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O Inimigo de Deus ReligionThe second book of the Warlord Chronicles, Enemy of God takes this epic Arthurian story up another notch The political manoeuvrings, personal quests, mix of diverse personalities, and the unpredictable relationships between male and female characters, makes for captivating reading.The compelling feature of this novel is the extent and depth of how characters are developed and how the plot is full of unique twists and surprises Within this environment of hidden machinations and power st ReligionThe second book of the Warlord Chronicles, Enemy of God takes this epic Arthurian story up another notch The political manoeuvrings, personal quests, mix of diverse personalities, and the unpredictable relationships between male and female characters, makes for captivating reading.The compelling feature of this novel is the extent and depth of how characters are developed and how the plot is full of unique 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 throne.The 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 consequences The religious struggle between the old pagan gods and the growing influence of Christianity is very intriguing Merlin as a Druid is on a quest to find the Cauldron of Clyddno EiddynThe 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 GodsDerfel 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 god.The 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 BookNest.eu 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 unique historical perspective about the origins of Arthur and his band of loyal warriors For t Just placed my expanded review of this wonderful nook onto BookNest.eu 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 unique 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 fewunique 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 kindness.Cornwell 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 exception.The 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 It s only when you re lost and frightened and in the dark that you call on the Gods, and they like us to call on them It makes them feel powerful, and that s why they like us to live in chaos Enemy of God was completely and utterly a five star rating in my mind and the trilogy is rapidly becoming one of my favourite trilogies of all time whilst already claiming first spot for books which have Arthur as a main concept I will immediately seize the last of the trilogy, Excalibur, in my hands and devour it in whatever free time I can obtain I want to reach the conclusion of the series and discover what shall happen to these superb characters, but I am also dreading what is to come, I fear there will be manytears.I strongly advise any lovers of historical fiction, or the stories of Arthur to read this, you will not be disappointed Book 1 3 Book 2 3.5 sThis darker and less romanticized view of Camelot picked up speed in book two I ve grown to enjoyandthis version of the characters and especially the view of Lancelot and Guinevere who definitely don t come out smelling like roses.The 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 don Book 1 3 Book 2 3.5 sThis darker and less romanticized view of Camelot picked up speed in book two I ve grown to enjoyandthis version of the characters and especially the view of Lancelot and Guinevere who definitely don t come out smelling like roses.The 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 8 10A 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 by.Derfel and Arthur are two very well rounded c 8 10A 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 by.Derfel 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 onenovel to go so let s hope for a great finale and move past how it ended.Overall 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 together.If 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 pair.We start with an adventure, as is oft the way with second boo 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 pair.We 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 story..Again, I can t fault it, really enjoying the storyline which isthan feasible for the period, the politicking is spot on for me as is the battle of the religions which comesto the fore in this episode.5 Two on the bounce now Number two in the Warlord series.This is the warts and all story of Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot and the rest of the round table knights.There is nothing cosy and romantic about this tale Lancelot is a narcissistic pig Guinevere has delusions of grandeur and Arthur wants nothingthan to be a farmer.The usual suspects, greed, power, sex, revenge and religion, keep getting in the way of Arthur s aspirations of becoming a farmer.The game s afoot so unleash the dogs of war And nobody does Number two in the Warlord series.This is the warts and all story of Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot and the rest of the round table knights.There is nothing cosy and romantic about this tale Lancelot is a narcissistic pig Guinevere has delusions of grandeur and Arthur wants nothingthan to be a farmer.The usual suspects, greed, power, sex, revenge and religion, keep getting in the way of Arthur s aspirations of becoming a farmer.The 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 here.Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction So,an escape fromformal literary pursuits.Cornwell is a consummate storyteller.He distills history,religion,myth,legend,magic and fable.This predates Game of Thrones but is a marvellous re imagining of the Arthurian legends.This is a story of Britain with religious persecution and invasion and immigration and clashes of Kings and clans.A version of the Arthurian saga was filmed in Ireland in or about 1980 by John Boorman.Two of my classmates had small parts so from then the legends always So,an escape fromformal literary pursuits.Cornwell is a consummate storyteller.He distills history,religion,myth,legend,magic and fable.This predates Game of Thrones but is a marvellous re imagining of the Arthurian legends.This is a story of Britain with religious persecution and invasion and immigration and clashes of Kings and clans.A version of the Arthurian saga was filmed in Ireland in or about 1980 by John Boorman.Two of my classmates had small parts so from then the legends always interested me.The movie was called Excalibur and while modern technology and special effects were not as advanced then I think it nonetheless still endures.Tolkien decrees that the architecture of the fantasy genre should be set out in a trilogy so I am moving on to the final book.Pure escapism but in parts a little tedious and repetitive and too many unpronounceable Welsh names The balance of King Arthur s unified kingdom is threatened by Merlin s quest for the last of Britain sTreasures 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 5 Stars Incredible Enemy of God The Warlord Chronicles, 2is 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 critique 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 areaptly developed, the s 5 Stars Incredible Enemy of God The Warlord Chronicles, 2is 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 critique 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 areaptly developed, the stage where massive battles take place areimpressive, the magic imbued into the story isprevalent 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 speakhighly 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 delight Perhaps 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 conquest In the process Merlin placed further strains on the fragile peace, when he set out on a quest 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


About the Author: Bernard Cornwell

Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.


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