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The Endless Knot (The Song of Albion #3)

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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.

Paperback, 439 pages
Published September 3rd 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published 1991)
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
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'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
Jun 15, 2015 Danial rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I just #canteven.

While Lawhead did manage to end his love affair with exposition, his entire premise went out the window with this finale. We went from (re)building a kingdom in a rich tapestry of this fictional world to... erhm... fighting ghosts and demons. I, I couldn't finish it. I made it about 80% through the book and just quit. To jump the shark in such a cataclysmic way after working through two (very interconnected) books is unforgiveable.

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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
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
Apr 14, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2016 Margit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff2016
I read the whole Song of Albion sequence. An awful lot of words for a little bit of story.
Kat  Hooper
Apr 16, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
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
Barbara Stryker
Oct 01, 2014 Barbara Stryker rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2016 Nora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this book was never going to end. If The Silver Hand was a high 2-star, this one is a low 2-star. I didn't think it deserved one since I did actually bother to finish it and it does tie up a few storylines from the entire trilogy so it isn't entirely worthless. Just mostly. I mean, nothing happens for the first half of the book! It is lacking conflict, mystery, suspense, it's just a big fat nothing. And then when things finally do start to happen, they're eye-rollingly stupid at times. ...more
Victoria Clifford
I'm not going to give any spoilers but this whole series was great.
Randy Patton
Oct 24, 2015 Randy Patton rated it liked it
This conclusion to the Song of Albion trilogy felt a little lackluster to me. It was still enjoyable, but there was a lot of build up throughout the story without with little payoff in the ending.

Llew's wife is kidnapped. What has become of Simon? Llew doubts himself and gets lost in his thoughts. These are the central themes of this book. There were moments of Lawhead's storytelling craft in there. I did enjoy Nettles inclusion in Albion.

It seems as though this series could have been made into
Adam K.
Jul 02, 2014 Adam K. rated it it was ok
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
The best of all of them
Douglas Brock
Oct 03, 2015 Douglas Brock rated it it was amazing
LOVED the ending!!!!
Clare Farrelly
I really liked the last few chapters, but for most of the book it felt slow, and like nothing was happening, but they were traveling somewhere slowly. I kind of found it hard to believe in the evil things in the land.... And I found some of the bards sacred rights felt almost silly. But I did like this book, but it is not like Lawhead's other books, they are SO much better! This one again was too predictable. I did think the ending was done really well though, especially since it was a first per ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Jo rated it liked it
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May 10, 2014 Jennavier rated it it was ok
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
Blake Van De Walle
Jan 30, 2014 Blake Van De Walle rated it it was amazing
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Mar 23, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2010 Lady rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Graham Bradley
Nov 15, 2009 Graham Bradley rated it really liked it
My review from

(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
May 12, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-general
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
Oct 22, 2010 Jordan rated it liked it
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
Jan 23, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2016 April rated it liked it
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Joel Julian

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
Aug 10, 2012 chey rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2012 Eyebright rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2012
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
Jan 13, 2015 Brittany rated it did not like it
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
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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.

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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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“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.”
“It is right to pay heed to the stories of our people, for that is how we learn who we are and what is required of us in this life and the life beyond.” 5 likes
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