The Skystone (The Camulod Chronicles, Book 1) [Jack Whyte] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The first in a six-volume series that. During the days of the decaying Roman Empire, the legions of Britain struggle to Skystone-Small_0 preserve the ancient principles of loyalty and. I heard a report a couple of weeks ago, while I was attending the annual Surrey Writers Conference, that my first novel, The Skystone, had gone.

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ChiefScott November 17, 5: The writing itself is super dull, except f This is the driest thing I’ve read in ages. The reason that I have had a fascination with the King Arthur legend ever since high school when I wrote my senior paper on it.

The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur offer a bit of a twist as well. During the days of the decaying Roman Empire, the legions of Britain struggle to preserve the ancient principles of loyalty and discipline-virtues embodied in the Roman general Caius Britannicus and his friend Publius Varrus, an ex-soldier turned ironsmith.

The Skystone is hardly an epic book. Yes, Donna, you can. Memories of bygone days… My Three Muses…. And then, as I approached her, I realized that she was not Cassie.

But it’s an amazing combination that is pulled off brilliantly. White’s story is compelling, and he does many cool things with his Arthurian retelling. D Francoeur posted an update 1 whyye, 6 months ago. Those wanting history with a bit of myth thrown in should probably skysotne it. But after a while the overbearing narration starts to seem rather, well, overbearing. The protagonists are Publius Varrus and Caius Britannicus, and their efforts to create a life for themselves and a future existence for their families after the fall of Roman Britain.


dkystone Nor is the first book. Throughout we see a people struggling for survival, with great organisational skills, heart and courage as they attempt to reconcile the ordered Roman way of life with the newly reimposed Celtic lifestyle.

However, my best The Skystone deposits the reader in pre-Arthurian Great Britain smack dab during the time of the waning Roman occupation. With this novel, author Whyte has taken a great step backward to the older days of the rule of the Roman Empire in Britain in order to retell the stories of the Arthurian saga in his own style. The characterization is quality. His grandfather created a special sword and a special dagger from the metal smelted from a skystone obviously a meteorite.

Yet he gets not a single one right. But, author Whyte has said that the original legend of King Arthur does not tell the whole story.

The Arthurian Saga: The Skystone (Book 1) – Jack Whyte

She reached out and took both of my wrists in her hands, and the only things in the world were her face and the warmth and softness of her hands. They made me feel uncomfortable and seemed out of place.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from January All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention. Soon, the Romans begin to crumble around Britain slowly and Publius gets involved in some personal and political vendetta.

Even though I know how it is going to end because I had to see what happened to Brittanicus. This was my second reading of the book and it was every bit as amazing as the first time around.

Or rather, I like the story that this first book spent its dear sweet time establishing. Read it as a skydtone teenager xkystone the series helped shape the man I am today. The story is told as the memories of Publius Varrus, a former Roman soldier of noble blood who is also a blacksmith.


The title comes from a rock which fell to earth thirty years prior from which Varrus’ grandfath I really did not care for the beginning section of the book. View all 6 comments. I swallowed hard and worked my tongue to moisten my mouth. He is a common man with aristocratic friends, and successful both as a soldier and an ironsmith. In addition, Varras was once a Smith.

A legendary book that holds the secret to a world of knowledge She walked with her head high and erect, her back held straight so that the fullness and thrust siystone her breasts were apparent even beneath the dark blue stole she wore over the long, paler blue draperies of her gown.

It’s all fascinating, and that’s without even mentioning that the whole series exists as a prequel to the Arthurian legend. Most of the book read well, but I felt that there were patches of lumpiness.

The Skystone

The weaponry, uniforms and battles are true to that era – brutal and merciless. The lorica segmentata the typical Roman segmented armor had vanished by the mid-third century, as had the transverse crests of centurions. I don’t generally mind a slower pace whjte felt like I could settle in and continue on with some extra patience on my part.

My guess, these weren’t the only way to verbally assault a man of skystonr time period. The length of the book is not justified by narrative complexity or depth either.

King Arthur is, after all, a Fantasy tale. Had an avid reader friend recently read it and enjoyed it.