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Stephen Lawhead

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webtarkeena May 2nd, 2007 03:24 PM PST

Stephen Lawhead is a startlingly inconsistent author. His best work is among my favorite books ever read. His worst work I can barely get through. I strongly recommend reading the first three books of the Pendragon series ("Taliesin," "Merlin," and "Arthur"), and reading the rest at your own risk. They're not his worst, but they do go downhill from the triumph of "Merlin" and "Taliesin." This is hands down my favorite retelling of the Arthurian myth.
Likewise, "Byzantium" was absolutely amazing.
"Patrick" was firmly in the middle, and what I've read of "Albion" is average too.
But avoid the "Dragon King" series at all costs (if you are over 12 years old), and likewise "Dream thief."

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