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Grail (The Pendragon Cycle #5)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,824 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The legend of King Arthur has been told many times—but never with the strength and resonance, passion and richness granted it in Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful

Pendragon Cycle

Drought, plague, and war have left the Isle of the Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured—until a secret relic is brought before the dying KIng; a Holy Grail that heals h
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published July 1st 1997)
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Jessi
Well, this is another book I'd put before book 3 of Arthur. Actually, I am reading the last book again. I feel that I need some sort of closure to wrap up the whole series.

I didn't really think about Gwalchavad much in the previous books, but he makes a very good narrator to this tale. I also love how Morgian's thoughts are all in italics. The best quote in the whole book, I think, is, "Forget swords and spears-children's playthings. I taught you better than that, Morgaws. I suckled you on venom
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Laura
Los dos anteriores libros de esta saga se me habían hecho bastante pesados. Batalla tras batalla interminable, siempre contra un enemigo más fuerte y numeroso que el anterior pero por suerte este fue totalmente diferente. Volvió un poco al espíritu que tenía Merlin donde la magia está presente. Morgian por fin toma protagonismo y nos muestra de lo que es capaz.
Gwalchavad me gustó como narrador, le agregó algo distinto a la saga, siendo su voz muy diferente a la de los demás narradores que tuvim
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Laurie
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Jodi Woody
Last book of the "Pendragon Cycle" series, "Grail" shows more of the story from the evil side of things. I feel the same way about this one as I did about "Pendragon", because they are out of sequence, and there isn't a real clear timeline, I found myself thinking, "was this before this event??" So I really liked it, though I loved Taliesein, Arthur, and Merlin. I was kind of hoping that this one would solve the mystery of what happened to Arthur, but I guess, we will never know. That is part of ...more
Molly Murphy
I have been waiting FOREVER to read Grail! The narrator, surprisingly, was Galahad (Gwalchavad in the novel), a character much less explored. Lawhead took an uncommon road in making him the brother of Gwalcmai (Gawain) rather than his brothers being Gaheris, Agravain, and Gareth. I didn't know that in some old Welsh tales, they were brothers, rather than Galahad being Lancelot's son. I would have liked to see Gwalcmai appear in the novel, since he is my favorite of the Arthurian characters, but ...more
Ashley
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Cheryl
This book was much better written, more exciting, and with more believable sorcery from Merlin and Morgian than "Arthur". That being said, I am confused about the layout of the two books "Arthur" and "Merlin" as their timelines overlap which took away the suspense and emotion of important characters dieing when you know that they must live and be present for Arthur's final battle. Also, it did not at the end connect Llenlleawg's final fate as a banished and disgraced traitor to his status in the ...more
Rusty
Seven years of war with the Saecens are followed by an Vandali invasion while the country reels from drought and plague. Arthur's tired host defeats the Vandali but Arthur is seriously injured. The wounds are great and he is taken to Ynys Avallach where Charis, a queen of the fair folk resides. It is hoped that her nursing skill may help him. There a miracle occurs and Arthur survives. That miracle is the Grail brought from its hiding place to heal the Pendragon. Arthur realizes that the Grail i ...more
Etienne02breton
Le dernier livre du cyclde de Pendragon est vraiment excellent, probablement le meilleur de la série, peut-être une fin un peu trop heureuse à mon goût, mais le côté plus fantastique que dans les autres tomes m'a bien plu. Les personnages sont pour la majorité les mêmes que dans les livres précédents et quelques nouveaux, forts intéressants, y font également leur aparition. Une très bonne fin à une incroyable série, même si quelques points demeurent sans réponse... Je la recommande fortement à t ...more
Gabor Nyiro
Second best book in the Pendragon cycle. A little bit darker mood , but more moral questions appeared and the story deeper than the prvious books; it is not just about battles and blind faith in christianity. I like that heroic protagonists are not completely faultless, they have now wrong decisions and they have to be face to face with them.
It is specially true to Arthur, who was a flawless semi-god in the previous books, but now he has to regrets some of his reckless decisons and has to deal w
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Heather
The least favorite of the Pendragon Cycle. It was redundant and ventured too far into the mystical and unlikely. The back and forth of Arthur's men and the voice of Morgan and her henchwoman did not match up well for me. I found it less compelling than the other books, although still good.
Becky
I truely enjoyed this book, it was from a voice I wasn't expecting to hear from, but enjoyed. Gwalchavad was a great person to hear the story from especially with Morgian's veiw sporatically added in. In this series I will admit my favorites were when Emrys was the voice, but I felt Gwalchavad was a okay substitue. While it is a great story, the series as a whole still feels unfinished. Since much of the seires skipped around in time, this book really falling in the middle with Arthur being the ...more
Meghan
Aug 03, 2011 Meghan added it
Not surprisingly, this is about the Arthurian legend of the search for the Holy Grail (can you believe I've never seen the Monty Python movie so named?). I'm not really familiar with the myth other than the barest of ideas, influenced mostly by Indiana Jones, but it was an interesting story. Merlin's grandfather had possession of the Grail, and when Arthur was healed from a potentially mortal wound he built a shrine to house the Grail. That pride of thinking he could venerate and protect the Gra ...more
Debbie
I listened to the audio book edition of this story and really enjoyed it. It's hard following the names when listening, but that was the only complaint I had. The story was so different than the usual Grail sagas, I found it intriguing. Stephen Lawhead writes great characters with a lot of depth and color. His battle scenes are always very graphic, but I think pretty realistic to the ways of fighting in that age, in a word - brutal. This series of books has presented the whole Arthurian Legend i ...more
Francine
This one totally lost me. I think I know what Lawhead intended to write, but his story got so convoluted in the middle there that it was very difficult to follow. I think a lot of other readers said that this one, out of the five in the series, was the one that made them scratch their heads. I think for me, the travails of Peredur and company on their grail quest had so much potential, but, in the end, was just really very poorly written. It didn't make much sense, and if Lawhead wanted to confu ...more
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…when he smiles it is as if the sun itself has come from behind a cloud to light the dreary shadow-crowded way with dazzling warmth.

…to speak of her is to demean with words what is best expressed in a song; a wordless melody of the kind oft stroked on the harp of Myrddin's hand is the best description, I do believe, for when the harp strings sing and the heart shed's it's weariness and rises to the eternal dance, that is what it is like to behold [her].

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Gabriel Wallis
Oct 11, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gabriel by: Rick Leiviska
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Loved reading Grail! It was definitely the darkest of the Pendragon Cycle, though. As you can guess by the title, the book's about the Holy Grail.
Brad
Another winner. These books were really quite good, and must therefore exceed the typical 3 star max for sci-fi/fantasy. The only trouble was straightening out the chronology which suggested an artsy-fartsiness that I simply didn't expect from the fantasy genre. All said and done, I have never read another Arthur retelling that I feel like did the mystery and fun nearly so much justice. Pick it up. Love it.
JC
This was a good ending to this series and I enjoyed it. The story takes place at the dawn of the Summer Age as the Grail is put up to display the time of peace but is shortly stolen and must be recovered by Arthur and his men. This series overall was pretty good and I enjoyed it despite the fact that it is a bit of a fantasy series. Lawhead is a really good author and look forward to reading more from him.
Sonny
This book makes me wish the rating system gave negative stars because I would give it a negative three if I could. I don't care for books that have characters with unpronounceable names and this book is a classic example. Llenlleawg, Gwrgan Ffrych, Cyllin ap Caradoc and Cynfarch to name (?) a few. Do me a favor and use modern names and quit ruining books that would otherwise be good reads!
Douglas Hayes
Lawhead is a Christian writer that has the ability to weave Christianity into the fabric of a story (even historical fiction) without cheapening the faith or ruining the story. This is what he has accomplished in his telling of Arthur story.

Imagine beginning with the destruction of Atlantis, the conversion of the Druids and Christianization of the British Isles. A fantastic story!
Mandy
Oct 11, 2012 Mandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio, own
Finally. I'm not sure why the two central books (3&4) that actually focus on Arthur in this Arthurian legend series were so damn boring to me, but this last one focusing on the trial of the Grail as told by Gwalchavad (Galahad) finally brought back the enjoyment I had in the first two books of the Pendragon Cycle (the ones focusing on Charis and Merlin).
Wayne C Anderson
If you want to learn of the waring in the spirit for liberty and freedom as well as kingdom unity, and if you want to do so in a fun and exciting way, this Pendragon Series by Stephen Lawhead is a wonder way to do it. This is some serious soldiering herein.
I enjoyed all five books and will probably read them again in a couple years...
Ellen
As much as I loved the first three books in this series, I couldn't manage to muddle through this last book. To me, it simply felt like a rehashing of Arthur's story in Pendragon (book 4) but with fewer character insights. I grew weary of it all by the 4th chapter.
Annika
This was probably my favourite book of the series. I found that I couldn't put it down. It was fast-paced, had a great plot, and left the reader wondering what was going to happen next. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and wish there would be more like it.
Mark
Disappointing ......!
Michael Sechler
This concluding title of the Pendragon Cycle was a bit less stellar than the others in the series. It felt a bit darker than its predecessors. Nonetheless, a good work of historical fiction in this Christian version of the epic Arthurian legend.
Christina
compared to the other books in this series, this one was less battles, more mysterious. great imagination and the short morgian passages were really interesting, you got to see her side of the story a bit.
Grace
I read Pendragon and Grail because I wanted to see a plot conclusion from Arthur...no such luck. Now I still have a cliffhanger. Pendragon was interesting at least, but Grail lost my captivation quickly.
Victoria
Even more "meh" than Pendragon. A skim-read.
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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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“Power as I possess is not, as many believe, given in exchange for a soul. To hear the ignorant speak, one would think it is merely a simple bargain, an exchange of vows, perhaps, and the power one seeks simply flows from the fingertips for the asking. But no, it is not so easy as that! The truly great gifts are not gifts at all, but treasures obtained after long and difficult searching, prizes won only through hard-fought victories over relentless, near-invincible adversaries. [...]
The ignorant speak of hidden arts, but they are not hidden. Indeed, there is nothing secret about them at all; they are freely open and available to any who would pursue them. Ah, but the price! The price is nothing less than the devotion of an entire life. So perhaps the simple-minded are right, after all, in thinking of the acquisition of power as a pact in which the soul is bartered. There is no other way.
- Morgian”
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