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Arthur by Stephen R. Lawhead
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Apr 16, 2011

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Read from May 07 to 13, 2011

This book is the third installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle. It turns out there are five books, but this one seems to reach a final conclusion. Did Lawhead plan more in his original vision for the series? I found this book too long and repetitive to be truly enjoyed. The legend of King Arthur fascinates me and the earlier books in the cycle added to my interest. This book was full of battles and the hoped for Summer Kingdom once attained was glossed over in a sentence. Christianity is woven like a thread through the story in a sympathetic manner. Some reviewers have said "too preachy"; but I would not agree. It does not seek to convert nor moralize. Spirituality and religion were as integral to life and therefore this story as battles, blades and blood! Avalon is a mystery and mystical and the High God and Jesu are part of the story in that same manner. I am curious now to see how Lawhead brings the story back to life following this seeming concluding episode. Not sure though if I will get to it soon....

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