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The Singing Sword: The Dream of Eagles, Volume 2 (Camulod Chronicles #2)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  4,708 ratings  ·  108 reviews
We know the legends: Arthur brought justice to a land that had known only cruelty and force; his father, Uther, carved a kingdom out of the chaos of the fallen Roman Empire; the sword Excalibur, drawn from stone by England's greatest king.

But legends do not tell the whole tale. Legends do not tell of the despairing Roman soldiers, abandoned by their empire, faced with the
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by Forge Books (first published 1994)
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Carrie Slager
I’m the sort of person that loves doing jigsaw puzzles, which is part of the reason why I loved The Singing Sword. It’s a lot like a jigsaw puzzle, what with tiny, barley recognizable pieces of the Arthurian legends slowly being dropped into place. We got the outline or the edge pieces in the first book in A Dream of Eagles (formerly known as The Camulod Chronicles), The Skystone, and now we’re starting to fill in the easy parts.

Publius is obviously more mature than he was in the first book and
Tim Mcdougall
Whyte starts with a great concept -- an alternative view of the Arthur mythos, this time with Arthur's ancestors as Roman soldiers. And he does some of the best battle scenes in the business. He does his research, choreographs them well, and generates real tension when he's focusing here.

So ... why he decides to go on for hundreds of pages at a time while his main characters do nothing but extol the virtues of farming, or the beauty of his wife, or the virtues of working hard as a blacksmith is
This is the second book in Whyte's Camulod Chronicles, a saga of the Arthurian Legend. These are historical novels, as opposed to the fantasy books that generally populate the Arthurian genre.

This book follows Publius Varrus, as did the last one. He's a blacksmith, but also the leader of the army at the Colony. They run into a spot of trouble at the Colony, thanks to an old foe, but once that is cleared up, they make some very powerful friends. The threat of Saxon raiders comes closer to home in
Don Maker
Rather than the romantic, fantastical versions of Camelot, this is the story of how it all might have really come about. This is book two of at least nine in the Camulod Chronicles, and I have ordered books one and three after reading this. Because the story begins at the tail end of the fourth century, it is very much about the Roman influence on Britain, and how the two cultures merged together as the Roman Empire was disintegrating. It seems Mr. Whyte did his research, as the lifestyles and e ...more
Benjamin Thomas
The second book in the “Camulod Chronicles” picks up shortly after the events of the first book, The Skystone. It continues the tale of Caius Britannicus and Publius Varrus (both great grandfathers of the future King Arthur of Briton) as they continue to build the colony of Camulod during the turn of the 5th century AD, when Rome was pulling out of Briton and leaving the Brits, the Celts, and other assorted peoples to deal with various invading groups such as the Saxons and the Northmen.

I love t
In this second book of the Camulod chronicles, these first few being a prequel to the time of Arthur, this was a step down for me. In fact I did a fair amount of skimming for various reasons, one being that I can handle only so much of battle sequences. While it's still interesting seeing the lead up to Arthur, I'm beginning to wonder if I'll make it through the whole series. I was also disgusted by the main character early on when he went on and on about his interest in another character. I jus ...more
The Singing Sword is the second book in The Camulod Chronicles and it canters along at a much faster pace than the first one.

Publius and Varrus still take centre stage here as they continue to develop their growing community. At the same time the Roman presence in Britain is being scaled back and there are increasing numbers of raids and attacks by Franks, Picts, Saxons and a new threat from the North - the North men.

These outside threats to the community are joined by internal threats as morali
Aislinn Boyter
I took an Arthurian course in my undergrads and we read this book and the following two for class. I loved how the author takes the legend back to its inception. The need for a hero and a king came out of the need for strength after the Roman empire fled England as the hordes of vikings and wild northern men came pouring in to rape, pillage and plunder.

This book starts out with future-king-Arthur's grandpa (as a man in his prime) and family. They were Romans who stayed and tried to create a saf
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 23, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
This is the second book in the Camulod Chronicles, which began in The Skystone. The book deals with the legend of King Arthur, but unlike other treatments of the material I've read, it's entirely realistic, with none of the fantastical--that, in fact is it's fascination. I haven't read the series by Bernard Cornwall or Stephen Lawhead, so maybe they're in that vein, but even the novels by Mary Stewart that put the stories in the Dark Ages Romano-British context had elements of fantasy--let alone ...more
Another outstanding look at the history of the Roman Empire in a book that is well plotted. Whytte not only sets up the Arthurian saga/legend he is preparing the reader for, but while doing so does a masterful job at describing the changes taking place as Rome prepares to leave the British Isles. He also delves into theological discussion, developing metalurgy, political expedience, and military arms and tactics. In other words, Whytte educates as he writes and causes the reader to actually thin ...more
Robert Risher
Far better than his initial book in this series, which was adventurous and entertaining, Whyte has vastly improved the second time around on his initial strengths, as well as giving the story a weightier feel. The book has incredible action. It has a wonderful sense of historicity, despite his artistic license in character building. It has a good deal of philosophy. It's dark and terrible when Whyte calls for it, yet it also captures the most jubilant of moments in ways that can't help but bring ...more
Aaron Althuizen
Another amazing series by Jack Whyte. If you enjoy being immersed into the story, these tales will certainly provide you with the right tools.

From Wikipedia:
'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 duri
Mary Overton
Book 2 of a King Arthur retelling for those who like their legends with hearty dollops of sex & violence. Fascinating conjecture on the possible historical roots of Arthurian romances. Fun, quick read. Dreadful literature. Rosemary Sutcliff's YA historical novels are much superior.

From speeches at the wedding Arthur's grandparents - a Celtic Prince and a daughter of an aristocratic Roman family:
"'Today, we make a new beginning, a complete departure from the ways of old, and yet we will do it
#2 Camulod Chronicles historical Arthurian fantasy. It's 360's A.D. and Publius Varrus, the co-leader of the Colony in the western part of what is now England, faces new challenges as ever-bolder Saxon (and other!) raiders threaten his peaceful home. Together with Caius Britannicus, his brother-in-law, who leads the self-sufficient group with him, he steps up to meet those challenges, which include strengthening their defenses and learning a new way to fight with heavy cavalry. Publius, a blacks ...more
Il preludio alla nascita della Camelot leggendaria prosegue, ancora in ambiente romano e con una dettagliata desfrizione del tempo e del clima storico reale di quei tempi.
Ma, in maniera più fastidiosa rispetto al precedente, la penna dell'autore si sofferma (forse una volta di troppo) sulle prodezze amatorie e le fantasie libidinose del nostro protagonista. Si sopporta tutto solo perché, nel frattempo, i riferimenti alla leggenda si fanno sempre più tangibili.
L'Impero Romano è ormai caduto e i v
L'eccesso dei dialoghi e alcune superflue digressioni del racconto spezzano troppo spesso la tensione narrativa di questa seconda parte del romanzo-fiume sulla saga di Artù e Merlino che ha i suoi momenti migliori nelle pagine in cui battaglie e amori sono protagonisti; dopo il magnifico esordio della "Pietra dal cielo", inevitabilmente la voglia di continuare la lettura di questa celebrata saga alto-medievale si è un po' ridimensionata.
John Bolton
This series is starting to grow on me, Caius Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon just been born at end of book 2, Publius Varrus has just forged his best sword yet ( I'll let you guess the name....) and the council has decided to meet in future at a round table. You getting the gist now? Slow, but excellent series explaining the 'reality' behind the myths.
Jason Munson
I gave the first five stars and this and the third four. This is a book series worth reading but I stray from calling it great. I want to us that word sparingly because there do exist great books but this one falls short in that respect. This as well as its prequil and follow on edition are worth reading.
This book was more along the lines of 4 1/2 stars but it gets the benefit of the 5 star system as well as the first book being that good.

In any case, I am loving this series as it combines some of my favorites, mainly Ancient Rome and King Arthur. In other series that I have read regarding the latter there is always the mention of the effects of the Roman withdrawal from Britain but rarely do they go into more than a superficial background. This series begins with Arthur's grandparents generati
Russell Reyes
Again, I am a huge Arthurian Legend fan, and this series goes really deep into the history and generations behind the legend. This book helped to bring substance to the creation of a key part of the Arthurian lore. Jack Whyte spends a lot of time in the details, and many of the characters are real people who lived and died during the end times of the Roman empire. The details of daily life become so alive, that the character lives don't seem all that much different from our own when you consider ...more
Brilliantly written. He is a master story teller. I got to know the characters so well I cried for them in places and smiled in others. I will read EVERYTHING this man has written!
I did not know this was book 2 in the series. I picked it up at a book sale and just started reading. This book is prior to King Arthur's birth and at the end of the book is Merlin's birth and Arthur's father's birth Uther.
Most of the book was about military strategies and culture of the time. The fall of Roman, the establishment of Britton.
I surprised myself by continuing to read this book since I do not like military books. I think the characters kept me going plus I kept waiting till it got
Secondo e sempre più avvincente capitolo delle Cronache di Camelot, segue per i tre quarti della trama le sorti del fabbro Publio e della sua Colonia, dando un magnifico spezzone della vita in Britannia nel 400 d.C., contemporaneamente alla decadenza dell'Impero Romano. Nell'ultima parte Publio forgia una spada molto speciale, trait d'union per le storie che seguiranno.
Trama avvincente, facilmente accessibile a chiunque (a parte qualche termine tecnico), scorrevole. Ottima lettura. Unico neo: al
It's also told from the first person view of Publius Varrus, although it shows more nuance and duality to him than the first book. In the first book, he was more pure and heroic than this book, in which we find him dealing with the intricate relationship issues that come with marriage, lust, love, alliance, and teacher. Whereas the first book has a lot of dialog dealing with the philosophy of society, this book contains a decent amount of dialog regarding spiritual roles of God and Man in relati ...more
This book moved much faster than the first one, the backstory and details having been painstakingly established in the first one. I've always loved the story of King Arthur, do this series is quite enjoyable.
I like the way the Romans paved the way to Camelot. Love the way the author is weaving his story and maybe this is THE perfect telling of the Arthurian tale. I am enjoying this too much. Far from perfect but totally enjoyable.
Oh I just loved this book, this series is turning out to be utterly fantastic! This is the second book in the Camulod series about the beginnings of the Arthurian legend. I thought the first book good but this was excellent. Every chapter had me in it grip from start to finish. You are drawn into the story through the eyes of Publius Varrus, great grand father of Arthur (who does not exist yet!) written in the first person. You can see the story unfolding little by little. The Singing Sword brin ...more
I really enjoyed this second book in Whyte's Arthurian series. It gave a great feel of life in Roman Britain as things are deteriorating (at least if you're a Roman). I appreciate his giving the characters motivations that 21st century people can relate to. It's a little heavy on the military/battle detail than I usually read, but it works in this context. The story does follow military men after all. And I adore all the Roman epithets! I will definitely be ordering the 3rd book from my library ...more
Got very good by the end
The second book of Whyte's "Camulod Chronicles," a take on Arthurian legend rooted in the history of Rome's withdrawal from Britain and the rise of a Romano-British civilization to oppose the invading Saxons. Brilliant stuff. Much of the language is wrong (most of the Latin, some of the names - attempting to derive "Cay" from "Caius," which is a common British misconception of the Roman name "Gaius," for example, or "gladium" for "gladius" . . .), but that does not detract much from the power o ...more
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Jack Whyte is an author and writer born and raised in Scotland, but has been living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada since 1967.

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.
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Other Books in the Series

Camulod Chronicles (9 books)
  • The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles, #1)
  • The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3)
  • The Saxon Shore (Camulod Chronicles, #4)
  • The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles, #5)
  • The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis (Camulod Chronicles, #6)
  • Uther (Camulod Chronicles, #7)
  • The Lance Thrower (Camulod Chronicles, #8)
  • The Eagle (Camulod Chronicles, #9)
The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles, #1) The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3) The Saxon Shore (Camulod Chronicles, #4) The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles, #5) Knights of the Black and White (Templar Trilogy, #1)

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