Tuck

Tuck
King Raven #3
Stephen Lawhead
Historical fiction
3 stars
443 pages

The finale to the Robin Hood legend. Bran enlists the help of other Cymry [welshmen] and some Freinc lords and forces Rufus for the rulership of Elfael. So the story ends happily, unlike the original Robin Hood legend.

I enjoyed this, but it all just seemed a bit too pat at the end. Everybody just goes “oh, ok, lets do the right thing after years of not and call it a day”. But it was an ending that made sense, even if I didn’t particularly care for it 🙂

Hood

Hood
King Raven #1
Stephen Lawhead
Historical Fiction
4 stars

what Lawhead did for Arthur with his Pendragon cycle, he is now doing for the legend of Robin Hood. Taking place in the 1100’s, in Wales, it follows a displace Cymry Prince who turns to outlawry to survive, and ultimately protect his people. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to the next 2 in this trilogy.

Arthur

Arthur
Pendragon Cycle #3
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

The conclusion to this fantastic Arthurian legend. Arthur fights, becomes High King, brings peace, is wounded in a battle initiated by a traitor, is born away by Merlin ot be healed, and then all the Fairfolk[Atlanteans] and Arthur disappear. This is so much better than Mallory’s Le’Mort de Arthur.

Merlin

Merlin
Pendragon Cycle #2
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

A Christian look at the Arthurian legend. This follows the immortal son of Taliesin and Atlantean Princess Charis, Merlin. From young prodigy to Kingmaker. This is the immediate precursor to the Arthurian legends.

But it takes all the sordid and evil things about Merlin and retells it in such a way as to make you weep and hope that this tale was true. Jesus is a large part of this story.

Taliesin

Taliesin
Pendragon Cycle #1
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

A Christian look at the Arthurian legend. This starts long before Arthur though. It starts with the destruction of Atlantis. It continues with an unknown Prince, who was prophesied to be the Summer King, marrying an Atlantean Princess[refugees settling in Briton] and ends with the birth of their son Merlin who Taliesin gives his life in exchange for. Taliesin gave up being the Summer King so that his son could live, and usher in the True Summer King.

I haven’t read this series in over 6 years and I still cried when Taliesin died. Powerful stuff.

The Mystic Rose

The Mystic Rose
Celtic Crusades #3
Stephen Lawhead
Christian fiction
3 stars

Somehow I forgot to write down that I read CC:The Black Rood. That was the 2nd book. Rose is the final. Murdoch’s granddaughter is pledged to find the Grail. Her adventures finding it. I liked Iron Lance the best of the 3.