The sequel to The Winter King in the Warlord Trilogy, this book is as good as its preceder, a rare and happy case. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a series–no, a book–this exciting and amusing. I’m happy to say that Bernard Cornwell is a good writer, keeping his reader captivated and on the edge of their seats at every single moment, a hard thing to do. I couldn’t get enough of each page and was sad to finish the book. (Note: I’m currently reading the last book in the series, Excalibur, so look forward to a review!) Here’s what it’s about:
After defeating his enemy, Gorfyddyd, in a major battle, Arthur’s goal now is to unite Britain to defeat the Saxons. Derfel joins in to help him fulfill his dream. But Derfel is in love with Ceinwyn, the princess and star of Powys betrothed to charming Lancelot, Derfel’s enemy, and Derfel has no chance because he is just a slave-born warrior. Will their love beat down all obstacles in their way? And Merlin and Nimue are out to find the Treasures of Britain to bring the Gods back. But at what cost? Will Arthur reunite Britain or will it prove to be the end of him? Read to find out!
As I said, this book has proved to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time, exempting The Winter King. During my whole lifetime, I’ve never cried whilst reading a book or watching a movie, but this almost had me bursting into tears! That’s a big achievement, if I say so myself. The ending was satisfying yet was not too definite to deter the reader from reading the next book in the trilogy. I give it 9 stars and recommend it for ages 13+. I can’t wait to finish the next one!