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Already a seasoned veteran of King Edward's army, young Thomas of Hookton possesses the fearlessness of a born leader and an uncanny prowess with the longbow. Now, at the head of a small but able band of soldiers, he has been dispatched to capture the castle of Astarac. But more than duty to his liege has brought him to Gascony, home of his forebears and the hated black knight who brutally slew Thomas's father. It is also the last place where the Holy Grail was reported seen. Here, also, a beautiful and innocent, if not pious, woman is to be burned as a heretic. Saving the lady, Genevieve, from her dread fate will brand Thomas an infidel, forcing them to flee together across a landscape of blood and fire. And what looms ahead is a battle to the death that could ultimately shape the future of Christendom.

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ISBN: 9780061800597
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I didn't like this one as much as I liked the Warlord Chronicles, and I never really got to care for the characters, but it was an enjoyable, quick summer read. The historical details were interesting, and although the actual location of the grail and what it was like weren't surprising to me, it was an interesting idea. I liked the final book, but I couldn't care less about the main female character.more
This is not as good as the preceding two books in the series, which I enjoyed. As suggested by the book's title and the series name there is a lot of religion in this book and it takes away from the action adventure that was present in the previous books.

As the author notes only the beginning and ending are based against historical facts and somehow this shows through with this story. I enjoy good books set against real history but that was missing from most of this book.

But it does conclude the search for the grail and all up the series is work reading.more
The third and final volume of Cornwell's Grail Quest saga, our hero Thomas finds himself in southern France, near his ancestral home of Astarac. By happy coincidence, his nemesis, cousin Guy Vexile, arrives as well as some unexpected (and unwanted) guests: plague rats. A friend and companion turns on him (and is redeemed), an old friend dies, but the battles are won and the grail? Well, I won't spoil it. The series is a great read for those looking for an adventure set in medieval times. The story takes place early in the Hundred Year's War between France and England, and does a good job illustrating how shifting loyalties meant it wasn't a simple war between two established nations. Cornwell's [i]Agincourt[/i], set later in the same war, is not part of the series but will be the next Cornwell book I read.more
Seemingly the most fictional of the three books, the Grail really predominates the story. I think Cornwell does a great job of depicting the power of religion and superstition in Middle Ages. The book kept me going through a LONG train trip. After reading all three books, I will say that the bad guys tended to be a little predictable.more
Thomas of Hookton is looking for the Grail. What he finds is a girl who is about to be burned as a heretic, whom he says from the flames. For his reward for doing this, the local Bishop excommunicates him, but his quest continues. In his search he finds many clues and artifacts and trouble only to end up back where he began. He discovers what others think is the Grail, but in the end he knows what and where the Grail really is and its danger.more
Bernard Cornwell continues to roll out reliably good historical fiction. I originally became a Cornwell fan through the great Sharpe series. Heretic is the third in the Grail Quest series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Thomas of Hookton seeks the Holy Grail in 14th century Gascony and it's a bloody nasty business. Along the way he again encounters the evil black knight Guy de Vexille. And there's a castle to be seized and a beautiful young woman to save from being burned at the stake - not to mention avoiding the plague, the Inquisition, and leprosy! Highly recommended for all Cornwell fans, or any reader with an interest in historical fiction, especially concerning the Middle Ages or the Holy Grail.more
I love this book. Today in English (Yes, I'm still stuck in Year 9 at school!) we had to write a review of either a book or TV programme so I did the Grail Quest Series and no one else in my class had even heard of Cornwell! Disgraceful! Definately recommend it!more
This was a great series and a great jumping-off point for those people intested in reading Bernard Cornwell. This final(?) chapter in the Grail Saga was truly rewarding.more
The story of Thomas of Hookton is wrapped up in this final tale of the search for the grail and its ties to the Cathar heresy.more
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I didn't like this one as much as I liked the Warlord Chronicles, and I never really got to care for the characters, but it was an enjoyable, quick summer read. The historical details were interesting, and although the actual location of the grail and what it was like weren't surprising to me, it was an interesting idea. I liked the final book, but I couldn't care less about the main female character.more
This is not as good as the preceding two books in the series, which I enjoyed. As suggested by the book's title and the series name there is a lot of religion in this book and it takes away from the action adventure that was present in the previous books.

As the author notes only the beginning and ending are based against historical facts and somehow this shows through with this story. I enjoy good books set against real history but that was missing from most of this book.

But it does conclude the search for the grail and all up the series is work reading.more
The third and final volume of Cornwell's Grail Quest saga, our hero Thomas finds himself in southern France, near his ancestral home of Astarac. By happy coincidence, his nemesis, cousin Guy Vexile, arrives as well as some unexpected (and unwanted) guests: plague rats. A friend and companion turns on him (and is redeemed), an old friend dies, but the battles are won and the grail? Well, I won't spoil it. The series is a great read for those looking for an adventure set in medieval times. The story takes place early in the Hundred Year's War between France and England, and does a good job illustrating how shifting loyalties meant it wasn't a simple war between two established nations. Cornwell's [i]Agincourt[/i], set later in the same war, is not part of the series but will be the next Cornwell book I read.more
Seemingly the most fictional of the three books, the Grail really predominates the story. I think Cornwell does a great job of depicting the power of religion and superstition in Middle Ages. The book kept me going through a LONG train trip. After reading all three books, I will say that the bad guys tended to be a little predictable.more
Thomas of Hookton is looking for the Grail. What he finds is a girl who is about to be burned as a heretic, whom he says from the flames. For his reward for doing this, the local Bishop excommunicates him, but his quest continues. In his search he finds many clues and artifacts and trouble only to end up back where he began. He discovers what others think is the Grail, but in the end he knows what and where the Grail really is and its danger.more
Bernard Cornwell continues to roll out reliably good historical fiction. I originally became a Cornwell fan through the great Sharpe series. Heretic is the third in the Grail Quest series, but can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Thomas of Hookton seeks the Holy Grail in 14th century Gascony and it's a bloody nasty business. Along the way he again encounters the evil black knight Guy de Vexille. And there's a castle to be seized and a beautiful young woman to save from being burned at the stake - not to mention avoiding the plague, the Inquisition, and leprosy! Highly recommended for all Cornwell fans, or any reader with an interest in historical fiction, especially concerning the Middle Ages or the Holy Grail.more
I love this book. Today in English (Yes, I'm still stuck in Year 9 at school!) we had to write a review of either a book or TV programme so I did the Grail Quest Series and no one else in my class had even heard of Cornwell! Disgraceful! Definately recommend it!more
This was a great series and a great jumping-off point for those people intested in reading Bernard Cornwell. This final(?) chapter in the Grail Saga was truly rewarding.more
The story of Thomas of Hookton is wrapped up in this final tale of the search for the grail and its ties to the Cathar heresy.more
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