Grail Knight

Grail Knight➽ [Download] ✤ Grail Knight By Angus Donald ➲ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A home burned When past crimes resurface, Sir Alan Dale, loyal lieutenant of the Earl of Locksley better known as the murderous thief Robin Hood faces terrible vengeance at the hands of those that he A home burned When past crimes resurface, Sir Alan Dale, loyal lieutenant of the Earl of Locksley better known as the murderous thief Robin Hood faces terrible vengeance at the hands of those that he and his master have wronged A family threatened With his beloved wife on her deathbed, Sir Alan must seek salvation by following Robin into the lair of their enemy, the mysterious leader of a band of renegade Templars, on the trail of the most precious object in the world the Holy Grail Only a miracle can save them As vengeful Templars hound Robin and his men across England and France, deals done with mighty lords turn to bloody battle The companions must find the Cup of Christ before they face certain destruction Myth, mayhem and masterly storytelling meet in the astounding new epic from the bestselling author of Outlaw and Holy Warrior. Better than Bernard Cornwell Yes, really.Having started using Goodreads regularly, I have noticed that I am very lucky in that I seem to only read books that I like I suppose that is because the bad ones are so easily forgotten However, this one will not be.Having finished it on the day it was published is quite good I think, and that was mostly due to it becoming increasingly compelling the further you get into it Here I have to admit that I have only read one other in this series, the firs Better than Bernard Cornwell Yes, really.Having started using Goodreads regularly, I have noticed that I am very lucky in that I seem to only read books that I like I suppose that is because the bad ones are so easily forgotten However, this one will not be.Having finished it on the day it was published is quite good I think, and that was mostly due to it becoming increasingly compelling the further you get into it Here I have to admit that I have only read one other in this series, the first, but as a stand alone read, there were no issues at all Reminders of what happened in previous books were unobtrusive and felt natural and did not jar as they can do Sharpe novels for instance and allowed the flow of consciousness to continue unhindered And that brings me to another point Angus Donald has grown as a writer and in confidence with his art and it was a real pleasure to read I know a little about the author from social media and I felt he was drawing onof his own experience for some of this story making itreal and natural And there are a few personal points included in it quite by chance that mean nothing to anyone other than me which will make me return to this particular novel again and again.The story itself draws on the legend of the holy grail and man s quest to own it and the shocking price to pay for being involved with it, rather reminiscent of the Indiana Jones film The irreverent character of Robin Hood saves the day, not without some casualties, and touches of ruthlessness shown towards the reader.All in all a great, fun read with plenty of action and emotion, twists and turns, lovable characters, hateful characters, and the darling Tronc More of him please, in the next one One of the highlights of my year is the new Angus Donald novel, but this new book was slightlyanticipated than usual You see, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed all Angus books, I have noted the opposite of what they used to say about the Star Trek Movies the even movies were the better ones While I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Warrior 2 and Warlord 4 , it was Outlaw 1 and King s Man 3 that were outstanding in the series and eclipsed many other great reads of the time So would book 5 co One of the highlights of my year is the new Angus Donald novel, but this new book was slightlyanticipated than usual You see, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed all Angus books, I have noted the opposite of what they used to say about the Star Trek Movies the even movies were the better ones While I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Warrior 2 and Warlord 4 , it was Outlaw 1 and King s Man 3 that were outstanding in the series and eclipsed many other great reads of the time So would book 5 continue this trend Simply, yes Grail Knight may well be the best of the five and, even if not, it is on a par with the outstanding King s Man, which is about the highest praise to give anyway.Why is it a win Well to start with, Angus has consistently managed to take Robin Hood one of the most clich d subjects in history and write a series about him that repeatedly side steps clich and delivers fresh, engaging and fascinating tales that do not irritate in the way Robin Hood could so easily do ahem, Ridley Scott That in itself is a feat But this tale is also about the Holy Grail No it s not a spoiler Even if you didn t realise from the title giveaway 1 the lead up in book 4 made it obvious this was going to happen And if there s anything that deliversclich and general awfulness than Robin Hood as a subject, it is the Holy Grail And yet in this book, Angus has managed to avoid clich and awfulness very neatly The result is that, in a book about two things that are a minefield of cheese, Angus has created a gem of a tale that delivers shock, joy, fascination and sheer power Kudos.The tale delves deeper into the awful and mysterious Master and his secretive order within the Knights Templar It portrays the Templars in an unusual light, making them bad guys, dubious and selfish, harsh and outside the law, while not accusing them of heresy and demon worship as seems to be the norm for writers these days Minor spoiler coming here The quest for the grail leads Alan from his home in Westbury, alongside his liege lord Robin, leaving a ruined home and a dying love to search for the one thing that can save her It leads us to Cathar country in south west France and explores that beautiful world, centring on somewhere I have always wanted to visit The plot never falters, hurtling along at pace, ever goading the reader to just a fewpages The plot is neatly constructed and leaves no loose ends, in fact tying up a number of frayed threads from the previous books Probably the biggest win for this book with me, though, is the cast As well as the essentials, a number of old friends return, including one of my faves Sir Nicholas de Scras And Nur You see I had become rather irritated with the witch woman in the previous books and had even gone as far as to grumble about her on Twitter at Angus And yet she returns in Grail Knight to take her place in the cast and does so in such a well crafted way that I thoroughly enjoyed it and found that I was appreciating her part as much as any other.The book is happy and sad, full of subterfuge and open action, tense and calming, magical and spiritual and practical It has everything you might expect from one of Angus books, but in spades.Be prepared to put aside all your other hobbies and much sleep I read 80 pages in the middle of the night yesterday and enjoy a book every bit as good as King s Man Fans will not be disappointed and, if you haven t read Angus other books, I would recommend them as always, but now with 25%voracity Oh and the ending Masterful Simply masterful.I sent the author a message when I had almost finished it, calling Grail Knight a Tour De Force and that is what it is I have been steamrolling my way through this series since the summer, courtesy of Audible Each time I finish one, I wonder just why it took me so long to take the plunge For years I had been told that this was one of the best historical fiction series out there, but always I doubted it Robin Hood, really A longbow, green tights, a band of merry men dancing round a fire singing songs, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor I ll leave that, thanks My pre conceptions could not have bee I have been steamrolling my way through this series since the summer, courtesy of Audible Each time I finish one, I wonder just why it took me so long to take the plunge For years I had been told that this was one of the best historical fiction series out there, but always I doubted it Robin Hood, really A longbow, green tights, a band of merry men dancing round a fire singing songs, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor I ll leave that, thanks My pre conceptions could not have beenwrong This series is staggering, avoids all clich s and delivers with every single book I was a bit concerned that it could not possibly live up to King s Man which really was incredible, and in some ways this one does not quite hit those heights, though it is still an incredible read The basis of this book alters slightly from the last couple The Lionheart is dead, his brother John on England s throne and Robert Oddo is oncean Outlaw Angus skilfully brings back characters from pervious book as old nemesis are oncebrought to the fore as the outlawed Earl of Loxley persuades our narrator Alan Dale to go on a quest to find the Holy Grail and finally rid themselves of The Master , a man who would see them both in their graves Alan s wife Goodie lies on her deathbed, he is sure it is the result of a curse laid upon her from Alan s old lover, a witch called Nur Nur will accompany the seven Knights of the Grail as they journey through France and do battle with The Master and his Knights In a whirlwind of emotion we see beloved characters taken to their maker before their time, and the ending.WOW Needless to say I have already made a start on book six, The Iron Castle, which after just an hours listening has me hooked I m very concerned at what my life will become when I finish this marvellous series, as I m not ready for my journey with Sir Alan Dale to come to an end Actual rating 4.50 Angus Donalds Robin Hood outlaw chronicles is quality work,and part 5 Grail Knight adds another epic chapter to the saga of Robin Hood narrated by Alan a Dale in the series old man by the fire format Part 4, Warlord ended with King Richard the Lionheart dead, and the nefarious villain The Master just escaping Robins and Alans justice In part 5 Alan is planning to settle down, expecting to be a father, and with King John now in power, Robin has fallen from grace and is once again an outlaw in Angus Donalds Robin Hood outlaw chronicles is quality work,and part 5 Grail Knight adds another epic chapter to the saga of Robin Hood narrated by Alan a Dale in the series old man by the fire format Part 4, Warlord ended with King Richard the Lionheart dead, and the nefarious villain The Master just escaping Robins and Alans justice In part 5 Alan is planning to settle down, expecting to be a father, and with King John now in power, Robin has fallen from grace and is once again an outlaw in Sherwood forest But the reach of their enemies is long Robin is almost tricked into trap by a devious plot whilst setting out to right some wrongs , Alans estate Westbury is attacked and burned to the ground, and his pregnant wife Goody is felled by a misterious disease most probably a very powerful cuse When you anger the lion, he s gonna strike back, and that s what Robin does With a small company of his trusted friends, and some likely and unlikely allies Robin and Alan set off to France in pursuit of the Master and the Holy Grail After hours of thrilling reading pleasure the companions succeed in their mission in an epic finale at the chateau de Montsegur later to become the last stronghold of the Kathars The hardfought victory however doesn t come without costs, and several compelling characters in the series unfortunately leave the stage.Most certainly a worthy sequel that meets the same high standards as the first 4 parts One of the best HF books I have read this year Some claim Donald is a better writer than Cornwell This is a bold claim Do I believe this I dunno Maybe This series only gets better with each installment. I have thought Angus Donald was a good writer since reading his first novel in The Outlaw Chronicles, and I have enjoyed each of his novels in varying degrees, but his skill as a writer shows clear improvement with each successive volume His stories are well constructed and build to satisfying conclusions Having said that, in many ways I was not looking forward to Grail Knight Another quest for the Holy Grail story, now shrouding Robin Hood within the folds of the Grail s ever expanding lege I have thought Angus Donald was a good writer since reading his first novel in The Outlaw Chronicles, and I have enjoyed each of his novels in varying degrees, but his skill as a writer shows clear improvement with each successive volume His stories are well constructed and build to satisfying conclusions Having said that, in many ways I was not looking forward to Grail Knight Another quest for the Holy Grail story, now shrouding Robin Hood within the folds of the Grail s ever expanding legendary mantle WHY Let s just say I have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome I don t like to spoil any surprises, but let me just say it was well worth the reading, another enjoyable story as Mr Donald continues to build his own unique Robin Hood mythos which is both like and unlike the Robin Hood legend we know Keep them coming, Mr Donald received copy this free via Goodreads giveaway I fear my dislike of this book may come from not reading its predecessors In general I love the time period, love re tellings of the Robin Hood story, and of the Knights Templar As I was reading this I felt the story did not not add to any of the lore history and was just a bland tale placed upon it I am curious if my enjoyment of this tale was marred by entering into a series in the middle without an attachment to the characters As a stand received copy this free via Goodreads giveaway I fear my dislike of this book may come from not reading its predecessors In general I love the time period, love re tellings of the Robin Hood story, and of the Knights Templar As I was reading this I felt the story did not not add to any of the lore history and was just a bland tale placed upon it I am curious if my enjoyment of this tale was marred by entering into a series in the middle without an attachment to the characters As a stand a lone book it did not work for me This series is good fun The Robin Hood myth combines with the grail hunt, and brings Alan Dale s narrator, with Robin and the rest of his band to search for the grail This book brings together a number of the plot ends from the previous couple of books, so isn t a good place to begin the series my main criticism was the end was spent lining things up for a new story in the next book and moving or disposing of characters accordingly It is an enjoyable, undemanding, read.

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Better than Bernard Cornwell Yes, really.Having started using Goodreads regularly, I have noticed that I am very lucky in that I seem to only read books that I like I suppose that is because the bad ones are so easily forgotten However, this one will not be.Having finished it on the day it was published is quite good I think, and that was mostly due to it becoming increasingly compelling the further you get into it Here I have to admit that I have only read one other in this series, the firs Better than Bernard Cornwell Yes, really.Having started using Goodreads regularly, I have noticed that I am very lucky in that I seem to only read books that I like I suppose that is because the bad ones are so easily forgotten However, this one will not be.Having finished it on the day it was published is quite good I think, and that was mostly due to it becoming increasingly compelling the further you get into it Here I have to admit that I have only read one other in this series, the first, but as a stand alone read, there were no issues at all Reminders of what happened in previous books were unobtrusive and felt natural and did not jar as they can do Sharpe novels for instance and allowed the flow of consciousness to continue unhindered And that brings me to another point Angus Donald has grown as a writer and in confidence with his art and it was a real pleasure to read I know a little about the author from social media and I felt he was drawing onof his own experience for some of this story making itreal and natural And there are a few personal points included in it quite by chance that mean nothing to anyone other than me which will make me return to this particular novel again and again.The story itself draws on the legend of the holy grail and man s quest to own it and the shocking price to pay for being involved with it, rather reminiscent of the Indiana Jones film The irreverent character of Robin Hood saves the day, not without some casualties, and touches of ruthlessness shown towards the reader.All in all a great, fun read with plenty of action and emotion, twists and turns, lovable characters, hateful characters, and the darling Tronc More of him please, in the next one One of the highlights of my year is the new Angus Donald novel, but this new book was slightlyanticipated than usual You see, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed all Angus books, I have noted the opposite of what they used to say about the Star Trek Movies the even movies were the better ones While I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Warrior 2 and Warlord 4 , it was Outlaw 1 and King s Man 3 that were outstanding in the series and eclipsed many other great reads of the time So would book 5 co One of the highlights of my year is the new Angus Donald novel, but this new book was slightlyanticipated than usual You see, while I ve thoroughly enjoyed all Angus books, I have noted the opposite of what they used to say about the Star Trek Movies the even movies were the better ones While I thoroughly enjoyed Holy Warrior 2 and Warlord 4 , it was Outlaw 1 and King s Man 3 that were outstanding in the series and eclipsed many other great reads of the time So would book 5 continue this trend Simply, yes Grail Knight may well be the best of the five and, even if not, it is on a par with the outstanding King s Man, which is about the highest praise to give anyway.Why is it a win Well to start with, Angus has consistently managed to take Robin Hood one of the most clich d subjects in history and write a series about him that repeatedly side steps clich and delivers fresh, engaging and fascinating tales that do not irritate in the way Robin Hood could so easily do ahem, Ridley Scott That in itself is a feat But this tale is also about the Holy Grail No it s not a spoiler Even if you didn t realise from the title giveaway 1 the lead up in book 4 made it obvious this was going to happen And if there s anything that deliversclich and general awfulness than Robin Hood as a subject, it is the Holy Grail And yet in this book, Angus has managed to avoid clich and awfulness very neatly The result is that, in a book about two things that are a minefield of cheese, Angus has created a gem of a tale that delivers shock, joy, fascination and sheer power Kudos.The tale delves deeper into the awful and mysterious Master and his secretive order within the Knights Templar It portrays the Templars in an unusual light, making them bad guys, dubious and selfish, harsh and outside the law, while not accusing them of heresy and demon worship as seems to be the norm for writers these days Minor spoiler coming here The quest for the grail leads Alan from his home in Westbury, alongside his liege lord Robin, leaving a ruined home and a dying love to search for the one thing that can save her It leads us to Cathar country in south west France and explores that beautiful world, centring on somewhere I have always wanted to visit The plot never falters, hurtling along at pace, ever goading the reader to just a fewpages The plot is neatly constructed and leaves no loose ends, in fact tying up a number of frayed threads from the previous books Probably the biggest win for this book with me, though, is the cast As well as the essentials, a number of old friends return, including one of my faves Sir Nicholas de Scras And Nur You see I had become rather irritated with the witch woman in the previous books and had even gone as far as to grumble about her on Twitter at Angus And yet she returns in Grail Knight to take her place in the cast and does so in such a well crafted way that I thoroughly enjoyed it and found that I was appreciating her part as much as any other.The book is happy and sad, full of subterfuge and open action, tense and calming, magical and spiritual and practical It has everything you might expect from one of Angus books, but in spades.Be prepared to put aside all your other hobbies and much sleep I read 80 pages in the middle of the night yesterday and enjoy a book every bit as good as King s Man Fans will not be disappointed and, if you haven t read Angus other books, I would recommend them as always, but now with 25%voracity Oh and the ending Masterful Simply masterful.I sent the author a message when I had almost finished it, calling Grail Knight a Tour De Force and that is what it is I have been steamrolling my way through this series since the summer, courtesy of Audible Each time I finish one, I wonder just why it took me so long to take the plunge For years I had been told that this was one of the best historical fiction series out there, but always I doubted it Robin Hood, really A longbow, green tights, a band of merry men dancing round a fire singing songs, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor I ll leave that, thanks My pre conceptions could not have bee I have been steamrolling my way through this series since the summer, courtesy of Audible Each time I finish one, I wonder just why it took me so long to take the plunge For years I had been told that this was one of the best historical fiction series out there, but always I doubted it Robin Hood, really A longbow, green tights, a band of merry men dancing round a fire singing songs, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor I ll leave that, thanks My pre conceptions could not have beenwrong This series is staggering, avoids all clich s and delivers with every single book I was a bit concerned that it could not possibly live up to King s Man which really was incredible, and in some ways this one does not quite hit those heights, though it is still an incredible read The basis of this book alters slightly from the last couple The Lionheart is dead, his brother John on England s throne and Robert Oddo is oncean Outlaw Angus skilfully brings back characters from pervious book as old nemesis are oncebrought to the fore as the outlawed Earl of Loxley persuades our narrator Alan Dale to go on a quest to find the Holy Grail and finally rid themselves of The Master , a man who would see them both in their graves Alan s wife Goodie lies on her deathbed, he is sure it is the result of a curse laid upon her from Alan s old lover, a witch called Nur Nur will accompany the seven Knights of the Grail as they journey through France and do battle with The Master and his Knights In a whirlwind of emotion we see beloved characters taken to their maker before their time, and the ending.WOW Needless to say I have already made a start on book six, The Iron Castle, which after just an hours listening has me hooked I m very concerned at what my life will become when I finish this marvellous series, as I m not ready for my journey with Sir Alan Dale to come to an end Actual rating 4.50 Angus Donalds Robin Hood outlaw chronicles is quality work,and part 5 Grail Knight adds another epic chapter to the saga of Robin Hood narrated by Alan a Dale in the series old man by the fire format Part 4, Warlord ended with King Richard the Lionheart dead, and the nefarious villain The Master just escaping Robins and Alans justice In part 5 Alan is planning to settle down, expecting to be a father, and with King John now in power, Robin has fallen from grace and is once again an outlaw in Angus Donalds Robin Hood outlaw chronicles is quality work,and part 5 Grail Knight adds another epic chapter to the saga of Robin Hood narrated by Alan a Dale in the series old man by the fire format Part 4, Warlord ended with King Richard the Lionheart dead, and the nefarious villain The Master just escaping Robins and Alans justice In part 5 Alan is planning to settle down, expecting to be a father, and with King John now in power, Robin has fallen from grace and is once again an outlaw in Sherwood forest But the reach of their enemies is long Robin is almost tricked into trap by a devious plot whilst setting out to right some wrongs , Alans estate Westbury is attacked and burned to the ground, and his pregnant wife Goody is felled by a misterious disease most probably a very powerful cuse When you anger the lion, he s gonna strike back, and that s what Robin does With a small company of his trusted friends, and some likely and unlikely allies Robin and Alan set off to France in pursuit of the Master and the Holy Grail After hours of thrilling reading pleasure the companions succeed in their mission in an epic finale at the chateau de Montsegur later to become the last stronghold of the Kathars The hardfought victory however doesn t come without costs, and several compelling characters in the series unfortunately leave the stage.Most certainly a worthy sequel that meets the same high standards as the first 4 parts One of the best HF books I have read this year Some claim Donald is a better writer than Cornwell This is a bold claim Do I believe this I dunno Maybe This series only gets better with each installment. I have thought Angus Donald was a good writer since reading his first novel in The Outlaw Chronicles, and I have enjoyed each of his novels in varying degrees, but his skill as a writer shows clear improvement with each successive volume His stories are well constructed and build to satisfying conclusions Having said that, in many ways I was not looking forward to Grail Knight Another quest for the Holy Grail story, now shrouding Robin Hood within the folds of the Grail s ever expanding lege I have thought Angus Donald was a good writer since reading his first novel in The Outlaw Chronicles, and I have enjoyed each of his novels in varying degrees, but his skill as a writer shows clear improvement with each successive volume His stories are well constructed and build to satisfying conclusions Having said that, in many ways I was not looking forward to Grail Knight Another quest for the Holy Grail story, now shrouding Robin Hood within the folds of the Grail s ever expanding legendary mantle WHY Let s just say I have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome I don t like to spoil any surprises, but let me just say it was well worth the reading, another enjoyable story as Mr Donald continues to build his own unique Robin Hood mythos which is both like and unlike the Robin Hood legend we know Keep them coming, Mr Donald received copy this free via Goodreads giveaway I fear my dislike of this book may come from not reading its predecessors In general I love the time period, love re tellings of the Robin Hood story, and of the Knights Templar As I was reading this I felt the story did not not add to any of the lore history and was just a bland tale placed upon it I am curious if my enjoyment of this tale was marred by entering into a series in the middle without an attachment to the characters As a stand received copy this free via Goodreads giveaway I fear my dislike of this book may come from not reading its predecessors In general I love the time period, love re tellings of the Robin Hood story, and of the Knights Templar As I was reading this I felt the story did not not add to any of the lore history and was just a bland tale placed upon it I am curious if my enjoyment of this tale was marred by entering into a series in the middle without an attachment to the characters As a stand a lone book it did not work for me This series is good fun The Robin Hood myth combines with the grail hunt, and brings Alan Dale s narrator, with Robin and the rest of his band to search for the grail This book brings together a number of the plot ends from the previous couple of books, so isn t a good place to begin the series my main criticism was the end was spent lining things up for a new story in the next book and moving or disposing of characters accordingly It is an enjoyable, undemanding, read. 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  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages
  • Grail Knight
  • Angus Donald
  • English
  • 01 March 2018
  • 184744508X