The Saxon Shore

The Saxon Shore Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod But soon their tranquility i

Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.But soon their tranquility is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as wellMerlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.But soon their tranquility is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well as the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the living incarnation of the sacred dream of his ancestors independent survival in Britain amidst the ruins of the Roman Empire.When Arthur is adopted by Merlyn Britannicus, an enormous responsibility is placed on Merlyn s shoulders Now he must prepare young Arthur to unify the clans of Britain and guard the mighty sword Excalibur.And, above all, Merlyn must see that Arthur survives to achieve the rest of his ancestors dreams, in spite of the deadly threats rumbling from the Saxon Shore Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte s Camulod series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages The Washington Post

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  1. Jack Whyte is an author and writer born and raised in Scotland, but has been living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada since 1967.Whyte s major work to date is the A Dream of Eagles series as it is titled in Canada, but known as The Camulod Chronicles in the United States and elsewhere This series of historical novels presents the tale of King Arthur set against the backdrop of Roman Britain This retelling of the popular legend eschews the use of magic as in T H White s The Sword in the Stone to explain Arthur s ascent to power and instead relies on the historical condition with some artistic license of post Roman Britain to support the theory that Arthur was meant to counter the anarchy left by the Roman departure from Britain in 410 AD and the subsequent colonization and invasion of Britain by various peoples from Northwestern Europe, including the Saxons, Jutes, Franks, and Angles Whyte incorporates both traditional Arthurian names, places and events albeit in gaelic or Latin form as well as the names of various historical figures that have been suggested as being the possible basis for the original King Arthur legend The tacit implication is that Whyte s version of history is the true story that has become distorted over time to become the legend and stories of magic that we know today.Jack Whyte served as the official bard of The Calgary Highlanders and performed several tracks of poetry and song on the 1990 recording by the Regimental Pipes and Drums of The Calgary Highlanders entitled Eighty Years of Glory The Regimental Pipes, Drums and Bard of The Calgary Highlanders.

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  1. In one book, Whyte manages to shift his depiction of Merlyn from an imposing, swift minded, respectable leader with a few forgivable flaws to an immune deficient and perpetually horny leader who often neglects his duties and relies on the knowledge and quick thinking of others the vast majority of the time By p707, when Merlyn falls ill for the Nth but not the last time, I wished the title was Merlyn Dies at the End I would ve enjoyed the ending .No such luck.This book is well researched, writte [...]

  2. This is the fourth book in the Camulod Chronicles series The first book, The Skystone I rated five stars, the second and third books The Singing Sword and The Eagles Brood four stars Notice a trend Yeah, and this one gets rated three stars That first book earned the five stars because I was so impressed with Whyte s attempts to completely ground the legends of Merlin and King Arthur in a realist, historical way For instance, in the first book, the sword of Excalibur is special both because the m [...]

  3. 4.5 starsI just love this series With all its wordiness, it never bores me I do find myself wondering why his men follow Merlyn, though he seems to be autocratic, though well intentioned, than wise in his choices and actions Nonetheless, I read on fully engaged, so JW must be doing something very right in his story P

  4. I ve raved about his other books and this one is just as well written His research and writing are astonishing I ve read his Eagles Brood series and now am onto his Knights Templar Trilogy If you want an awesome story with great characters that is historical in nature read all of Jack Whyte s books

  5. I m uncertain if my experience reading Jack Whyte s The Saxon Shore has be affected by the fractured attention that I was able to pay it but I must confess it felt like it took forever The middle portion of the narrative certainly did not pass smoothly and I got the distinct feeling the novel could have used some trimming Even so, despite how long winded Merlyn comes across as the narrator the tale is interesting and the Romano British world he inhabits seems very well realized A side note While [...]

  6. I love this series By itself this is a damn good addition to the series, but when compared to the previous book it is lacking in content I was not disappointed at all with it, but less happens in this book Also, it ends with a damn cliffhanger

  7. La rilettura di questo libro mi conferma che il ciclo da leggere in stretta sequanza secondo l ordine cronologico degli avvenimenti, altrimenti non si capisce niente.

  8. I am in awe of Jack Whyte s Camulod series I ve always been fascinated by that period of history and can t believe that I am just discovering his work One can tell he has researched and captured that time and brought it to life for us readers My gratitude is boundless

  9. I continue to marvel at this series, enjoying every minute of reading it even though the individual books seem to be getting longer and longer Topping over 700 pages, this volume is not a quick read but I m fine with that because while the richness of the story spurns me on to read faster, the atmosphere and Jack Whyte s style of writing compel me to read slower just so I can spend time with it Yeah it s one of those.The final chapters of the previous book in the series, The Eagles Brood end wi [...]

  10. Another fabulous addition to the much praised Camulod series, by the ever talented Whyte To date, this has been my favourite in the series Granted it reiterates a good portion of the events of the previous novel but this does not detract from it s readability, and serves in fact as a useful tool to refocus on past events in the political scene.We follow Merlin in his quest to bring the young child Arthur home safely and commence his education However problems and threats abound, so many changes [...]

  11. Once again, Whyte performs an excellent swan dive into Pre Arthurain Britain, as he continues to set up the tale of King Arthur This time, Whyte manages to teach us about leprosy, political theory of kingship vs Emperorship, the many people groups in Britain, those migrating to and from Britain, and a little about the evolution of medeival warfare Whyte seems to have a firm graps on the many people groups some of whom I had only heard of by playing the wargame Brittanica and describing their dif [...]

  12. Another amazing series by Jack Whyte If you enjoy being immersed into the story, these tales will certainly provide you with the right tools.From The novels are a rendition of the Arthurian legend that attempt to propose a possible explanation for the foundation of Camulod an alternate spelling of Camelot , Arthur s heritage and the political situation surrounding his existence The setting series begins during the Roman departure from Britain and continues for 150 years ending during the settlem [...]

  13. Una breve recensione baster per il quarto capitolo de Le Cronache di Camulod.Questo romanzo ha uno stile del tutto uguale al resto dei capitoli precedenti, eppure lo considero al di sotto della qualit delle opere gi lette Gli eventi descritti mi sembrano di poca importanza, ci che accade sembra essere fine a s stesso e non improntato a una strategia di lungo periodo.Questa caratteristica in particolare fa calare gradualmente e in modo inesorabile l attenzione alla lettura e l interesse del letto [...]

  14. After reading this book, fourth in the series, I went and purchased the rest of the series, since I know they are difficult to find in the library and not available on Kindle Merlyn is a captivating character and I m pleased to see he remains in the next book I can t help but notice that his narrative is very close to Publius Varrus and they appear to be the same character to me with different circumstances That fact doesn t detract me from continuing because I like the Publius character Many ev [...]

  15. If this were Middle Earth, we d be done by now Somehow Jack Whyte is managing to keep this story going 500 700 pages at a time At moments, I d like it to go faster At other times, I appreciate the care and detail going into the story of this time and place.This book helps round out the character of Merlyn by showing him and us the humanity of those in the world that are not of Camulod He sees that everyone from lepers through Danes and Ersemen are as human as he and his Brits This will likely se [...]

  16. only 5 things happen in this book , Merlin rescuing the infant Arthur , returning to Camelot to stop a revolt , travelling to Eire to retrieve Arthur from his kin , back to Camelot and dealing with a raid from Ironhair s people , and a threat on Arthur s life which means going into exile So what you are thinking , and this is where Jack Whyte can be so bloody annoying , 608 pages for these 5 things.If you have never read this author , he likes to use a thousand words where 100 would do 8 pages o [...]

  17. This is the fourth book in The Camulod Chronicles As with the others, it is very detailed in its recreation of Britain in the decades following Rome s withdrawal As Arthur is a young boy in this story, the names of certain characters are starting to become familiar, while my brain searches for the characters I know from other versions of the Arthurian Legend I m not sure the reason why, but I took far longer to read this than I had any of the previous installments I had the renew the book time [...]

  18. Fourth in the Camulod seriesFrom the page Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.But soon their tranquillity is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well as the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the living incarnation of the s [...]

  19. .Siamo nel campo della leggenda, ma ancora con velleit storiche.Non pi legioni romane, ma lezioni sulle differenze tra celti e celti e tra sassoni, angli e danesi forse utile, ma solo per occupare spazio.Art cresce ma, tralasciando Merlino e Vortigen, altri nomi famosi non se ne riconoscono.Probabilmente ci sono e, con un po di impegno, si potrebbe anche giocare al chi chi.Ma la storia frammentaria, non esiste pi il piacere della riscoperta dei fatti storici e manca ancora qualche anno alla nasc [...]

  20. Equally as compelling as the previous book, and it left me ready to jump into the next volume Whyte is great at returning to plot points seemingly lost in the density of his work, and it s always satisfying to see that he hasn t forgotten loose ends The ending of this book is similarly satisfying and is terribly compelling in furthering my reading of the series The length of his eight novels seemed a daunting task when I picked up the first, but I m thoroughly glad that I did, and they continue [...]

  21. Read almost everything I can get on my hands about Merlin, the Saxons and the Celts I do so because I hope in time to finish and publish my own Merlin Series.Many I read to the end but don t feel moved to list or recommend Was happy to stumble on Whyte s works I had just finshed the Ravens of Avalon Paxson s follow up on Bradley s Avalon Series I finished it but with eye s dragging Whyte s moved faster, had twists and turns and made me care about the character s He is touted as being in Mary S [...]

  22. Merlyn Celt Roman during Arthur s orphaned childhood 4300AD For 400 years, under the Pax Romana, the whole country of Britain was united One set of laws, one system of government When Rome withdrew small kingdoms formed under warlords, causing civil wars Uther Pendragon was king in Cambria, Lot in Cornwall Uther and Lot s wife Ygraine were Arthur s parents Uther was Merlyn s cousin.Arthur was Celt, Roman and Hibernian Scot Ygraine Julius Caesar was born by Caesarian section.Anglians came from Sc [...]

  23. The next story in the series deals with Merlyn and how he raises young Arthur from an orphaned baby There are many battles on the side, and dealings with the Outlanders, the Picts, the Saxons, as well as their own people, and the Celts, the Scotti, and Rome You can t help but learn about history in reading this series, it is so well researched and laid out As well, some of the fantastical Magical Merlyn myths are made real, and give the story an authentic nature I recommend this series in full

  24. I think I read the previous books in the series too quickly, and I started to get bored I can t really remember what s happening any, but will finish it eventually.Started the book January 14, 2008 August 3, 2009Started reading the book again James is reading the series as well, so I had better finish this book so I m done when he gets to it.

  25. You would think that after the 4th book in a 8 or 9 book series about King Arthur one might get a little bit bored nope This series is a masterpiece and is an absolute must read for fans of this genre especially if they want a historical take on the subject rather than the typical mystical approach.

  26. Another good entry in the series It s 9 books, each of which is 500 pages, and takes its sweet time on all kinds of interludes However, I enjoy the writing and the story, set in a world that Jack Whyte really makes come alive in my head So I don t mind that there s a lot here that really isn t directly relevant to the purpose of the series a retelling of the King Arthur legend.

  27. Mr Whyte continues to weave history into the story of King Arthur s origins So far Arthur has had very little part in the story but one doesn t mind as the main characters of The Saxon Shore are engaging and humourous I am enjoying this series immensely and it will likely end up being my favourite Arturian series at the close.The book s strong points are the prose and dialogue.

  28. I would have given it 4 4.5 stars, but the grammatical mistakes and gloating punctuation were too much of a distraction in the e book It s Camulod , not Gamulod The periods and commas mid sentence and double words permeated the entire book and served to be a huge distraction I m really enjoying the story one, but if the next book is as poorly edited, I m not sure I ll finish the series.

  29. This book series is really not what I expected but I continue to be amazed at how realistic everything is and how everything in this series could have actually happended It is amazing to read the story of King author as historical fiction instead of fantasy and no one could have done a better job of that than Jack whyte truely an amazing read.

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