The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur (Warlord Chronicles #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Warlord Chronicles series.

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The first of the three 'novels of Arthur.' A fast paced read that puts a great new spin on the popular legend. The narrator, a pagan warrior by the name of Derfel, chronicles the reign of Arthur as he experienced it. The Isle of Britain is wavering uncomfortably between paganism and Christianity; as tensions mount on both sides Arthur attempts to find a balance. The Winter King maintains the magical elements that have surrounded legends of Arthur and Merlin, yet retains its believability by tempering the supposed magic with doubt as to its credibility. — Northshire Staff


It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell, who has been called "one of the most accomplished storytellers now writing" (Kirkus Reviews) is the author of numerous international bestsellers, including the Sharpe series. He was born in Britain and now lives with his wife in Cape Cod.

Praise For…

“Without smoke and mirrors, the magic in The Winter King is conjured within the human heart..” —People magazine

“Great battle scenes and brilliant political intrigue swirl about a cast of legendary but very human characters. The redoubtable Cornwell strikes again.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Cornwell takes us into the world of mystery, adventure, passion, and love with exquisite skill. This is a riveting, heart-topping tale that will enchant all those who read it.” —Deepak Chopra

“The strength of the tale lies in the way Cornwell tells it through the creation of flesh-and-blood players who make a historical period come magically alive.” —The Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312156961
ISBN-10: 0312156960
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 15th, 1997
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Warlord Chronicles