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The Kingmaking

  • 33 Want to read
  • 7 Currently reading

Published by Discovered Authors .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Historical fiction,
  • Fiction / Fantasy / Historical,
  • Fiction / Folklore

  • Edition Notes

    Pendragon"s Banner Trilogy

    The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages450
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9347034M
    ISBN 101905108265
    ISBN 109781905108268
    OCLC/WorldCa244825002

    Given that there isn't an uncontested date in the two centuries of British history between the Rescript of Honorius in AD and the arrival of St Augustine in AD, the dates for Arthur's life are fair game for the novelist's imagination. Gwenhwyfar is a little too much of the warrior heroine for my liking, and as far as I know not one legend even hints at Gwenhwyfar as a warrior. Citizens of West African sub-national monarchies often use the word kingmaker to refer to the members of the electoral colleges that choose their sovereigns because they also usually officiate during the coronation rituals and rites of purification, the word in this particular case taking on a literal meaning i. While Morgaine is a girl and not likely to inherit the throne, no doubt Morgause has kept her alive to serve as a way to hurt Arthur down the road. She has a variety of pets, which include several horses, a cat and a dog. Even Arthur himself came across as a complete pig, even committing rape at one point.

    The design is simple, clean, and straightforward, and does a great job at setting the stage for the storyline. P "The casement swung wide, two panes of glass shattering. Perhaps I had been in a singularly uncritical mood the night before because quite quickly I thought Hold hard! In contrast, Morgause is pure evil and Winifred Vortigern's fictional daughter is pure spite, and I found both somewhat tedious. Both are fully rounded individuals with a mix of good and bad qualities, and both do admirable and not-so-admirable things. What's this?

    Hollick must have done is astounding because the detail in this book is wonderful. Even Arthur himself came across as a complete pig, even committing rape at one point. In contrast, Morgause is pure evil and Winifred Vortigern's fictional daughter is pure spite, and I found both somewhat tedious. I did not find Arthur likeable, but I did like Gwenhwyfar, and I am curious to see how the story will turn out. About Rakuten Cookie Settings OverDrive uses cookies and similar technologies to improve your experience, monitor our performance, and understand overall usage trends for OverDrive services including OverDrive websites and apps. Continued in the second book of the trilogy, Pendragon's Banner, reviewed here.


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The Kingmaking book

There is no Merlin and no magic in this book, and the same is true of the succeeding two books. But I would deny any suggestion that I am a cavilling quibbler! Even Arthur himself came across as a complete pig, even committing rape at one point.

In the first book of this exciting trilogy, author Helen Hollick brings to life Arthur Pendragon as he really might have been. What is the point of that? As well as referring to an individual, the term can also be applied to institutions or think tanks whose opinions are held in great regard by the interested organization.

So, it's official. The marvellous sword is such a central component of the legend that I'd have liked to see it play an integral role in the plot from much earlier on. Of the secondary characters, I found the men generally more varied and convincing than the women.

Both are proud, hot-tempered and inclined to speak before thinking, leading them to inflict pain on each other and those around them. He is not a gentle man, but rather one who takes women whenever he chooses, determined not to let them exert any feminine power over him.

So much so that I thought it a great shame that it only appeared at the end. That aside, I have a further, more serious problem with this book; the characterisation is one-dimensional and leans heavily on stereotyping always especially dangerous when writing the anti-heroes.

The amount of research Ms. The dark demeanor of the lady and suited army within the oval shaped stone-like decoration all provide excellent finishing touches.

P "The casement swung wide, two panes of glass shattering. Cunedda's feisty daughter Gwenhwyfar takes an immediate dislike to Uthr's companion, a boy of unknown parentage called Arthur, until a shared dislike of Uthr's evil mistress Morgause brings the two together.

It is a cold, harsh world, where much blood is shed and many die. Her particular pleasure is researching the facts behind the small glimpses of history and bringing the characters behind those facts to full and glorious life. She was my favourite to read about in this book.

A delightful feature is the ingenious take on the legend of the sword in the stone no, I'm not going to tell you what it is.

Winifred was a complete bitch, for a start! Consequently, bestowal of such a title is looked upon significantly and more often as a means of indirect gratification for individuals wanting to silently dictate the affairs of the organization.

One notable feature is that the horses are almost secondary characters in their own right. Hollick also uses characters who were known to exist, like Vortigern who supposedly ruled the Britons for some time and was purportedly the one to invite the Germanic forces from the mainland to defend the Britons against the Scots and Picts.

She lives in Devon with her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Morgause wants power for herself, and resents the indifference of her lover, Uthr. Share this:. If you liked this review and are interested in purchasing this book, click here.

Review: The Kingmaking

I had the impression of a sharp fault line between the good guys Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and their friends and allies and the bad guys. This is a story of harsh battles, secret treasonous plots, and the life-threatening politics of the dark ages of early Britain. The term is also occasionally used in a pejorative sense during elections where a small number of independent political candidate s who hold a sizeable sway in the "vote bank" can most likely decide the course of an outcome.

Gwenhwyfar's brothers include the cheerful Etern, the quietly competent Enniaun, and the henpecked Osmail, Cei is upright and honest, and the pedantic Emrys Ambrosius Aurelianus has potential though he hardly appears in The Kingmaking.

Want to see all of Helen's books?Veni, vidi, vici. I came, I saw, I conquered. Helen Hollick's Pendragon's Banner series is one of, if not the best, Arthurian re-tellings that I have read so far. She takes a well-known story and makes it fresh and atlasbowling.com of the King is the third book in the Pendragon's Banner series following The Kingmaking and Pendragon's Banner/5.

Pendragon’s Banner: Book Two of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy - Ebook written by Helen Hollick. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Pendragon’s Banner: Book Two of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy/5(6).

Mar 01,  · The Kingmaking is Book One of The Pendragon's Banner Trilogy, by Helen Hollick, re-released by Sourcebooks on March 1.

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An epic undertaking, The Kingmaking is the tale of the mythical King Arthur and his queen Gwynefar, stripped of wizards, magic 5/5(4).

The Kingmaking: Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy by Helen Hollick. Sourcebooks Landmark. Paperback. GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library.

A kingmaker is a person or group that has great influence on a royal or political succession, without themselves being a viable candidate. Kingmakers may use political, monetary, religious, and military means to influence the succession.

Originally, the term applied to the activities of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick—"Warwick the Kingmaker"—during the Wars of the Roses (– Read "The Kingmaking Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy" by Helen Hollick available from Rakuten Kobo.

"Compelling, convincing, and—ultimately—unforgettable."—Sharon Kay Penman, Bestselling Author of Devil's Blood /5.