Lancelot By Giles Kristian - Review
Author: Giles Kristian
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 5 out of 5 🏹
About The Author (From www.gileskristian.com):
Giles has led a varied life, to say the least. During the 90s he was lead singer of pop group Upside Down, achieving four top twenty hit records, performing twice on Top of the Pops and at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, N.E.C. and Wembley Arena, and supporting such artists as The Spice Girls, Take That, Eric Clapton and U2. As a singer-songwriter he lived and toured for two years in Europe and has made music videos all over the world, from Prague, Miami, Mexico and the Swiss Alps, to Bognor Regis! To fund his writing habit, he has worked as a model, appearing in TV commercials and ads for the likes of Walls Ice Cream (he was the Magnum Man), Canon cameras and two brands of lager! He has been an advertising copywriter and lived for three years in New York, where he wrote copy for movie marketing company Empire Design but mainly worked on his first novel, RAVEN: Blood Eye.
Family history (he is half Norwegian) inspired Giles to write his first historical novels: the acclaimed and bestselling RAVEN Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War to chart the fortunes of a family divided by this brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion. In The Rise of Sigurd novels – God of Vengeance (a TIMES Book of the Year), Winter’s Fire, and Wings of the Storm – he returned to the world of the Vikings to tell the story of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship.
His latest novel, Lancelot, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has already been sold to a number of countries in translation. Giles is currently hard at work on his next novel, to be revealed soon.
The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world the boy is cast, a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost.
Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone his talents and begin his journey to manhood. He will meet Guinevere, a wild, proud and beautiful girl, herself outcast because of her gift. And he will be dazzled by Arthur, a warrior who carries the hopes of a people like fire in the dark. But these are times of struggle and blood, when even friendship and love seem doomed to fail.
The gods are vanishing beyond the reach of dreams. Treachery and jealousy rule men’s hearts and the fate of Britain itself rests on a sword’s edge.
But the young renegade who left his home in Benoic with just a hunting bird and dreams of revenge is now a lord of war. He is a man loved and hated, admired and feared. A man forsaken but not forgotten. He is Lancelot.
Set in a 5th century Britain besieged by invading bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, Giles Kristian's epic new novel tells - in Lancelot's own words - the story of the most revered yet reviled of all Arthur's knights, the warrior who fought at his lord's side - yet stole his wife. This is the story of one of the great figures of British myth and legend - a story ready to be re-imagined for our times.
Now I will say that I haven’t read a lot of novels as I struggle to find authors that draw me in and cause me to fully invest in their vision. The last series of books that I managed to read cover to cover is the Lord of the Rings. That is until I discovered Lancelot. I was going on holiday and I needed a good novel to dive into. My wife handed me a book, this book, Lancelot. I read the back and before I knew it I was reading the first chapter, I had become fully invested into Giles storytelling.
The story of Arthur, Camelot and his knights has always been of incredible intrigue for myself. Lancelot especially has been interesting as his story is integral to that of Arthurs. Giles’ master storytelling envelopes you into the mind of Lancelot causing you to feel what he feels and see what he sees. This story was a journey of emotions. A true testament to Giles wordsmithery, I couldn’t book this book down. From start to finish you are met with action, romance, history, murder, magic and vengence. The descriptive powers of Giles Kristian are, for me, second to none in the literary world right now and I am looking forward to reading the sequel Camelot soon. I will also be going back to the Viking series, starting with Raven.
Thank you Giles for the incredible journey, I already want to read it again!
“What is the worst they can do to us?" Perhaps I was a fool but I felt neither fear nor regret. And as for Guinevere, I loved her and she loved me; I believed that was enough.” - Lancelot