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Following his acclaimed Sunday Times best seller, Lancelot, Giles Kristian's new novel returns us to the realms of Arthurian legend.... 

Britain is a land riven by anarchy, slaughter, famine, filth and darkness. Its armies are destroyed, its heroes dead or missing. Arthur and Lancelot fell in the last great battle and Merlin has not been seen these past 10 years. Now the Saxons are gathering again, their warbands stalk the land, their king seeks dominion. As for the lords and kings of Britain, they look only to their own survival and will not unite as they once did under Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur. 

But in an isolated monastery in the marshes of Avalon, a novice of the order is preparing to take his vows when the life he has known is suddenly turned upside down in a welter of blood. Two strangers - the wild-spirited, Saxon-killing Iselle and the ageing warrior Gawain - will pluck the young man from the wreckage of his simple existence. Together, they will seek the last druid and the cauldron of a god. And the young man must come to terms with his legacy and fate as the son of the most celebrated yet most infamous of Arthur's warriors: Lancelot. 

For this is the story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive....

©2020 Giles Kristian (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • D.Rockwood
  • 20-05-20

Incredible

I absolutely loved this book, I put it up there with Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy. I really hope the author chooses to write another book from this time period/subject matter. If your an Arthur fan, this a fresh take on the subject matter.

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  • Raven Mad
  • 19-05-20

Camelot...As never before.

What a story! This one had me hanging on virtually every word. The prose painting pictures in my mind such that, at one stage, I could see the shield wall pushing forward away from me. Also at other stages, heart rending, and so emotional. I found myself chuckling at times but emersed all the time. Another great book, Giles.
Narrator, Phillip Stevens is getting better and better with each story; as he was at a very high level already, this is quite a feat. This particular programme, I believe, is his best so far and the best of all the narrators I have, so far, come across.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 27-08-20

Another great listen from Kristian

One thing that Galahad is frequently told and thinks within his own head is that 'you are not your father'. Much in the same way that, 'Camelot' is in no way the first book 'Lancelot'. I felt bad for thinking that, almost like it was an insult of sorts to the author and the hard work he has put in for such a wonderful book (and it is wonderful). But then you hit the author's note at the back and he says how this is not a true sequel to Lancelot and is more of a companion of sorts. I breathed a sigh of relief that I would have loved to have breathed much sooner.

In Lancelot we had a lot of build up to the main story. It started with Lancelot as a child and worked all the way up to him as an adult and one of the most famous warriors, and infamous lovers, that Britain has ever known. In Camelot, we don't have much of the build up with Galahad. He starts out training to be a monk and that's pretty much all the growing up with him we do. I'd have liked more just so I could get a deeper connection with him that I felt I had, but I don't think it was either possible due to the time and events going on, nor did it detract too much from my enjoyment of the book. After all, that experience in 'Lancelot' gave me one of my favourite connections to a character (Lancelot's sparhawk) and one of my all-time most hated antagonists (Melwas).

In Camelot, Giles Kristian is getting the band back together (with a new front man this time). Lancelot ended with our hero leaving his son on a windy hilltop to go off and fight the saxons. This book features that self same boy and his destiny to carry on the fight in reuniting Britain against the saxon hoard.

Characters that were more of a main focus are either entirely absent (for reasons in the prior book) or take a much lesser role in this one. It feels almost like the old guard standing to one side and allowing the new to inherit the earth. 

As with Lancelot, events in this book deviate from pretty much any Arthurian retelling you have heard or seen before. And thank god for that. Who wants to sit through two hefty tomes of a rehashed story when, what we have been given instead is a fresh, new and far more unknown version of events. With Camelot, and the story that preceded it, Kristian has created a brilliant story and used the characters in such wonderful and interesting ways. There are, as you will notice (and as you will read in the author's note if you don't notice) nods of the head to the traditional events from retellings of old, just with a new twist.

If I had one complaint to go along with the 'I'd have liked the same in-depth childhood build up with Galahad that we had with his father', it would be how fast Galahad turns into a warrior. He spends so very long living the life of an aspiring monk and yet, in so short a time, he is fighting and killing men who have been fighting and killing for the best part of their entire lives.  I know he was the son of the greatest warrior to walk the land, but fighting isn't a genetic trait. In all fairness, he isn't the greatest warrior himself. Much of his skill is talked up by Merlin and the other knights in order to make him more feared by the saxons. So it could have just been my needling too hard for criticism. 

One high point, after such a minor lowpoint, is that Kristian has a real knack for building up to a fight and giving you that 'big fight feel'. If ever he gets tired of writing great books, he could easily become a booker for wrestling, or a boxing promoter.

I hope there is more to come in this series as I am very much interested in what happens next with Galahad's band of warriors.

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  • Gbm
  • 01-11-20

great book great follow on

really enjoyed it great storyline keep.me interested all way through
great follow on to Lancelot book

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  • brent Gould
  • 13-09-20

Magical

A fantastic story the descriptions of characters and locations painted brilliant pictures for the minds eye. Add the excellent narration by Phillip Stevens who brings each character to life and you get a tale that you don’t want to end. I’m just sorry I didn’t listen to Lancelot first.

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  • nughman n.
  • 22-08-20

Fabulous....

Never expected a follow up to ‘Lancelot’, which was truly magnificent. This is a worthy companion novel....full of the same beautiful, brutal, heartbreaking prose of the earlier novel. Great narration by Phillip Stevens. I hope Giles Kristian revisits this world again.

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  • tracey pashley
  • 16-11-21

Excellent

Fantastic companion novel to the sublime Lancelot.
Great story, great narration. Five shiny stars

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  • c r bingham
  • 08-09-21

Fabulous

Finishing this book has left a hole that I'm not sure how to fill. I will miss the characters and this is a new experience!

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  • Melanie
  • 07-07-21

More to come?

This is an overall good story, but it was not as good as Lancelot

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 18-05-21

generous

it's not a great book but a good book, the narration is ok , a 3.9 star book with 3.7 narration, and I nearly returned it, but the supporting characters are very good, Iselle in particular from woodland scavenger and murderer of saxons, to icon and nominal Queen. Will Gallahad return to search for the grail?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-20

Wow! Spellbinding!

I could find nothing whatsoever to dislike; I absolutely loved it all!
I was kept hooked from the start.
A beautifully woven story,
Wonderfully descriptive, fantastically narrated.
I look forward to more stories by Giles Kristian and to them being brought to life by Phillip Stevens.

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  • Owen Ward
  • 07-07-20

best to date.

Quite possibly the best book from Giles to date. Masterfully constructed, compelling character development and one of those stories you wish would never end even though you know it must.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-05-20

a very worthy sequel to Lancelot

a very worthy sequel to Lancelot a fantastic retelling of the classic King Arthur tale highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Bernard Cornwell books

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  • Alison
  • 08-06-20

Ali Mahony

Good version. Lots of fighting! Can we expect another? Some deep thoughts perhaps about recovery and strengthening of healthy bonds between men and women of any background