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The Winter King

Cornwell, Bernard

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ISBN 10: 0718137620 / ISBN 13: 9780718137625
Editorial: London; Michael Joseph; 1995;, 1995
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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1st ed.; Vol. one of The Warlord Chronicles; includes an excerpt from the 1st chapter of the next book in the series, The Enemy Of God, to be published in 1997; F/F, SIGNED. N° de ref. de la librería 2145

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Título: The Winter King

Editorial: London; Michael Joseph; 1995;

Año de publicación: 1995

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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Sinopsis:

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

Review:

Essentially this is a modern political thriller, told in flat American diction. Narrated by Derfel, an ordinary, likable man who rises through the ranks to become Arthur's friend and advisor in peace and war, the story doesn't follow the traditional patterns. Mordred is Uther's infant grandson, the legitimate king; Arthur is one of Mordred's guardians, sworn to hold the kingdom against the Saxon warlords until Mordred comes of age. Warfare is incessant. Arthur's dream of peace and unity seems unattainable. Derfel's own story--his strange origin, his love for Nimue, his worries and his triumphs--parallels Arthur's as he fights for and beside him.

Bernard Cornwell downplays the magic that enlivens the traditional stories, depicting it more as a combination of superstition and shrewd wits. I recommend this with reservations; though it's absorbing to read, the emphasis on battles and politics means that this will greatly appeal to some fantasy readers, but disappoint others.

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