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Heretic (Grail Quest #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,049 ratings  ·  215 reviews

Thomas of Hookton is a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army and a natural leader in what will be remembered as the Hundred Years' War. Accompanied by a small but able band of soldiers, Thomas is sent to Gascony to capture the castle of Astarac. But he has ulterior motives for accepting the charge: Gascony is the home of the black knight -- Guy de Vexille -- who brutally

Paperback, 435 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Harper (first published October 6th 2003)
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of the series, so this one was a bit of a let down for me.

Bernard Cornwell is great at battle scenes, and creating memorable characters. However I found this book not up to the same standards as the other two books. There was a lot less action, and while I really felt for the main character Thomas in the last book because his decisions resulted (view spoiler), but this book I just felt annoyed with
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Depois de sobreviver ao cerco de La Roche Derrien, Thomas viaja para o norte até Calais, onde tenta ajudar o exército inglês a invadir a cidade. Mas o seu destino não é esse e a busca pelo Graal ainda não foi concluída, fazendo com que o nosso personagem principal viaje até Astarac para descobrir mais a respeito do misterioso objeto e também sobre a sua família.

Na maior parte da narrativa, o terceiro e último livro da trilogia não mantém o mesmo ritmo
The third and most exciting novel in the trilogy. Cromwell chose to place this story in a small corner of the Hundred Years' War that is often overlooked; but just as important as the famous battles.

His depiction of the Brittany Campaigns is a microcosm of the war in general and illustrates English military superiority and French dillusions of grandeur leading to the extended war.

Cromwell toned down his depiction of society from the earlier two novels so his tale is more believable accurate.
-Remate a la trilogía siguiendo a pies juntillas los derroteros previos.-

Género. Novela Histórica (aunque sea al fondo y mínimamente).

Lo que nos cuenta. A mediados del siglo XIV, Thomas de Hookton llega a tiempo para participar en el combate de Calais entre fuerzas francesas que trataban de romper el asedio a la localidad y fuerzas inglesas que trataban de terminarlo de una vez por todas. Thomas pone al día al conde de Northampton sobre su búsqueda y, mientras prosigue su intervención en la guer
Thomas of Hookton resumes his quest for the Holy Grail following a bloody siege at Calais which results in an English victory. The Earl of Northampton, Thomas’ lord whom he serves diligently throughout the beginning of the novel, gives his blessing to the mission to find the Grail. With men-at-arms behind him, our protagonist travels to Gascony where old wounds incite him to wage a long and fruitless campaign against his old nemesis Guy Vexille. At first successful, the campaign goes wrong when ...more
The final novel of the Grail Quest trilogy sees Thomas fighting the good fight against the despicable Church, his villainous cousin Guy Vexille, and confronting his family's past in southern France.

In the end, I felt a little odd about Heretic. While the first book was a rousing battle tale, the second a bit listless but exciting where it counted nonetheless, the third book in the Grail Quest trilogy felt like it had lost the energy of the story altogether. What makes this odd, though, is that H
Bruno D'Afonseca
Este volume encerra a trilogia "A Busca do Graal" do inglês Bernard Cornwell. Depois de "O Arqueiro" e o "Andarilho" termina uma aventura de ficção histórica onde o autor demonstra bem, na minha opinião, a fama de profundo conhecedor da realidade histórica da Guerra dos Cem Anos. Apesar da busca do cálice sagrado que Cristo usou na última ceia ser um tema muito explorado, o autor cria uma trama original onde expõe a realidade social da época de uma forma mais realista do que aquela que nos é tra ...more
Roger Hardy
I read this almost by accident as a guest left it in my guest-house and I remember reading some of the Sharpe novels years ago and enjoying them. This is in a similar vein; essentially well-researched authentic Boy's Own stuff. I was fascinated by the historical details related to warfare in the early Middle Ages. The remainder of the the book is a great yarn dealing with the quest for the Holy Grail....yes, the actual Holy Grail.

Did I care much about the Grail quest? Not really, but that's just
There are things I'd really like to say about this book but can't for fear of spoiling storylines for you. So, I'll try and stay on safe ground and give hints that you'll only understand once you've read it.
This was my favourite book of the Grail Quest series (3 books; Harlequin, Vagabond & Heretic). The first book was good, but there was something about this last book in the trilogy that appealed to me the most.
The only reason I didn't actually give it 5 stars, was because of a missing chu
Lisa Rathbun
I really enjoyed this series, although the brutal violence and the constant blasphemies were rather hair-raising. The constant turns of Fortune's wheel kept me riveted to the story: Thomas is triumphant, Thomas is excommunicated, Thomas is a fugitive, etc.

How absolutely frightening was the power of the church! How horrible to see Christianity misused by evil men for selfish greed. I am so thankful for God's Word available to read so we need not kowtow in fear and ignorance to the demands of an o
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Dopo la mia recensione sulla saga di Re Artù, recensisco ancora questo autore molto bravo che deve principalmente il suo successo internazionale per la saga di "Sharpe", credo arrivata al decimo o undicesimo libro, che ho in libreria ma che non ho ancora iniziato. Per tornare alla recensione di oggi, credo che tutti più o meno sanno cosa sia stata la "Guerra dei Cent'anni" (per chi non lo sa e vuole approfondire: ), che vide contrapposte l'Inghilterra e l ...more
This series by Bernard Cornwell consists of three books: The Archer's Tale, Vagabond, and Heretic. I'm just gonna lump them all together here since there's really not a whole lot to set them apart. By that I mean that they've definitely got the trademarks of an overly prolific author who just churns stuff out within his comfort zone (e.g., I got tired of hearing about how an arrow head "pierced mail and leather" after the fifth time in one book) so that you get largely the same story being told ...more
A great end to a fantastic trilogy (The Grail Quest trilogy)...,

Cornwell has completed the Grail quest trilogy, Harlequin (The Archer's Tale in the U.S.) Vagabond and Heretic, with a wonderful climax that leaves every loose end tied up and every person, evil or good, dealt their final hand in life.
The story continues to follow Thomas of Hookton as he endures the weight of the family burden (protectors of the grail), and his position as an archer in the English army; now commanding a garrison of
Jul 18, 2010 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans.
This is the best of the three book "Grail Series". Cornwell manages to tie up all the loose ends while providing the reader with a satisfactory conclusion that does not strain one's credulity.

The story opens with the siege of Calais and ends with the first of the plagues that ravaged Europe for hundreds of years. In between Thomas of Hookton continues his quest for the Holy Grail, which his family is supposed to have or have had in its possession.

In the process he is given an order to try and fi
The final book in the trilogy and Thomas only has one enemy left. His cousin, Guy, who wants nothing else but to find the grail. Thomas takes a few men and manages to capture a fort deep within French territory, hoping to draw Guy to him. But first he has to deal with the local bandits and a brash young Lord, who wants Glory for himself. Guy does come, but not before Thomas has been excommunicated for saving the life of a heretic. But even as the enemies fight and false grails are found and des ...more
Dan Claffey
This was the best book in the series, I finished reading it in 1 1/2 days simply because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to Thomas and Genevieve. You can't help but cheer for Thomas, a very unlikely hero who rises up against the church and lords, leading men who would likely follow him to their deaths of he asked. Cornwell had always been one of the best battle writers I've ever read and this entire series further exemplifies those skills. If you like historical fiction, the ...more
Gerald Matzke
This was book three of the Grail Quest series by Bernard Cornwell. It is filled with the strategies and battles that are Cornwell's signature. A love triangle played an interesting role in the plot which centers on the search for the Grail. As in many of Cornwell's novels, the place of religion in the lives of his characters helps to drive the story. I've read many of his books and I think this is one of the best.
Izandra Mascarenhas

This is the end of "The Grail Quest". Amazingly, with things that no reader would think possible, Cornwell closes another trilogy with gold key, giving the end that it deserves. Thomas is smarter and with more precise aiming than ever before, challenging the Church at a level beyond the imaginable. Maximum score for the genius of Cornwell in this historical work.

Este é o final da saga "A Busca do Graal". Surpreendente, com coisas que nenhum leitor pensaria ser possível, Cornwell fec
After the battle of Calais the French and English agree to a truce which leaves Thomas of Hookton free to finish his quest for the Holy Grail. Lots of action, blood, gore, and a touch of the plague made this an exciting listen. The audio was narrated by Sean Barrett who helped add to the entertainment.
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N.N. Light
I tried three times to read this book and unfortunately, nothing worked. The writing was stiff and didn't draw me in. I didn't finish it.

A disappointment because many people recommended this book and author to me.
Christine Van Heertum
This final opus in the Grail's Quest trilogy is focused on Thomas' battles with his own believes and quest. The Hundred Years War is far away and a treaty between England and France allows Thomas to go south to search for the Grail. Having saved a young woman, accused of heresy, Thomas is excommunicated; he nevertheless continues his sacred search. But war is replaced by pestilence in its work of destruction and many will die.
Cornwell masterly leads the reader throughout Thomas' pilgrimage. The
Patricia Rodrigues
Neste único volume, Thomas continua a tentar encontrar o Graal, sabendo que o sua primo e inimigo Guy Vexille anda também no seu encalço. Mas, após Thomas ter salvo uma herege, é excomungado e passa a ser perseguido, para além do seu primo, pela igreja e pelos seus inimigos.
Mais uma vez, o livro retrata bem neste período, tendo uma escrita bastante agradável e que nos faz ler compulsivamente, para saber o destino que o autor estipulou para as personagens, apesar de toda a descrição "crua" de ba
The graphically gory and ultimately compelling conclusion of Cornwall's medieval trilogy. Thomas of Hookton, mad priest's bastard and master of the long bow, continues his search for the Holy Grail in Gascony, one step ahead of his evil cousin. With death, destruction, and the Black Death at his heels, he realizes his family's heritage, and ends his quest in exactly the right way.

Unlike many a trilogy, this is the strongest book of the three, or maybe I've just developed a fondness for the rene
OK, here's the thing -- I gave each of the first two books in the series four stars. If I could give "Heretic" 3.5 stars, I would. But it looks like I gotta stick with three.

While this book had a bit more story to it, it also had far less action. I missed the big Cornwell battle scenes that I've enjoyed in so many other of his works, including the first two books in this series.

Overall a very good read, engaging, held my attention, great character development, I felt like I was in the scene; I j
A fascinating installment in the series.
Anyone who thinks they would love to live in an earlier time when knights rode to tournaments and and ladies wore fancy dresses really needs to read this Bernard Cornwell Grail Quest series. Life was gritty, and brutal. Very few lived royal lives; most grubbed out basic lives which became grimmer with an exceptionally cold and rainy summer, the coming of plague, the plague of the Inquisition, and the arbitrariness of who ruled from day to day, month to month, year to year, and various knights te ...more
I just completed this series. It had been some time since I read the prior series entries but as with all of Cornwell's books each stands on its own. Lots of action, much emphasis on detail, many plot twists and a damsel in distress. All making for a great adventure read on winter's day.
In the last book of the trilogy, Thomas sets off for Gascony in search of the Holy Grail. As long as he doesn't offend anyone important, i.e. the church, he can't go wrong. So, saving a young woman condemned to be burned at the stake for heresy doesn't seem to be the best move and is soon dis-communicated by the church.

Forced out by his men and pursued by his cousin and the inquisition, will Thomas prevail or is all lost...

Excellent conclusion to the Grail trilogy.
I've just finished Heretic, the third (and presumably last) of the Grail Quest series. This one contains far fewer historical references, except the opening battle for Calais, but still manages to convey the reality of the period.

The tale is, as always, very well told with genuine drama and peril - leaving little to the imagination when it comes to the graphic (and gruesome) battle scenes.

A great read and the series has opened my mind to trying more historical fiction. Thanks. MLS
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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
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“Acho que o Santo Graal é um sonho que os homens têm, um sonho de que é possível tornar o mundo perfeito. Se ele existisse, todos nós teríamos sabido que o sonho não pode se transformar em realidade.” 2 likes
“— Mas o que é que você faria com o Graal?

— Eu iria usá-lo.

— Para quê?

— Para livrar o mundo do pecado.

— Seria um trabalho notável, mas nem Cristo conseguiu realizá-lo.

— Você pára de eliminar ervas daninhas entre os vinhedos só porque elas sempre voltam a nascer?”
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