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Der Schattenfürst : Roman (The Arthur Books #2)

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The balance of King Arthur's unified kingdom is threatened by Merlin's quest for the last of Britain's 13 Treasures; by the conflict between the ancient religion and the new Christianity; and by Britain's war with the Saxons. A master storyteller continues his retelling of the Arthurian legend.
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StoryTellerShannon
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Mike
Enemy of God Enemy of God (The Arthur Books, #2) by Bernard Cornwell is a solid 4 stars, maybe even 5 stars. I took a little away because I wanted Arthur to be a little more cunning and realistic. He comes across too naïve in areas where he should not be. The portrayal of Christianity and how it spreads conflict is a major theme and isn’t pretty. But it is probably realistic. While this Arthurian tale is not like any others, if you are looking for a “Grail” quest, you will find it here…kind of. This part of the tale is told in the warm summertime,...more
Nate
Allow me to open this review by apologizing to my friends on Goodreads for spamming so many reviews of Cornwell stuff lately, I don't know what my problem is. I hate to be that guy but the man's stuff is entertaining. Anyways...this book was a very pleasant departure for Cornwell. It's less about stuff like gathering levies, shield walls, and efficient military maneuvering and more about the struggle between paganism and Christianity, the relationships of the characters in the book and how they...more
Chris
Want an Arthurian legend with grit? With raw human emotion? With unexpected betrayals and intrigue? Here you go.

This is the second in the Arthur/Warlord trilogy and keeps the same momentum started in The Winter King.

It could almost have ended here. You could stop after this and have a satisfying saga.

But who would want to? There's still one book to go.
Terri
This was a reread for me after having read it first over a decade ago. Wow time flies.
I couldn't really remember the book and as I read it, it didn't look familiar. only had the occasional de ja vu. I am wondering if that is because it can be a little boring at times and therefore it never stuck in my head all those years ago.
A 4 star rating for it. I dropped a star because while at times it was a 5 star read, there were other times when Bernard Cornwell needed to stop over writing and get on...more
Rob Bradford
I have yet to read a really good book by Bernard Cornwell; but he's never failed to entertain me, either.

Every book of his that I've read could fit into this one generic Cornwell review:

Characters: good, but curiously blind in the places where the plot calls for them to miss something.
Historical Detail: excellent, immersive, impressive.
Plot: frustratingly obvious.
Pacing: excellent, if predictable.
Style: solid, literate, unchallenging.

I guess it's the way it's going to be, if you write as many b...more
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Everything I said in my much longer review of The Winter King (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) applies to Enemy of God, as well, except ramped up to 11.

The story was tighter, Christianity and Druidism both came across as more sinister and yet somehow more pitiable, and the characters plunged into that old truth of how everything goes wrong in Act II, when things are darkest before the dawn.

My only criticism (of a book as close to flawless as humanly possible) is that towards the end,...more
James Swenson
The second volume of the Warlord Chronicles: begin with The Winter King.

Bernard Cornwell recontextualizes the familiar episodes of the Arthurian legend within a plausible fictional history. The central characters are intelligently reimagined: none more so than Lancelot, whose villainy is thorough and multifaceted. While Arthur is animated by the quest to unite Britain (Wales) against the looming threat of the (English) Saxons, his fifth-century world is being reshaped by the waning of Druidic pa...more
Jana
An interesting take on the main period of Arthur's reign that doesn't suffer from the middle book syndrom. I learned a lot about the post-Roman Britain and the earlier less-fancy version of the Arthur legend from this book. It is a period of confusion, a melting pot of religion and uneasy alliances.

I thoroughly enjoyed the battle descriptions which were never drawn out too long and actually fairly quick and to the point giving them a realistic feel. The magic in the book still has me thinking wh...more
Kate Quinn
Cornwell's splendid trilogy of King Arthur continues in the second novel, "Enemy of God" - and it's altogether a darker, dirtier, more brutal world than the Arthur myths most of us remember growing up, with new twists to many familiar characters. Lancelot in this setting is a preening poser, Merlin is a teasing prankster as well as a powerful wizard, and the seasoned Derfel is Arthur's greatest warrior. Arthur now rules as regent for the child king Mordred, his enemies subdued - but chaos is alw...more
Billy
So continues Derfel's tale of Arthur...,

Again, as in The Winter King, book 1 in this trilogy of Arthur, Cornwell presents part 2 of the history of Arthur from a very different point of view and with a very different spin on the tale. This is not the magical tale of a sword in a stone or of a round table and a grail quest. What this is, is a tale told by Lord Derfel Cadarn, Derfel 'the mighty'. He is, as he tells this tale, an old monk in the service of the king and queen of the Britons. But he w...more
Ensiform
The second book in the Arthur series, this book tells of how Arthur’s fragile peace was broken by Lancelot’s deal with Cerdic, the Saxon raider, and how Arthur discovered Lancelot’s treachery with Guinevere. The narrator Derfel’s story is also fraught with drama; Cornwell knows how to make the reader hate villains (treachery is the trick, it seems, judging from this and the Sharpe series) and yearn for their comeuppance.

Again, this is a very expertly realized historical guess at “Camelot” (a wor...more
StoryTellerShannon
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Olethros
-Continuación exitosa de los usos y formas del primer libro de la serie.-

Género. Novela histórica (por más que trate una época y un lugar con pocas referencias).

Lo que nos cuenta. Tras vencer en la terrible batalla del valle del Lugg donde Derfel tuvo que resistir ante fuerzas muy superiores, Arturo sigue trabajando por la estabilidad y la unión de los reinos en la isla, con los sajones como único obstáculo en su tarea. Pero Merlín sabe que hay otro enemigo, el cristianismo, que socaba la fuerz...more
Rhonda
An absolute page turner. Derfel is a wonderful central character. I really like the way the story is written as a memoir. Because of that, we have a bit of a glimpse of his future. I keep reading to discover how he winds up in such a situation as an old man. Of course, that's not the only reason. Mr. Cornwell has developed wonderful characters and plots that kept me wondering what would happen next and astounding me when I found out!

I don't remember reading another book or series that i thought...more
Jake
Grading on a bit of an unfair curve as this was much better than most 4-star books I've read. But considering how much I enjoyed The Winter King, I expected this to be slightly better than it was. There was a lot of fluff and stalling, at least more than I remember from the first book. Also, the female characters are not well-created, a common problem for most male authors. Still, the moments of good writing and excitement Cornwell builds (there's always three or four scenes from Cornwell's book...more
Bookworm Sean
After reading this, I have decided I don’t want to read the third book in the series because if I do, it will end. But no seriously, I will read it but I won’t be happy to finish it; it’s just one of those epic series’ that you come across every so often that is that good you don’t want to read it because when you have you can never read it again for a first time.

This novel is fantastic, the character development strong and the plot action packed. It’s just great! For fans of Arthur and his knig...more
Krystyne
Amazing! I agree with Bernard Cornwell, these books are his best work yet. I absolutely loved the Winter King so I came into reading this book with high expectations and it delivered. Great story and character writing! I liked that the story had enough action, romance, magic and some comic relief. I liked that he weaved in history of the Romans and the conflict between the old world of pagan Gods and the new rising cult of Christianity. I can't wait to read Excalibur.
Chris
Still good. I said most of it in the first book's review, but this is an amazing series.

I did want to address two characters who I think fall a bit into Cornwellian stereotype. They are Lancelot, and Bishop Samson. Lancelot is portrayed as a whiny, cowardly, vain, treacherous piece of garbage. In theory, I'm fine with this. I'm all for throwing a wrench into the traditional narrative, it's just that this character isn't far off from a lot of Cornwell villains, especially in the Sharpe series. Sa...more
João Gustavo
Segundo livro da trilogia "The Warlord Chonicles", cujo título em português ficou "As Crônicas de Arthur", mantém o jeito cativante da narrativa. São pouco mais de 500 páginas que se passam até rápido demais...
Nikki
This book continues the series. The first time I read the trilogy, I stumbled on it, but I see nothing wrong with it now. I love the characters, and I love the layers of (likely accurate) detail.
Kerri
I think I liked this one even better than the first. That surprises me given that it is the "middle" book in a trilogy. On to the next...
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Excellent continuation from first book in trilogy. looking forward to number 3.
Eric Lin
Arthur and Derfel: Bros for Life
Isidora Đolović
Posle dužeg perioda čitanja uglavnom teorijske, stručne literature, na red su došle - kao predah pred početak semestra - knjige "za moju dušu", čisto čitalačko zadovoljstvo. Pošto sam zaljubljenik u (dobre!) istorijske romane, sa mnogo likova, interesantnim zapletima i po mogućstvu što više nastavaka, Kornvelova trilogija mi se najpre našla pri ruci. Dovoljno će biti da pomenem i svoju zaluđenost arturijanskim legendama i činjenicu da sam ovoga leta sa Arturom, Merlinom i društvom "lutala" zahva...more
Kenny
Cornwell writes historical fiction, usually with a war/combative theme. There are exceptions, like "Gallows Thief", as well as series like the Arthur trilogy that have sparing action. There's at least one general battle per book in this series, but they're a small part. The overall story is one of myth and drama; it's a historical retelling of the Arthur trilogy, with a fantastic "feel," or a feeling of fantasy. “Enemy of God” is the second book in the series, so if you are interested in reading...more
Nadja
Things I loved about Winter King, I also loved here. However, I do have basically all of the same complaints as well. Characters are good, if a bit shallow in their development (especially the female characters). They are excellent plays on what you expect from your typical Arthurian legend, and Merlin and Lancelot's personalities really come out in this book (this is still my favorite aspect of this series). Lancelot is the guy you love to hate in this series. Arthur can be frustratingly blind...more
Denise
NOTE: This is book #2 of a 3-book series. For best effect, read in sequential order.

We've all heard the mythical story of King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere. But Bernard Cornwell has taken what what we may believe about the story and given it a fresh twist. He's scraped away the fairy tale and woven a story that shows us real humans with all their quirks and frailties. In my opinion, a much more believable story with many levels that was a real page-turner for me.

The story is done as a narrat...more
Reinhold
Eine wahrhaft wunderbare Trilogie

Ehe Bernard Cornwell diese Trilogie verfasste machte er sich einen Namen als BBC-Reporter. Die Notwendigkeit der sehr genauen Recherche hat er in dieser Trilogie mitgenommen. Wenn auch historisch belegbare Aufzeichnungen über Arthur selbst fehlen, so gibt es doch eine Menge geschichtliches Wissen das Cornwell wunderbar in dieses Werk einbaut.

Diese Trilogie erzählt die Geschichte Arthurs ganz anders als wir es aus der Legende kennen. Arthur hat seine Schwächen, Me...more
Cara
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“But when you have order, you don't need Gods. When everything is well ordered and disciplined then nothing is unexpected. If you understand everything,' I said carefully, 'then there's no room left for magic. It's only when you're lost and frightened and in the dark that you call on the Gods, and they like us to call on them. It makes them feel powerful, and that's why they like us to live in chaos.” 14 likes
“To hear the tales told at night-time hearths you would think we had made a whole new country in Britain, named it Camelot and peopled it with shining heroes, but the truth is that we simply ruled Dumnonia as best we could, we ruled it justly and we never called it Camelot. Camelot exists only in the poets' dreams, while in our Dumnonia, even in those good years, the harvests still failed, the plagues still ravaged us and wars were still fought.” 3 likes
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