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The Endless Knot (The Song of Albion #3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  4,180 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Fires rage in Albion: strange, hidden fires, dark-flamed, invisible to the eye. Llew Silver Hand is High King of Albion, but now the Brazen Man has defied his sovereignty and Llew must journey to the Foul Land to redeem his greatest treasure. The last battle begins, and the myths, passions, and heroism of an ancient people come to life as Llew faces his greatest test yet.

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Paperback, 446 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by WestBow Press (first published 1991)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
I won't lie, when I got to the end of this book I cried. Not only because it was such a touching and emotional ending, but also because I knew it was the end of my stay in Albion. This series...it's simply amazing. I know I've said this before, but the characters in this series are so incredibly full of honor and virtue, it makes you wish you knew them in real life. And Albion itself is such a beautiful land of wonder and beauty that you can't help but wish you could live there forever. There is ...more
Douglas Hayes
I have just re-read (for the umteenth time) The Song of Albion Trilogy - and loved it as much as I did the first time.

Lawhead is an outstanding writer that knows how to bring historical fiction to life. He writes as a Christian, without destroying the storyline with awkward Christian-esque metaphors, allegories and evangelical slogans.

In this series one cannot help but think of the main character as a Christ figure, and yet it is set in an alternate ancient pagan Celtic religious context. At va
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Krista
I liked this trilogy. A lot. However, I must admit the third book was a little too descriptive for my taste. I would skip a sentence here and there, then a paragraph or two as I scanned the text for some sign of moving the plot forward. I may have even skipped a handful of pages near the end when the author rambled on about the changes in the landscape. An odd pacing choice for a climatic scene.

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy that follows in the Christian traditi
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Kat  Hooper
I won't give any spoilers, but this well-written trilogy comes to an exciting, surprising, and fulfilling conclusion in this third book. I don't usually read a series twice, but I will read this one again. It was terrific! Read more Stephen Lawhead novel reviews at Fantasy Literature
Lily
THIS BOOK is by far the saddest and most depressing of the entire trilogy ...! I'll have to warn you that the ending isn't exactly a happy one... but it's GOOD ok?! REALLY GOOD - READ IT! NOW! It's actually my favorite of the trilogy! I loved what the characters had to go through and enjoyed how they emotionally handled themselves... I thought it was beautiful. I don't wanna give away too much, but I will say that (view spoiler) but not in the way you might ...more
Adam K.
I'm sorry--I just don't get it. Maybe I didn't try very hard? What was all this about in the first place? Is there some allegorical application? Why do Christians especially like this trilogy? I don't see the application. Maybe I'm confused that Thomas Nelson published it. Maybe I'm confused that it's not exactly packaged as YA fiction, although that's the best fit for it. I guess I had certain expectations from what looked to be an adult fantasy series published by Thomas Nelson, like Ted Dekke ...more
Jo
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Jennavier
Evil will always triumph because good is dumb!

Looks like Darth Helmet had it right my friends. Throughout the Song of Albion series Llew and friends keep getting owned by the bad guys because they have to follow the heroic rules, or the rules set down by the bards and history and all that. The bad guys don’t so they take credit for the good guys, sneak around them, and generally cause a lot of mischief. Luckily this is fiction so the good guys can still win in the end. Sort of.

Case in point. Pal
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Blake Van De Walle
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Jen
It's delightful to return to books you read years ago and be surprised by them all over again, having totally forgotten the plot twists in the meantime.
In the conclusion of the Song of Albion trilogy, we return to Llew as narrator--again, it's a little confusing, because it takes a page or so to figure out we've left Tegid behind. And Llew is now most definitely Llew; Lewis has been totally overtaken by this strong kingly figure.
It's rare that the second book of a trilogy is my favorite, but I j
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Lady
I think I would give this 2.5 stars, if there were half stars. Mostly because it took me forever to get through this book. I just wasn't compelled to read it.

At first I thought it was just fatigue. By the time I got to the third book, all the things I didn't love about Stephen R. Lawhead's writing were piling up. Like being frustrated with ignorant characters who should see and react to certain things because you're learning of them through the characters point of view. But then I realized that
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Graham Bradley
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(Whole trilogy reviewed)

This one is over a year in the making. I first read The Paradise War last summer on audio when my mom got me the book for my birthday. I'd read Lawhead's Hood and Scarlet and totally loved them, so I wanted to get into his backlist. The cool thing about this trilogy is that, unlike his other books (which are all period pieces about King Arthur, Robin Hood, Saint Patrick, etc), this trilogy is contemporary and perhaps
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Charles
Lawhead mixed Celtic lore with some very traditional epic qualities. At a couple of points I actually imagined them as looking a bit more Grecian than they really should. Here Llew continues filling his role as epic hero and makes his journey through the underworld, his mythological weapon (the titular silver hand of the prior novel) is given more explanation and usefulness, and he shows much more growth and understanding of his role. The series as a whole is culminated effectively with the clos ...more
Jackie
This is book #3 of the Song of Albion series. There is treachery afoot in the Llew's glorious kingdom. His and his best friend's (Cynan) wife have been abducted. They spend the book trying to find the hostages on the barren island of Tir Aflan where nothing lives and to where evildoers have been cast off. Bothersome to me is how Llew repeatedly and headstrongly insists upon impetuously dashing off to do whatever emotion pulls him to do even though he knows better. And not only does he jump, but ...more
Jordan
Llew has once again taken his place as the PoV character, and finally things seem peaceful in Albion. In fact, things seem peaceful for quite nearly half of the book. There's a lot of buildup, but you can't help but wonder for the first two hundred pages if it's actually going to be as dreadful as it pretends it's going to be. I won't exactly support or disprove of where it goes with it's buildup, because it really is a matter of opinion.

Overall, I felt a little betrayed by this book. While bein
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Rob
It's been many years since I read this book. I think that perhaps it is more years than I originally thought....I remembered very little from my first reading (I was only a teen at the time).

It continues on from when Llew Silver Hand has become Aird Righ (High King) of Albion and lives at Dinas Dwr in Caledon. Obviously, things don't go quite according to plan and the long sought after peace is not in evidence although fleetingly it makes an appearance.

Llew, Cynan, Tegid and other main characte
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April Martin
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Joel Julian
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I'm not really sure how to summarise my feelings about this book. The first two novels in the "Song of Albion" trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed. I found them to be refreshing and original considering that most other fantasy books tend to end up accidentally ripping off either "The Lord of The Rings" or "The Chronicles of Narnia" (or both). However, "The Endless Knot" seemed to both exceed and tumble far below my expectations. The first half of the book, without a doubt, convinced me this w
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chey
I loved the beginning until I was a quarter way through and then it turned disturbing. I now know what a glimpse of hell might be and for any Christian based person,it will humble you to submission as at first glance of the horrid details reading about the ordeal endured by the characters, I was questioning the writers Christianity and questioned why the Christian book store would be selling such a disturbing series with so much evil. As you get to the end, you start to realize what it means, an ...more
Eyebright
Beginning with the continuation of the story of Llew Silver Hand, The Endless Knot tells of the golden age when all of Albion is united under the Aird Righ (High King). Llew is established among the people, and even takes a bride. The book shows how he helps to build up his city and his people, until little things start showing up, saying that not is all right with the land. When his most beloved treasure is stolen, he goes on a journey that shows destruction and despair like never seen before, ...more
Brittany
I honestly did not read all of this book.I read some of the beginning and skipped ahead to see how it ended. First of all, it was boring and unnecessary. This series only needed the first book. Secondly, it was a little too PG-13 for my liking. There were some very suggestive moments, and one scene went a little beyond that. Also it was kind of um, different. ***Spoiler!!!!* For instance the story is written through the main character's point of view. When he is killed, the story still continues ...more
Tim Martin
This book was an odd ending to the trilogy. There were things I really liked and things I didn’t. Honestly, overall, I still don’t exactly know how I feel about this particular novel. I liked the second volume in the series the most and I do think this book the weakest in the series. Doesn’t mean I disliked _The Endless Knot_, but…well, let’s look at the particulars.

Strong points first. Most of the book – a mild spoiler here I think – takes place not on Albion per se but another landmass, that o
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Vivian
The final book in the Song of Albion trilogy was a bit slow, but not as slow as the first, Paradise Wars. I recommend reading it nonetheless, because there are some interesting relationships between characters.

The Endless Knot sees the return of Llew (Lewis) as the main protagonist. Fresh from his victory over the usurper Meldryn, Llew is forced into assuming the kingship over all of Albion. Llew marries and begins his reign, although knowing his presence in Albion means the unraveling of the ne
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Ryan Thompson
Though I missed out on the Second book in the Song of Albion Trilogy, it wasn't difficult for me to get sucked back into this beautiful tapestry of Celtic mythology and metaphysical contemplations. The plot, though somewhat simplistic in this particular book, has to be acknowledged as part of a much greater story. The development of the protagonist and the struggles that he bears as a wanderer in both worlds, the bridge that gaps the dimensions, is introduced in book 1 and very well finalized in ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Otherwise known as "Everything Is Terrible." God, this is a dull, depressing end to an otherwise entertaining series. People are happy for approximately five minutes, then shit catches fire. After that, it's one long slog through boring, gray territory being menaced by various monsters and never quite catching up to the enemy. When they finally do, everyone dies.

Well, not exactly, but close enough. It solves the central problem of how to get Lewis out of the place he doesn't belong, and the sect
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Tori
If I could cut this book in half and rate each one differently, I could. The first half = 1 star. Besides the fact next to nothing happened - a whole chapter on how he decides to build a mill, Really? Really? Because everyone just wants to read about that - and with Llews marriage it got a bit too sexual for me.

The second half was much much better. I would give it 4 stars. Monsters, quests, action.

The ending was a bit of a suprise (view spoiler)
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Barbara Stryker
In the story you will learn of ancient Scotland. If you like Tolkien and CSLewis you will likely let enjoy this series. Read carefully and you will be able to pick out the story of the Lamb of God who gave his life to save us
Joshua Crowe
I should've stopped with Book 2. That one is everything this one is not: loose, jumbled, and confused. The reason I gave it three stars instead of 2 is that I was invested in the characters. It's always good to see a story get tied up.
Selene
En este último libro de la trilogía, volvemos a encontrarnos con que la historia es de nuevo contada por Lewis ahora llamado Llew Mano de Plata. Llew es ahora el soberano rey (Aird Righ) de Albión, y parece que la vida le sonríe. Pero de nuevo nubes de tormenta aparecen en el horizonte, demostrando que Llew todavía no ha acabado de cumplir lo que el destino demanda de él.
Este libro es principalmente un libro de búsqueda, de viajes, y está lleno también de grandes hazañas.
El autor termina el lib
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Cher
I first started reading Stephen Lawhead because of some books published by The Chrystostom Society, a group of Christian authors. I stumbled upon this society because of my love for Madeleine L'Engle.
I found the first two books of this trilogy compelling and exciting, but was dissapointed in this final volume until the end. Even though the "Quest" part of the story seemed unending and was hard to get through, the ending made it all worthwhile!
The quote at the beginning explains it all:
"Since all
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

Also see his fanpage at Myspace:
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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned
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Other Books in the Series

The Song of Albion (3 books)
  • The Paradise War (The Song of Albion, #1)
  • The Silver Hand (The Song of Albion, #2)
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle #1) Hood (King Raven, #1) Arthur (The Pendragon Cycle #3) Merlin (The Pendragon Cycle, #2) Scarlet (King Raven, #2)

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“Earth and sky, rock and wind, bear witness!
By the power of the Swift Sure Hand, I claim this ground and sain it with a name: Bwgan Bwlch!

Power of fire I have over it,
Power of wind I have over it,
Power of thunder I have over it,
Power of wrath I have over it,
Power of heavens I have over it,
Power of earth I have over it,
Power of worlds I have over it!

As tramples the swan upon the lake,
As tramples the horse upon the plain,
As tramples the ox upon the meadow,
As tramples the boar upon the track,
As tramples the forest host of heart and hind,
As tramples all quick things upon the earth,
I do trample and subdue it,
And drive all evil from it!

In the name of the Secret One,
In the name of the Living One,
In the name of the All-Encircling One,
In the name of the One True Word, it is Bwgan Bwlch,
Let it so remain as long as men survive
To breath the name.”
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