Great book, second in the series of Arthurian legend. The first is the Skystone. Takes the reader back to the fall of the Roman empire in Britain. A lot of really interesting detail about Roman colonial life, particularly that of the retired soldier. Also a lot of good information about Roman Britain. Very interesting characterization, and a good plot. Plus, I love the Arthur legend, and this is a novel lead-in to the same.
I'm continuing to read these by the recommendation of a friend. Whyte's historical details continue to fascinate - however, he ignores not only women as full characters in these mostly military histories, he also ignores the realities of women's work. He writes at length about blacksmithing, which I love and found fascinating, yet he ignores the realities of clothing production that absorbed a full 60% of all men and women's work in that period. Thus his historical details, and the crappy women-for-sex-only characters, make these books too inaccurate indeed.