Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Excalibur (The Arthur Books, #3)” as Want to Read:
Excalibur (The Arthur Books, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Excalibur (The Arthur Books #3)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  9,994 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Último volume da trilogia "As crônicas de Artur," do escritor inglês Bernard Cornwell sobre o lendário guerreiro Artur, que passou para a história com o título de rei, embora nunca tenha usado uma coroa. O autor desenha um Artur familiar e desconhecido. Um dos inúmeros filhos ilegítimos do rei Uther Pendragon, sem o menor interesse pelo poder, sua única ambição é manter o ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published by Planeta Editora (first published 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Excalibur, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Excalibur

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Per my review of WINTER KING, this is a different take on Arthur, focusing on the legend and the times. And those times were when Briton was desperately fighting itself and trying to hold back the Saxon invasions. The ruins of Roman occupation still remain.

In this part of the trilogy Arthur's plans to unite Britain begin to unravel. Merlin is betrayed and former allies of Arthur turn on him or won't assist him as Mordred gathers power.

Follows the Arthurian legend in some places but in others i
I have to admit that this novel was another pleasant surprise from Cornwell for me. While I'm always entertained and informed by his books they very rarely actually move me in a sentimental way, given that they're not really sentimental books. However, this novel was really touching. Potent episodes of broken and then redeemed love, undying loyalty and sticking to ones' principles even when you have nothing to gain and everything to lose spring up everywhere during this book. It's really nice an ...more
Jun 26, 2008 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Arthurian retellings, long books, and a hint of fantasy
Recommended to Rachel by: James
It's always bittersweet reading the last book in a good series like this one. Because I came to this series so long after it was written, I didn't have to sit around and wait for the next book like a Harry Potter fan or poor tortured original devotee of Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth." So I read the series relatively fast. And maybe I didn't appreciate this third book as much as I should have. But reading it so close to the other books, I noticed a lot of what seemed like inconsistency. I r ...more
The third and possibly final novel of Arthur. The threat of the Saxons is dealt with in the hugely dramatic battle of Mynydd Baddon (Mount Badon), where the Britons win an unexpected victory against all odds (Cornwell loves those situations). Treachery is again an integral part of the story, as Mordred now becomes an efficient soldier and leader of men, and moves to take what is his, while the mad wild witch Nimue uses Merlin’s secrets to attempt to bring the old Gods back to Britain.

Another exc
Kate Quinn
Bernard Cornwell is one of the best writers of historical fiction out there, and the Arthur trilogy is his best work. He strips a good deal of the gloss off the Arthur legends, and what is left is a fascinating picture of the squalor, mystery, brutality, and courage of sixth-century Britain. The third and final novel, "Excalibur," brings the curtain crashing down on a scene we think we know. The baby king Mordred is now a grown man, stepping into his birthright as Arthur bows out, and horror ens ...more
5 Stars without a doubt. I did not want this book and series to end. What a story! This tale of Arthur will challenge your ability to read any other Camelot story. The characters feel real, the setting believable, the political intrigues constant and the battles gory. A taste of the battle scenes:

“It is the beguiling glory of war, the sheer exhilaration of breaking a shield wall and slaking a sword on a hated enemy. I watched Arthur, a man as kind as any I have known, and saw nothing but joy in
Okay now, 3 stars, it looks odd I know. I rarely 3 stars Bernard Cornwell books. This time however, I felt no connection to the book and I found it borderline uninspiring. I don't know if this is because I read it right after book 2 in this series, Enemy of God, or whether the book actually was boring and there is no excuse, but there you have it. A guilty 3 star rating. I feel dirty now.

NB: this was also a reread. Read many years ago and I couldn't recall any of it. I think perhaps I was bored
An EXCELLENT ending to a good trilogy...,

This was a very good trilogy, but the finale, this book, was by far the best. The Winter King, book 1, and Enemy of God, book 2, were both well written, entertaining and interesting (I gave both 4 stars as they were good but not great), but this book finishes off the trilogy with war, carnage, destruction and misery; it had its good things too, but we are talking about dark ages England and what else would you expect of Arthur. This was definitely a 5 sta
This, the final installment in the Warlord Chronicles, can be summed up pretty well as 'more of the same'.
It's a solid, well-written novel as you would expect from Bernard Cornwell but, like the preceding books in the series, it's a little underwhelming to anyone that will have read the Making Of England series Cornwell went on to write.

I think my biggest problem with the overall story is that where the tales of Uhtred Of Bebbanburg were first-person epics, this tale of Arthur is told from the p
At times, this volume feels rather anticlimactic to the previous books in the Warlord series, The Winter King and Enemy of God. That’s probably to be expected, as the highlights of Arthur’s career were told in those books. But his story wasn’t over, nor was that of Derfel Cadarn, our narrator who is one of Arthur’s most trusted men.

Loose ends are tied up, storylines come together so that Derfel can rest. There are even still some surprises and twists that we don’t see coming. The tragedies in th

Já gostava de Bernard Cornwell mas, após a conclusão da leitura desta trilogia, passo a olhar o escritor com outra admiração, compreendo agora porque muitos dos seus admiradores consideram este o seu melhor trabalho.

As qualidades que admiro no escritor, bem como o que tanto me agradou nesta trilogia, no fundo já foram todas elas referidas nos comentários aos primeiros dois volumes que foram comentados aqui no blog: Rei de Inverno e O Inimigo de Deus. De forma resumida, pode-se dizer que
A fine conclusion to this masterful re-imaging of the Arthur/Merlin tale. Gritty,'s like watching Game of Thrones with more war.
NOTE: This is book #3 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
Before writing anything about the Warlord Chronicles (or the Arthur Books), I must clarify my background on the Arthurian legends. These theme isn’t completely alien to me - during my early teens (in which I’m surely stuck), I devoured anything I found about it, from films to books, and thus I came upon “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley and “The Elf Trilogy” by Jean-Louis Fetjaine. At least, these were the most remarkable works I recall from those times. Although I suffer from an un ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
It's a tricky thing to end a series. To give a story a definitive finale that fulfills the expectations of the reader that have been built up since the first line of the first book. Questions have to be answered and satisfaction has to be meted out or the whole of the series can crumble under the weight of its own ending. With Bernard Cornwell's Excalibur, we come to the end of Arthur's tale and while it is a well written book and just as good as the first two installments, there are many questi ...more
Gerald Matzke
Excalibur is the final book in the Warlord Chronicles series. It is a story within a story because it follows the writing of the story while the main story is being told. Along with the captivating battle accounts with all of the sights, sounds and smells which are a staple of Cornwell's novels, the author develops the characters so well that you know them so well that you can anticipate their next move. You rejoice with their victories and mourn their losses. This was one of my favorite Cornwel ...more
Gutes Buch, interessanter Ansatz zur Artus-Sage, da historisch und realistisch erklärbar. Macht sicher mehr Spaß, wenn man etwas Artus-Sagen-Vorbildung hat. So ganz ist bei mir der Funke beim Lesen der Trilogie nicht übergesprungen. Vielleicht war mir die Charakterisierung der Figuren etwas wenig, die Story überschlug einerseits Jahre, andere Teile waren wieder zu genau, vielleicht lag es am Ich-Erzähler oder am vorgegebenen Handlungskorsett. Sicher zählen die Romane zu den besten historischen u ...more
I liked the first half of the book but I thought the other half was not as interesting as it could or perhaps should be. I enjoyed the Merlin/Nimue staff and Taliesin was an unexpectedly good character addition. The focus on this final installment especially on the last part of the book is not so much on Arthur and the plot seems a little forced. Also it seemed out of character to me how (view spoiler) ...more
-Cierre apropiado a tenor de la propuesta.-

Género. Novela histórica (por mucho que tenga que recurrir a la ficción).

Lo que nos cuenta. La reina Igraine urge a Derfel para que termine su relato sobre los tiempos de Arturo, que entre la exigencia de su lucha contra los invasores sajones y la traición de Ginebra y Lancelot ha ido envejeciendo prematuramente y su carácter se ha ido agriando. Su abandono de ciertas tradiciones le ha alejado de algunos aliados y las ambiciones de Mordred no auguran na
Love this alternate Arthur!
Pretty much the same issues and thoughts like the second part. It is a good quality book that makes for an enjoyable read. However, I found this last part to be somehow disjointed, having trouble to recall which of the described events happened in this book and which happened in the prior volumes, so compared to the other two books something like the main book arc was missing in favour for binding the whole story together.

One trouble with writing Arthurian (and to some extent historian) fiction
So ends my favorite Cornwell series. The ending is perfectly written, I think. It's the right mix of history and legend, facts and magic, that makes this series so great.

Spoilery stuff:

(view spoiler)
Qué voy a decir de esta saga que no haya dicho ya. En cinco días he rendido pleitesía a este tochaco de libro, y ello significa que he convivido con Ginebra, Arturo, Galahad, Merlín, Gawain, Cuhlwuch, Gwydre, Ceinwyn, Sagramor, Issa, Meurig, Mordred, Sansum, Morgana, Argante... reyes, reinas, príncipes, princesas, bastardos, señores de la guerra, obispos, druidas, paladines y brujas.

Bernard Cornwell: eres un genio. Dudo que se pueda dar un enfoque tan emotivo y fresco a una epopeya tan manida y
I must say I really did enjoy this series. Its an excellent take on the Arthur "myth", and manages to incorporate a lot of the characters from both the original tales and the later tales which added Lancelot among others. It also manages to incorporate a fair few of the smaller tales about certain characters, certain "Knights". And its even entirely plausible! An excellent combination of fantasy and historical fiction.

The story is set in a time in which the Saxons had established kingdoms in ea
the ear-bending third part of Arthur’s story. i like to think of Derfel reading this out loud to Igraine and his hand moving over the parchment...

more of the same from the first two books: believable characters who develop, vivid imagery of humans, landscapes, and possessions, history harmonizes with the fiction, etc.

Cornwell’s take on Arthur is really something. in general, i have been non-plused by renditions of the Arthurian legends because they want to bring too much magic into it or they ge
Athena Ninlil
Let me just say few Arthurian myths and adaptations show the brutality of the period and create characters so complex that they are breathing living human beings and deconstruct the romantic views of this period and its characters, how they would have acted *if* they actually existed (something the author cites in his sources at the end of the book, that it is highly unlikely and if they did it is also unlikely they would have acted as the romantic versions we have grown used to). At the same ti ...more
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The end (spoiler) 5 19 Oct 05, 2014 06:09AM  
  • Pendragon's Banner (Pendragon's Banner Trilogy, #2)
  • The Prow Beast (Oathsworn, #4)
  • The Child of the Holy Grail (Guenevere, #3)
  • The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3)
  • Pendragon (The Pendragon Cycle, #4)
  • The Eagle and the Wolves (Eagle, #4)
  • Sword at Sunset
  • King's Man (Viking, #3)
  • Kingdom of Summer
Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwe ...more
More about Bernard Cornwell...
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles, #1) The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3) The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, #1)

Share This Book

“Only a fool wants war, but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half-heartedly. It cannot even be fought with regret, but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy, and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war.” 16 likes
“- Nós queremos a fidelidade nas pessoas que amamos, senhora, então não é óbvio que elas a queiram em nós? A fidelidade é um presente que oferecemos aos que amamos.” 0 likes
More quotes…