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Excalibur (1997)

av Bernard Cornwell

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Serier: The Warlord Chronicles (3)

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In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft-told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time. Now, in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur's final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams. This is the tale not only of a broken love remade, but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for. Peopled by princesses and bards, by warriors and magicians, Excalibur is the story of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal-the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.… (mer)

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A good trilogy that captures all the key elements of the legends of Arthur. Perhaps a few too many shield walls! ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
This book brings a sad ending for so many heros... I think it's a sad book. The narrator is so gloom about his tale that you get really sensitive. There's anger, tragedy, but also hope... for legends never die.

An amazing end for Arthur's saga. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Eu gosto muito de finais que me tocam como "reais". Não numa explosão, mas na calmaria que passa que a vida segue e nem sempre como se quer. Muitas estrelas para este fechamento. O livro inteiro não teve um pedaço que tenha me deixado cansada. Super recomendado. ( )
  MarthaNunes | Nov 2, 2015 |
As with the first two of Bernard Cornwell’s take on the Arthur legend, here we have a tale that uses little of the well-known legends, such as a magnificent Camelot or the Lady of the Lake. The famous characters of Guinevere, Merlin, Galahad, and Lancelot all appear, yet they all differ from the usual depictions in literature and film.

Merlin is a famous druid here, thus in some respects he does fit in with the wizard character that he’s best known for. For a narrator we have Derfel, one of Arthur’s most trusted warlords. He makes a good lead character. He effectively replaces the role usually occupied by Lancelot.

One of the biggest changes in this compared to other Arthurian retellings is Lancelot’s character. He’s portrayed as a self-obsessed coward, not as an infallible hero.

I liked the characters, the author’s plotting skills, but – as with all Bernard Cornwell novels I’ve read to date – certain poor elements of style distract me from the narrative.

Three style aspects in particular let this otherwise talented author down in my eyes. One is the amount of long-winded sentences. Most of these could’ve been reduced in length. Why Mr Cornwell feels the need to keep a sentence running with superfluous “ands”, other conjunctions, and commas I don’t know.

The quote below isn’t long-winded, but it demonstrates a wasteful amount of words through needless repetition:

>Mordred (…) was all in black. A black cloak, black breastplate, black trews, black boots and a black helmet.‘When you’re old, Gwydre,’ I said, ‘you can still tell men that you met Merlin.’ ( )
  PhilSyphe | Aug 12, 2015 |
The finale of Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy. For lovers of historical fiction, the character and plot development are unmatched. I read frequent complaints about the author's use of violence (in and out of battle) as excessive and off-putting, yet I can't disagree more. Dark Age Britain wasn't exactly a rosy place to be, and although this work is based upon myth, Cornwell injects realism into the series with battles, destruction, sadness, and death.

This work would be better titled 'The Tragedy of Arthur', as even though it neatly ties a colossal story together in an original retelling, it leaves the reader depressed for the fate of Britain. Cornwell is a giant of historical fiction, and this work serves as the finale of his magnum opus. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
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In The Winter King and Enemy of God Bernard Cornwell demonstrated his astonishing ability to make the oft-told legend of King Arthur fresh and new for our time. Now, in this riveting final volume of The Warlord Chronicles, Cornwell tells the unforgettable tale of Arthur's final struggles against the Saxons and his last attempts to triumph over a ruined marriage and ravaged dreams. This is the tale not only of a broken love remade, but also of forces both earthly and unearthly that threaten everything Arthur stands for. Peopled by princesses and bards, by warriors and magicians, Excalibur is the story of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal-the work of a magnificent storyteller at the height of his powers.

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