I really like the series so far.
Thomas is a great hero and the story works well but i wish that one of Cornwells heros would manage to get through a whole book without having a string of disasterous or tragic love affairs
I've just started Vagabond. So far so good but i don't think the young wife will servive the series.
Based on all the other books at least one love interest dies per book
Postby MeadowForest » Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:31 pm
In recent years I've started reading some of his novels. Which novels have people preferred and would you recommend any in particular? Is Sharpe good enough to read? I checked on search and there doesn't seem to have been a thread for his work.
I've recently read 'Fallen Angels' which was different to the other books I've read as it's not primarily about medieval battles, being a little more domestic in content. I found it enjoyable a read, probably my favourite of his, with my girlier side coming out what with suitors for the main female character. I've also read 'Azincourt', set a long time before the former novel. That too was fairly enjoyable, because there was more of a story built around it rather than just the battle. I find long battles scenes in books and films tedious so I definitely approve of bulking out a situation with personalised situations.
The first novel I read of his two years ago was Harlequin. I quite liked it but didn't keep it. Now I see it was part of a set, so perhaps I should have read the next one.(? ) I also have 'The Winter King' and the other two books of a trilogy ready to read, and 'The Burning Land'.
So, as above, I'm interested in any recommendations and also any discussion of what members think of his books in general.
Postby Gorthaur the Cruel » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:21 pm
I loved the Grail Quest trilogy (and last year's 1356 was a fourth novel about Thomas of Hookton). I still think his best was the Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur). I enjoy the Saxon Chronicles (of which The Burning Land is the fifth of seven, so far) but not as much as the others. I would have said he was very battle focused, but I think he brings characters to life quite well, too, and I especially enjoy his representation of creeping Christianity.
Another favourite is the single volume Stonehenge.
I haven't read any of his Sharpe series but he did send me an autographed copy of one of them after I contacted him about an obvious missing passage in one of the early Saxon books.
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