The Archer's Tale

The Archer's Tale

Book - 2001
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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first book in the Grail Series--the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

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

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780066210841
Branch Call Number: F Corn
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 02, 2017

It can be difficult to take a reader convincingly into the middle ages - with enough historical detail to be authentic, but to keep the human interest. Cornwell can do both, walking a fine line between the earthiest and bloodiest details, and the action and intrigue of a more complicated 21st-century audience.
The first of a very strong (but brief) series of historical fiction by this prolific author.

M_ALCOTT Apr 26, 2014

The Archer's Tale is a really good medieval action packed adventure, that transports the reader to another time in history. The battle scenes, in this book, are descriptive and well written. There were times where I felt like I was thrown into the middle of the fighting,sacking, and bloodletting. That's just how good Cornwell's writing is.

Feb 01, 2011

The first and best book in the trilogy.

Mar 27, 2010

Bernard Cornwell writes historical fiction. His brand of historical fiction, at least in this book, is about as nail-biting and cliff-hanging as it gets. This book is definitely what one would call an action novel --- there's lots of blood; split skulls, gored knights and deflowered maidens --- the Hundred Years War's (between France and England) version of car chase scenes, AKGs and double-agents.This is a book you can't readily put down and when you do finish it, you'll go scurrying to the library for more.


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Feb 01, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Feb 01, 2011

Violence: Detailed descriptions of medieval warfare.

Feb 01, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Feb 01, 2011

The first of a trilogy which revolves around Thomas, an archer in the Hundred Years War, and the search for the Holy Grail.


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