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Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles, #3)

Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles, #3) - Bernard Cornwell Before writing anything about the Warlord Chronicles (or the Arthur Books), I must clarify my background on the Arthurian legends. These theme isn’t completely alien to me - during my early teens (in which I’m surely stuck), I devoured anything I found about it, from films to books, and thus I came upon “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley and “The Elf Trilogy” by Jean-Louis Fetjaine. At least, these were the most remarkable works I recall from those times. Although I suffer from an unending curiosity, my attention-span doesn’t keep up with it, so I got really weary of those matters and started exploring other themes shortly afterwards. But I know exactly what quickened that gush of curiosity – the lack of historical basis. Don’t get me wrong, I thrive on fantasy, it’s been a long-road companion ever since I learned how to read, I couldn’t thank enough the varied authors of this genre that tickled my mind all the way long. But if you’re familiar with these works, you know they’re more fantasy than anything else, Jean-Louis Fetjaine even came up with a twist on “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien, to add a new flavour to this ever-so-debated mythology. To me, that was IT, by 11 years old I had already realized authors only “created” two variants – dwelve into fantastical or religious paths or adapt other people’s works in a way that ultimately made me nauseous. Some years afterwards (no, I’m not revealing my age), some people (you know who you are – thank you!) started recommending me these three books. Skeptical as ever, I started reading reviews about it and I couldn’t find an inch of “misty islands”, “fairies”, “spells” anywhere… that was odd, so… I had to read them!All the while, I felt a little like my old self, page-turning through battles and daydreaming about the English scenery. Cornwell’s smirky sense of humor is ever so adorable and I could only trust him to turn such a legend into a palpable character living a piece of our History. I can now say I found the books that satiated my thirst for a proper tale of Arturus Rex Quondam, Rexque Futurus (Arthur, our Once and Future King).