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The Iron Grail ☀ The Iron Grail PDF / Epub ✍ Author Robert Holdstock – Thomashillier.co.uk After long travels, Merlin has returned to Alba, the future England Likewise, Urtha, High King of the Cornovidi, is coming home as well And Jason is sailing in on the Argo, to seek his son who hides s After long travels, Merlin has returned to Alba, the future England Likewise, Urtha, High King of the Cornovidi, is coming home as well And Jason is sailing in on the Argo, to seek his son who hides somewhere in the kingdomBut Urtha s stronghold has been taken by warriors from Ghostland They claim it as their own Now there will be war against the OtherworldIn this sequel to Celtika, myth and history weave The Iron PDF or together into a tale of honor, death, and magic At the core of the story is Merlin himself, the enchanter in the prime of his life, reckless, curious, powerful, yet a stranger to his own past a past that is catching up with him.


10 thoughts on “The Iron Grail

  1. Robert Robert says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The second volume in the Merlin Codex trilogy is a lesser work than the first Merlin has decided to stay in Taurovinda with Urtha, being drawn to both the place and the man for reasons he is not entirely clear about Jason is using Argo to get to Alba in search of his lost younger son, having survived the serious wound dealt him by the older son On the ship is Niiv, searching for Merlin and a motley assortment of Argonauts, dead, alive, older, newer, mortal, immortal, Legendary and supernatura The second volume in the Merlin Codex trilogy is a lesser work than the first Merlin has decided to stay in Taurovinda with Urtha, being drawn to both the place and the man for reasons he is not entirely clear about Jason is using Argo to get to Alba in search of his lost younger son, having survived the serious wound dealt him by the older son On the ship is Niiv, searching for Merlin and a motley assortment of Argonauts, dead, alive, older, newer, mortal, immortal, Legendary and supernatural Medea is in Ghostland a Mythago wood which is seperated from Urtha s Kingdom by a river that can t be crossed without magical assistance.An occupying force of dead and unborn heroes from Ghostland is evicted from the hill fort but a much bigger force returns to lay siege to Urtha s much depleted tribe, re inforced by some mercenaries Then Jason and Argo arrive, the siege is broken in a flash and Urtha s daughter is kidnapped and taken back to Ghostlandall the magical Legendary folk and Urtha under the protection of Argo go on a joint mission to find Urtha s daughter and Jason s son in Ghostland.The story is not paced well and is anti climactic in regard to the lifting of the siege It also suffers some lack of verve whilst Jason is out of the picture Jason has a very clear objective and the first volume focused well enough on his attempt to acheive it The second volume focuses muchon Urtha, but he has no clear cut quest He wants to regain his kingdom, then later, protect it from the supernatural invaders and later still, regain his daughter but these are all circumstances incidental to the plotting of Medea with regard to Jason and his family and are only resolved by the actions of Jason Urtha is, in fact, a minor player, not quite a Rosencrantz or Guildenstern elevated to central protagonist in Tom Stoppard fashion, but certainly in that vein Urtha s only real function seems to be to father children by two mothers whose descendants will go on to cause trouble for each other and the island of Alba generations in to the future.The writing is typical Holdstock, in that he portrays pre historic cultures as if he used to live in them and shows characters who accept the supernatural as natural and causally influential and fortunately, this volume doesn t suffer from the huge number of horrid typographical errors seen in the first volume, but overall it is weaker Can the final volume redeem the series An aside Ghostland is unmistakably a Mythago Wood, but in 272 B.C it contains spirits of unborn heroes as well as dead ones None such feature in the Mythago Wood books set in 20th century England does Holdstock believe that there are noHeroes, any


  2. James James says:

    This is the sixth book in a series I am calling quarantine life With our public libraries closed, I have turned to my own personal bookshelves to find books that I have not read.The main weakness of this book was that it spent too much time in the beginning recapping it s awesome predecessor, Celtika Otherwise, this drew me yet again into the fantastic mash up of Arthurian and Greek legend that Holdstock has created I don t have the next book on my shelf, unfortunately, but I ve ordered it This is the sixth book in a series I am calling quarantine life With our public libraries closed, I have turned to my own personal bookshelves to find books that I have not read.The main weakness of this book was that it spent too much time in the beginning recapping it s awesome predecessor, Celtika Otherwise, this drew me yet again into the fantastic mash up of Arthurian and Greek legend that Holdstock has created I don t have the next book on my shelf, unfortunately, but I ve ordered it online now I just need patience


  3. Data Data says:

    Holdstock continues to mix it up with Jason, of the Golden Fleece fame, Medea, and the Celtic myths that presage the coming of Arthur His characters are canny and quirky, with a mix of magic and gods Chariot stealing demi gods, hounds of mythic proportions, stags, bulls of gigantic size are all here wound into Merlin s story The first of the series is a must read before starting this book, or you might be lost.


  4. Ioana Ioana says:

    Nope nope nope I tried, I really did, but it was just too boring Holdstock is one of my favorites and I never give up on books, but nope.


  5. Mavis Hewitt Mavis Hewitt says:

    Started off Ok, but I got rather lost when they were in the Otherworld.


  6. Andelika Andelika says:

    Holy whatever, this was a very bad book The end.


  7. Vasha7 Vasha7 says:

    If anyone could give life to the story of Jason and Medea and vividly imagine celtic society two and a half millennia ago and tie it all in to the Arthurian mythology, it would be Robert Holdstock The project started in a brilliantly imaginative fashion inCeltikaunfortunately, the beginning of this second volume is rather bogged down by summaries of the backstory and repetitive forebodings, and can be downright inept at some moments It does introduce a few interesting new characters, su If anyone could give life to the story of Jason and Medea and vividly imagine celtic society two and a half millennia ago and tie it all in to the Arthurian mythology, it would be Robert Holdstock The project started in a brilliantly imaginative fashion inCeltikaunfortunately, the beginning of this second volume is rather bogged down by summaries of the backstory and repetitive forebodings, and can be downright inept at some moments It does introduce a few interesting new characters, such as the king s daughter Munda It only really picks up with the journey to the Otherworld, focusing tightly on the tragedy of Jason s son Kinos All the characters and themes will certainly be present again in the third volume Repetition over time is one of Holdstock s longstanding themes The story of Merlin in this trilogy is a reflection of the idea of the fading of magic as humans become increasingly insulated from the non human world by technology and culture I can guess that Merlin was born when humanity was very new supposedly probably culture is a lot older than Holdstock indicates it to be here , and when he dies, magic will be gone from the world


  8. Astrid Terese Astrid Terese says:

    Holdstock skriver f rst og fremst mytisk fantasy Med det menes at han bruker helter, personer, guder osv i fra ulike lands mytologi I The Merlin Codex er Merlin hovedpersonen Han har blitt flere tusen r, men ser fremdeles ut som en ung mann Handlingen er lagt til ca 400 r fKr og en god del av mytologien er fra England da Alba.Det er noe med disse b kene som treffer meg s utrolig godt Jeg m bare lese videre De er spennende, interessante og triste og glade De gir ganske mye kunnskap Holdstock skriver f rst og fremst mytisk fantasy Med det menes at han bruker helter, personer, guder osv i fra ulike lands mytologi I The Merlin Codex er Merlin hovedpersonen Han har blitt flere tusen r, men ser fremdeles ut som en ung mann Handlingen er lagt til ca 400 r fKr og en god del av mytologien er fra England da Alba.Det er noe med disse b kene som treffer meg s utrolig godt Jeg m bare lese videre De er spennende, interessante og triste og glade De gir ganske mye kunnskap om tidlig liv i England og Hellas og om myter og mytologi Noen av tingene det er skrevet om sl r jeg opp for lese mer om, som Wicker man, kolossoi eller effigy boken er p engelsk De to siste er spesielt viktige i denne boken Jeg liker b ker jeg kan l re noe av Ikke minst fantasyb ker jeg kan l re noe av Det er det beste fra to verdener Holdstock bruker effekter fra historie, mytologi og magi den de trodde p i England for s lenge siden Samtidig lar han mennesker fra totalt ulike kulturer reise sammen og b de ulikheter, motsetninger og likheter blir spilt p i historien Betraktninger


  9. Silvio Curtis Silvio Curtis says:

    It s no longer as clear as in the first book whether to call Jason Merlin s friend or Medea his enemy, but he is still as involved as ever in their lives Further, he feels a responsibility to help the Celtic king Urtha, who is being attacked by an army of ghosts and unborn men for uncertain reasons Another major character is the Pohjoli that seems to be ancient Finnish enchantress, Niiv She seems fairly stereotypical, a rash, power hungry and seductive witch, but it s unclear how much o It s no longer as clear as in the first book whether to call Jason Merlin s friend or Medea his enemy, but he is still as involved as ever in their lives Further, he feels a responsibility to help the Celtic king Urtha, who is being attacked by an army of ghosts and unborn men for uncertain reasons Another major character is the Pohjoli that seems to be ancient Finnish enchantress, Niiv She seems fairly stereotypical, a rash, power hungry and seductive witch, but it s unclear how much of that is her real characterization and how much is Merlin s paranoia.The constantly aggressive attitude of most of the characters sometimes gets wearing, though the amount of actual violence described is small in proportion I find the most rewarding parts of this series to be the descriptions of magic, which convey an otherworldly feeling even while they haveunderstatement than hyperbole to them


  10. Holly Lindquist Holly Lindquist says:

    From the back of the book Holdstock seamlessly blends myth and history into a fabulous tale of Merlin, hundreds of years before the coming of Arthur I can say without compunction that it is indeed a fabulous tale, wonderfully imaginative, pure poetry in places, but seamless Nope The blend of Greek, Celtic, and other myths just does not work Too many events seem to occur inexplicably I couldn t immerse myself in the world because there were two many places where the narrative seemed to wan From the back of the book Holdstock seamlessly blends myth and history into a fabulous tale of Merlin, hundreds of years before the coming of Arthur I can say without compunction that it is indeed a fabulous tale, wonderfully imaginative, pure poetry in places, but seamless Nope The blend of Greek, Celtic, and other myths just does not work Too many events seem to occur inexplicably I couldn t immerse myself in the world because there were two many places where the narrative seemed to wander off into a sort of mist A beautifully imagined mist, of course, but one that just didn t coalesce into a satisfying story


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