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The Singing Sword (The Camulod Chronicles, Book 2) Paperback – May 17, 2002
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A sequel to The Skystone, this rousing tale continues Whyte's nuts-and-bolts, nitty gritty, dirt-beneath-the-nails version of the rise of Arthurian "Camulod" and the beginning of Britain as a distinct entity. In this second installment of the Camulod Chronicles, Whyte focuses even more strongly on a sense of place, carefully setting his characters into their historical landscape, making this series more realistic and believable than nearly any other Arthurian epic. As the novel progresses, and the Roman Empire continues to decay, the colony of Camulod flourishes. But the lives of the colony's main characters, Gaius Publius Varrus?ironsmith, innovator and soldier?and his brother-in-law, former Roman Senator Caius Britannicus, are not trouble-free, especially when their most bitter enemy, Claudius Seneca, reappears. Through these men's journals, the novel focuses on Camulod's pains and joys, including the moral and ethical dilemmas the community faces, the joining together of the Celtic and Briton bloodlines and the births of Uther Pendragon and Caius Merlyn Britannicus. Whyte provides rich detail about the forging of superior weaponry, the breeding of horses, the training of cavalrymen, the growth of a lawmaking body within the community and the origins of the Round Table. It all adds up to a top-notch Arthurian tale forged to a sharp edge in the fires of historical realism.
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“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
“The very best storytellers keep their readers glued to the story with plot, character, and a keen sense of the dramatic . . . . Whyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into it.” ―Tony Hillerman
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The narrator of this story is Publius Varrus, and is the first of two books he narrates. They tell of the making of Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake among other elements. This is an historically based telling of the legend. The historical figures do and say the things they did and said in the 3rd century. Amazing read!
sunset of Roam rule in Britain. The noble ways of honor in the patrician class and duty and morals of Roman life divorced from the corruption and arena bloodshed and excesses is portrayed. Impressed with the research and Whyte's ability to reveal even the most daily mundane routines of life in the times. I really did fall in love with the characters of such admirable integrity.
The author has done his homework; there is great verisimiltude in the details of how the Roman legions (where we start) were organized and how they operated in the far reaches of the Empire. He obviously has closely studied much of the historical record regarding how the fall of the Empire impacted the complex nature of the polity in Britain at the time.
But like good historical fiction, he interplays his research and narrative with interesting characters, each of whom have a political outlook which seems to represent major factions of the time.
It's fast-paced, compelling, and a page turner. Before I was half-way through, I had ordered the sequal.