The Winter King

The Winter King O REI DO INVERNO Conta A Mais Fiel Hist Ria De Artur, Sem Os Exageros M Ticos De Outras Publica Es A Partir De Fatos, Este Romance Genial Retrata O Maior De Todos Os Her Is Como Um Poderoso Guerreiro Brit Nico, Que Luta Contra Os Sax Es Para Manter Unida A Brit Nia, No S Culo V, Ap S A Sa Da Dos Romanos O Livro Traz Religi O, Pol Tica, Trai O, Tudo O Que Mais Me Interessa, Explica Cornwell, Que Usa A Voz Ficcional Do Soldado Raso Derfel Para Ilustrar A Vida De Artur O Valoroso Soldado Cresce Dentro Do Ex Rcito Do Rei E Dentro Da Narrativa De Corwell At Se Tornar O Melhor Amigo E Conselheiro De Artur Na Paz E Na Guerra

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 n

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  • 14 February 2018

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  1. says:

    4.5 5 StarsDepending on the rest of the trilogy, this could be the most original and the best Arthurian legend retelling of all time, out of all medium.A little background before I start my review this is my first dive into Bernard Cornwell s work and only my second time reading a historical fiction, so this is totally out of my comfort read but I m delighted with my decision to go out of my usual read I ve heard of the name Bernard Cornwell several times until now, all pretty much claimed he s a legend in Historical Fiction genre but nothing ever truly pushed me into starting his books until last March when I finished binge reading the entire The Faithful and the Fallen series Both the series and the author John Gwynne since then have been included in my favorites of all time lists I decided back then to do an interview with Gwynne and one of my questions was If you have to recommend one book or series for everyone, what came into mind and why His answer was The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell and that s how I stumbled upon this series, and how I finally decided to give his work a try Click this link for my full interview with Gwynne for anyone who s interested to the review, even though this is still only the first book out of a trilogy, I can already see why Cornwell is named as a legend in the genre He managed to make my most disliked narrative, omniscient narrative into something that worked wonderfully.Told in the similar style with Kvothe from Kingkiller Chronicles, we follow Derfel Cadarn, the main character, and the narrator, now old and a monk, recounts his journey with Arthur, his best friend, The King that Never Was, The Enemy of God and The Lord of Battles The bards sing of love, they celebrate slaughter, they extol kings and flatter queens, but were I a poet I would write in praise of friendship Most of the stories told here took place in the past, going back to the present times only five times in total throughout the entire book This also means that Derfel pretty much knows all the events that will happen already during his narration and he reminded us over and over again about this with sentences like it s not until later that I find out what he meant This usually doesn t work in my fantasy read but damn it worked so well in this story.The Winter King mostly focused on Arthur s struggle to unite Britain during the Dark Ages in the midst of Saxon s inevitable invasion Cornwell s retelling of Arthur is magnificent, contrary to usual Arthurian legend Cornwell erased every magical aspect, at least here anyway Sure there s a hint of magic in the world but they re not actual magic per se, just superstitions that the population back then heavily believed Cornwell has stated that The Winter King is a tale of the Dark Ages in which legend and imagination must compensate for the lack of historical records, as there s no conclusive evidence on Arthur s legend and he did it with greatness.Arthurian legend has always been one of my favorite retellings, it s been done countless times already in any medium but I ve never once experienced a retelling as original and fantastic as this one Cornwell s storytelling and prose qualities are top notches So many emotions were felt and delivered throughout my times reading this, thought provoking and realistically poignant such as this And at the end of life, what does it all matter We grow old and the young look at us and can never see that once we made a kingdom ring for love or philosophical like this But fate, as Merlin always taught us, is inexorable Life is a jest of the Gods, Merlin liked to claim, and there is no justice You must learn to laugh, he once told me, or else you ll just weep yourself to death Not only the storytelling and prose are fantastic, Cornwell s versions of the characters that we ve known in the legend are very unique Arthur, in particular, is amazing, felt like a real person that truly existed in the past despite this being written as a historical fiction Also, a huge plus in originality towards Lancelot and Guinevere, for they have completely take on a direction that I never thought I would ever see in their character.Do note however that this is a slow paced book, we only get a little taste of Cornwell s big battle scenes another factor that he s highly praised for in the last 60 pages of the book, if you love Shield Wall, you re going to love the battle scenes for sure.Honestly, this could ve been an easy 5 star book for me if it wasn t for the first half of the book The minor con I had with the book is that during the first half, the pages are very dense, a paragraph could last an entire page, with a minimum amount of dialogues To give you a clear picture of what I m talking about, here s a picture of a paragraph I took from the book, non spoiler of courseThe first half of the book mostly looked like that, as you can see, there s almost no heavy dialogue section and this means you re going to have to read tons of details and descriptions Plus, the long chapters 15 chapters for 490 pages made this book not an easy read I felt my progress reading this book became very slow because of these situations These can be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences but personally, I prefer it to be balanced The second half however fixed this problem.Overall, I truly enjoyed reading The Winter King and I thank John Gwynne for recommending this book to me I will definitely continue with this trilogy and I highly recommend it to any fans of historical fiction and Arthurian legend.Bonus Picture My beautiful editions of The Warlord Chronicles You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. says:

    I really can t say enough about this book There are a lot of reasons to enjoy books and this one scores highest in so many categories It is just very fun to read.Who would I recommend this book to If you loved The Lord of the Rings but the smallest part of you that doesn t care about poetry kind of wished it had a little action .If you loved watching the movie Braveheart but wish it was a little accurate historically .If you were excited about the 2004 movie King Arthur, which although was advertised to be the real story of King Arthur had Arthur and his band of Mongolians defending the Scottish border against Saxons The hell kind of sense does that make Saxons invaded the South west coast, the region of England now called Saxony, the people Arthur would have fought on the Scottish border were, yes, you guessed it Scotts If you were excited ditto Tristan and Isolde .If you loved Robert Jordan s Wheel of Time series but don t have the eons required to read each with a 1000 pages per volume .I ll break down the idea behind the book Yes, it s about King Arthur And I know what you are thinking, it s a magic book No there are no fairies, no pixie dust, no Crystal Cave sorry Mary Stewart I loved your books too, but for slightly different reasons The book does a real, researched job in telling a story which might have happened Many of the characters believe in magic and things happen which might be interpreted as such but they might also be explained by realistic means.It portrays Arthur as a warlord in around 500 AD right after the Romans abandoned their foothold in the British Isles and right before the Anglo Saxon invasion turned the Celtic land of Britain into Angl land England History indicates something stopped the Saxon invasion for about 50 years and most historians believe that might have been Arthur There is also no jousting a sport popular about 700 years later The story is different from the traditional Arthur Legend but similar enough to make it enjoyable to people who also liked The Crystal Cave The Once and Future King Le Morte d Arthurand the many hundreds of others, film and book.Oh, and I don t know who wrote the description which accompanies this book probably someone at www. but they say it is written in flat American diction I don t believe Bernard Cornwell, a native of Britain, would appreciate that He might live in America currently but is still quite English What they may have meant to say is that it is readable Why they didn t just say that I have no idea.

  3. says:

    Full review now posted Original review can be found at Booknest.Here lies a book that didn t enthrall me, but somehow fascinated me I wasn t filled with longing to pick it up and continue reading, but every time I did I was given incredibly interesting theories and historical information This was likely the most probable telling of the Arthurian legend that I ve come across The mythos of Arthur and Merlin and Excalibur and Camelot has always intrigued me, but it s always remained in the realm of myth For the first time in my life, I read something that convinced me of the possibility of Arthur s existence Not its likelihood, mind you, but its possibility, which is still an astonishing change for me regarding a myth.Cornwell sets his tale in the 5th century, after the Roman occupation of Britain has ended Saxons are invading and Britons are warring amongst themselves This is a land of warring factions and a multitude of kings, and this is where Cornwell has planted his version of Arthur Here, Arthur s tale is told by Brother Derfel, an aging monk who wasn t always a Christian In his youth, Derfel was a pagan and a warrior who fought alongside Arthur In the framework of Cornwall s story, Derfel is writing out the true story of Arthur for Igraine, the young Queen over the realm that houses the monastery Witnessing Arthur s story from an eyewitness, and one who isn t one of the names we re familiar with, was a unique perspective And trying to reconcile Derfel himself, the aging Christian monk and the young pagan warrior, is actually one of my favorite aspects of the novel How radically people can change always intrigues me.There were some people Cornwell portrayed here that were at complete odds with almost everything I ve ever read or heard Particularly, his representation of Guinevere and Lancelot Even though they were pretty people, neither of them seemed to have much goodness within them Guinevere here is a catalyst for war, much like Helen of Troy I will never be able to fathom shattering a kingdom in the name of love, though I know it s one of the most ancient of justifications for declarations of war And Lancelot is just awful, though I m still not sure how many of his failings are truth and how many are exaggerated through the eyes of our narrator However, a hero he is not, though he knows how to twist events in the minds of poets to ensure his legacy.The presentation of the Druid belief system was my other favorite aspect of this book Their superstitions and spell casting were absolutely fascinating And disturbing I don t think I ve ever read another book that contained this much spitting Or urine flinging Or cow dung as hair product And the Druid s view of the Christian interlopers, and the way those opposing faiths both widened the rift in their land and how the people banded together in battle in spite of those opposing faiths, was captivating One of the main reasons I ll be continuing the trilogy at some later date is to understand how Derfel transitioned from one faith to the other.Even though I have a deep appreciation for both the story and Cornwell s writing, I have to admit that I struggled reading this It was just so dense The information was interesting, for sure, but sometimes I felt so glutted by the outpouring of information that I couldn t digest quickly enough to keep reading Cornwell did an insane amount of research, and it really shows I feel like I learned so much about the Druid faith and ancient Britain, but that learning sometimes overwhelmed the story The book reminded me of some of the really amazing history books I read in college Well written and fascinating, but too dense to read for simple enjoyment Also, it felt a little like the vast majority of the book was either preparing for battle, engaging in battle, or the aftermath of battle Which is fine, but is something I get really bogged down in.If you love historical fiction, this is definitely the book for you If you re obsessed with Arthurian legend, you owe it to yourself to give this a read And if you just can t get enough of battlefields, I think I found your new favorite book.I read this because Petrik loved the series so much.

  4. says:

    Nobody does this quite as well as Bernard Cornwell He is quite literally the master of this genre He creates a vivid warrior culture time and time again, and I will never get bored of it This is saying a lot because Bernard Cornwell has written a huge amount of novels over the years and a few are similar in ways, but I don t care because they re just so good This time Bernard Cornwell tells the story of Arthur, though not from the perspective of Arthur he tells it from the point of view of one of his footman An interesting take on the Arthurian myth Derfel is a spearman in the service of Arthur and he narrates Arthur s story I m glad that we weren t privy to Arthur s thoughts and emotion because it helped to create an idea about him being an untouchable being What I mean is that Arthur is better than the common man, and by telling the story like this it assumes a sense of distance between someone like Derfel, who in himself is honourable, and someone who is, in essence, a man beyond measure It created an Arthur that was as enigmatic as he was courageous and noble I think it was a great idea This is an awakening change to what I thought would be the predictable route of a novel like this We see the events, and people, that surround Arthur s life from a different perspective One that holds Arthur in high esteem, but in spite of this, we also see the mistakes Arthur makes as a commander He takes the wrong bride in a moment of selfish passion and almost dooms himself in the process I emphasise the word mistakes because this is not the usual Camelot fairy tale this is a gritty realistic approach to the legend More historical than legend This is a tale that has been told countless times, but to make it stand out Cornwell had to make his retelling unique In his version Lancelot is a fraud and Guinevere is quite possibly a complete whore who entrapped Arthur for power, not love thus, this is far from the usual fairy tale The characters are realistic and not without their flaws, so they are human and fallible This is a far shot form the knights of the round table and the pure virtuous that Arthur represents This made this novel not remotely predictable or a simple regurgitation of a tale we already know The movement of Christianity through the reduction of the druids is also apparent It is intriguing to see the rivalries created by these religious differences I like the way the Druid s, though relying on and believing in magic, appear to have no magical abilities but are driven by what they perceive as their magic powers and knowledge I think Cornwell has been very subtle here because without openly suggesting that their magic was impossible, he does show us that their magic is slowly fading This gives the novel a realistic setting, a historical setting, rather than the usual fantastical nature of tales surrounding Arthur Pendragon I enjoyed this novel, but not as much as those in the Saxon Stories Derfel lacks the charisma and will of Uhtred And for that reason I gave this a four star rating rather than the five it could have earnt.

  5. says:

    This is my favorite Cornwell series it s Cornwell s too , for it covers my favorite historical era that mysterious gap in between the Roman departure and the Saxon Invasion This retelling of Arthur works so well because it s divorced from Mallory I love BC s ability to pull me into the muddy, primitive Dark Age Britain world He s one of the very best at avoiding anachronisms, a skill which gets so little praise None of his characters feel like modernistic men and women dressed up in 5th Century garb They fear the powers of magic, gods, and fate The majority of the people are ignorant, living in dirty hovels with no boots The world is vast and mysterious The line by line writing is excellent, as are the story arcs of this tale Highly suggest this series, as well as most of BC s work.

  6. says:

    Primeira leitura 2008Releitura 02 2016Acho que essa uma leitura muito recomendada para os f s de As Cr nicas de Gelo e Fogo Com a vantagem q os livros s o mais curtos e voc s tem um ponto de vista, ent o a hist ria anda bem mais r pido Acho q os f s das lendas Arturianas talvez amem ou odeiem, pois esse um retrato muito mais cru e humano de Artur Eu amo Mas aqui toda a magia e romance medieval substitu do por um retrato muito mais prov vel do que realmente teria acontecido naquela poca O que pra mim fascinante No entanto, para alguns, pode ser um pouco chocante a forma como os personagens n o s o totalmente bons ou ruins como fomos acostumados a ouvir Nem Artur, nem o Merlin, nem Guinevere A leitura muito fluida e Derfel um narrador que vc facilmente se apega As batalhas s o de roer todas as unhas e os cen rios pulam da p gina Quase 10 anos depois e continuo apaixonada.

  7. says:

    The horn sounded a third time, and suddenly I knew I would live, and I was weeping for joy and all our spearmen were half crying and half shouting and the earth was shuddering with the hooves of those Godlike men who were riding to our rescue.For Arthur, at last, had come.Dun da da da Presenting a saga so epic it needs three pages to list the characters, two pages to mention the places and another two pages of maps And you know what The story was so involving, I never once glanced at any of them.I loved, loved, loved this book Here is a familiar tale, made fresh and exciting Here we have Arthur, the just and fair, brave Galahad and cowardly Lancelot, hiding behind his mother s skirts All the old favorites get to mix it up with some new characters And of course, Merlin gets all the best lines That s why the Gods made it such a pleasure to engender children, because so many of the little brutes have to be replaced One of the things I can t stand about Christians is their admiration of meekness Imagine elevating meekness into a virtue Meekness Can you imagine a heaven filled with only the meek What a dreadful idea The food would get cold while everyone passed the dishes to everyone else Happily, there are two books in the Arthur series.Cornwell, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  8. says:

    4.5 stars The legend of Arthur has been told time and again over the centuries From ancient British folk tales to 5 season of Merlin , from 15th Century French verse to The Mists of Avalon With this book Cornwell has left his mark on that tradition He s taken a tale examined from almost every angle and made it his own Most of all he s written a story filled with complicated characters, visceral battles and ambitious intrigues in a brutal, immersive setting The protagonist of this story is Derfel Cadarn A humble, straight forward soldier Derfel is in a position to observe the complicated characters involved in the military and political struggles to decide the fate, and faith lol puns of Britain Derfel also gives us an engaging insight into the terror and exhilaration of fighting in a shield wall These sections, which bring to life the mud, blood, exhaustion, fear and pain of frontline combat are some of the most intense of the book The framing device, with Derfal now an old monk telling his story, created some extremely poignant moments.Arthur is extremely well written, although his character sometimes feels too noble, especially given how bleak the rest of this world is To be fair, Arthurian legend usually holds Arthur up as the pinnacle of all that is right and in this series Cornwell portrays him as the one hope for goodness in a world filled with evil For all of his saintliness although saints in this book are often knobs Coughs Sansum Coughs Arthur s vanity, ambition and occasional reckless idealism made him than a 2 D representation of heroism and instead showed him to be a flawed, realistic character, making his struggles all the powerful In the early stages of this book I found Owain the old king s champion to be a brilliantly written character, a complex villain and a great source of conflict On one hand Owain was a great warrior who was generous and kind to the men under his command including Derfal on the other hand he was openly corrupt, raped a captive woman this was a disturbingly frequent occurrence in the story, at times the frequency of rape went beyond realistic in this setting and into being gratuitous and mercilessly slaughtered a defenceless village to line his own pockets view spoiler Due to his scummy actions I didn t find him an overly sympathetic character, as a result his death pretty early on didn t really affect me However as the book progressed I felt his absence keenly, especially as a bunch of much less compelling villains began to appear I also thought that Derfal suddenly siding against him and his abrupt death cut out what could have been a really interesting contest for Derfal s loyalty between Owain s pragmatism represented by his faith in the shield wall and Arthur s idealism his love of heavy cavalry hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Not oft, actually hardly ever, do I read a second series by an author set in a diffo historical period for fear of of the same but jus a diffo setting its happened with others but here I am giving Bernard Cornwell a go with his Arthurian saga Its only a short series having heard many good things, I m intending to bang the lot of in one go 3 books to complete my Summer read.It s also one of my favourite legends so I hope he does it justice The story begins with a scribe Derfel at a desk who is writing the story of Arthur, the Warlord who should have been King so it goes. The story proper starts conventionally with Uther Pendragon the birth of a son called Derfel himself, Morgan, Mordred Merlin s court minus Merlin at Glastonbury soon follow all being familiar names in the lore of Arthur The lay of the land is set, illustrated by a map of the time C 480 AD in the land of the Britons The story flows into birthrights, succession and politics across the kingdom the ensuing war with the interloping Saxons from the East Real place names of the time are used which are on the map its authenticity is great to follow, making you feel part of the setting as you soon get used to them It helps no doubt if you live in the region in question so it s familiarity is already imbedded I m hooked from the start, enjoying the tale, the characters the period, which is portrayed in a feasible way so much is still really unknown about post Romano Britain The characterisations of the players of Arthurian lore are spot on for me make for an excellent read The politics are involved with petty rivalries, jostling for power certain kings trying to be top dog of all the kingdoms of the Britons as all the while the Saxon threat becomes prevalent as they encroach from the East There is also a tie in with Brittany which is still part of the British sphere of influence The battle scenes are expertly told easy to visualise, epic in their content.Will the Britons unite Will the Saxons prevail That is the crux of the story Enjoy.A clear 5 stars for me as I can t fault it plus Ive hardly given any 5 s this year

  10. says:

    Firstly I d like to thank Craig for an awesome first buddy read and for putting up with me in general I look forward to reading with you again, if you ll have me The Winter King is a tremendously well written book Cornwell is an amazing author and I can t wait to give some of his other books a go Looking at you Last Kingdom This one gets a 3 star rating from me I think 3 stars adequately represents my overall enjoyment of the book I liked the story, loved the writing But found it hard to stay motivated and difficult to read at times I found it hard to grasp who was who and the names of places and characters were difficult for me I am not familiar with any Arthurian tales or retellings so this was all new territory for me Also, I do suffer with dyslexia and whilst for the most part I don t normally have too many issues, the spelling and letters did make this a challenging read for me This I know is a personal gripe, but a gripe nonetheless The writing was truly enjoyable and so many of the characters were multi layered and unique I loved Arthur There were also many different themes present in this book Mainly themes of Love and honour often a combination of the two, and some of the speeches were very impressive Overall I think part of my lack of interest came from the book hangover that Assassins Fate by Robin Hobb has left me in But I also have a feeling that this wasn t quite my cup of tea I can see why so many people think this is a 5 star read At this point I m not going to continue with the trilogy as I feel I will probably have to force myself to do so Reading should be a hobby, not a chore So I ll try another Cornwell book instead.

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