Taliesin : Pendragon Cycle

  • by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • Series: Pendragon Cycle
  • 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.
This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin, and Arthur the king!
This is the first book of The Pendragon Cycle.


What the Critics Say

"Highly recommended... Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis." (Library Journal)
"A fine storyteller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasures of the legends." (Omaha World Herald)


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Customer Reviews

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A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale

The Pendragon Cycle has to be the most human and complex of all the Arthurian legend tales, linking the magic and demise of Atlantis to the birth and life of the English saviour/king. The depth of the character development is wonderful, though perhaps not to the taste of those who enjoy a more action-packed story. There were times during the story that were so poignant and tragic that I found myself with tears in my eyes - a rare achievement for a narrated book. Overall, an enthralling and engrossing look into the lives and cultures surrounding this interpretation of the legends of King Arthur.

Despite other reviewers comments, I found the narration easy to hear and follow along with. Nadia May has proven herself to be a popular interpreter of recorded books time and time again.

Thoroughly enjoyable - please Audible, publish book 5 'Grail', the anticipatition is killing me!!
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- John

An Extremely Long Exposition

I was introduced to Stephen Lawhead's works through reading "Byzantium", which I found to be an extraordinarily well written book. Placed in a far away time and place, it was an epic that I simply could not put down. "Taliesin" is, as they say, quite a different story. Lawhead's descriptive quality is here, and the characters of the tale have wonderful potential for drama. The drama does unfold...eventually. This book takes a very long time to grab and hold your attention. There just is not a whole lot that happens through much of this book. While listening to this book, I could not help but be constantly reminded that it was book one of a five book set. Perhaps the purpose of "Taliesin" is simply to be an extended exposition to "Merlin".

With regards to the vocal quality of Nadia May, let me simply say that I have head her readings of many audiobooks, and I consider her a fine dramatic reader. I suggest that those who found her vocal quality difficult try downloading the book at a higher audio quality level, or to simply adjust the treble controls on their players. I can find no fault with a voice that has a British accent telling a story that takes place in the pre-Medieval British Isles.

"Taliesin" is not a dull book, it's just a book that takes its time.
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- SATBman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.