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The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world the boy is cast, a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost.

Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone
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Published May 31st 2018 by Transworld Digital
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Arthurian & Historical Fiction fans
Recommended to Petrik by: Robin Carter
I firmly believed that I would never experience another Arthurian novel as magnificent as Bernard Cornwells Warlord Chronicles trilogy. I was wrong.

Ill start my review by saying thank you to Robin Carter from Parmenion Books for recommending this book to me. Without him, I wouldnt have known about this book at all. Seriously, other than his one-time recommendation, I literally never heard of or saw anything about this book anywhere else, and thats seriously a sin because this is a brilliant
Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
Bernard Cornwell is the king of historical fiction. Thats not my opinion: its an actual fact. His Arthur trilogy (The Warlord Chronicles) is a great piece of writing; yet, for all that, I much prefer Lancelot. Theres just something captivating about the way Giles Kristian has told this story.

For a start, the Arthurian myth is something that has been adapted many times into fiction, movies and television shows. So whats new about this version? Well, its told solely from the perspective of
Amalia Gavea
''I smell the rising fog of the crowd's breath. It warms my feathers against the thin dawn air and I watch. I feel, too. More than a bird should feel. The sorrow which lies over the assembly like a shroud. The fear. The uncertainty and the regret.''

A boy who watched his people perish. A student who became the first among his ranks, guided by Lady Nimue and Merlin. A young warrior who fought by the side of a great leader. A man who loved the one woman he wasn't allowed to. A fighter. A

Im distraught. Never never never did I imagine it to be this heart rending.

James Lafayette Tivendale
Lancelot is an epic and thrilling take on the Arthurian legend that is presented in the first-person perspective through the eyes of Lancelot - the prince and the warrior who becomes Lord Arthur's best friend and a God of War.

"And the first I knew of the attack that night which would change my life forever, was the scream."

Lancelot is only eight-years-old when we first start his journey here. King Ban's castle is attacked by King Claudas and Lancelot is forced to flee the region with his
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emma by: Petrik
Shelves: library
Incredible. I can't remember the last time I cried so hard.
John Gwynne
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great re-telling of the Arthurian mythos. Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles is one of my favourite series of all time, and I don't think I'm alone there, so for me Giles Kristian's decision to step into the same mist-shrouded land is a brave and bold step. Especially when he's writing about Lancelot, who Cornwell masterfully turned into one of the most loathed and despised characters I've ever had the pleasure of hating.
And yet Giles Kristian did it. He turned Lancelot into a character I
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lancelot, an epic that traverses Arthurian Britain, an epic that is as captivating as it is breathtaking. Prepare for heart-wrenching destruction and a whole new portrayal of the legend of Arthur. Thank you to my brother Will and some of my favourite bloggers for recommending it!

What is the worst they can do to us?" Perhaps I was a fool but I felt neither fear nor regret. And as for Guinevere, I loved her and she loved me; I believed that was enough.

Giles Kristian is a renowned historical
Will.J.R. Gwynne
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Simply, one of the best books I have ever read. Pure brilliance! Incredible prose, amazing characters, immersive world-building.

And yet Arthur had Merlin. And Merlin had an idea. And so Arthur listened

Lancelot is a historical version of the Arthurian tales that was refreshing and special. Wow, it was phenomenal!

The Arthurian legends have undoubtedly consisted of some of my favourite tales of all time. From the film adaptations to Tolkiens epic poem The
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book with its beautiful cover at a supermarket in London and it grabbed my attention immediately, I don't normally go for these types of books, historical/legendary fiction, don't ask me why, I love TV shows like Vikings, The Last Kingdom, and Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series starring Sean Bean, as well as many other films, but books, not so much, but after reading this fantastic story of Lancelot, I will definitely look into more of these stories.

Not knowing a great deal about
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry by: Petrik
Well, that was a wonderfully entertaining, exciting and highly emotional read! Easily 5/5 stars for me. This one will not soon be forgotten.

Its amazing, I can remember as a kid all those many years ago hearing the Aurthurian legend for the first time, and being overwhelmed by the world of knights, round tables, druids, legendary swords, castles like Camelot and great battles. The ideals of chivalry, loyalty, honor, family and love, and believing in/fighting for those ideals not just when its
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A version of the legend of Lancelot. I enjoyed the story, but it's a slowburner, which is not my favourite style. In his afterword the author states that this is entirely his own version of events which made it a little more difficult to read for me. The same persons were involved, Uther, Arthur, Gawain, Guinevere, Merlin, Igraine, but the stories were different from the legend.
Liz Barnsley
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved LOVED this book. From the very first words I knew I was going to adore it and I did. Its a beautifully written, highly immersive, wonderfully evocative novel that retells the legend of Arthur from the point of view of Lancelot and it is addictive as heck even though I kept putting it down because it was one of those books I just didnt want to finish because then it would be over.

The writing is sublime and the storytelling is genuinely magical, you get all caught up in 5th century
Amy Bruno
You guys, I just finished reading the most amazing book and I have a massive book hang over! I stayed up super late last night to finish up Lancelot and if there is ever a good reason to be completely knackered all day, it's this one.

I'd been hearing wonderful things about Lancelot on Twitter and Goodreads so when Anne at Random Things Book Tours emailed me about the blog tour, you can bet that I wrote her back within seconds. I've never been a huge reader of Arthurian novels but Lancelot has
Brenda Waworga
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always love Arthurian story but i think i never read any book with Arthurian retelling story so im glad i found this book

It was a spellbinding tale about Lancelot the legend we knew as the best Arthur's Knight and bestfriend who had an affair with his wife Guinevere

The story told by one person perspective and woven with poetic writing style (which kinda a surprised for me), we followed Lancelot since he was a child to manhood

I love this book is more into character development rather than
Anna Stephens
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly magical book from the first person perspective of Lancelot, Arthur's greatest friend and biggest rival.
The story follows Lancelot from a boy in Brittany through to his training and then his time as Arthur's right hand.
While belief in the gods and magic is prevalent, there are no dragons and precious few swords in stones or ladies in lakes - and the novel is the better for it. It gives us the biggest elements of the story in such a compelling way that the line between historical fiction
Nils | nilsreviewsit
4.5 stars

I feel like a ghost myself. A soul lingering long after the body has been given to the flame or earth. Seeking all that it has lost. A spirit full of envy for things that never were but which might have been.
I havent read many books based on Arthurian legends; I know of the popular ones such as Bernard Cornwells The Warlord Chronicles and The Once and Future King by T.H. White, but as of yet it is still on my mountain of to-be-read books. So although Ive watched many on screen
ijeoma Agbaje
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Every once in a while, i like to challenge myself to read a genre i'm not especially passionate about. Historical Fiction falls squarely into this category. Sometimes it's a win other times it's not.
This book was a win in some ways, in other ways not so much.

What tipped this book for me as a winning book was
a. the writing
b. having a refreshing different perspective of Lancelot, an oft vilified character to Arthur's shinning knight character.
c. Giles Kristian is a bloody good writer.

Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Different take to the age old story of Arthur and the love triangle that brought down a Kingdom.

I have always liked tales of Arthur and his Knights, one of my favorite childhood books was a splendidly illustrated edition, so I was intrigued to read this one, luminating one of the tales' most controversial character.

Rich in detail and full of very well written characters, it is a sad book, though. The author drags Lancelot through highs and lows of a hero's journey. That is what's different
Robin Carter
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In 1995 Bernard Cornwell wrote the Warlord Chronicles, with that he set the bar for Arthurian tales. He took the world of knights in plate armour on horseback, with couched lances and their flowery medieval poetry of vanquishing barbarian foes with honour and knocked them right back to the 6th century, a post Roman world, riddled with Saxon invaders, a land with its opulent stone buildings falling down and no skills to repair them, back to the dirt the grime and the terror of small
Lorraine Southern
In fact, if I could, Id give it 10/5!!
Giles Kristians Lancelot is quite simply a wonderful, beautiful, tragic, melodic, exceptional, fascinating, poetic, enthralling, glorious, brutal, powerful, and intensely masterful spin on the magic and myth that is the tale of King Arthur.
I loved it (just in case you cant tell 😉). It made me cry.
An intense and beautifully powerful retelling of the Arthur story, focusing on the most famous and noble yet troubled of knights, Lancelot. All the emotions can be found here and tears do ensue - this is storytelling wrought from the heart. And I'd expect nothing less from Giles Kristian. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-on-audio
No. No, dammit, that can't be the end. How can this be over? How can that be the end. Dammit, I'm not finished yet! What the hell happened? This book was lukewarm all the way through and then the last hour... that last hour. I sobbed through that last hour. I'm still sobbing. What the hell just happened?
Adam Lofthouse
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was seventeen, at Gatwick airport browsing the shelves in Waterstones, waiting to board a flight to Cyprus when I picked up a book called Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell. I'd never been much of a reader, and at that point had never heard of the great man! I bought it, thinking it might alleviate the boredom of two weeks round the pool with my family. Little did I know it would change my life forever. I read it three times in the two weeks I was away, even after getting halfway through the first ...more
Paul Bennett
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review

Let me start this review with a resounding 'Wow'. It has been a while since I have read any of the author's previous books but am certainly glad I read Lancelot. It is a brilliant telling of that beautiful, and poignant tale. The man who betrayed Arthur is given a fresh start by Mr. Kristian as we follow Lancelot's early life and, in this story, meets Guinevere  (in a most startling fashion, but I won't say anything about that- spoilers, you know).  I will say this, the sheer agony, and
Joanna Park
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lancelot is a stunning work of historical fiction about a legend I didnt know much about.

The writing is exquisite with the reader drawn into the book almost immediately and transported to 5th Century Britain.  It was fascinating to read about what life was like at that time with some pretty brutal but realistic descriptions of the dangers and battles people would have faced then.  I felt at times like I was there walking along beside them experiencing all the action first hand.  I could hear the
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free EArc from Netgalley.

Lancelot is a brilliant book. I really can't recommend it enough - but at its heart, it is also flawed. The more I think about this, the more I imagine this might have been done on purpose - a mirror image of the character, perhaps.

When I first began reading Lancelot I simply thought the author had been very clever with his book title. (Go check my Goodreads log for the book - I say it there). The story, while it might have been about Lancelot, could just as
Finn Longman
This book was a real curate's egg -- good in parts. But WOW I found it infuriating, and by the end, I think I'd come down harder on the side of not liking it rather than liking it.

The setting was clearly researched from a historical perspective. Kristian decided to set the story firmly in post-Roman Britain, particularly Cornwall and elsewhere in the south west -- a very reasonable/conventional place to set an Arthurian story. In some other Arthurian stories, the setting would have been a
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Galley provided by publisher

If I'm entirely honest, my rating for this book went down the more I read of it. And that, I think, is less to do with the book itself and more to do with me. Because me and long books? We don't get along so well, especially if it's a slowburning long book like this one.

I'll start with the good parts of this book: the writing and (some of) the characters. The writing was so good - it was so evocative and atmospheric. My only problem with it was that it sometimes
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