The Skystone

The Skystone

eBook - 2004
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Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him? How did the legend really come to pass? Before the time of Arthur and his Camelot, Britain was a dark and deadly place, savaged by warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons. The Roman citizens who had lived there for generations were suddenly faced with a deadly choice: Should they leave and take up residence in a corrupt Roman world that was utterly foreign, or should they stay and face the madness that would ensue when Britain's last bastion of safety for the civilized, the Roman legions, left? For two Romans, Publius Varrus and his friend Caius Britannicus, there can be only one answer. They will stay, to preserve what is best of Roman life, and will create a new culture out of the wreckage. In doing so, they will unknowingly plant the seeds of legend-for these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers, and their actions will shape a nation . . . and forge a sword known as Excalibur. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2004.
ISBN: 9781466822221
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 24, 2018

A very promising series beginning: the foundations of Arthurian Britain in the final decline of the Roman Empire. We have the roots of the Pendragon, the Lady of the Lake, and Excalibur, told with some of the music back in the tale, and a good balance between the competing religions and climates of magic.

Apr 30, 2015

Jack Whyte is one of the best historical fiction writers out there. Great characters and developments move along at a good pace that you don't want to put the book down.

KCLSLibrarians May 17, 2014

I'm really enjoying this book, and I often don't make it through a lot of fiction. It's sort of a prequel to the Arthur legend. Recommended for historical fiction folks and swords and fighting folks.

Sep 25, 2011

Awesome book. I only hope the rest of the books in the series are as fun to read.

Nov 25, 2010

An amazing series, this first book is probably one of the best. The characters in this book are complex and compelling; and the story is just amazing


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SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

This novel tells the story of Publius Varrus, a Roman officer and forger of swords who searches for a fallen meteorite from which he will smelt the metal for the legendary sword, Excalibur.


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