The Archer's Tale

The Archer's Tale

Book - 2001
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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first book in the Grail Series--the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780066210841
0066210844
Branch Call Number: F COR
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Cornwell, Bernard Harlequin

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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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Feb 01, 2011

Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

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Feb 01, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

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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