Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn-and his ominous "gift" of gold-precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements. Bernard Cornwell's epic novel Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and who...more
There was something about Bernard Cornwell's version of these bronze age people and their mystical and monolithic Stonehenge, that captured my imagination and I felt stirred by both them and their pristine, unpolluted environment.
They were innocent and gullible, ignorant and sweet, yes, even at their deadliest or maddest. They are unblemished by a modern world. Their existence is aligned in eve...more
But the book doesn't connect. For one thing it lacks the humor which leavens the drama and gore of his Wessex series. (I assume Sharpe has his humorous moments, too.) I never grew to care for Saban as I shou...more
Constituído actualmente por um anel de monólitos de arenito ligados por inúmeros lintéis e com uma altura de 5 metros, Stonehenge é apenas uma sombra do monumento/construção que um dia foi. Conhecido pelos saxões por Pedras Erectas "Stonehenge" ou "Hanging Stones" (Pedras Suspensas), enquanto que...more
No matter how you slice it, the book is about how to build a stone temple in ancient times. There is a story behind this, an interesting and complex tale of people from all over present-day England, surrounding three brothers, sons of a chieftan, and their aspirations, plottings, dreams and failures. There is travel throughout the ancient island with Cornwell's requisite description of place and people, but it still comes back to building the stone temple; so the titl...more
I bought the Arthur novels and Stonehenge at the same time on a book buying binge, e...more
The book centers around three brothers. The oldest is a greedy, selfish, self-worshiping jerk who tried to kill both of his brothers within the first couple chapters. So he's out.
The middle brother was born crippled and there are attempts to sacrifice him to the gods very early on. But through some miracle he survives the killing. So y...more
The story, obviously, is a fictional story about the creation of Stonehenge. I'll admit, I didn't expect great things from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The amount of depth and detail put into this book is really quite ama...more
Wir befinden uns in der Zeitrechnung vor Christus in England. Im Herzen des Landes liegen die zwei Stämme Ratharryn und Cathallo. Verbunden durch Blutsverwandtschaft, herrscht doch immer ein Machtkampf zwischen den beiden Stämmen. Ein Kampf, der nie zum Krieg wurde, so lange Hengall von Ratharryn und Hirac von Cathallo die Herrscher waren.
Doch Hengall wird von seinen eigenem Blut bedroht: Sein ältester Sohn, Lengar, ist mit der Führung Hengalls nicht mehr zufrieden. Und so wendet Lengar s...more
I enjoyed skipping ahead to the end of the book and reading Cornwell's notes on his Stonehenge research, which I found far more interesting, particularly his specula...more
The book rather reminded me of the parts of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" that I've read, maybe mingled with a bit of Orson Scott Card's "Homecoming" series. (Both of these are a good thing.) Mingled with kingdoms (although primitive), the story shows the conflict between and within these kingdom...more
How they raised the lintels is always a matter of controversy and as a warning for some Chariots of the Gods fans, there are no aliens involved, which is good thing. Give the humans some credit for the emergence of intelligence, and application of brute force which would have been their strength in that era.
It's a plausible-sounding method I ha...more
Among archeologists and historians, Stonehenge is still a matter of much debate and controversy. Eventhought lots of researches have been done in the last few decades Stonehenge is still a mystery far from being solved.
Cornwell's book gives life to this remote period that we know so little about, and yet it has the credit of not being anachronich and fanta...more
The book is about three brothers wh...more
Cornwell does play around a lot with the timeline of the monument, including having certain golden objects in the pre-stone circle phase that did not exist until hundreds of years later...and in...more
"Oh," says I, with a lofty wave of the hand, "violence is all right. I can handle THAT."
Turns out, Dad knew what he was talking about. This book was far, far grittier than my usual fare, and there were several times where I had to put it aside and read something as cheery as "Howl's Moving Castle" to settle the emotions. It is not a difficult book stylistically, but the weight of darkness and paganism was so great that it took me over a month to plow through to the end....more
Setting a novel in 2000 BC is a very brave thing to do. To write an historical novel set so far back in time would leave a lot to the imagination.
The plot is exciting, the details are rich and brings the age to life.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. What you get from Bernard Cornwall is a...more