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The Chalice

Written by: Phil Rickman
Narrated by: Seán Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins

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Glastonbury, legendary resting place of the Holy Grail, is a mysterious and haunting town. But when plump, dizzy Diane Ffitch returns home, it's with a sense of deep unease and not only about her aristocratic family's reaction to her broken engagement and her New Age companions.

Plans for a new motorway have intensified the old bitterness between the local people and the 'pilgrims', so already the sacred air is soured. And as the town becomes increasingly split by violence and death, Diane, local bookseller Juanita Carey and the writer Joe Powys must now face up to the worst of all possibilities: the existence of an anti-grail - the dark chalice.

©1991 Phil Rickman (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • ciorstan
  • 09-11-15

Great sequel to Crybbe / Curfew

This book takes up where the Crybbe (titled "Curfew" in some parts of the world) leaves off.
A nicely atmospheric sequel by this excellent English author.

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  • L Henry
  • 27-07-19

Modern Glastonbury tale with a supernatural twist

I really love Rickman's books although I truly wish he had written more of the 'stand alone' rather than focusing so much on the Merrily Watkins series which is also good but I tend to prefer these. I love how characters from previous books pop up.
In this one you have a supernatural tale woven around the mysticism of Glastonbury where legend has it that the holy grail was hidden within the Tor, but just as there exists a light, there must also exist a darkness. A dark chalice rumored to exist that dates to the horrific manner in which the Abbey that once existed there was destroyed under orders of Henry VIII during the dissolution.
As the townspeople struggle to accept the new age people who have flocked to the area, other forces are at play; ready to capitalize upon the strong emotions of growing disharmony in order to regain the dark chalice. A core group of people are struggling to figure out what exactly is going on much less how deep it runs. Definitely will keep you guessing & despite having read the book several times as well as listening to this audiobook, I always manage to hear something that I hadn't previously noticed.
Nice to see the character of Joe Powys from The Curfew along with the 3 legged dog Arnold the bowser's dog appear in this book.

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  • Debbie5e
  • 05-06-19

confusing and hard to follow

I loved his Merry Lee series, but this one was very difficult to follow. So many main characters I had to constantly rewind and re-listen to segments. I wasnt even clear on who were the good guys.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-16

One of my favouries

Brilliant.. read the book years ago and loved it. Its what made me read all of Phil Rickman's books. It was a brilliant listen and was sad when it ended.

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 22-12-19

Entertaining but over long

I enjoyed it, but a degree of editing would not have gone amiss. Nice to see old characters appear again and Rickman's way of creating atmosphere is very good.

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  • Esmor
  • 01-07-19

Slightly disappointed

This was too contrived for me. Characters were not as rounded and convincing as usual

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 01-07-17

Utterly Enjoyable

Another cracker of a book by the master himself. Read by the equally masterful Sean Barrett. Intriguing, believable evil and good characters. Exciting, breath holding story. I have bought a hard copy and will read it again. More please