Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone ...more
I’ll start my review by saying thank you to Robin Carter from Parmenion Books for recommending this book to me. Without him, I wouldn’t 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 that’s 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 what’s new about this version? Well, it’s told solely from the perspective of L ...more
This is a new imagining of the Arthurian legend set very firmly in Dark Ages Britain with (what seems to the layman) a great deal of historical accuracy. It's basically historical fiction with the smallest elements of largely non-consequential magic.
The historical accuracy extends from the big picture (many warring kingdoms, pagan faiths, and a relentless Saxon migration) to t ...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 betray ...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 ...more
“‘My sons!’ said the King of Benoic, thrusting his sword into an open mouth and hauling it back. ‘Don’t be afraid, boys,’ he growled. ‘It is only death.’”
This currently has a rating of 4.25 stars on GR and it totally deserves that but it only has like ~1600 ratings which means it is a criminally underrated book. I should mention that it is not the type of books I usually read. I am someone who is not a fantasy of history in general and fin ...more
And yet Giles Kristian did it. He turned Lancelot into a character I fel ...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 famil ...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 fic ...more
Not knowing a great deal about Lancel ...more
It’s 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 it’s ...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 ch ...more
The writing is sublime and the storytelling is genuinely magical, you get all caught up in 5th century Bri ...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 actio ...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 haven’t read many books based on Arthurian legends; I know of the popular ones such as Bernard Cornwell’s 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 I’ve watched many on screen a ...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
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.
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 kingdom ...more
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 abou ...more
In fact, if I could, I’d give it 10/5!!
Giles Kristian’s 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 can’t tell 😉). It made me cry.
I really wanted to get back into this after putting it on hold for a little while. But if I'm being completely honest with myself, I knew the second I put this down that I wasn't interested in picking it back up. As a lover of all things Arthurian, I thought I would eat this up! I love learning about the Knights of the Round Table, and Lancelot is one that I'm particularly interested in. This book is a deep dive (and I mean deep) into Lancelot's backstory and how he went from being an ...more
Edit: Some books are worth a second chance. I believe this is one of those books. So, here we go......
Reread: Strange. I went into this book not being very fond of Lancelot. I blame Cornwell (and others) for that. However, ...more