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The Skystone : The Camulod Chronicles

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This first novel in Jack Whyte's riveting Arthurian series tells how the story of Camelot may have actually come to be.

We all know the story--how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone and how Camelot came to be.

But how did it really happen?

The Roman citizens of Britain faced a deadly choice: leave to live in a corrupt Roman world, or stay amidst the violence of the warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons.

For Publius Varrus and Caius Britannicus, there is only one answer. They will stay, try to preserve the best of Roman life, and create a new culture from the wreckage.

In doing so, they will plant the seeds of a legend. For these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers and their actions will shape a nation...and forge the sword known as Excalibur.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765303728
  • 9780765303721
  • 522,617

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"From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur's world, and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend." --Diana Gabaldon

"Jack Whyte is a master storyteller . . . . Wyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into them." --Tony Hillerman

"I loved the book. It was an extraordinary story, totally original and clearly there is a lot more excitement to come in the upcoming volumes." --Rosamunde Pilcher From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur's world, and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend. Diana Gabaldon

Jack Whyte is a master storyteller . . . . Wyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into them. Tony Hillerman

I loved the book. It was an extraordinary story, totally original and clearly there is a lot more excitement to come in the upcoming volumes. Rosamunde Pilcher

" From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur's world, and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend. "Diana Gabaldon"

Jack Whyte is a master storyteller . . . . Wyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into them. "Tony Hillerman"

I loved the book. It was an extraordinary story, totally original and clearly there is a lot more excitement to come in the upcoming volumes. "Rosamunde Pilcher"" "From the building blocks of history and the mortar of reality, Jack Whyte has built Arthur's world, and showed us the bone beneath the flesh of legend."-Diana Gabaldon

"Jack Whyte is a master storyteller . . . . Wyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into them."-Tony Hillerman

"I loved the book. It was an extraordinary story, totally original and clearly there is a lot more excitement to come in the upcoming volumes."-Rosamunde Pilcher
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About Jack Whyte

Jack Whyte is a Scots-born, award-winning Canadian author whose poem, The Faceless One, was featured at the 1991 New York Film Festival. The Camulod Chronicles is his greatest work, a stunning retelling of one of our greatest legends: the making of King Arthur's Britain. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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7,979 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (2,856)
3 16% (1,267)
2 3% (274)
1 1% (96)

Our customer reviews

I loved this book, which is the first in a series about the Arthurian legend. This first book takes you back to before Arthur, to the time when Romans were in control of Britain. It is written in the first person by Publius Varrus a Roman soldier who is a very early ancestor of Arthurs, and is a fantastic introduction to the rest of the series. Full of descriptons of Roman military life as well as the ordinary working man which Publius became when injured and had to leave the army. He had a gift for working with Iron and you can see the lead in to excaliber coming into being. It also gives a good account to normal Roman life, the villas, servants and lifestyle, of the time. I can't wait for the 2nd book, as this series, I think is going to be a fantastic journey through early British history.show more
by Penny Cunningham
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