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.
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.