The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, Book 1)

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From master storyteller Bernard Cornwell comes a spellbinding epic of duty, love, and valor forged in the fires of the hundred years war.

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 to the courageous rescue of a beautiful French woman, and sets him on his ultimate quest: the search for the Holy Grail.

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About the Author:

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A Novel and The Archer's Tale. Mr. Cornwell lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

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Thomas, a young Englishman, joins King Edward III's army in 1343 to invade France after his village is massacred by French raiders. The object of their attack is a lance kept in the village's church. His vow for revenge begins a journey into manhood and toward a final confrontation with French forces. Tim Piggott-Smith reads the narrative crisply, his voice shifting tone with each action and thought, from the tension of the battle scenes to Thomas's joy for archery. Most characters have rough, harsh voices thick with old English accents, but are easily understood. The often violent story portrays a rough age with all its blemishes yet retains the romantic aura added by the modern imagination. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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