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Old April 28th, 2014, 06:14 AM   #1
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I had pleasure to read Cornwells Grail Quest. Books were really good, story and battles were amazing. Cornwell is gifted writer. My question is, can you recommend something similar, please. I know that Cornwell has got other series, but I need change and other aurhor for now.
Week ago I finished Wars of the Roses written by Conn Iggulden. It was ok, but not enough action or battles for me.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 07:47 AM   #2

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You want Dark Ages/ Medieval, or are other periods okay?
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I found his Warlord Chronicles excellent.
An interesting take on Arthurian legend.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 07:54 AM   #4

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Look at his Uthred novels. Good stuff.
Standard Cornwell fare. Good battle scenes exciting plot... Poorly written females. He can't write women well Cornwell... He has his Arthurian series too.

Sharpe and Starbuck are Napoleonic and Civil War. Read Sharpe first and then move on to the ACW... A couple of sharpe characters descendents appear.

He's not Cornwell... But Death To The French is also a good read.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 08:50 AM   #5

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If you're also looking for other authors, I could recommend:

Angus Donald : Outlaw Chronicles (Books: Outlaw, Holy Warrior, Warlord)

Robyn Young : Insurrection, Renegade (Robert the Bruce)

Stewart Binns : Conquest, Crusade, Anarchy, Lionheart
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I have read all the Angus Donald outlaw books. I found them a fantastic read.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #7

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For Cornwall, I've only read The Last Kingdom. The story is told by the protagonist as an elderly man telling tales of his youth, which undercut dramatic tension for me. I found it annoying that Christian characters were far more likely than pagan characters to be fools or hypocrites. The last battle of the book portrays a successful real commander as cowardly, incompetent, and taking credit for a victory won by the fictional protagonist. And I didn't find the protagonist particularly interesting.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #8

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For Cornwall, I've only read The Last Kingdom. The story is told by the protagonist as an elderly man telling tales of his youth, which undercut dramatic tension for me. I found it annoying that Christian characters were far more likely than pagan characters to be fools or hypocrites. The last battle of the book portrays a successful real commander as cowardly, incompetent, and taking credit for a victory won by the fictional protagonist. And I didn't find the protagonist particularly interesting.

Cornwell is not fond of priest and lawyers. He does have Christian characters who are genuinely good, but is mostly irreverent. His main characters are so strongly driven by their own moral code that they don't countenance 'elite' moralism too well.

I've just started reading Simon Scarrow's "Eagle" series, which has some of the same feel to it.
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I liked Simon Scarrow,'s Roman books, and Conn Iggulden, who has a Wars of the Roses series, and a good one about Ghenghis.
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I agree about Angus Donald's books.

If you like Vikings, try Giles Kristian's Raven Blood eye trilogy - they're awesome. So too are Robert Low's Oathsworn novels.

If you like ancient Greece, then Christian Cameron's are unmissable.

For ancient Rome, you can try Anthony Riches, Russell Whitfield, or my novels!

All of the above have LOADS of battles in them.

Cheers, and happy reading.
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