This is the second in the Grail Quest series.
Huh! I think I have found my replacement for romance and my complete comfort read, de-stress, chill-out reads. I’m not really that enamoured with the Sharpe books (I may have even written about one in this blog), but I do like The Grail Quest series. I read the first book Harlequin, last year.
It opens in 1346. Thomas of Hookton is an archer in King Edward’s army. Thomas has an unusual background for an archer. He is the bastard son of a priest, he has been educated (so can read and write in a English, Latin, and French). Thomas leaves his education and decides to become an archer. Harlequin starts with a French raid on the village of Hookton. Thomas’s father is killed, and the village is destroyed. Thomas goes of to be an archer of note on the battlefield of Crecy.
In Vagabond, King Edward sends Thomas back to England because they hear a rumour that Thomas’s dead father used to have the Holy Grail in his possession. Thomas learns about his heritage, and who raided the village. He goes back to France, get’s involved in other battles, meets his enemies etc etc.
I could keep reading this book. I found it engaging, and interesting. For me, it was a good easy read. A great alternative to romances. Thank goodness! If you don’t like bloodshed be warned though. It is about war. Old fashioned, up close and personal war. There are disgusting and gross bits. And yeah, the female characters aren’t the greatest … but Bernard Cornwall doesn’t urk me the way that Edward Rutherford does.
So yeah. Loved it.