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The Kingmaking: Book One of the Pendragon@s Banner Trilogy

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A novel of Arthur as he really was.

In the first book of this exciting trilogy, author Helen Hollick brings to life Arthur Pendragon as he really might have been. Leaving behind the fairy-tale element of Merlin's magic and the improbable existence of Lancelot, Hollick instead transports the reader to the early years of Britain circa 455 AD and tells the Arthurian legend in a solid and believable way.

For one, Arthur does not pull a sword from a stone using superhuman strength; rather, he is named heir to Britain (if he can win it from the tyrant Vortigern) while standing near a hallowed stone, the symbol of a warrior's strength and the chieftain's right of leadership. Later, a sword won in battle signals his place as Britain's King.

This is a story of harsh battles, secret treasonous plots, and the life-threatening politics of the dark ages of early Britain. Intertwined through it all is the often-tested love of Arthur and Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere in Welsh - her name as it really would have been) as they struggle to survive and conquer to see Pendragon become King.

If only all historical fiction could be this good.

Historical Novels Review

Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books.

Bernard Cornwell

Hollick joggles a cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill.

Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

An exciting new talent delivers a gripping and imaginative retelling of the classic story of King Arthur. In this first installment, Arthur and Gwenhwyfar become pawns in a political triangle and Arthur is forced to choose between his kingship and the woman he loves.

Synopsis:

Who was THE MAN

Who became THE LEGEND

We know as KING ARTHUR?

You are the Pendragon, rightful Lord of Dumnonia and the Summer Land; Lord of less Britain. By all that is right, you ought be seated where Vortigern sitsYou ought to be King.

Here lies the truth of the Lord of the Summer Land.

This is the tale of Arthur flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man, both courageous and flawed, into the celebrated ruler who inspired armies, who captured Gwenhyfar's heart, and who emerged as the hero of the Dark Ages and the most enduring hero of all time.

This is the unexpected story of the making of a king the legend who united all of Britain. Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy Includes bonus reading group guide

PRAISE FOR THE KINGMAKING

If only all historical fiction could be this good.

Historical Novels Review

Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story

Bernard Cornwell

Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting, and well worth fighting to defend.

Publishers Weekly

Compelling, convincing, and ultimately-unforgettable.

Sharon Kay Penman, Bestselling Author of Devil's Blood

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Michele Jacobsen, March 3, 2009 (view all comments by Michele Jacobsen)
The Kingmaking is Book One of The Pendragon's Banner Trilogy, by Helen Hollick, re-released by Sourcebooks on March 1. An epic undertaking, The Kingmaking is the tale of the mythical King Arthur and his queen Gwynefar, stripped of wizards, magic swords, and mythical ladies rising from lakes. It is the tale of Arthur as he may have been.

Many talented writers have spun the tale of Arthur and his knights of the Round Table (Mary Stewart notably comes to mind here), but it took author Helen Hollick to strip away the trappings of myth and magic and write what possibly might be the most compelling account of all.

Little is known of England during that murky time period between the abandonment of Rome and the invasion of the Normans in 1066. Hollick takes advantage of this and drawing from what little is known about the Angle, Jute and Saxon warlords that vied for control of England, she paints a vivid portrait of a divided land populated by a widely diverse population caught between their pagan past and the introduction of Christianity .

Here we are presented with an Arthur who is a product of these dark times, a complex man who is, in turn, both a brilliant strategist with touching compassion for his people and a

Hollick acknowledges the guidance of renowned historical fiction author Sharon Kay Penman in her forward - indeed the book is dedicated to her - and the influence shows. A comprehensive afterword to the novel reveals her meticulous attention to historical detail and provides a most satisfying end to this first novel of the trilogy.

But perhaps her most impressive strength as an author lies in her development of character, specifically the Pendragon himself. If you are looking for a saint-like Arthur, hoodwinked by his golden Guinivere (Gwynafar), you won't find that here. Arthur is a red-blooded man of his times who takes women at his pleasure, lies and cheats as necessary to take what he feels rightfully belongs to him, yet still manages to remain - by and large - a sympathetic character you will cheer for.

Fans of Sharon Kay Penman will appreciate Hollick's complex character development, plot pacing, and attention to historical details while any afficianado of Athurian legend should appreciate this original vision of the myth. This is first-rate writing, indeed.

Historical fiction lovers, meet Helen Hollick. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402218880
Author:
Hollick, Helen
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Landmark
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Historical - Arthurian
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.02x5.98x1.24 in. 1.63 lbs.

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Product details 592 pages Sourcebooks Landmark - English 9781402218880 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An exciting new talent delivers a gripping and imaginative retelling of the classic story of King Arthur. In this first installment, Arthur and Gwenhwyfar become pawns in a political triangle and Arthur is forced to choose between his kingship and the woman he loves.
"Synopsis" by , Who was THE MAN

Who became THE LEGEND

We know as KING ARTHUR?

You are the Pendragon, rightful Lord of Dumnonia and the Summer Land; Lord of less Britain. By all that is right, you ought be seated where Vortigern sitsYou ought to be King.

Here lies the truth of the Lord of the Summer Land.

This is the tale of Arthur flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man, both courageous and flawed, into the celebrated ruler who inspired armies, who captured Gwenhyfar's heart, and who emerged as the hero of the Dark Ages and the most enduring hero of all time.

This is the unexpected story of the making of a king the legend who united all of Britain. Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy Includes bonus reading group guide

PRAISE FOR THE KINGMAKING

If only all historical fiction could be this good.

Historical Novels Review

Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story

Bernard Cornwell

Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting, and well worth fighting to defend.

Publishers Weekly

Compelling, convincing, and ultimately-unforgettable.

Sharon Kay Penman, Bestselling Author of Devil's Blood

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