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Enemy of God ReligionThe second book of the Warlord Chronicles Enemy of God takes this epic Arthurian story up another notch The political manoeuvrings personal uests mix of diverse personalities and the unpredictable relationships between male and female characters makes for captivating readingThe compelling feature of this novel is the extent and depth of how characters are developed and how the plot is full of uniue twists and surprises Within this environment of hidden machinations and power struggles Arthur is winning battles he feels he needs to fight and striking alliances where he can His vision is a unified Britain that can defend against the Saxon invasions While his war strategy can be clever personal relationships often deteriorate which harbour resentment and retaliation Derfel narrates the story from a first person perspective and it was very clever to create him as a new character without preconceived baggage within the context of the traditional Arthur story Derfel is highly trusted by Arthur not only for his loyalty but his ability to deliver on Arthur’s plans He finds himself appointed Lord Derfel Dumnonia’s Champion and betrothed to Guinevere’s sister Gwenhwyvach although he is oath bound to Ceinwyn Derfel finds himself responsible for assisting in the upbringing of Mordred who is becoming a nasty evil and unforgiving heir to the throneThe story arcs around Arthur Guinevere Derfel Lancelot Ceinwyn Galahad and Merlin are superb and weave together with such masterful storytelling The love triangles are enthralling where promises and oaths are fickle and risk of conflict threatens with destructive conseuences The religious struggle between the old pagan gods and the growing influence of Christianity is very intriguing Merlin as a Druid is on a uest to find the Cauldron of Clyddno Eiddyn “The Cauldron was the greatest Treasure of Britain the magical gift of the old gods and it had been lost for centuries Merlin’s life was dedicated to retrieving those Treasures and the Cauldron was his greatest prize If he could find the Cauldron he told us he could restore Britain to her rightful Gods” Derfel finds himself torn between both beliefs and prays at pagan shrines while later becoming a Christian monk Arthur is also someone who tries to play a delicate noncommittal game between the old and new gods Unfortunately the Christians intent on seizing and eradicating false gods see him as the enemy of their godThe writing style is engaging and the story telling is exceptional with a magnetism that prevents you from setting the book down I normally expect the middle book in a trilogy to slacken from the first book and allow a build up to the last but this one is better and I’m excited to see what awaits in the third I highly recommend this book and couldn’t contemplate giving anything less than 5 stars Just placed my expanded review of this wonderful nook onto BookNesteu “So many dead Their footsteps will not stir a rush on the floor nor frighten the mice that live in the monastery’s thatched roof” Enemy of God is the second book of The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell It continues the uniue historical perspective about the origins of Arthur and his band of loyal warriors “For this is his tale the tale of our dear warlord our law giver our Arthur” Enemy of God reached the lofty heights of its predecessor and continued to grow past it This wonderful thrilling heart wrenching tense novel contains all of the brilliant aspects of the first in the series The Winter King It continued to captivate me with many of the same brilliant characters and a few uniue cast members who fitted into the story excellently“Fate is inexorable” Enemy of God is told from the perspective of Derfel Cadarn the same as the first in the trilogy He is retelling the story of his friend Arthur who he accompanied through all his struggles and shared his successes and failures with Derfel has cemented his position as one of my favourite characters of all time with his loyalty daring determination and kindnessCornwell continues to write with that magical prose of his which guides my eyes from page to page as I accompany the characters of this book through their adventures Each scene is so vivid and fluid and there was not one dull moment for each page was consumed by an interesting event description or character Many books of this length contain pages or even chapters that disengage me from the story as they can be boring but this book is an exceptionThe plot continued to develop brilliantly and had me laughing out loud once again I deeply despise certain characters and cherish others just what I want from any book I read The novel was filled with plot twists extremely satisfying moments and times of despair I was weeping at one point of the book which I am sure any former reader of the series will remember with the same sorrow I do view spoiler I HATE LANCELOT hide spoiler Book 1 3Book 2 35'sThis darker and less romanticized view of Camelot picked up speed in book two I've grown to enjoy and this version of the characters and especially the view of Lancelot and Guinevere who definitely don't come out smelling like rosesThe clash between the Britons and the Saxons also escalates as does the pagans vs the Christians which in some ways the story starts to form if not a prelude at least a precursor to the Saxon Stories series This series is being done on audio and I've enjoyed the narrator and look forward to the conclusion in book 3 Bernard Cornwell does not disappoint and once again I enjoyed his book immensely The way he connects myth and fiction in this book is astonishing I applaud his singular storytelling skills and I cannot wait for next and unfortunately final book in this series 810A slight improvement on the previous novel but definitely a feel of a second book in a trilogy I enjoyed the first book but it took some time to get into and there were a hell of a lot of names to take on board only for the majority of them to die or no longer be involved after 50 pages This one was a little slow at the start and it took me a while to get back into the flow of the style and era but when things got going then the pages flew byDerfel and Arthur are two very well rounded characters add into that some of the side characters if you can call Merlin a side character the ensemble make for a great read Lancelot is a dick but to stir those emotions means he's written well Other than the slow start one thing that lowered the overall rating was the weak ending It's a bridge from this novel to the next but the climax sort of felt like a wet fart No point in jumping the gun as there is one novel to go so let's hope for a great finale and move past how it endedOverall a very good read but a few minor flaws making it lose a little rating overall but looking forward to the finale and how things come togetherIf you like this try Argincourt by Bernard Cornwell Back 2 back with a series which Ive not done in eons We pick up directly from the end of the prior book the aftermath of the battle of Lugg Vale Derfel is again front centre retelling his story as an old monk Merlin is at the centre of the politics others think they control the kingdom but in reality it is the druid his accolade Nimue that pull the strings in the background it’s a grand characterisation of the mystical pairWe start with an adventure as is oft the way with second books in fantasy trilogies not that I would say this series is a fantasy style trilogy for the record I have found which involves the central character Derfel Merlin along with others where the recovery of the ancient artefacts of the gods are front centre of the story of course there’s a few band guys in the way No fear Arthur is also involved as are the rest of the gang the Sais Saxons; battles are fought politics are schemed religions struggle for supremacy new enemies are found old ones continue to fester Britain is still a divisive place with Derfel at the centre of the action We have a coming of age in this middle book as well where Mordred becomes King of the Britons a time of change looms after years of peace AND that is a whole other storyAgain I can’t fault it really enjoying the storyline which is than feasible for the period the politicking is spot on for me as is the battle of the religions which comes to the fore in this episode5 Two on the bounce now Number two in the Warlord seriesThis is the warts and all story of Arthur Guinevere Sir Lancelot and the rest of the round table knightsThere is nothing cosy and romantic about this tale Lancelot is a narcissistic pig Guinevere has delusions of grandeur and Arthur wants nothing than to be a farmerThe usual suspects greed power sex revenge and religion keep getting in the way of Arthur's aspirations of becoming a farmerThe game's afoot so unleash the dogs of war And nobody does this better than Arthur Bernard Cornwell never fails to entertain He takes a thread of known history and a bit of mythology adds some literary licence and creates a book you can't put down If you are looking for characters that will elicit emotional responses from you you will find them all hereHighly recommended for lovers of historical fiction The balance of King Arthur's unified kingdom is threatened by Merlin's uest for the last of Britain's 13 Treasures; by the conflict between the ancient religion and the new Christianity; and by Britain's war with the Saxons A master storyteller continues his retelling of the Arthurian legend Soan escape from formal literary pursuitsCornwell is a consummate storytellerHe distills historyreligionmythlegendmagic and fableThis predates Game of Thrones but is a marvellous re imagining of the Arthurian legendsThis is a story of Britain with religious persecution and invasion and immigration and clashes of Kings and clansA version of the Arthurian saga was filmed in Ireland in or about 1980 by John BoormanTwo of my classmates had small parts so from then the legends always interested meThe movie was called Excalibur and while modern technology and special effects were not as advanced then I think it nonetheless still enduresTolkien decrees that the architecture of the fantasy genre should be set out in a trilogy so I am moving on to the final bookPure escapism but in parts a little tedious and repetitive and too many unpronounceable Welsh names 5 Stars Incredible Enemy of God The Warlord Chronicles #2 is an incredible continuation into the life and story of Britons and their most heroic leader Arthur and it is an incredible effort by Sir Cornwell There's really not much critiue to say about a book that is so polished so well written so entertaining with delightful and memorable characters In this latest effort Cornwell improves in nearly every single aspect of the storytelling The characters are aptly developed the stage where massive battles take place are impressive the magic imbued into the story is prevalent and effective Yet still the shining beacon of the narrative are its unforgettable characters Arthur vs SaxonsNarrated by Arthur's friend Derfel Cadarn a former slave raised by the wizard Merlin this volume tells of Arthur's struggles to bind the warlords together and strengthen the throne that he holds for the beastly Mordred who is to supposed to inherit the throne of Britain Yet not all goes as plan as Mordred is growing up to be a sickly evil child who likes to torture animals and rape other girls The story unfolds at a rapid pace and many plots and twists will see Arthur and Derfel do all they can to unite Britain and coalesce all the war factions together as they will ultimately have to face the Saxons in mortal battle Realistically gory battles and doomed romantic exploits flavor the narrative while the strong characterizations bring the men and women behind the legends to vivid life Despite the gore and the ferocity of the battles there's a nice balance with a lover affair between our main protagonist and narrator Derfel for the beautiful fair haired Ceinwyn The tale is stuff of the legends and I can't speak highly of it The way Cornwell incorporates their love affair in the story is so brilliant that you have to read it to experience in full delightPerhaps the most controversial and my favorite character is Merlin the master druid or magician God I love the way Cornwell writes Merlin He's is witty sarcastic omnipotent and ambitious as hell Yet in his true form Merlin is a true Briton who will do anything to 'restore' the old Gods to Britain and help Arthur and Derfel in their conuest In the process Merlin placed further strains on the fragile peace when he set out on a uest to retrieve the last of Britain's 13 treasures; the fabled Cauldron What can I say about a near perfect historical fiction series It's mesmerizing It's captivating and filled with unforgettable characters and battles The fable continues and on to the final exciting chapter 'Excalibur'5 Stars

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