Just finished the first book in Cornwell’s Arthurian trilogy. I haven’t read any Cornwell before, but know he has a massive following because of his Sharpe books. Not sure historical fiction is my thing really.
Cornwell’s writing style is economical to say the least. There are no flights of fancy or self-indulgent descriptive passages here. That works to give the book a suitably documentary and factual style. It makes things believable. The problem for me, however, is that too much of the mysterious, legendary, heroic Arthur is lost with such an approach. Arthur is quite an ordinary bloke in this book – and not really worthy of being the central character, to be honest. It’s odd and left me with a sense of disappointment and anticlimax.
So, all in all, I’d give it 7 out of 10. The legend is lost.