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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
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I firmly believed that I would never experience another Arthurian novel as magnificent as Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles trilogy. I was wrong.

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
Sean Barrs
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Cornwell is the king of historical fiction. That’s not my opinion: it’s an actual fact. His Arthur trilogy (The Warlord Chronicles) is a great piece of writing; yet, for all that, I much prefer Lancelot. There’s 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 what’s new about this version? Well, it’s told solely from the perspective of L
Mark Lawrence
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kristian is a really good writer. The prose in the prologue is breathtaking and the standard is high throughout the book.

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
Amalia Gkavea
''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 betray

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

William 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
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“‘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
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 fel
James 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 famil
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. ...more
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 fic
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 Lancel
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. ...more
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.

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
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 ch
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. It’s 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 didn’t 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 Bri
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 actio
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 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
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you know those works of bootlickers that are on the back covers, those of well-known writers who, speaking of the book you are holding, write: "It is the most beautiful book I have read in my life!" or "He is the greatest writer of the century!"? Right, I never read them, because usually they are all lies. And I hadn't even read those of this book, in fact, at least until the end, when turning the last pages (very sorry) I wanted to read those too, as if to make this beautiful book last even ...more
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
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.

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 kingdom
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 abou
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. ...more
Lorraine Southern
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.
Oct 09, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
DNF at 50%

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
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? ...more
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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
Ned Lud
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t rate this book fairly. I am biased. I have always detested Lancelot. Still do. Although the writing was superb I found I could not invest myself to a character I believe to be a twat. Still have great admiration for G.K. skills though. Just not the book for me, is all.

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,
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