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At the end of The Winter King Arthur fought the battle that forces unity on the warring British kingdoms, and now he sets out to face the real enemy—the English (it is one of the great ironies of the Arthur stories that he should have become an English hero when, if he existed at all, he was a great war-leader who opposed the invading Sais).
First, though, Merlin leads a perilous expedition into the mysterious west to retrieve a cauldron, one of the treasures of Britain. This cauldron story is almost certainly the root of the holy grail strand in the Arthur tales. The treasures of Britain, Merlin believes, will bring the old Gods onto the side of the British in their struggle against the Saxons (and the Christians, whom Merlin hates). But the treasures will also set Briton against Briton—especially as Guinevere, now Arthur’s wife, wants to make a magic of her own.
“Chaos was now thick across Britain, for someone had spilt the Cauldron’s power and its horror threatened to engulf us all.”
©1996 Bernard Cornwell (P)1996 Penguin Books Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 04-09-12

Enemy of God: powerful retelling of Arthurian tale

What did you love best about Enemy of God?

In this story, protagonist, Derfel Cadarn, provides the moral core to an exciting adventure tale. The familiar mythological story of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot is turned into a wonderfully human exchange. The battle scenes frame the stories, and are so detailed that the reader understands the fearful thrill of shield-wall fighting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemy of God?

The quest for the Cauldron in Lleyn, a forbidding and mysterious region, is where Merlin exerts his power through more than seemlingly magical means.

Which character – as performed by Tim Pigott-Smith – was your favorite?

Tim Pigott-Smith performs each and every character with subtlety and deftness. This is an adventure story and Pigott-Smith conveys that excitement. He manages to provide the women with strength and the men with quandaries without ever straying into caricature. He is particularly poignant in the scenes concerning Derfel's young family.

Who was the most memorable character of Enemy of God and why?

Derfel's story throughout this book is an odyssey of body, mind and spirit. Though he is a warrior, he prefers peace; he is loyal to Arthur, but not blindly. Derfel's dilemmas are always questions of loyalties in opposition to truths. Or in matters of love.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-29-17


This is everything an Epic novel should be, and narrated by an expert in the dramatic fashion

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