The Winter King (2020)

The Winter King Bernard Cornwell The Winter King In the dark ages a legendary warrior struggles to unite Britain Uther the High King of Britain has died leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir His uncle the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur
  • Title: The Winter King
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780241955673
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
The Winter King Bernard Cornwell In the dark ages, a legendary warrior struggles to unite Britain .Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade As hIn the dark ages, a legendary warrior struggles to unite Britain .Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere Will the old world magic of Merlin be enough to turn the tide of war in his favour.
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  1. Petrik

    4.5 5 StarsDepending on the rest of the trilogy, this could be the most original and the best Arthurian legend retelling of all time, out of all medium.A little background before I start my review this is my first dive into Bernard Cornwell s work and only my second time reading a historical fiction, so this is totally out of my comfort read but I m delighted with my decision to go out of my usual read I ve heard of the name Bernard Cornwell several times until now, all pretty much claimed he s [...]

  2. Ryan

    I really can t say enough about this book There are a lot of reasons to enjoy books and this one scores highest in so many categories It is just very fun to read.Who would I recommend this book to If you loved TheLord of the Rings but the smallest part of you that doesn t care about poetry kind of wished it had a little action .If you loved watching the movie Braveheart but wish it was a little accurate historically .If you were excited about the 2004 movie King Arthur, which although was adve [...]

  3. Celeste

    Full review now posted Original review can be found at Booknest.Here lies a book that didn t enthrall me, but somehow fascinated me I wasn t filled with longing to pick it up and continue reading, but every time I did I was given incredibly interesting theories and historical information This was likely the most probable telling of the Arthurian legend that I ve come across The mythos of Arthur and Merlin and Excalibur and Camelot has always intrigued me, but it s always remained in the realm of [...]

  4. Bookdragon Sean

    Nobody does this quite as well as Bernard Cornwell He is quite literally the master of this genre He creates a vivid warrior culture time and time again, and I will never get bored of it This is saying a lot because Bernard Cornwell has written a huge amount of novels over the years and a few are similar in ways, but I don t care because they re just so good This time Bernard Cornwell tells the story of Arthur, though not from the perspective of Arthur he tells it from the point of view of one o [...]

  5. Daniel Ionson

    This is my favorite Cornwell series it s Cornwell s too , for it covers my favorite historical era that mysterious gap in between the Roman departure and the Saxon Invasion This retelling of Arthur works so well because it s divorced from Mallory I love BC s ability to pull me into the muddy, primitive Dark Age Britain world He s one of the very best at avoiding anachronisms, a skill which gets so little praise None of his characters feel like modernistic men and women dressed up in 5th Century [...]

  6. Mayra Sigwalt

    Primeira leitura 2008Releitura 02 2016Acho que essa uma leitura muito recomendada para os f s de As Cr nicas de Gelo e Fogo Com a vantagem q os livros s o mais curtos e voc s tem um ponto de vista, ent o a hist ria anda bem mais r pido Acho q os f s das lendas Arturianas talvez amem ou odeiem, pois esse um retrato muito mais cru e humano de Artur Eu amo Mas aqui toda a magia e romance medieval substitu do por um retrato muito mais prov vel do que realmente teria acontecido naquela poca O que pra [...]

  7. Melki

    The horn sounded a third time, and suddenly I knew I would live, and I was weeping for joy and all our spearmen were half crying and half shouting and the earth was shuddering with the hooves of those Godlike men who were riding to our rescue.For Arthur, at last, had come.Dun da da da Presenting a saga so epic it needs three pages to list the characters, two pages to mention the places and another two pages of maps And you know what The story was so involving, I never once glanced at any of them [...]

  8. Conor

    4.5 stars The legend of Arthur has been told time and again over the centuries From ancient British folk tales to 5 season of Merlin , from 15th Century French verse to The Mists of Avalon With this book Cornwell has left his mark on that tradition He s taken a tale examined from almost every angle and made it his own Most of all he s written a story filled with complicated characters, visceral battles and ambitious intrigues in a brutal, immersive setting The protagonist of this story is Derfel [...]

  9. Phee

    Firstly I d like to thank Craig for an awesome first buddy read and for putting up with me in general I look forward to reading with you again, if you ll have me The Winter King is a tremendously well written book Cornwell is an amazing author and I can t wait to give some of his other books a go Looking at you Last Kingdom This one gets a 3 star rating from me I think 3 stars adequately represents my overall enjoyment of the book I liked the story, loved the writing But found it hard to stay mo [...]

  10. StoryTellerShannon

    This is a mix of legend and History, and, King Arthur will probably always be that way since there s so much info missing In this tale the focus is open the original Britons fighting the influx invasion of Saxons and dealing with the petty British kingdoms All want to rule and there are a number of very detailed and well written battles First person POV The typical cast isn t what it appears to be For instance, Lancelot is a coward and villain whose bards paint him differently The interpersonal [...]

  11. ScottHitchcock

    A different take on the tales of Camelot and Arthur Book one deals with the early struggles to start building the kingdom and bringing the Britons together I enjoyed this darker version which made me think Lancelot or some relative of his must have pissed in one of Cornwell s relative s Cheerios once upon a time He and Guinevere definitely take a battering in this version This version makes sense in many ways than the romanticized version of the tale Galahad on the other hand comes out shining [...]

  12. Mike

    TWKis easy 5 stars for bringing this oft told tale to us in a completely new and I do mean new way WARNING Do Not read this book if you like your Arthur legend gauzy, frilly, magicky and cheesy All previous Arthurian tales pale in comparison to Mr Cornwell s version All of the usual suspects are present here but you will not see many of them portrayed in the standard ways You will also meet a host of new companions and enemies It is safe to say that you will never look at Lancelot, Guinevere and [...]

  13. Manisha

    Actual review 4.5 But fate, as Merlin always taught us, is inexorable Life is a jest of the Gods, Merlin liked to claim, and there is no justice You must learn to laugh, he once told me, or else you ll just weep yourself to death This was absolutely fantastic We meet the same characters we ve known through countless stories, re imaginings and movies, and we see them in a world based in reality The concept is one that many have attempted but none have pulled off satisfactorily until now.The Winte [...]

  14. Tosh

    These are the tales of Arthur, the Warlord, the King that Never Was, the Enemy of God and the best man I ever knew.What I loved about reading this tale for the first time is that I had no expectations Of course, I did have a little knowledge of Arthur, but nothing that would give me an impression of who he should be I knew he was a king and possibly a Christian not in this version And I had also heard of Galahad, Lancelot, Merlin and Camelot, but basically, this was all new to me.Derfel writes f [...]

  15. Magdalena

    So everyone knows about the Arthurian legends and that there isn t much historical evidence if any that Arthur existed That said, this book strikes me as an accurate account of what it would have been like if such a warlord lived The historical setting Saxon raids, Irish conquerors, religious disputes, traces of Roman civilization, all that good stuff, is pretty accurate Bernard Cornwell evidently did serious research into the way of life in 500ad, and it all gives a very authentic vibe Things a [...]

  16. Nate

    I haven t read all of Cornwell s books but from what I ve read this is my absolute favorite so far It s a fantastic vision of what Arthur s life might have really been like The typical idea that seems to stick in people s heads is of this romantic story with gallant knights, fair maidens and all that boring stuff but when you think about it, there really was no room in the post Roman Dark Ages Britain for that kind of shit Don t get me wrong, there s plenty of heroism in this book but it s the [...]

  17. Richard

    This is the first of a trilogy in a magnificent telling of the Arthurian legend Yeah, that one Arthur, Merlin, Uther Pendragon, Guinevere, Morgan, Mordred, Lancelot, Galahad the whole cast, as far as I know well, Morgause appears to be missing.I haven t read any of the others Arthurian books, so I can t comment on any linkages between this and the agglomeration of other tellings My knowledge of this history legend mythos comes mostly from what I ve picked up here and there, with a heavy dose of [...]

  18. Chris

    Excellent novel Cornwell has truly taken the Arthurian legend and made it his own All the old names are here, but often in much different forms than expected.This tale is told by one of Arthur s warriors, Derfel In his old age, Derfel has become a monk While serving as such, he is writing the story of Arthur, who he knew personally.Cornwell s Arthur is a delight While maintaining a degree of the larger than life qualities we come to expect of this character, Cornwell makes him human Gives him fl [...]

  19. Kate Quinn

    Hands down the best King Arthur fiction ever written The Winter King begins Bernard Cornwell s trilogy of Arthur, the king who may have lived in early Britain, driven back the invading Saxons, and inspired a legend Interestingly enough, Arthur is not the central hero of the book that role falls to Derfel, a Saxon boy who escapes a Druid death pit to be raised by Britons and eventually become Arthur s right hand man Derfel is a very old man when the story begins, a monk in a Christian monastery w [...]

  20. Richard

    7.5 10It took a while for me to get into this, I was overwhelmed with the amount of names thrust at me from the off From the start you ve learnt characters names in the first few pages than most series will have in their entire run only for the majority of these to be killed off before you ve remembered who they are Luckily, things steadied after a while and you had a core group and things became focused and the story was able to really progress.I guess the story of King Arthur and Merlin and [...]

  21. Tammy

    The Bards sing of love, they celebrate slaughter, they extol kings and flatter queens, but were I a poet I would write in praise of friendship This was an adventure This was unique Can t lay a finger on it but I know i ve never read anything quite like this I remember getting jarred at the start because of this, fearing this may not be my cup of tea after all, but even while contemplating whether to continue or not I knew deep down I was already hooked I got used to the narrative, developed a st [...]

  22. Lavanya

    An Amazing Novel This is a book about King Arthur not King, but Warlock It s written by Derfel, one Merlin s collected orphans Derfel, who was one of Merlin s Tor and who became most trusted, brother like to Arthur and Gallahad and many such good men, now is a follower of Christianity.He is one of the last of people left who remember King Arthur, other than the Saint who s Bishop of the Church he s sworn to stay in Sansum And he is only one who can write about the most hated by Christians, the E [...]

  23. Lucia

    3.5 STARSI have 2 reasons for not giving this book 4 stars Firstly, this novel was quite slow at places and I know that Mr Cornwell can do better Much better Secondly, narrator lacked the charisma of true hero and it took me almost whole book to bond with him.Fortunatelly everything got better in last 20% and I already look forward to continuing with this series

  24. Vagner Stefanello

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros Depois de tanto tempo, finalmente consegui come ar a ler As Cr nicas de Artur e descobrir se os livros s o realmente bons como as pessoas falam por a O Rei do Inverno o primeiro livro da trilogia de Bernard Cornwell e nos coloca na pele de Derfel Cadarn, filho de uma escrava sax e atualmente aos cuidados do druida Merlin Derfel pronuncia se Dervel introduzido em um cen rio de guerra e v rias disputadas pelo poder dentro da pr pria Gr Bretanha e passar [...]

  25. Alicja

    rating 5.5 5 Cornwell uses what little historical facts there are regarding the originator of the Arthurian legends and plays around with history to show us what could have been meaning no magic He freely admits that he had a lot of room to play and that this is just one interpretation, but damn, it s a brilliant interpretation All the well knows characters are included Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, King Uther, Morgan, Galahad, etc but not necessarily as the legends describe them.I adored [...]

  26. Eric Lin

    Let s talk about bad fantasy, because to go north, you must go south To reach the west, you must go east To go forward you must go back, and to talk about good fantasy, you must first talk at length about bad fantasy Ok, maybe that s a bit melodramatic, but so much of the fantasy I ve read lately has been disappointing that The Winter King was like a gust of fresh air in the icy, poorly ventilated chamber of my hating heart.Let s talk about why this book was good Arthur is a real person Not the [...]

  27. Artemas

    Please don t label ME an Enemy of God for only rating this 3 stars.I ve been a fan of Bernard Cornwell for some time now and believe him to be one of the best historical fiction writers out there While I enjoyed this book, something about it just felt off to me, lacking that distinct Cornwellishness that I ve come to love The Winter King is a slow build, to be sure, but has some interesting payoffs along the way.The debate on whether or not Arthur ever existed is still undecided, but Cornwell do [...]

  28. Mr. Matt

    Simply one of the best historical fiction reads out there A unique retelling of the Arthur legend as it may have really happened Arthur is a Celtic warlord in a post roman Britain Merlin is a druid, but his magic is of he slight of hand variety The story takes place against a ripe backdrop of change Romano Celts versus invading Saxons and Angles and the new Christian God against the Old Gods Great stuff Highly recommended.

  29. Bcvs

    An Arthurian Gone with the Wind A fictional historic account of a bloody civil war by a not so innocent youth Loved it

  30. Mark Halse

    THE WARLORD CHRONICLES is easily the most original and interesting re telling of the Arthurian myth In THE WINTER KING we meet Derfel Cadern a saxon orphan whose greatest aspiration is to become one of Arthur s sworn men.The thing I liked best about this re telling is that Arthur and company are Celtic Britons as opposed to the Romanized versions we normally see in Arthur stories It makes the story mystic and mysterious The one draw back to this slant is getting used to the ugly Welsh names of [...]

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