Bernard Cornwell's brilliant novel, reissued for fans to find out the story behind the stones. This is the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that created this great temple.
One summer's day, a dying stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of Ratharryn. The three sons of Ratharryn's chief each perceive the great gift in a different way. The eldest, Lengar, the warrior, harnesses his murderous ambition to be a ruler and take great power for his tribe.
Camaban becomes a great visionary and feared wise man, and it is his vision that will force the youngest brother, Saban, to create the great temple on the green hill where the gods will appear on Earth. Saban' s love for Aurenna, the sun bride whose destiny is to die for the gods, finally brings the rivalries of the brothers to a head. But it is also his skills that will build the vast temple, a place for the gods, certainly, but also a place that will confirm for ever the supreme power of the tribe that built it.
Stonehenge is first and foremost a great historical novel. Bernard Cornwell is well known and admired for the realism and imagination with which he brings earlier worlds to life. And here he uses all these skills to recreate the world of primitive Britain and to solve the mysteries of who built Stonehenge, how, and why.
"A circle of chalk, a ring of stone, and a house of arches to call the far gods home."
©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"An epic story told with a master's skill. Bernard Cornwell now burrows into prehistory to suggest an answer to the puzzle of why and by whom Stonehenge was built. The result is an epic story told with a master's skill, presenting powerful personalities, high dramas and terrific climaxes with colour and pace." (TLS)
"A fantastic story of intertribal rivalries, Machiavellian scheming by rival sect leaders and fierce battles over talismans" (New York Times)
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excellent narration. Interesting view of the Bronze age era.
I enjoyed it as I do all Cornwall 's books.
"Not up to Cornwell's usual standard"
Not sure who would enjoy this maybe fantasy or sagas fans.
Too long and involved, without his usual sense of the time in which the story is set.
A very dull voice and silly accents which didn't seem plausible. I could see he was trying to distinguish between tribes but it didn't work for me.
"Wonderful tale, beautifully read, highly recommend"
I am very fond of historical novels, Bernard Cornwell can certainly tell an engaging story, which brings the past to life.
Good story but not a five. The performance of Jonathan Keeble was absolutely fantastic and with out him I'm afraid the story mightn't have flown at all.
It's an interesting book filled interesting and possible theories but the performance brings it to 4* in the Audible version.
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