Books by Stephen R. Lawhead

PATRICK by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2003

"A straightforward Celtic paperback yarn, but this one is blessedly short on the talking trees, magic swords, and warrior maidens that clutter up so many from Lawhead (Mystic Rose, 2001, etc.). Still, you'll still need to be a serious Celt-ophile to get through it."
A fictionalized biography of St. Patrick, circa a.d. 400, concentrating on the "lost years" of the famous Irish patriarch. Read full book review >
THE MYSTIC ROSE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"No questions that would bother Graham Greene, but those lusting for the True Path will eat it up."
Final volume of the Celtic Crusades trilogy begun with The Iron Lance (1998), in which lawyer Gordon Murray was introduced as narrator of a Scottish generational saga, with Murdo Ranulfson, son of Lord Ranulf of Dyrness, Orkney, going off on the Crusades and finding the iron lance that stabbed Christ at the Crucifixion. Read full book review >
THE BLACK ROOD by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers partial to Lawhead's rather awkward blend of mystical piety, adventure, and history should find enjoyment here."
A second Celtic crusade, and sequel to The Iron Lance (1998). Read full book review >
AVALON by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Pleasant but far from gripping, with the necessary inference that Lawhead's purpose is more agitprop than storytelling."
Historical/futuristic Arthuriana from the author of Grail, 1997, etc. In the not-too-distant future, Britain's drunken reprobate King Edward IX blows out his brains in a villa on Madeira. Read full book review >
THE IRON LANCE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Familiar fare for Lawhead fans, watery gruel for outsiders or newcomers."
Historical fantasy and first of a "generational epic," so the publisher informs us, from Lawhead (Byzantium,1996, etc.), etc. Things get off to a poor start as Lawhead employs a trite, clumsy framing device. Read full book review >
GRAIL by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"For fans of the series: Lawhead's interpretation is different and distinctive, though this volume, while independently intelligible, is no place to start. (First printing of 35,000)"
Final installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle (Taliesin, 1987; Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, not seen) with its roots deep in Atlantis and, here, an unexpectedly upbeat ending. Read full book review >
BYZANTIUM by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Far-fetched but often engrossing, with plenty of plot twists despite Lawhead's sometimes shaky grip on the details: Worthwhile for Lawhead regulars and historical-fantasy fans alike."
A new venture from the author of the Pendragon Cycle (The Endless Knot, 1993, etc.), though here the fantasy elements— ghosts, angels, some prophetic dreams—are all but imperceptible. Read full book review >