- Title: The Divine Sacrifice
- Author: Tony Hays
- ISBN: 9780765331021
- Page: 284
- Format: Paperback
The Divine Sacrifice continues the story of King Arthur s conselor, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a solider who lost his arm in battle but was saved by his king Malgwyn hated Arthur for this gift, but he has come to grudgingly acknowledge that he yet may have some purpose in life Arthur and Malgwyn are called to the abbey of Glastonbury to settle a matter of great political imporThe Divine Sacrifice continues the story of King Arthur s conselor, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a solider who lost his arm in battle but was saved by his king Malgwyn hated Arthur for this gift, but he has come to grudgingly acknowledge that he yet may have some purpose in life Arthur and Malgwyn are called to the abbey of Glastonbury to settle a matter of great political importance tin is being mined for export to the Empire While there, Malgwyn and Arthur meet St Patrick, a legend in the Church who is there on a mission of his own, to root out the heresy of Pelagius.When an aged monk is found cruelly murdered in his cell, Malgwyn is set with a problem that will test his skills as an investigator His search for the truth may uncover a conspiracy that could endanger the kingdom.Gritty and powerful with a true ring of historical perspective, and a character who sees than those around him, The Divine Sacrifice is a historical mystery that will hook mystery readers and historical fans alike.
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The sequel to The Killing Way, this is another Arthurian mystery novel. I don't think you need to read the first book if all you're interested in is the mystery, but if you're interested in the emotional development of the main character, then you'd be better served by reading the first book.I enjoyed The Divine Sacrifice less than The Killing Way, I think. It's less about Arthur, and Arthur's rule, particularly in the first half or so, and more about a complex situation involving both religious [...]
First Reads Winner rating of "Liked it": 3 Stars. Would give 3.5 if possible.The Divine Sacrafice wasn't a horrible read, it was enjoyable, simply not as much as I had hoped for this sequel.After reading the first novel in the Arthurian Mysteries series, I could not wait to start the second novel in the series. I thought the adventures could only get better from here, sadly that wasn’t exactly the case. Regardless, The Divine Sacrifice can still be enjoyable on different levels as an Arthurian [...]
Malgwyn, reluctant counselor to King Arthur, finds himself tasked with solving the cruel murder of a monk. Upon examining the body and the monk's cell it becomes apparent to Malgwyn that much more is at play than a simple killing. With heresy and political intrigue in the air, and fortunes and crowns to be made or lost, his investigation takes on lethal urgency. Tony Hays continues his Arthurian Mysteries series with this second novel. Like the first, Malgwyn himself tells the tale, and we see t [...]
This installment was not as well written as Hays' first book, The Killing Way. The author repeated himself several times inserting necessary information from the first book that was pertinent to this story. The plot is based on an excellent premise but Hays doesn't execute the story very skillfully. The narrative doesn't flow well and is a bit convoluted at times.
When an elderly monk is found murdered in his cell at the abbey of Ynys-witrin, King Arthur's counselor Malgwyn ap Cuneglas is asked to investigate. On their arrival at the abbey, however, Malgwyn and Arthur are surprised to find that St Patrick is also about to arrive from Hibernia in order to root out heresy in the monastery. Is there a connection between the death of old Elafius and the presence of St Patrick at the abbey? As Malgwyn begins to unravel the mystery he discovers something which [...]
For a long time in King Arthur retellings – roughly from the 14th century to the 1960’s – Christianity was the de facto religion of the story, there wasn’t even a suggestion of other possibilities. Even characters like Merlin and Morgan Le Fey used their magic within a Christian context. But, as counter culture was embraced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, so did the Other come to the forefront in Arthurian legend, starting with the Mists of Avalon as the ladies grooved to the Goddess, and [...]
Don’t you just hate it when the premise of a book intrigues you but the reality fails to deliver. I read legend, historical fiction and mysteries and The Divine Sacrifice promised all three of them. King Arthur and St. Patrick in a story complicated by murderous happenings at Glastonbury Abbey - what fun! and, to tell the truth, some of the problems are not so such with the plot as with the telling. Malgwyn, protagonist and narrator, is interesting enough. He is a former farmer, soldier and dr [...]
This is the second volume of the Arthurian Mysteries series, but I had no problem with not having read the first book. However, I'm not all that sure that I will read any of the others in the series based on this one.Malgwyn is a one-armed warrior who is an adviser to Arthur, although this is more true to history than the legends. While on their way to inspect one of the local abbeys, they are met by one of the monks, saying that a monk had been murdered, and Malgwyn (having a talent for this) i [...]
Wow, I won this book on GIVEAWAY! Am anxiously waiting for the book to arrive. Am very exited about my win, very seldom do I ever win anything!Congratulations Tony Hays for a wonderful book! (THE DIVINE SACRIFICE) Who would ever think of King Arthur involved in a murder mystery? King Arthur assigned his counselor, Malgwyn, a soldier who lost his arm in battle, the responsibility of investigating and solving a murder of a monk cruelly murdered at the abbey of Glastonbury.This is a mystery that w [...]
The Divine Sacrifice is a tale of murder, religious and political intrigue, loyalty, and human endurance in the setting of Arthurian legends. Hays manages to successfully weave a page-turning mystery with a well known literature world, simultaneously staying true to the genre and telling an original story. It took me a while to relate to and understand the characters but once their layers began to peel back they developed into multi-dimensional figures. I was particularly fond of the way Patrick [...]
If you haven't read my review of book one in the series "The Killing Way" my comments from that still hold true here. This story revolves around the possibility of a rebellion, most of it takes place on or around Glastonbury Abbey and it revolves around the murder of a monk and the arrival at the Abbey of the man who would come to be known as St. Patrick. As my comments about the first book would suggest this was my "What the What" moment that pulled me out of the story (for a moment). But as in [...]
Not sure why I didn't rate this higher as I did enjoy it- just not as much as the first. I always like the getting-to-know-you phase of a new series best and this second outing seemed to have less of the personal story and more of the politics both religious and social. Once again the period feel was palpable- I felt the cold and the mud and almost smelled the blood of battle. It added to the experience when the night after I finished this there was a NatGeo program on a huge Anglo-Saxon gold ho [...]
Arthur, Bedevere, and Malgwyn are preparing to leave for the abbey at Glastonbury, when a summons arrives from the abbot for Malgwyn to come immediately as one of the brothers has died. Malgwyn remembers Elafius from the time he spent at the abbey, and is surprised at the summons since Elafius is quite elderly. But once they arrive he realizes that the death was not natural. But who could have wanted to kill the old monk? The unexpected arrival of Patrick from Ireland adds to the tensions at the [...]
Received this book in a giveaway and I inititally had a great deal of trouble attempting to finish it. HOWEVER, the last 3/4 of the novel made up greatly for the slow read -- so much so that I actually wanted to do a victory dance for a great ending to the mystery and good battle detail (I adore a good battle). The last stretch of the book made me quite happy with the overall story, which was initially going at a 2-3 star pace. If the entire book had the passion that I found in the ending, it co [...]
Book two in the Arthurian mystery. This was give a look into the early Christian church in Britain. It is the time of St Patrick before he became a saint. He is just a tired old man who has struggles to bring the Christ to the Scotti. The ancient name for the Irish of Ireland.The story has a wonderful murder mystery, a top notch historical aspect and some nice heart pounding adventure scenes.
This was slow, and hard to keep reading until halfway through. The mystery was good. The book glossed over most of the horrors of life in the 6th century. I was confused about who the "Scotti" werewere they early Irish or early Scots? One would assume early Scots, but Picts are mentioned as well.
I am definitely a Tony Hays fan. I won this book through Giveaways. I love mysteries and history and when an author can successfully join them together as Mr. Hays has, I'm hooked. This series has a life of it's own. I am looking forward to attacking the next one in the series and every one there after. Keep them coming Mr. Hays!
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first entry in the series. I thought the mystery was a tad predictable, and that there was a LOT of repetition. I also felt the author's recap of the previous book was clumsy and largely unnecessary. It didn't dissuade me from reading other books in the series, but I did have higher hopes for this entry.
This is the second installment of the Arthurian mystery series. The characters develop a little more and the mystery gets a little bigger. The historical perspective adds a different dimension to the story and keeps things interesting. The mystery is more complex in this one than the previous book but the pieces all fit together in the end without straining credulity.
a "reader's choice" at the library, but I didn't realize it was book two of a series. Maybe it would have been better had I read the first one, but I stuggled with the characters and the plot. I found myself saying "who cares?" alot through this book.
I tried to get into the story, but I just couldn't. I think it does help to read the first book in the series to get a better understanding of the background of the characters. I will probably try reading this book again after I read the first book in the series.
I received a signed copy of this book through a giveaway.This story was an intriguing mystery but I felt that it was quite repetitive at times. Additionally, I felt like the characterization fell kind of flat. I liked the twists at the end though.
I have a new author and series for my auto buy list. Tony Hays and his Arthurian Mystery series. It has all the prerequisites for the genre. Excellent research, very strong sense of place, engaging characters and a solid well thought out mystery. Pure delight.I won this from .
As romanticized as the "Arthurian period" is in the present day, it is really excellent to read a book that makes one think what actually living in that time would have been like--how physically uncomfortable it had to have been. 3.5
Tony Hays has really found a unique nitsh in historical. The characters are great and the mystery interesting.
So-so as far as an historical mystery, but I do love anything King Arthur!
This was an intriguing Arthurian mystery, set in the early years after the Roman withdrawal from Britain, involving disputes within the early church and questionable use of Glastonbury Tor.
I decided to give it a chance, hoping it was written better than the first. It wasn't. In fact, I found it more poorly written.
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first but it was still an interesting read V""V
Murder mystery in the time of St. Patrick and King Arthur. Now I need to get hold of The Killing Way, the 1st in the series.
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