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Praise for Jack Whyte and "The Camulod Chronicles": "Jack Whyte is a master storyteller.... Whyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into them." --Tony Hillerman"From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur's world and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend." --Diana Gabaldon"An extraordinary story, totally original, and clearly there is a lot more excitement to come in the upcoming volumes." --Rosamunde Pilcher

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812551389
ISBN-10: 0812551389
Format: Paperback
(172mm x 105mm x 29mm)
Pages: 505
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Reviews - The Skystone by Jack Whyte

US Kirkus Review » A first US publication for Canadian poet and filmmaker Whyte: an earnestly heroic tale set at the turn of the fifth century A.D., during the twilight of the Roman occupation of Britain. Here, a retired Roman centurion, now an ironsmith, and his former Commander conquer their enemies and establish an independent community in Britain: Along the way, the smith will discover the secret of the mysterious ore-bearing stones "from the sky" and forge a link to a legend born two centuries later - with the arrival of King Arthur. Gaius Publius Varrus, recovering from his latest battle as a Roman soldier, is befriended by General Caius Britannicus, whose life he had saved in Africa. After Varrus returns to his home in Colchester, in Britain, the paths of the two continue to cross. Varrus is determined to find more of the miraculous ore - of a blinding brightness - from which his grandfather had made the splendid sword now in the possession of the new Military Commander Theodosius. It's when Varrus is on the run from the Senecas - a Roman family conducting an ancient feud against the Britannici, one of whom he had outwitted and outfought - that he is forced to escape to Bath, and Britannicus' estate. There, he discovers, thanks to the observations of his future wife, Britannicus' sister, a new source of the stones that once fell from the sky. Meanwhile, groups of Romans in Britain are becoming disgruntled with Rome - taxes, government interference, rottenness at the top, and so on. To plan for "their continued, structured existence in advance of a time of chaos," Britannicus calls for a new community. There are handshakes all around with the native Chief "and his Druids." And at the close, Varrus, who's drained a lake and hauled stones, exhibits his skystone - now made "Lady of the Lake." Old-timey manly sentiments, some battle grue, info about smelting iron, and a modestly clever Arthurian-linked gimmick. Beyond the entertaining anachronisms, a busy, boyish saga, inventive and good-hearted. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Jack Whyte

Jack Whyte is a Scots-born, award-winning Canadian author whose poem, The Faceless One, was featured at the 1991 New York Film Festival. The Camulod Chronicles is his greatest work, a stunning retelling of one of our greatest legends: the making of King Arthur's Britain. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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