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From internationally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes the eagerly anticipated sequel in his acclaimed Grail Quest series, in which a young archer sets out to avenge his family's honor on the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

1347: a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, and its absence encourages the Scots to invade the old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new and sinister enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor.

All Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it even exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas's father (in The Archer's Tale).

Thomas appears to have an advantage in the race. His father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook that confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where the relic might be hidden. But his rivals, inspired by a fanatical religious fervor, have their own advantage—the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book's cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies.

He finds refuge in Brittany, with Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the bloodiest and most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the Battle of la Roche-Derrien, and amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.

Review:

"Cornwell is meticulous about historical facts and period detail, and his descriptions of butchery with arrow, mace and battleaxe are nothing if not convincing. As expected, the book culminates with battlefield slaughter on an epic scale. Cornwell fans will eat this up." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"There will be torture, siege, and treachery. Historically accurate and huge fun." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"With its wealth of likable characters and historical detail, this enjoyable, fast-paced novel will probably generate renewed interest in the Grail and the Hundred Years' War." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The spellbinding sequel to "The Archer's Tale" is the thrilling story of a fearless young archer who sets out to avenge his family honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A Novel and The Archer's Tale. Mr. Cornwell lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780066210803
Author:
Cornwell, Bernard
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
by Bernard Cornwell
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
War
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Fathers
Subject:
Revenge
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
British
Subject:
Grail
Subject:
Archers.
Subject:
Hundred Years' War, 1
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
issue 8
Publication Date:
20021126
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.29 in 24.32 oz

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Product details 416 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780066210803 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cornwell is meticulous about historical facts and period detail, and his descriptions of butchery with arrow, mace and battleaxe are nothing if not convincing. As expected, the book culminates with battlefield slaughter on an epic scale. Cornwell fans will eat this up."
"Review" by , "There will be torture, siege, and treachery. Historically accurate and huge fun."
"Review" by , "With its wealth of likable characters and historical detail, this enjoyable, fast-paced novel will probably generate renewed interest in the Grail and the Hundred Years' War."
"Synopsis" by , The spellbinding sequel to "The Archer's Tale" is the thrilling story of a fearless young archer who sets out to avenge his family honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

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