had been very clever with his book title. Go check my Goodreads log for the book - I say it there.
The story, while it might have been about Lancelot, could just as I received a free EArc from Netgalley. It was not necessarily a Lancelot that anyone would recognise. For all that, the young Lancelot is an intriguing character, and even if the book had just been an author with a clever title, I would probably have been just as impressed as I ultimately was. The world Lancelot inhabits is a wonderful reimagining of Britain at this strange time period - with the Romans fled, and the Saxons on the surge.
It is stuffed with warlords and kings, with kingdom names and conjures up a wonderful landscape of the time period. While all the action takes place in those areas which would be termed, British or Pictish, the very 'smell' of the Saxons is always blowing on the wind. We meet Lancelot in the first chapter, Guinevere takes longer to appear, and Arthur?
And this is as it should be - after all, this is Lancelot's story and not that of Arthur's. We do meet Merlin not long after Guinevere - so the 'names' we know from the Arthur Legend are firmly there - Tintagel is often mentioned, as too is Excalibur. As in any novel about a famous warrior, there is a great deal of training, fighting and 'rough-stuff' from the other boys being trained, but mixed with the twin thread of friendship and magic.
The magic is artfully arranged - it is just 'accepted' without explanation, and that appealed to my less than 'magical' mind. The 'friendship' element is also very skillfully told - it becomes more and more important as the book progresses. Lancelot has a lovingly crafted feel to it. It meanders down little-trodden paths, and we might be left wondering why, but just as Robin Hobb manages with her 'Fitz' books, it never feels irrelevant.
It's a delightful tale of occasional irrelevance, that I just didn't want to end, and I never say that about a book. There were times when I couldn't fathom what the author would do with his characters next and there were parts where I felt cheated. I really did love this book, but I would have liked to be much, much longer - I would have liked all the 'gaps' filled in, I would have liked answers to question that are asked but never resolved, I would have like more Arthur and Lancelot, and I would certainly have liked more, much more, of those famous battles, but Lancelot is a wonderful and powerful retelling of a legend that we already think we know - but which is ripe for retelling.
It relies on an understanding of the legend - while also reworking it. A fine piece of work that I thoroughly enjoyed - even if I didn't initially want to! Different in many ways then his prior books. More poetic, evocative prose. Still captures the heat of battles and heart pounding action that Kristian does so well but achingly poignant also.
For all he seeks to do, to be for his family, Guinevere, Arthur, and Britain. Genius to turn the Arthurian myth around from Lan Wonderful. Just do not expect Black Floki - an entirely different master of war in this epic tale View all 9 comments. The writing is exquisite with the reader drawn into the book almost immediately and transported to 5th Century Britain.
It was fascinating to read about what life was like at that time with some pretty brutal but realistic descriptions of the dangers and battles people would have faced then. I felt at times like I was there walking along beside them experiencing all the action first hand. I could hear the battles, and almost smell the blood and fear, which really added to my reading experience.
He was a character you could really get behind and support. I found I developed a bit of a soft spot for him and I really wanted to continue reading to find out what happens to him. This book is quite fast paced with lots of action and intrigue to keep the reader interested.
Despite the length I flew through the pages utterly fascinated by the story. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour and to Transworld for my copy of this book. A definite must read for fans of the genre. The language he uses is arrestingly beautiful, poetic and poignant; the fights are satisfyingly bloody; the background is a believably muddy, pagan and benighted post-Roman Britain, against which Giles unfolds a tender and tragic love story.
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