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Embattled, honorable executive Arthur faces revolt by Lancelot and betrayal by Guinevere. King Mordred comes of age, but should he be king? Arthur is faced with more than one dilemma as quests and plots, treachery, lies, and mysteries proliferate. Adultery and violent revenge strain Arthur's alliances, horrifying even war-hardened narrator Derfel Cadarn and endangering his beloved family.
Little faults plague this book and its prequel. Bernard Cornwell insults Welsh princes with the Saxon title "Edling," and someone should tell him what gold weighs--he has a gigantic gold cauldron carried on one man's back and generally throws gold bars around like wood chips. However, his rearrangements of the well-known tale are ingenious and plausible, and these books are very entertaining. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Historical novelist Cornwell continues his lively retelling of the Arthurian legend, begun in The Winter King (LJ 5/15/96). Having secured the throne of Dumnonia for the infant King Mordred, Arthur seeks to bring peace to the kingdom by uniting the various rival Celtic factions into the "Brotherhood of Britain." Derfel, one of Arthur's warriors and the book's narrator, sardonically notes that "the Round Table, of course, was never a proper name, but rather a nickname." But Arthur's good intentions are gradually undone: by Merlin's quest for the Thirteen Treasures of Britain; by Lancelot's and Guinevere's ambitions; by Mordred, now an unpleasant young man incapable of wise rule; and by the growing conflict between the old Druid religion and the new Christianity. To the fanatical Christians, the pagan Arthur is the Enemy of God. Despite the overabundance of confusing Celtic and Saxon names (there is a list identifying characters), this is an entertaining read, a fresh look at an old story.
-?Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Part two of the trilogy set in the early dark ages. The book is a war book that gets strength from the setting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MS
One of the best series Cornwell wrote. I bought the hardcover after wearing out my paperback. Read all three and reserve a spot on your best bookshelf.Published 13 months ago by Trenton Farewell
I immensely enjoyed book I of the Warlord Chronicles, and eagerly rushed to my local book store to pick up "Enemy of God" once I had finished it. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2011 by Matt Sanderson
As an English teacher, I am always on the hunt for novels that will interest the young men in my classes. Read morePublished on May 21 2009 by Lesley A. Bird
Great climax, great story, amazing characters. This is better then the first. There are still the long drawn out sometimes boring battles but there is more meat to this book then... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2009 by Reads bookman
This book is Cornwell at the top of his form and that should be enough for anyone to rush to buy it. Read morePublished on July 28 2001 by Tim Huffman
This is a well-written political thriller set in fourth-century Britain, not the Arthurian legend that everyone's familiar with. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2001 by "otto_von_blotto"
Enemy of God is the second book of three. The Winter King was the first book in the series. Everything I wrote in my review of The Winter King continues to apply here. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2000 by AntiochAndy
This serise makes you feel like you are right there with Derfel. I mean you knew how it ended, but it was still very good. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2000 by A read from SC