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... show more
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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 15th 1996
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 494
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Epic Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Camulod Chronicles (#1)
This book basically covers the start of a Roman dystopia. Think Roman fundamentalists. Perhaps we could describe all mediaeval fiction as Roman dystopian fiction?It was mostly interesting, although Varrus does some really stupid things and there are some needlessly detailed descriptions.
5 Stars, Buy it Kindle Version. Re-read review. As a side note, my cat Merlyn is named from a character in the series. Every bit as awesome as I remembered. Rich and full of detail. I absolutely love the two main male characters (Caius and Plubius). This book absolutely sucks you in, even on th...
The work of Arthurian literature that captured my imagination as a teen was Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave about Merlin--it was even assigned to me in high school. My knowledge up to then of King Arthur was that he was pure fantasy. Although there are fantasy elements in Stewart's tale, what fascinated...