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The first 2/3 of this book is a BORING collection of anecdotes that do nothing to move the plot forward. The dialogues between the men sound like the Beave and his dad. Then there are the moralizing monologs of Merlin. Yawn. Whyte seems to enjoy killing off most of the strong female characters (although he does allow his aunt to live to a ripe old age). And while I'm at it, I thought it was just creepy that Merlin should admire some woman's 'teats'! Women have breasts, Mr. Whyte!
Whew! Had to get that off my chest. In conclusion, I must add that things finally pick up towards the end. This is my second listen and I have enjoyed most of the other books in the series. I just feel offended when one gets thrown in to sell an extra book.
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When I first read these books a decade ago, I thought they were at the top of their game. They're still great for many reasons, but one thing I missed the first time around is the shear amount of exposition. Much of it is necessary, but most not necessarily so. It would be easy to argue that the primary narrative and story of the books are told in exposition. So if this author's previous works weren't enjoyed by you or you thought other works had too much exposition (like, say Pillars of the Earth) you might be wary. But, what the author does to make up for the amount of exposition is posit an entertainingly plausible story of how King Arthur stepped out of the world left by the fall of Rome. And I still enjoyed that story the second time around.