The Archer's Tale

The Archer's Tale

Book - 2005 | 1st Harper pbk. ed.
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After surviving a vicious attack on his village in 1343 A.D., archer Thomas of Hookton joins the army of King Edward III as he prepares to launch an invasion into France, but his quest for vengeance takes him on an epic quest for the Holy Grail. A brutal raid on the quiet coastal English village of Hookton in 1342 leaves but one survivor, a young archer named Thomas. On this terrible dawn, his purpose becomes clear--to recover a stolen sacred relic and pursue to the ends of the earth the murderous black-clad knight bearing a blue-and-yellow standard, a journey that leads him to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest, the search for the Holy Grail. The first volume in this new series begins a medieval quest for the Holy Grail. When his English village is attacked by French marauders led by a vicious knight, young Thomas vows revenge and to retrieve a holy treasure taken from the church. Traveling to France, Thomas joins the army of King Edward III at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, becoming a preternaturally gifted--and deadly--archer.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780060935764
0060935766
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 21 cm

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tjdickey
Jun 02, 2017

It can be difficult to take a reader convincingly into the middle ages - with enough historical detail to be authentic, but to keep the human interest. Cornwell can do both, walking a fine line between the earthiest and bloodiest details, and the action and intrigue of a more complicated 21st-century audience.
The first of a very strong (but brief) series of historical fiction by this prolific author.

M_ALCOTT Apr 26, 2014

The Archer's Tale is a really good medieval action packed adventure, that transports the reader to another time in history. The battle scenes, in this book, are descriptive and well written. There were times where I felt like I was thrown into the middle of the fighting,sacking, and bloodletting. That's just how good Cornwell's writing is.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

The first and best book in the trilogy.

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Mar 27, 2010

Bernard Cornwell writes historical fiction. His brand of historical fiction, at least in this book, is about as nail-biting and cliff-hanging as it gets. This book is definitely what one would call an action novel --- there's lots of blood; split skulls, gored knights and deflowered maidens --- the Hundred Years War's (between France and England) version of car chase scenes, AKGs and double-agents.This is a book you can't readily put down and when you do finish it, you'll go scurrying to the library for more.

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Feb 01, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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The first of a trilogy which revolves around Thomas, an archer in the Hundred Years War, and the search for the Holy Grail.

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