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The Arthurian Omen

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Is the story of King Arthur history or myth? In this spellbinding novel, a Celtic scholar is murdered when she finds a clue to a priceless 13th-century manuscript that will provide the true identity of King Arthur. The victims sister takes up the quest
Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Shadow Mountain
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May 20, 2008 Sabine rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sabine by: Heidi M
Shelves: book-club-books
This is the story of a woman on search for an ancient manuscript about King Arthur, the wehreabouts of said manuscript have been linked with her sisters murder. Not a bad plot, but the problem with this book was that is read like a rough outline. The characters had no real deminsion besides us knowing what clothing they were wearing at all time. I did not expect the plot twist at the end, which is fine, but usually you get to a twist and then look back over what you have read and think..oh yeah ...more
May 11, 2008 theduckthief rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people looking for airport reading
"The so-called Prince Henry might ravage the country until no one was left, but he could never destroy the spirit of Cymru. It was eternal. It would lie on in the hills, the rivers, the land, until Arthur returned to reclaim them."

The Good: I received this book as an Early Reviewer on Library Thing. It's a story about a manuscript proving the existence of King Arthur and what various parties will do to get their hands on it. Maren Southcott's sister, Rachael, an academic was on its trail befor
Apr 23, 2008 Jennie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Whether King Arthur ever actually existed is debated by scholars, but the legends concerning his greatness and his commitment to right and justice prevail — not only in England and Wales, but throughout America as well. Vandagriff exhibits keen knowledge of the legend and its continuing impact on the people of Celtic descent. Detailed research has gone into the castles, monasteries, and the Welsh countryside as she provides a sense of authenticity to the setting for this novel.

This is a multila
Stefan Yates
May 16, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
The setting and premise are exceptional in this novel, however the execution is very average. I found The Aurthurian Omen to be a very predictable and formulaic attempt at a suspense novel. The characters seem exactly like fictional characters rather than having the feel of real people and were just not very believable to me.

As I stated in my opener, I really enjoyed the fact that the novel was set in the beautiful and mysterious Welsh countryside and having the mystery itself involving finding
Jul 06, 2010 Sheridan rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I listened to a CD of this book while I was puttering around this weekend [I love the word "puttering" though I think it makes me sound so much older than I am :)]. Through most of the first CD I kept saying to myself, "REALLY?? Am I REALLY listening to this??" I thought it was horribly written and overly dramatic. It didn't help that the woman reading the story was also overly dramatic and didn't read emotion into the book the way I would have (it's one of the risks you take with a book on tape ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Well, I was excited to read this book for quite some time, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. It has very little to do Arthur at all--which was the sad part--but it did have a lot to do with Wales, which was a unknown piece of fun. I wish that I would have known that before reading it, so I knew that the book wouldn't have any Arthur history realy at all in it.
Also, the characters seemed distant to me. I didn't feel like I related, which is a new endeavor for me--to figure out what
Jun 28, 2008 Shanda rated it it was ok
I would liked to have given this book another star, because the premise of the book is enticing and has a ton of potential. Unfortunately I feel the book failed to meet that potential.

PROS: The Arthurian Omen did make me interested in learning more about Wales and King Arthur's history in relation to Wales, and the author's extensive research was evident within the story. There are a few twists that might surprise the readers.

CONS: The manuscript was rough. It felt choppy and occasionally there
Sep 24, 2010 Joyce rated it really liked it
In spite of what I felt were a few glitches in plot, I found **The Arthurian Omen** curiously hard to put down. In fact, I was up till 1:30 AM riding the rollercoaster ending all the way to…well, the end.

As a medieval history buff who usually finds myself firmly on the side of the English, I enjoyed the mental stretch in exploring the “Welsh side” of events that took place during the 15th Century reign of King Henry V and his campaigns against Prince Owain Glyndwr in Wales. This proved the hist
Apr 25, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't often pick up murder mysteries. The subject material is often a little dark for my tastes, but once in a while I do pick one up and enjoy putting the puzzle pieces together as I read. This was one of those stories. The story is about a woman who recently married a man she discovers to have a shady background. She is eager for some escape time when her lately estranged sister offers the olive branch by inviting her to help her track down an ancient, long-hidden manuscript she thinks will ...more
Adam Farnes
Aug 16, 2008 Adam Farnes rated it did not like it
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Sep 22, 2014 Noah rated it it was ok
The Arthurian Omen, by G.G. Vandagriff deals with the intense passion that arises when the location of a long lost manuscript is uncovered. The story starts out riveting and it makes you want to find out more, and then when you do, it disappoints.

The first thing that will strike you about this novel is the stupidity of the characters. They seem to make more bad decisions in the first three chapters than most of us make in a year. Their stupidity, though, doesn’t stop there. They continue to make
Feb 06, 2009 Loralee rated it liked it
Recommended to Loralee by: Book Club
Shelves: mystery, book-club
This book was an enjoyable, quick read. Maren is called by her estranged sister to come to Wales on a "treasure hunt." She and her sister had once been close and one of their favorite activities growing up had been looking for secret treasure. Five years earlier, they had a falling out (about half way through the book we're told why) and Maren jumps at the chance to reconcile with Rachel. This time they are going to search for a manuscript that will prove once and for all that Arthur was a real ...more
Jun 30, 2009 Hockey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those desperate for a G-rated suspense sprinkled with a touch of Arthurian mystique.
Recommended to Hockey by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program
G.G. Vandagriff’s The Arthurian Omen starts out in a promisingly suspenseful way. Maren’s murdered husband haunts her thoughts, her sister is murdered in Great Britain due to her search for a manuscript that promised to prove the existence of King Arthur, and finally her daughter is kidnapped back in the States. Unfortunately, the story suffers from short choppy chapters and far too many twists that should have been woven more carefully into the tapestry. The author’s storytelling is light on Ar ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Deanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost never give a book just one star. The only reason I finished this book is because it is a murder mystery and I wanted to see "who done it." Characterizations are melodramatic, shallow, and inconsistent. Dialogue was groan-worthy. One more "she clenched her fists" or use of the word "profound" and I was going to throw up. The reader of this book on CD is the worst I've ever heard -- no attempt to differentiate the voices, and playing right into the melodrama, in a sing-song voice. This li ...more
Jeannie Lee
Mar 14, 2011 Jeannie Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arthur, history
Wow! That sums it up. The suspense starts from the first chapter and doesn't let up. The twist of identity the psycho claiming to be Prince Owain Gryffudd is absolutely shocking! So many plots and story lines all nicely weaved together in the enchanting land of Wales. I loved this book, even though it is not directly about King Arthur. King Arthur and his legend plays a major undercurrent in this book, but the main story is set in our day and follows the path of a lawyer and her daughter through ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
It was hard to get into this book because I felt like the author wanted me to care about the characters from the very beginning, so it came off as a little too dramatic. The middle of the book was interesting and rather exciting as things started to get more intense. I was sorely disappointed with the ending. There was all this build up, and I suppose I just started rooting for the wrong romantic couple (which I felt was what the author wanted me to do, so how could I have been wrong?). In the e ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Casey rated it did not like it
yeah, um... I hate to be so negative but I couldn't even finish this one. (and I hardly never finish a book!) I gave it three days and 21 chapters and I still could not get into the story. She jumped around so much and was so vague in some of her details that I was confused most of the time. Her writing style was definitely not clear and there was very little suspense and action. The story just never picked up for me. You know it's ging to be bad when the prologue bores you instead of intriguing ...more
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 Alison C rated it it was ok
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I received The Arthurian Omen by G.G. Vandagriff as an Early Review from LT, requested because I am interested in and know a lot about both Celtic mythology and Arthurian lore, and because I like mysteries as well. This novel tells the story of Maren, who travels to England and then Wales in an effort to find the murderer of her older sister, Celtic scholar Rachael, and to track down the document for which Rachael was searching at the time
May 25, 2009 Jeanna rated it it was ok
Surprisingly, this was obviously a book by someone religious, but only a couple chapters ended up sounding preachy. And even those ones weren't terrible.

It was an entertaining mystery, nothing terribly special, but a fun, light read. Unfortunately, there are so many of those out there that I realize I need to try harder to read the really, really good, well-written books instead of just whatever crosses my plate. Blech.
Jun 01, 2009 Jayne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was an okay read. Once I read the author's bibliography I understood why the story was choppy and the plot lacking focus. Also, the storyline with it's multiple plots and adventures was too concocted or fake and that made it less enjoyable. The one thing I did like was the references to Christianity and grace.
Dec 24, 2009 Meridee rated it it was ok
I knew right away "who done it". But that isn't the worst of it. I listened to the audio version and the reader was painful to listen to. This is the second book from Shadow Mountain that I have had as an audio book and will probably be the last. Please people, pay for a good reader.
Aug 31, 2011 Luisa rated it did not like it
Ughhhhh.... For real?? What a jacked up ending... but not just that. The writing was weak. The plot was reminiscent of Dan Brown or Steve Berry, but just incredibly weak sauce. The characters had no depth. Just... no, no. Yuck. Gag.
Nov 02, 2008 Luanne added it
I wanted to like this book alot, since I have always love Arthurian books. However, I finally gave it back to the library, mostly unread. I guess I had too many other books in my stack to want to take the time to keep reading. Sorry.
Jul 01, 2008 Zanna rated it did not like it
A story of a woman searching for a manuscript which would prove King Arthur really existed. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but never was even close! I couldn't get into the characters and it was a fairly superficial story.
Aug 31, 2010 Brittany rated it did not like it
This could have been a three-star book, a quick mystery read, but in those last pages, when everything was revealed, it turned out to be so stupid. So stupid that I think everyone should read it just to see how stupid it was.
Jan 21, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok
The story was okay, but it felt like I was reading something written by a high school student - formulaic, under developed characters, terrible dialogue....
Jenni Elyse
I liked The Arthurian Omen, but it felt like there were too many story lines going on at the same time and the ending was a little disappointing.
Jan 22, 2012 Rashelle rated it did not like it
I couldn't get through this book. The story was fast paced & there was no depth to the characters.
Sep 24, 2009 Carla rated it it was ok
I found myself skimming ALOT and thought the ending was strange!
Jul 16, 2010 Mike rated it did not like it
Weak. Lame. And so forth.
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