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Pendragon (The Pendragon Cycle #4)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,819 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
At the dawn of his reign, a young king must prove his greatness . . . or forfeit a realm

Arthur is King--but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trusted counselor Myrddin--the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin--is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through
ebook, 448 pages
Published December 9th 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 1994)
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Apr 11, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
p. 224 "Fear is man's first enemy, and his last. Hear me now; I tell you the truth: conquer fear and your reward is assured."

p. 317 "To be alive to the wonder of the commonplace, that is the very gift of a wildly generous Creator, who ever invites his creatures to contemplate the exuberance of his excellent handiwork. There is a deep and abiding joy and work in this worlds-realm, and we who toil through our lives do often forget this, or overlook it. But look, it is all around! Ceaseless, unrele
Jeff Miller
Mar 04, 2016 Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways this book is like an appendix to the previous book Arthur as it tells other stories from his life and again mainly concentrates on Merlin's viewpoint. Still even so I greatly enjoyed this book as I have the rest of the series. Good storytelling and lyrical prose at times. Plus I love the thread of losing your way and having to guard against pride and having to re-look what our are doing. These books are almost spiritual reading without being heavy handed.

Plus the I really like the n
Dec 08, 2008 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, it feels so good to finally get this off my currently reading list. Actually, back when I first started this book, I only read the first 5 or so pages. Then I got distracted by other things as happens so easily. A month or so ago I started it back up right from the beginning.

I will say honestly I didn't have high hopes for this book because Arthur, the previous book, was so much more based on the logistics of war rather than on characters. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book; although,
Jan 28, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Highly entertaining. This book is fun (and better than Arthur) for a number of reasons:

1) It is narrated by Merlin, who is clearly Lawheads favorite tool for narration (for obvious reasons)

2) It goes further into actually displaying the courage, strength and leadership of Arthur. It also does a magnificent job of displaying leadership in difficult situations.

3) Guinevere (I can't remember how he spelled it!) was amazing. She was such a fun colorful, strong and rich warrior queen character.
At first I was disappointed, as the story seemed to be a retelling of the "Arthur" book, just from Merlin's point of view. It was, in a way, but it also told of many other adventures, particularly the story of the invasion of Britain by the Vandals. I ended up liking it better than "Arthur," so don't be put off if it starts off slowly for you. :)
Jun 20, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read previously, and adore this series, but got caught up in another series I haven't read in the rest is on hold for a bit.
Scott Lake
The series to me should have ended with Arthur.
Gabriel Wallis
Sep 27, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gabriel by: Rick C. Leiviska
Shelves: 2014, favorites
Pendragon was another story about King Arthur. It took a look back at his earlier years in life. Such a good book and an excellent series! To me, it's like reading an Old Testament story from the Bible. The battles are immense, the devotion of King Arthur and his men to Christ is unbounded, the wisdom of Merlin is straight from God... All of it was just soaked with God. Why can't there be more Christian authors like Stephen Lawhead, who write about realistic struggles? Lawhead doesn't shy away f ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Este é o quarto livro da saga sobre a lenda arturiana do escritor Stephen Lawhead. Depois de ter lido a trilogia (Taliesin, Merlim e Artur), decidi continuar a ler sobre Merlim e Artur, seguindo para Pendragon. Apesar do ciclo ter ficado fechado em Artur, Pendragon dá-nos a conhecer algumas histórias que não aparecem (ou que não têm tanto detalhe) no último livro da trilogia. Há mais detalhes sobre a vida de Artur e sobre algumas das batalhas, dando-se especial destaque às batalhas com os Vândal ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally i get to really enjoy a book in this series and am not at all disappointed. Merlin meets Taliesin in one of his awens and he gets reminded that he is first and foremost a bard of the old school and that he has to go back to his roots and Merlin remembers that his work is not that of a warrior but one he has a duty to carry out on his harp and not through his sword! His druid leanings are in the forefront and i also enjoyed the healing through herbs and other natural means used when the p ...more
Michael Davies
Jan 27, 2015 Michael Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It draws upon a rich backdrop of Arthurian and Atlantean mythology. This is placed in a well researched historical and cultural context that adds depth to the world which you are reading. Add to this well thought out characters and you have the recipe for success.

The fourth book in the series focusses more on Arthur as King, but it's not just a repeat of past tales. It is something unique and thoroughly enjoyable. I've re read the entire cycle many times and will do so again
Anthony Zappia
Great story of one King Arthur's greatest challenges. There are some beautiful moments in the novel. Of particular note (especially for those who love angels) is a scene where Merlin observes the arrival of angels and where King Arthur faces off against a group of corrupt church leaders. Treachery and disloyalty are juxtaposed against the bravery, courage, hope, faith and love of Arthur, Guinavere and their loyal knights.
Jan 31, 2014 Etienne02breton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Très bon livre encore une fois dans cette série, fidèle au modèle des autres. Cette fois on retourne un peu en arriève, par rapport à la chronologie du troisième, pour revivre les aventures d'Arthur. Les personnages sont sensiblement les mêmes et tout fonctionne bien. Seul reproche, qui je crois fait un peu partie du style de l'auteur, un rythme un peu lent tout au long du livre, mais avec une finale bien rapide et toujours aussi excellente. Bref, si vous avez aimer les trois premiers tomes, vou ...more
I started this hoping for some resolution to the end of Arthur, and so far I'm about 30 pages in and it seems to be mostly retellin of things that happened when Arthur was young, before he became the king or even the duke. It's kinda boring because most of the stuff is just more detail about things we already know... Hopefully it gets more interesting.

Then I got to the part where it was literally word for word the same, and I almost put it down entirely. I managed to finish it, and it wasn't bad
Todd Stockslager
Book Four of The Pendragon Cycle, in which Lawhead doubles back and retells more of the story of Arthur that wasn't told in Book Three.

The stories are told through Merlin's voice this time, and are more interesting than those in Book Three, but the whole thing smacks of stretching out the series to enhance the royalties.
James Wirrell
Oct 27, 2015 James Wirrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bit like an appendix to the third book of this series, Arthur. It is made up of two stories: a short tale of Arthur's boyhood and the main story of Arthur dealing with a Vandal invasion. The main story about the Vandals was unified and cohesive, although one of the "surprise" plot developments was so obvious. You have to wonder how the great King Arthur and his wise counselor Merlin didn't foresee something so blindingly obvious. Overall though, I thought this was a bit better the ...more
Gabor Nyiro
Jan 11, 2015 Gabor Nyiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than previous book of the cycle. Finally narrated by Merlin instead of Bedwyr. This is so good, because Merlin can see the story from better point of view than a servant (Pelleas), or a fighter (Bedwyr).
More adventure, more happening. Less battle, and less religious event.
I like it!
Randy Patton
Compared to the other books in this series, it felt a little bit more dry than the others. More battles and less plot. But within it still had an entertaining story. Both Arthur and Merlin are going through their personal struggles in order to truly reach legendary status.
Feb 16, 2015 Cher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Arthur cycle has always been one of my favorites, making me feel that there is some significance in the stories. Stephen Lawhead has done a masterful job of making the mythical(?) King Arthur live. I can hardly wait to go on to reading about the grail.
Apr 25, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read that focuses on one aspect of Arthur's reign, namely his conflicts against the barbarian Vandals and against a pestilent plague. Arthur and his men assist the Irish in driving the Vandals from their island only to encounter them in even greater numbers when they return to the English shores. The story begins with Arthur taking his Irish bride and continues through battle after battle and conflict after confict with men who doubt Arthur's abilities and decisions. Told through ...more
Jodi Woody
Book four in the Pendragon series, "Pendragon" continues the story of Arthur, Merlin, and the others. It goes back and fills in some of the missing stories from the first three books. For me was a little hard to go back again, until about half way through. I didn't like it as well as the others, but still such good stories and I love Lawhead's writing style. Am starting the final book right away. I give it f4+ stars, and I know I have given lesser works four, but I didn't like it as well as the ...more
Dee Mellott
After reading the first 3 books,this made Arthur a real person..he was a hero to many..READ THEM ALL!!
Katie Varga
Jul 16, 2014 Katie Varga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is about events happened before or during the previous volume. It is just as exciting, detailed and great as the first three volumes, and I'm still awed by the author's style.
Of the 4 I've read so far, this one I think is at the top of the list. I enjoy when Stephen speaks with Merlins voice and its sections of story that we might not have known about. Its interesting to see the Celt versions of how battles would have played out and what warriors look like. I still am enjoying how strong the Christian influence is for this story as well growing up on Arthurien legends that are so far steeped in the mystical and mother goddess worship. It has been nice to take these s ...more
May 03, 2016 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the long long Pendragon cycle, but if you want an Arthurian legend that'll keep you interested on every page, you've found it.
Oct 27, 2011 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-firsttime, kindle, 2011
This book ended really well and I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The book starts out recounting how Arthur became king and I had to go back and make sure that this was really Pendragon and not Arthur as the books overlap quite a bit. While it has a bit of a different perspective it still felt a bit weird at first. The book involved a lot of war as Arthur leads his people and I finally learned what the Pendragon was in this book (I'm sure I could have looked before). I'm excited f ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthur-legend
This volume expands on Arthur's tale which has already been told in the previous book Arthur. It is a "rest of the story" story.

Britain is in a time of severe drought, which bring the curse of plague. Thrown into this already terrible situation is an invasion by the dreaded barbarian horde, the Vandals.

This book takes you through the hardships involved with dealing with all these challenges.

The climatic battle - Arthur verses the barbarian Vandal king. What will the outcome be? Read it to see!
Jeannie Lee
Apr 22, 2011 Jeannie Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arthur
Pendragon brings into the story our Queen, Gwenhyver. Sooooooo different! But I love it! Arthur needed a Queen who was as strong as he was, as fearless a leader. I adore her in this version of the story. I think the best part is the wedding, as she and her warriors march into the wedding in full battle dress according to the tribe she belonged to. I loved it! So different from the weeping, melting, fickle blonde soft woman described by so many other authors. Hail to the White Spirit!
Penny Mitchell
it wasn't as good as the earlier books. it did not appeal to me
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Pendragon Cycle (6 books)
  • Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, #1)
  • Merlin (The Pendragon Cycle, #2)
  • Arthur (The Pendragon Cycle, #3)
  • Grail (The Pendragon Cycle, #5)
  • Avalon: The Return of King Arthur (The Pendragon Cycle, #6)

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“He also possessed Aurelius' curious innocence in battle: the fearless forgetting which led him to attempt and to achieve the impossible. This would, of course, come to be noticed much later. But even now he could be seen to exhibit a certain disregard for his own safety. I recognized it well, and knew its source, for I had ridden with Aurelius.
In anyone else it would have been called carelessness. Or foolishness, more like. But it was never that. Arthur simply did not feel afraid. Daring, bravery, boldness, valor - these are qualities of overcoming fear.
What is it, then, when there is no fear?”
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