Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bernard Cornwell

Narrated By: Tim Pigott-Smith

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: January 2005

Duration: 6 hours 5 minutes


From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the sequel to The Archer's Tale—the spellbinding tale of a young man, a fearless archer, who sets out wanting to avenge his family's honor and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail.

In 1347, a year of conflict and unrest, Thomas of Hookton returns to England to pursue the Holy Grail. Among the flames of the Hundred Years War, a sinister enemy awaits the fabled archer and mercenary soldier: a bloodthirsty Dominican Inquisitor who also seeks Christendom's most holy relic. But neither the horrors of the battlefield nor sadistic torture at the Inquisitor's hands can turn Thomas from his sworn mission. And his thirst for vengeance will never be quenched while the villainous black rider who destroyed everything he loved still lives.

'Cornwell writes the best battle scenes of any writer I've read past or present.'—George R.R. Martin



  • Michael Goshorn

    Bernard Cornwell has a unique gift in relating the social-political and environmental conditions that have been part of Britain's most famous battles. Mixed around the historical events are clever images of life from various perspectives. And then the quest for the Holy Grail is always a plus to any story. Mr. Cornwell adds just the right amount of mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. By the end of the book, you'll feel iike you lived for a brief time in the 1300s. The narrator Tim Pigott-Smith does an outstanding job. He does a variety of British and French accents, and keeps them all straight. He helps bring the story alive, and is a pleasure to listen too. I loved the way he reads the Dominican Priests words, my own emotions echoed those of Thomas!


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