We know the legends: Arthur brought justice to a land that had known only cruelty and force; his father, Uther, carved a kingdom out of the chaos of the fallen Roman Empire; the sword Excalibur, drawn from stone by England's greatest king.
But legends do not tell the whole tale. Legends do not tell of the despairing Roman soldiers, abandoned by their empire, faced with the choice of fleeing back to Rome, or struggling to create a last stronghold against the barbarian onslaughts from the north and east. Legends do not tell of Arthur's great-grandfather, Publius Varrus, the warrior who marked the boundaries of a reborn empire with his own shed blood; they do not tell of Publius's wife, Luceiia, British-born and Roman-raised, whose fierce beauty burned pale next to her passion for law and honor.
With The Camulod Chronicles, Jack Whyte tells us what legend has forgotten: the history of blood and violence, passion and steel, out of which was forged a great sword, and a great nation. The Singing Sword continues the gripping epic begun in The Skystone: As the great night of the Dark Ages falls over Roman Britain, a lone man and woman fight to build a last stronghold of law and learning - a crude hill-fort, which one day, long after their deaths, will become a great city...known as Camelot.
©1996 Jack Whyte (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I have waited a long time for the Camulod Chronicles to get on Audible. I was furious that these were supposed to be released in early June, then on the day of release without any explanation , the release date was switched to August 20. I looked everywhere for a reason and there was nothing on any of Jack's or Audible's fan sites. I guess it will be a mystery forever. It also took a ridiculous amount of time to get them released on the kindle.
This is one of those rare books that is served well in audio format. I actually liked the audio performance better than the reading the book. Kevin Pariseau does an admirable job with the different characters. I look forward to hearing the Eagles Brood
This is not your T.H.. White or Disney Camelot. Though fictional, it is rooted in historical fact and depicts an Arthurian legion denuded of its magical trappings. In that sense Whyte's version is refreshing. Even before the first book of the series is done, however, the reader begins asking. "Can't we move things along a bit faster?" By the end of this second volume it's clear Whyte is needlessly stretching what should be at most a trilogy into a meandering and plodding saga of nine (and counting) books each about 25 hours in length. Aside from its slow pace, the dialogue has an anachronistic flavor and the supporting characters are one dimensional. Pariseau is a competent narrator and I like his reading of John Barth's work, but Arthurian legion demands a Brit.
Sure, why not. The description of Roman Britain was really interesting and i was looking forward to this as I read and enjoyed the first book. I just found the reading of the book was stilted and didn't add to my enjoyment of the book.
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