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The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis (Camulod Chronicles #6)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,963 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Throughout the widely praised Camulod Chronicles, Merlyn Britannicus has been driven by one sacred dream--to see Britain united under one just, powerful king. In The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis, it is time for the Sorcerer to fulfill his promise--to present the battle-proven Arthur as the Riothamus, the High King of Britain. When Arthur miraculously withdraws the Sword of King ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Tim The Enchanter
Aug 13, 2011 Tim The Enchanter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the previous book, the Sorcerer maintained a higher level of excitement. Unfortunatly, it felt like the author trying very hard to wrap up the series. On several occasions, blocks of time disappeared and it was not constructed as neatly as the previous books. Regardless, the book is very engaging as we reach what is really the beginning the Arthurian Legend.
Mar 02, 2014 Jessiqa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
This is the sixth book in the Camulod Chronicles. The story takes up back to Camulod where war is brewing on two fronts. Ambrose takes one force (and Arthur) in one direction, while Merlyn takes another force in the opposite direction. Ambrose learns that things are still well with Vortigern and the following Autumn, Merlyn goes to accompany Bishop Germanus to Verulamium as in on of the previous books, for the Pelagian heresy had been completely rooted out. Things go awry and Merl
Jessica Paige
Jun 24, 2015 Jessica Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent retelling of a beloved legend

As in all the previous books in this interesting series, Whyte has created a believable retelling of the Arthurian legend. Merlin, as uncle and father figure to the young king-to-be, continues his sharing of his journal's contents relating the events leading to Arthur's crowning. Excellent historical grounding educates while entertaining -whether your interest is mythology/Arthurian legend or early British history you'll be entranced with this series. The b
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, from_library
I was a bit worried that this book wouldn't deliver on its promise in the title - that we'd get to see Merlin transform into a sorcerer - because it doesn't happen until the last part of the book. But when it happens, it's really good, so in the end I really enjoyed this book. Same good story as the first five, with an extra bonus at the end.
Fantasy Literature
Merlyn does not want to return to Camulod. He has found happiness in Mediobogdum with his wife, Tressa, and his charge, Arthur Pendragon. However, war is coming. Merlyn’s enemy, Peter Ironhair, has hired mercenaries to attack the Pendragon lands in order to advance the claim of Carthac, a distant relative of Uther Pendragon and a monstrous — some say invincible — psychopath. Meanwhile, the Saxons continue to invade along the southeast coast and there are also rumors of an invasion from the north ...more
May 17, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This sixth book of the Camulod Chronicles tells of the way in which Caius Merlyn Britannicus becomes Merlyn the Sorcerer.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, finding it quite slow moving. Most of the book is concerned with the continuing conflict with Peter Ironhair in the south and the threat from the Saxon invaders in the north and east, and also with Arthur's transition from youth to man.

Caius's metamorphosis into Merlyn the Sorcerer doesn't occur until the very end of the book, w
Sherelyn Ernst
This is a terrific series, the re-imagining of the Arthurian legends, but the first books are more fascinating than the later ones, including this one. The British historical and cultural background is as important as the plot of the legend, so one learns a great deal of detail based on history. For the most part, these are imaginative and well-written, but Whyte sometimes gets lost in the detail, particularly the imagined military detail, and the characterizations become sketchier as the series ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 12, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Interested in the Dark Ages; Military Fiction
This is the sixth book in the "Camulod Chronicles" a realistic, historically grounded telling of the King Arthur legends. Although there are further books in the series, this was initially planned to be the culmination of the series. In a preface to one of the earlier books Whyte explains how the kernel for this series was his idea of just how a young Arthur pulled off pulling the sword from the stone, and it's that act that acts as the climax of this book and a series that began with its forgin ...more
Karen the Comic Seller
this is the 6th book in the series, and just as facinating, well written as the first 5. It's more than just a re-telling of the Arthurian mythos. It's historical fiction, starting in the years just before the Roman Legions left Britain...and how two men with vision decided to create a community to withstand the inevitable chaos that would ensue. The art is in how Whyte weaves the Arthurian myths into the historical fiction. There's no magic, no fantasy - yet all the elements of the legends are ...more
Mar 25, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles continues to be an exhilirating read. In this portion of the story- Merlyn Britanicus takes it upon himself to wreck vengeance using the appearance of magic and sorcery. He plans for Arthur to draw the sword from the stone (in a manner that makes sense.

This is a wonderful retelling of the Arthurian saga. Whyte seems to have a decent grasp of the peoples once occupying the Island we know of as Britain. We met the Angles, the Belgae, the Saxons, the Danes, the Celts
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
Gerry Germond
In 360 pages, fourteen chapters, we find Merlyn moving Arthur back to Camulod (Camelot), establishing alliances with nearby peoples, developing new cavalry tactics, getting married and fighting battles against the bad guys. That’s about it. There are his usual friends, all forming sort of a Fifth Century League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, of whom the only one with some character is Dedalus. The women, of course, are overachievers not afraid to keep Our Hero in line should he be foolish. Against ...more
Dawn Halpern lewis
Well, I feel bad but I have to say that I really did not like this. It was not nearly as good as Skystone, the first book and the two following. Each book became less and less as good as the first. The history is what makes the book but there are too many pages in between without even that. The story and plot development were weak. We all know the general idea of the story of King Arthur and Jack Whyte's Roman perspective is unique but for such an exciting story he really threw it away with the ...more
Bob Caroti
Sep 26, 2010 Bob Caroti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to have knee surgery this past spring and was looking for something to get me thru being homebound for awhile. I found the 'Camulod Chronicles' that began with 'The Skystone' and has progressed thru this book ... The premise fasinated me ... What happened in Britain between the time the Roman Legions left and when King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table evolved and ruled? Where did Arthur and Merlyn come from? What was so special about the sword 'Excalibur'? How did the church becom ...more
If you read my review of the first book in this series within a series entitled "The Sorceror: the Fort at River's Bend" you know that I was not all that impressed with it. This second effort, and sixth overall in the series "A Dream of Eagles", makes up for the lack of punch missing in River's Bend. Merlyn, his family, and especially Arthur all undergo tremendous change, thus the subtitle "Metamorphosis", under the most extreme pressures imaginable. This novel both shocked and surprised me as t ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved historical fiction, but especially books written in such a manner that highlights the in-depth research done by the author. Since being introduced to the work of Jack Whyte, his work has immediately gone to the top of my list of favorite authors and book series.
Oct 01, 2013 Devin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this book, I feared it would drag on like the previous volume. They were at war, which sounded much more exciting than it actually was. There was a lot of talk of their enemies, which were never seen. That became a problem in the past few books, as Merlyn's main "nemesis" hadn't made an appearance since book 3. But boy did it pick up the pace as it raced towards the inevitable conclusion. The last third of the book did something that the series had not managed to do for quite ...more
Robert Risher
Jan 18, 2012 Robert Risher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whyte has crafted as moving and inspirational a tale as I have ever read. His entire Camulod series fits together in a wonderfully imaginative way that has left me wishing it didn't have to end. The research that has gone into piecing together Merlyn's quest, between knowledge of Roman occupation in Britain and the vast mythological tales of Merlyn's contributions to British society, has been of incredible scope that has had the historian within me salivating. I can't give this series enough pra ...more
Daniel Berthiaume
Mar 02, 2016 Daniel Berthiaume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book and series as a whole about King Arthur. I really enjoyed reading this.
Jan 23, 2016 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy the story line and will continue reading the next books of the chronicles, but it is slow in parts.
Apr 25, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am running out of superlatives for this series - epic!
2.5 stars. The middle books in this 8 volume series are taking just a little too long to get anywhere. The storyline itself is interesting but Whyte is just too wordy. The major event that the book (and the series) has been leading up to - where Arthur is crowned king and pulls Excalibur from the stone happens in about 10 pages near the end of the book. Even the birth of the legend of the sorcerer Merlyn happens in just a few pages. Complete review here:
Jul 07, 2008 Miscreation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
from the goodreads page

Jack Whyte continues his long, thoughtful exploration of one of our most resonant myths, the legend of Camelot. The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis is the sixth book in his Camulod Chronicles, and it takes up the story just as Arthur makes the transition from boy to man. Whyte's focus, however, is on Caius Merlyn Britannicus. Merlyn, descended from Britain's Roman rulers, is one of the co-rulers of Camulod, a stronghold of civilization under perpetual threat from invading Saxons a
Scott Gardner
Jul 03, 2016 Scott Gardner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
Even though the story is interesting , it is just too long in the telling .
Samantha Savage
Although I gave this book three stars I still really liked it and I love this series. It is amazing to read how the myth of King Arthur could have actually happened. The only thing I didn't like about this book was it had a lot of similar attributes to the third book and all of them made me so sad for Merlyn. I love tthe character Merlyn but after this book I just feel awful for him. Never the less this book is still great but it is not my favourite book in the series
Jan 19, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sinceramente credo sia quello che meno mi ha "preso" della saga..un po' troppe guerre e combattimenti per i miei gusti...e l'evento centrale (probabilmente) della storia è rimasto secondo me trascurato..comunque aspettiamo di leggere i futuri capitoli per dare un giudizio complessivo.
Deborah Pickstone
The story continues. Merlyn is clearly not good for a woman to get involved with! Many of the major secondary characters got killed off in this one - tut! No new comments to make, am still enjoying the series.
May 20, 2013 Tonari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Di gran lunga il libro più triste della serie... e con triste non intendo brutto. La parte finale in particolare è un susseguirsi di emozioni e di eventi, la maggior parte dei quali ben poco piacevoli.
Un libro intenso e gravato dalla consapevolezza di quello che il lettore già sa, conoscendo la leggenda arturiana, ovvero che certe cose per certi personaggi sicuramente finiranno male.
Jill Porter
Arthurian devotees, if you haven't found this series, then you have missed,in my opinion, the very best King Arthur series ever!
Apr 13, 2012 Miranda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
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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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