The Sorcerer: The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles #5)
Of course, if you’re more intere ...more
It's well written, a good story, but slow. I've done some majour skimming in some parts. I like the characters, but it's a slow pace. March 11 2009---It was The Skystone I got half way through and didn't finish, so I dug it back out. --
Besides reading 'Come Love A Stranger' by Kathleen E. Woodwiss right now, I also am reading 'The Sorcerer. The Fort At ...more
Merlyn Britannicus, leader of the colony known as Camulod, is faced with the task of educating his young charge, Arthur, future King of the Britons. Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassination attempt is thwarted, Merlyn takes Arthur and his boyhood companions Gwin, Ghilleadh, and Bedwyr, to the ruins of a long-abandoned Roman fort far from Camulod. Once there, Merlyn realizes it's time for Arthur to become worthy of the sword ...more
After the attempt on Arthur's life in The Saxon Shore, Merlyn and a small group of Camulodians takes Arthur to seek sanctuary in Ravenglass, with Merlyn dying his hair and assuming the guise of a farmer called Master Cay.
They end up occupying a deserted Roman fort in the hills above Ravenglass, and it is here that Arthur is educated and r ...more
Also, this book reads largely like a history text rather than a novel. I guess its not really surprising, since this is a period of time that is generally almost totally skipped in most retellings of the legend. I can' ...more
Arthur is here shown to be a child prodigy as well as physically valiant-the combination of genius and physical prowess making for a perfect leader.
He is loyal to his friends and has both an analytic and imaginative mind.
Merlyn and friend later build a fort at Mediobogdum
No magic as in sorcery but lots of prophetic dreams and premonitions
Also there is a battle again ...more
When The Fort At River’s Bend begins, our narrator, Caius Merlyn Brittanicus of Camulod, is reaching middle age. He is a warrior, a soldier, and a governor who has lost friends, family, and his wife to treachery and war. Now, he commits his life to raising Arthu ...more
This is why I didn't like the book as much as I did the rest of the series. To me it seems to have so a great deal of exposition and tangents that lead you away from the main plot. Normally that can be a good thing in a series, ...more
In some of the earlier works I have become bogged down with battle/armour details and the like.Whilst this still happens, it is more manageable and somehow incorporates itself into the overall plot rather than being a point of pe ...more
In this entry, Merlyn adopts his nickname (Cay, short for Caius) in order to "disappear" from sight as he takes Arthur and a small group of settlers into a mountainious r ...more
'The novels are a rendition of the Arthurian legend that attempt to propose a possible explanation for the foundation of Camulod (an alternate spelling of Camelot), Arthur's heritage and the political situation surrounding his existence. The setting series begins during the Roman departure from Britain and continues for 150 years ending durin ...more
The Camulod Chroniclesis a series of novels on King Arthur, but not only The Man himself but his ancestors back to his great grandparents, all of whom are Overachievers, Wonderfully Talented, Brilliant in Thought, and who brush their shiny teeth every day. What they do is found Camulod (Camelot) and make it the forward-edge community of its day, in which the young Merlyn and Uther Pendragon are raised to accomplish Great Things.
What I like about the series is its history. This isn't knights in s...more
Whyte's major work to date is the A Dream of Eagles series (as it is titled in Canada, but known as The Camulod Chronicles in the United States and elsewhere). This series of historical novels presents the tale of King Arthur set against the backdrop of Roman Britain. ...more