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The Seeing Stone: Book One (Arthur Trilogy (Arthur Trilogy #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,389 ratings  ·  223 reviews
It is 1199 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives him a shining piece of obsidian and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone. In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a mysterious presence influencing not just one ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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I stalled partway through reading this, at first, because I really couldn't see where it was going and how the threads of story were going to get pulled together. I still can't quite see that, now I've finished it, but I'm now at the point of very much wanting to find out where Kevin Crossley-Holland is going with this.

It's very easy to read, with short chapters and a way of painting the world of the narrative vividly without dwelling too much on details. The cold and dirt and discomfort are the
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Oct 05, 2008 Fiona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes travelling back in time
I can't express how much I loved this trilogy. It tells two stories - one about a young boy named Arthur, son of a lord during the medieval period. The second is the story of King Arthur, told through a magic seeing stone.

Personally, the King Arthur bits felt a bit pointless and I didn't enjoy reading them. The real interest really is going back into a well researched time and world and becoming a part of young Arthur's family and life.

The thing I love about books is their ability to take you so
The story is set in medieval times, in 1199. It’s a story about a young boy called Arthur, that truly wants to be knight. One day he gets a magical stone from his fathers friend called Merlin. This magical stone takes Arthur in another world, the world where King Arthur lives. Arthur founds out that his life is little bit similar with the king, what a coincidence!

The story was so much fun to read. You really get to know Arthur and also his family. You get to love and hate some of them. The autho
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
A friend gave this book to me like a year ago and then I found it recently and decided to read it on a super long bus ride. It was a pretty quick read and entertaining even though I'm not an expert on Arthurian legend ... It held my attention most of the time and I did like it. But I don't know, it seemed to be missing something. It was written in a diary format which I always makes me feel kind of distant from the story/characters because it's just kind of like, "Today this thing happened and t ...more
Merlin is a very wise person, and this book is worth reading just for a bit of his insight. He gets in conversations with some interesting people, like a priest who seems not to follow his own religion, and other people who were strangely foolish in the olden days. I wish there were more books about Merlin's life, perhaps he kept to himself too much for anyone to get enough information on him for a satisfying amount of appearances in a story. That's a pity; he is the only interesting character. ...more
Arturo es un joven que vive en un feudo con sus padres Sir John y Helen y sus hermanos. Entre las amistades de esta familia se encuentra Merlín que tiene quien un día le regala una piedra de obsidiana en esta Arturo ve al parecer sucesos de otro Arturo que es rey.

Serle es el primogénito de Sir John y como buen hermano mayor siempre molesta a Arturo y le dice que solo es un cuco así que es una emoción muy fuerte para Arturo enterarse de que el puede llegar a ser rey.

El libro esta lleno de filos
this book is about a young child who is in search of himself. from his childhood he has received many trainning by his teachers but however, he hasn't the skills to be a full fledged knight. until the day he pulled out the sword from the stone.

what i learned from the first sequal would be that nobody who you are, there is always something special about you. like Arthur, he was a very small child with no special talent at all, however he was able to pull out that sword from the stone that no othe
Nukman Salimin
I personally like books set in the past, so when I saw the cover and read the blurb at the back, I knew this book would be interesting and full of unexpected things going to happen along the way.

When I read the first 30 chapters, I didn't know where this was going. First there was the bullfight, then about three jumpers who broke into the manor, then a seeing stone. I don't know how all these related with each other.

Throughout the book, I realized that the book was written in a journal format, b
R. G. Nairam
When I first started this book I thought it fit solidly into the "dirty Middle Ages" stereotype. "Dirty Middle Ages" being one side of that weird divide in medieval historical fiction that books seemed to fall on either side of: highly romanticized, probably with magic or fantasy of some sort, or high into all the 21st centuries idea of "gross" details.

Having finished it, I'm not so sure.

The details are fascinating, sometimes gross, but at the same time, honest. It doesn't feel like the author i
Nadine Jarrar
Dec 06, 2014 Nadine Jarrar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12- 14 years
Recommended to Nadine by: English Teacher
"Tumber Hill! It's my clamber-and-tumble-and-beech-and-bramble hill!" Arthur scribbled in his journal.
Arthur and the seeing stone is an adventure. It is a journey of a boy who lives a normal life until he receives a stone. "A stone?!" I wondered. Well, it's not any old stone, it's Arthur's seeing stone.
The story plot was quite boring until Crossley-Holland magically adds in a subplot: the seeing stone.
At first, the subplot was very puzzling, but when the book came to an end the subplot finally
Teal Techline
A book entrusted to us in our english class. We read it.

This book is both fascinating and fun. Moreover, I've never heard of a book concluding about a stone in it before!...

At first I thought this book was set in the medieval times (which is true). And the stone was the main plot. Kevin Crossley proved me that that was wrong. Although I'm slightly dissapointed because the 'Seeing' stone is interesting and attractive enough for me to read the entire series.

Ok. So, this book is full of mists
Katey Hopkins
This series holds a special place in my heart. I first picked up this book in fourth grade, I believe, as a recommendation from my best friend at the time, Joel. Let me tell you, I LOVE this series. Not only is the Arthurian Legend one of my obsessions, but Kevin Crossley-Holland tells it in such a unique way. There are two story lines, one about a normal boy named Arthur growing up in the medieval age, but another about King Arthur. I do own this entire series, although I have been collecting v ...more
Tia Magdy
In the beginning i felt a little bit confused from the first chapter and what Tumber hill was but through out the story you will understand more and I think its very interesting that Crossley Holland takes us through Arthur's life step by step and when the Stone comes in, that is a huge income to the story because it gives us so many questions to ask and why did Merlin Give it to him? I think the relationship between Serle and Arthur is interesting too and him and Gatty and Grace. I dont like th ...more
Nerissa Grace
This is a book I loved as a child and re-read quite recently. It was even better than I remembered, and probably one of my favourite spins on the traditional Arthur legend. Kevin Crossley-Holland manages to find a balance between Arthur de Caldicot's world, which gives us a remarkably realistic, illustrative and entertaining image of 12th century England, and the magical setting and events of king Arthur's world. Kevin Crossley-Holland challenges his readers with the sometimes meandering and slo ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I’ve read to the end of the first book of a trilogy and I want to read on. This doesn’t happen to me very often. Usually, book one is enough. Often, more than enough.

I am not quite sure where this trilogy is going and that’s a good thing. It’s a series about King Arthur, with all the usual, yet somehow still surprising revelations: pulling the sword from the stone, enchantment of Arthur’s father for his mother, and Merlin.

But it is more. In this version, there are two Arthurs and two Merlins an
I'm just going to say right here, right now, that my knowledge of Arthurian legends is.... weak, to say the least. I am familiar while also unfamiliar. It's a very like the mass population's knowledge of such characters/legends/myths as Frankenstein, Dracula, Robin Hood, Jesus Christ, etc; we know the names, we know some of the famous elements of them, but we also are ignorant of the original sources and all the juicy details. That's me on King Arthur. And considering his fame, I feel almost obl ...more
This was the first King Arthur book I ever read (except possibly Christmas in Camelot, which is a Magic Tree House book, and I'm wondrously glad I pulled it off the shelf in the library in sixth grade. Almost everything I know about the medieval world I learned from Kevin Crossley-Holland (and T.H. White), and it's surprising how useful that knowledge is, if only to sound clever at parties. But more importantly, The Seeing Stone introduced me to one of my favorite stories of all time, told throu ...more
This is the story of Arthur, who lives with his family in the Welsh Marches, next to Tumber Hill, where a man lives by the name of Merlin.. Merlin gives Arthur an obsidian, a stone, in which Arthur sees visions, visions from another Arthur, an Arthur who would be king..

This book was very obviously a kid's book - the writing was gripping, to the point, and it made for a very easy read. For those familiar with the Arthurian legend, it is very predictable. But it was a good read all the same, I lik
Charlotte Jones
‘The Seeing Stone’ is a children’s novel, and as such, has extremely short chapters, sometimes only 1 page long in places. The way it is written is from Arthur’s point of view, and the broken up chapters, that sometimes don’t seem to link together, feel almost like diary entries. Although this book is set in 1199, the language used isn’t old fashioned but there are objects that they use that aren’t really around today. In my copy of the book, there is a definitions page though so this helps a lo ...more
Becky Ginther
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Shannon McGee
Arthur wants to be squire like his brother, so he can become the knight he dreams of being but his father has other plans for him. The strange but likable family friend, Merlin, has a present for Arthur. Something only Arthur can view. When he looks at the stone it tells a story (or is it actually history) that Arthur does not quite understand.

This is a very unique telling of pieces of the Arthurian myth that mixes in a new story that makes you wonder how the new connects with the myth. Going ba
Arthur de Caldicot is a thirteen-year-old boy who is wise beyond his years. He lives on his father's manor and is learning the skills of a squire. He is a sure shot with the long bow, and Arthur desperately wants to be a knight someday. But it seems like just a foolish dream at times.

His best friend is the Reeve's daughter Gatty. Arthur gets into all kinds of trouble for helping with her work, which is considered below him. But his father's friend, Merlin, encourages him to help wherever it is n
Kevin Crossley-Holland is an author I have shamefully only just encountered, through his wonderful new novel Bracelet of Bones. I picked up a copy of The Seeing Stone, the first in his Arthur trilogy, and I was entranced. First published in 2000, it is the story of 13 year old Arthur de Caldicot, growing up in the Marches between England and Wales in 1199. It is also, via Arthur's "seeing stone", a lump of obsidian, the story of Arthur, son of King Uther and Ygerna, wife of Gorlois of Tintagel, ...more
Kate Hart
The Arthurian legend has always held a fascination for me, but it has been a long time since I have read as engaging a story on the topic.
Crossley-Holland, the author, is an educator from Britian, and a lover of Medieval history. He backs this story line with a good bit of thorough research and places it within a solidly built, Medieval setting.
Although the book targets the "YA" readership audience, it does not disappoint the adult reader. I culled a couple of meaty quotes from between the cover
Loved the concept, hated the style. Probably the most interesting bits to me were the details of English medieval life - the guisers on Hallowe'en, the manor court, the Christmas celebration, the remedies for illness and injury. Arthur himself was not particularly engaging, and the parallel stories ought to have appealed to me but didn't. As Arthuriana it falls far short, and as a YA story about a medieval boy it moves too slowly. Not inclined to pick up the rest of the trilogy.
Evan Hays
It took me a little while to get into this one, but I am glad that I stuck with it. Very well written, and a unique look at the Arthurian legend as it presents it through the eyes of a late 12th century early 13th century boy growing up on the Welsh marches.

The conceit of this story is that the main character is given a seeing stone by Merlin, through which he learns about the original story of Arthur. There are some parallels between what he sees in the stone and what happens to him in his real
I read this book for an English class. I enjoyed it, but I think that the Seeing Stone was unnecessary. Yes, that's what the trilogy revolves around, but I think the book would have been great without it. The characters are well written. The chapter length is rather disappointing. I'm used to books with long chapters, so I finished this rather quickly. All in all, this story is great if you want something quick to read.
For the past few weeks my class has been reading this book.I am not enjoying this book very much and i would not recommend it. I find that that the book does not have anything to it that attracts a reader because the writer does not make it very exiting: it is the normal life of a boy. I find it boring. For people who are looking for excitement and action this is not the book you are looking for.
A really gentle bedtime book. I liked the premise of two parallel universes - Artur the adopted son of a lord of the Welsh Marches and Arthur the son of Uther Pendragon. As it happens, I studied closely the reign of King John when I was younger, so I know a bit about the historical context. I quite enjoyed studying the Plantagenet Kings, so this was a welcome return to my previous studies. The parallel storyline of Arthur Pendragon is an interesting twist to the tale. It made me think about the ...more
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Arthur Trilogy (3 books)
  • At the Crossing Places (Arthur Trilogy, #2)
  • King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy, #3)
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