Heavy on military details. A completely different take on the King Arthur legend.
I really enjoyed this first book of the Camulod Chronicles. Knowing the basics of the King Arthur stories, I found it interesting to see how some of the 'future' ledge is ribboned through this story. The characters and storyline is interestingly developed. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
I found the history of the Romans at the end of their occupation of 400 years interesting. Whyte uses extensive historical notes to underpin this novel. The characters, however, are fairly dull, and the women are pure cardboard. The female characters exist purely for the men's sexual needs, ruining what might otherwise be a great historical series.
This is an Arthurian book. It deals with two Romans-Publius Varrus and Caius Britannicus-who elected to remain behind in Britannia after the legions left in an effort to lead the tribes of the warring Picts, Celts, and Saxons into civilization by example. They are the great-grandfathers of Arthur, and through them is forged the state of the nation in which Arthur finds himself upon his entrance into life.
This is a great book! This is the way I like to learn about history. Even though it has only some history in it. It makes it easier to remember the events and people that are real.
So Arthur pulled the Sword from the stone. And Camelot came to be. This the story of the time before that. The time where the pre conditions were formed that resulted in Camelot. Very enjoyable.
Very entertaining, likeable characters...one of the best books I've read in a long time!
Great beginning to what promises to be a wonderful series.
A coworker turned me on to The Camulod Chronicles, of which this is the first book and I loved it. Can hardly wait to get the next one.
Arthurian legend in a historical context, rich in detail. This is fantastic!
My brother's book. He said it was fantastic.
Historical fiction about the time before King Arthur and Camelot when Britain was a dark and deadly place, savaged by warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons. Two men -- Arthur's great- grandfathers help shape a nation and forge a sword known as Excaliber.
Book one in this imaginative, historical series about the birth of the King Arthur saga during the last days of the Roman occupation in Britain.
I can't really say that I liked it or didn't. I never got past the 5 th page.
The cover is diffrent! But same book!
Before the time of Arthur and Camelot, Britain had became a dark and deadly place, savaged by warring factions of Picts,Celts and invading saxons.