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Posted: Thu April 26th, 2012, 3:36 pm
by Carla
I've only read 'Pendragon' of the Stephen Lawhead Arthurian books and wasn't overly impressed - as I remember (rather dimly now, as it was a while ago and not one I wanted to re-read) it was an easy but rather dull read with surprisingly flat characters. There was a rather neat twist on the tale of the great boar Twrch Trywth (spelling?) from Culhwch and Olwen that made me smile when I recognised it, but that was about it.

I liked Gillian Bradshaw's Arthurian trilogy, especially the last one, In Winter's Shadow, which tells Guinevere's story. And I still have a soft spot for TH White's The Once and Future King.

Posted: Thu April 26th, 2012, 3:44 pm
by sweetpotatoboy
[quote=""Carla""]I've only read 'Pendragon' of the Stephen Lawhead Arthurian books and wasn't overly impressed [/quote]

Ugh. I'm not surprised. Certainly not the right place to start with the series (or at all, to be honest).
The first three books, Taliesin, Merlin and Arthur, are great - the original trilogy. The two later tacked-on books, Pendragon and Grail, are much weaker and do not tally with the plotline or approach in the earlier trilogy. Avoid.

Posted: Thu April 26th, 2012, 6:41 pm
by Carla
[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Ugh. I'm not surprised. Certainly not the right place to start with the series (or at all, to be honest).
The first three books, Taliesin, Merlin and Arthur, are great - the original trilogy. The two later tacked-on books, Pendragon and Grail, are much weaker and do not tally with the plotline or approach in the earlier trilogy. Avoid.[/quote]

Well, I didn't know that when I happened across Pendragon :-) I don't think I even realised it was part of a sequence until after I'd read it. I may give the earlier three a try, since you recommend them.