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  • Heretic

  • The Grail Quest, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (488 ratings)

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Summary

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the number one best seller Vagabond, this is the third installment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series, in a bright and bold repackage. It is 1347. The Hundred Years War has been suspended. The truce releases English archer Thomas of Hookton to pursue his arch enemy and resume his quest for the most prized relic in Christendom: the Holy Grail.

Heading south, Thomas and his men-at-arms begin lightning raids to draw out his enemy. But fate takes an unexpected hand when the plague strikes. What had been a landscape of castles, monasteries, vineyards and villages becomes death's kingdom and the need for the grail, as a sign of God's favour, is more urgent than ever.

©2003 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Crackling with good deeds, fine characters and sparkling set pieces, it confirms yet again Cornwell's reputation for masterly historical novels" ( Daily Mail)
"It is all spectacular, rattling good stuff: war and torture; love, lust and loss" ( The Times)
"The battle scenes, as always, are masterful; and the vignettes of everyday living, in times of extreme hardship, have the ring of simple truth" ( Sunday Telegraph)"A very fine writer" ( Economist)

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A Decent Ending

This is the third and final book in the Grail series and at the end provides a very fitting and satisfying conclusion to a very enjoyable series. Andrew Cullum narrates in fine style and brings to life Cornwell's trade mark accuracy in describing medieval life.

While this has been an excellent series and I am a huge admirer of Cornwell's work I didn't get quite the same satisfaction out of this one as his other books. Perhaps the lack of large scale action or I felt the repetitive nature of the plot (hero has lost his previous lover, totally lacks direction etc) meant that it wasn't as gripping as previously.

It is a decent end to the series though and when combined with the excellence of the previous two books this series is still well worth investing time in.

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Exciting end to a stirring series

The superstition and religious fervour of the middle ages are captured brilliantly. The brutality, callousness and violence are apalling. Superb narration.

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Once again, BC creates another marvel

Amazing from beginning to end. Action and Passion abound.
I have always been a Sharpie fan, but must say Thomas is one to follow 😀😊

Also the perfect narrative brilliance of Andrew Cullum makes everything come alive 😃

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Must listen series!

Great story. Just wish your narrator had taken the trouble to learn pronunciation for French names and places. It’s his job after all.

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Fantastic Read

Memorable.. Suspenseful, wonderfully read, great story line. A definite top ten book for me.

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the last book of the series.

very sorry this series has finished enjoyed every minuet of the 3 books
just one gripe the narrators BRUMMI accent in this last book for one of corriadoors as one myself it hurt my ears thats why he only got 4 stars instead of 5 I would recommend this series to anyone who loves Cornwell and books relating to this savage time. Thank you Bernard Cornwell you are the master.

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Brilliant

Awesome I love these books they mate be start reading I really can't over sell these there u real

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Too long

Felt the book was too long. Enjoyed parts switched off a bit when listening to some other parts. Not as good as first 2 books. May try no. 4?

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Great Story shame about the narration

Fans of Cornwell will love the story, complex, well researched and gripping. However Andrew Cullen is not the narrator for this tale, I have a copy of Sean Barrett reading this and the difference is unfortunately for Mr Cullen a man against a boy. Jonathon Keeble, Sean Barrett, Jamie Glover and Richard Arnitage have all read Cornwell’s tales exquisitely why oh why do his publishers persist with 2nd rate narrators like Cullen and Matt Bates? Listen to your audience!

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Absolutely brilliant

I loved the narration. I already loved the story but it was brought to life so vividly.

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  • Luis S. Pereira
  • 02-09-20

loved the books. good historical references.

Very engaging story. Narrator is awsome too! looking forward for a new Bernard Cornwell book