Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
And yet Giles Kristian did it. He turned Lancelot into a character I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Not knowing a great deal about ...more
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 ...more
The writing is sublime and the storytelling is genuinely magical, you get all caught up in 5th century ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more