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Derfel refuses to support his rival's election as he knows that Lancelot is no warrior. He is supported in this action by Agricola, a fellow Mithraist and a warlord of Gwent. However, Lancelot avoids the humiliation of Mithras's rejection by publicly converting to Christianity and being baptised by Bishop Sansum, who ensures his return to favour with this action. The British successfully lure Aelle's forces into a trap and his war dogs are defeated by Merlin and Nimue, who bring bitches to the battle to distract them.
Aelle is weakened but not defeated during the battle and the British Kings are surprised by the arrival of Cerdic, the only other Saxon king in Britain, and Lancelot. The latter had negotiated with Cerdic for his alliance, something which infuriated Arthur as it made the Saxon king into a more dangerous enemy, now that their forces had been weakened against Aelle. Arthur sends Derfel to find Aelle and bring him to London where peace is to be negotiated. Aelle is weakened as Cerdic wins London and the valley of the Thames off him but the British Kings get Cerdic to renounce any claim over the river lands of the Belgae.
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However, Cerdic insists that Lancelot be given control of the land as a king in his full right. As such, Lancelot is granted a new kingdom much richer and more to his liking than mountainous Siluria. Siluria is divided between Gwent and Powys. The peace is accepted difficulty by the British Kings, with the exception of Prince Meurig of Gwent, who had proposed an alliance with Cerdic before the battle against Aelle.
As the peace negotiations are conducted, Merlin and Nimue search for the last Treasure of Britain, the Chariot of Modron.
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When they find it however, Cerdic arrives with Dinas and Lavaine, and claims anything they find as his since they are now in his kingdom. Dinas and Lavaine take the Chariot after recognizing it and steal a thread of Merlin's beard, which could allow them to cast powerful spells against the Druid. On the way back to Corinium, Arthur tells Derfel that he wants him and Ceinwyn to return to Dumnonia and become Mordred's guardian, as Culhwch had been having difficulty raising the boy. As Derfel travels to Powys to fetch Ceinwyn, tragedy strikes in Dumnonia: In the years following Aelle's defeat and the uneasy truce of London, peace nevertheless occurs for the British kingdoms as Aelle and Cerdic fight among themselves for mastery of Lloegyr.
After Lancelot's gain of the new kingdom of the Belgae, establishing his capital in Venta Winchester Guinevere leaves the Roman villa at Lindinis and has a new palace, the Sea Palace, built on the border between Dumnonia and the river lands.
Derfel and Ceinwyn move to Lindinis with a six-year-old Mordred and their daughter, Morwenna, is born there. She is followed by two other daughters, Seren and Dian. Two sons are also stillborn and Ceinwyn nearly dies during her third labour. The two discover, to their horror, that Mordred is a wicked child whom they have difficulty controlling and who enjoys inflicting pain on others. Merlin, who had lost his hall at Ynys Wydryn the night the Cauldron had been stolen and now lived at Lindinis, expressed the belief that a demon got into the boy the night of his birth, while the Christians tended to the birth.
Merlin believes that this explains his crippled foot, as the spirit was attached to it when Morgan finally arrived to tend the birth in The Winter King. Despite their concerns, Arthur refuses to consider removing Mordred and hopes that ruling will make the boy a better person. After many years of relative peace, Mordred is acclaimed king of Dumnonia on his fifteenth birthday.
Shortly after his acclamation, Mordred sends both Arthur and Derfel on an errand into Powys to capture the traitor Ligessac, who was partly responsible for the death of Mordred's mother Norwenna at the hands of King Gundleus of Siluria. Arthur and Derfel are ambushed while attempting to apprehend Ligessac, who tells them that he has known about their coming for a week. Fighting their way through the ambush, Derfel decides to travel south separately from Arthur in an attempt to find his mother for whom he has not seen since she was taken in a raid when he was a very young child.
On his journey home, Derfel discovers that Lancelot has attempted to usurp the Dumnonian throne after Mordred is believed to be murdered and with Arthur presumed killed while attempting to capture Ligessac. Derfel eventually makes it home where he discovers the druids Dinas and Lavaine have attacked his hall and are attempting to kidnap Ceinwyn and Merlin and bring them to Lancelot. Derfel and his men drive off Dinas and Lavaine, however during the battle Lavaine kills Derfel's youngest daughter, Dian.
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Ninguno de los temas que trata Cornwell con agilidad y pluralidad pasan desapercibidos. Feb 05, Ensiform rated it really liked it Shelves: The Christians are spreading like wildfire, denying all other gods. Merlin, Morgan and Nimue Vivien are all here, but the magic is not transformations or enchantments, but sprigs of hair and bone, spitting, bits of iron and ritual. Apr 21, Mayank Agarwal rated it really liked it Shelves: Much better than the first book in the trilogy, this has more exciting plots and made me want to know what happens next.
The portrayal of religion and the importance and implication during the dark ages seem real and the way Cornwell uses it in the book is brilliant.
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The book is solidly written and well-paced although th Much better than the first book in the trilogy, this has more exciting plots and made me want to know what happens next. Przedstawia wydarzenia z innej perspektywy: Jun 27, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story of Arthur, the king that never was and the enemy of God, continues in the great sequel. It finally seems like Arthur has his order. But Arthur forgot that the Gods thrive on chaos and so his peace will never last.
This is the last day of the old year. Tonight is Samain eve. Derfel continues his story about Arthur. He recaptures the story at the end of the battle of Lugg Vale, where Arthur rescued Britain from civil war and Nimue got her revenge on Gundleus. But will Merlin crush this peace? In the first part of this tale, not much is known about Merlin, except that he is looking for the treasures of Britain in order to call on the Gods to return to Britain. Now, his quest carries on because he wants to find the most powerful treasure of all: The Cauldron of Clyddno Eiddyn.
This Cauldron is told to destroy dreams, and what is this peace of Arthur but his lifelong dream? Meanwhile, Derfel himself is very much in love! However the woman he has given his heart to, is betrothed to another man… Lancelot in fact. Though fate is inexorable. Dreams scatter and other dreams are fulfilled when a chicken bone is snapped and two lovers run away from a betrothal. And now both lovers, a band of warriors and Merlin will travel the Dark Path, to find the Cauldron and so bring back the Gods.
I really liked this book and I reread this book just like I did the first one. This is the second part of the story and it also feels that way. It is not like some years passed between the first book and the second book, it all fits together perfectly. What I really liked in this book was that things change, just like humans do. He gives detail at exactly the right moment in the book. It was near dawn and the fog lay like a fleece so thick that when we managed to descend the rocks and assemble on the grass at the top of the knoll we were in danger of losing each other by taking just one step.
For the second time he gave us history on the story, but this time to explain how the thirteen treasures came to Britain. To round this up: I loved it, absolutely loved it. Like the first part of this series it is one of my all time favourites and so I give this book five stars: I liked it slightly less than its prequel The Winter King, but still deserves a 5 star rating and its place on my Favorites shelf. The story continues as Merlin is still looking to complete the Thirteen Treasures of Britain, Derfel Cadarn is hopelessly in love with princess Ceinwyn, Lancelot's ambition wants to devour all, Cerdic and Aelle continue to make war upon the british kingdoms, Christianity is as violent as ever against paganism, and Mordred grows to become an unfit king Fantastic book.
The story continues as Merlin is still looking to complete the Thirteen Treasures of Britain, Derfel Cadarn is hopelessly in love with princess Ceinwyn, Lancelot's ambition wants to devour all, Cerdic and Aelle continue to make war upon the british kingdoms, Christianity is as violent as ever against paganism, and Mordred grows to become an unfit king of Dumnonia.
To be completely honest, through the first half of the book, I had to remind myself that this is part two of The Warlord Chronicles, putting extra stress on the word 'chronicles' to continue reading. Unlike The Winter King, I found this book a bit less plot-oriented. There were many stories that diverged and didn't seem to have a point maybe part three of TWC will prove me wrong? Now, they were very enjoyable, but I was hoping to keep reading about the main characters and plot. I just had to remind myself that this is a chronicle, and that every story is being told as it happened.
Maybe I was still hung up on the linear, steady narrative of part one? Towards the second half of the book, it all becomes so much more put-together for my liking , engrossing, and emotional. I found myself literally tearing up at a certain character's death talk about awkward, I was left red eyed and teary when I got back to work I had never felt physically affected by a book.
The battles are ruthless, detailed, and an absolute treat to read. The historical context continues to be accurate with some minor anachronisms that blend the legends- mainly names and characters. There is also a lot more myth and magic than in part one, but the whole story remains rooted in realistic events. I don't want to give out actual spoilers because the second half of the book is as suspenseful as historical fiction can get, but I will say that it's now one of my favorites and even though the ending is not a cliffhanger, I find myself eager to read the last part in this trilogy ASAP.
Dec 01, Maite rated it really liked it. The Enemy of God was a much better sequel than what I was expecting, I was finally familiar enough with the characters and the format to be able to fully immerse myself in it. I also like that we have fewer moments of Derfel in future time than we did in the first novel, and that's a huge plus, even if now I really like Derfel as a character and narrator. It's still a bit shocking to me to see so many famous beloved names being portraited a flawed or even as truly despicable people, but the more The Enemy of God was a much better sequel than what I was expecting, I was finally familiar enough with the characters and the format to be able to fully immerse myself in it.
It's still a bit shocking to me to see so many famous beloved names being portraited a flawed or even as truly despicable people, but the more I read Bernard Cornwell books, the more I agree with his version of events, he takes away the romantic ideal of it and what we have left after that is gone is human beings acting accordingly to these extreme and strenuous situations. Nov 25, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved this second installment of the series, and was wishing I had dedicated more consistent time to reading it.
Action packed throughout, this one might even be better than the Winter King. Loved the different take on these classic tales - not exactly what you would expect from your typical Arthur tales. Sep 08, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't understand my ratings anymore. Maybe the Uhtred books should have been 5 stars, 3 doesn't seem enough for this one.
I enjoyed it, took me a while to get back into the story though. Definitely appreciated the story more after having read the Uhtred booos and the first book. Ah hell just give it 4. Oct 21, Emelia rated it it was amazing. Review coming after the completion of book 3. Jan 16, Kareem rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Cornwell was born in London in 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 Cornwell was born in London in After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden name, Cornwell. Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher. He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.
He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News. He relocated to the United States in after marrying an American. Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit. As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C. Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington's campaign on land.
Motivated by the need to support himself in the U. He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War. Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of "warm-up" novels.
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These were Sharpe's Eagle and Sharpe's Gold , both published in Sharpe's Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three-book deal. He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe's Company , published in Cornwell and wife Judy co-wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym "Susannah Kells". In , he also published Redcoat , an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its occupation by the British.
After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television. The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series. They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co-funding from Spain.
A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed: Wildtrack published in , Sea Lord aka Killer's Wake in , Crackdown in , Stormchild in , and Scoundrel , a political thriller, in Cornwell's latest work, Azincourt , was released in the UK in October The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War. However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives. Other books in the series.
But one man will never forget the Gods. If he can bring together Britain's thirteen sacred objects, scattered when the Romans laid waste to Ynys Mon, the Blessed Isle, the Gods will be restored, the Saxons flung into the sea and the last brief flickers of Christianity snuffed out.
For Merlin, Britain without the Gods is nothing. Derfel, the stalwart of Arthur's shield wall, is drawin into Merlin's intrigues, and Arthur's plans are tipped into chaos. A man battling for his vision of the future in a brutal age, dragged down by suspicions and magics of the past, surrounded by intrigue, dependent on his skill at war and genius for leadership. Back News Back Fandom Risingshadow. Back Recent Topics Search.