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Excalibur - A Novel Of Arthur - The Warlord Chronicles, Book Iii (original: 1997; edição: 1997)

de Bernard Cornwell (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Excalibur - A Novel Of Arthur - The Warlord Chronicles, Book Iii
Autores:Bernard Cornwell (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (1997), Edition: Later Printing
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Part three and the final of the trilogy. A rundown of the content:

Part 1: The Fires of Mai Dun = basically about Merlin trying to call upon the gods of old through a ritual that involves big fires and offering of young souls. This gets prevented largely by Arthur & co. as his son is involved. Nimue is furious, vows to avenge this preventing.

Part 2: Mynyd Baddon = battle of Aelle/Cerdic/Lancelot vs Arthur/Derfel/Culwch/... where only late in the story Arthur comes to the rescue. But at what cost? It's an awfully bloody battle, horrific and you can almost see the people fighting, fleeing, screaming.

Part 3: Nimue's curse. Battle at Mynyd Baddon: Cuneglas gets killed by Liofa. Derfel, Arthur & co. defeat the Saxons, but to what cost? Arthur retires in Gwent (King Meurig), but can't get out, Meurig won't let him, wants peace in his land. King Mordred spreads rumour of his death, but assembles new army to slay the unfaithful (Arthur's gang). Derfel & Sansum are captured, can escape. Nimue wants to bring the old gods back, abuses Merlin (so he's just a toy anymore, once she has sucked all knowledge from him), puts a curse on Ceinwyn (Derfel's wife), all to have Gwydre (Arthur's son) & Excalibur to perform the final rites. Derfel must execute those orders. No one can lift the curse, except Morgan (Merlin's former assistant). But for that Derfel has to be converted to christianity... and give up his left hand (which binds him to Nimue by a scar). Creepy stuff these final pages.

Part 4: The Last Enchantment. Derfel, Arthur & co. flee, try to go into Dumnonia by boat. Everyone gets killed by the storm, save for their little boat, while Merlin's dead body continues to float behind them. Merlin's last gift to them (his friends) is the ship (with a friend) that will save them from Mordred's/Nimue's harm. But they have to wait until that boat is ready and the tide is right. Mordred's army has found them. In the meantime Sagramor managed to join Arthur with some warriors and horses. Nimue's army is closeby as well. Mordred & Arthur get into a fight, all remain aside as these two fight to the death. Arthur is badly wounded, but manages with a final blow to kill Mordred. Derfel stays behind to defend the last piece of land & return Excalibur to the sea (Nimue can't do anything about that), wives & children are saved, as is Arthur & his son, Gwydre. Galahad & Culwch are killed.

Strange ending, though, as bishop Sansum summons Derfel. What happened to Nimue? She was still alive and kicking as Derfel threw the sword into the sea. What happened to Ceinwyn, Guinever, Gwydre, ... afterwards?

The book itself is another nice piece of work, but at times it's tedious, doesn't advance and you feel like you have to struggle to turn a page. Hence the 3 stars instead of 4. But overall, the trilogy is certainly worth reading, no doubt about that. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Superb end to a brilliant series. That ending was just perfect. ( )
  drwilko | Nov 17, 2020 |
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 |
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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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