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The Saxon Shore (Camulod Chronicles #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,195 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon---the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon---are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.
But soon their tranquillity is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur. Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well
Paperback, 769 pages
Published 1996 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 1995)
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In one book, Whyte manages to shift his depiction of Merlyn from an imposing, swift-minded, respectable leader with a few forgivable flaws to an immune deficient and perpetually horny leader who often neglects his duties and relies on the knowledge and quick-thinking of others the vast majority of the time. By p707, when Merlyn falls ill for the Nth--but not the last--time, I wished the title was Merlyn Dies at the End. I would've enjoyed the ending more.

No such luck.

This book is well-researched
I've raved about his other books and this one is just as well written. His research and writing are astonishing! I've read his Eagles Brood series and now am onto his "Knights Templar Trilogy". If you want an awesome story with great characters that is historical in nature read all of Jack Whyte's books!
Another fabulous addition to the much praised Camulod series, by the ever talented Whyte. To date, this has been my favourite in the series. Granted it reiterates a good portion of the events of the previous novel-but this does not detract from it's readability, and serves in fact as a useful tool to refocus on past events in the political scene.

We follow Merlin in his quest to bring the young child Arthur home safely and commence his education. However problems and threats abound, so many chang
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the fourth book in the "Camulod Chronicles" series. The first book, The Skystone I rated five stars, the second and third books The Singing Sword and The Eagles' Brood four stars. Notice a trend? Yeah, and this one gets rated three stars. That first book earned the five stars because I was so impressed with Whyte's attempts to completely ground the legends of Merlin and King Arthur in a realist, historical way. For instance, in the first book, the sword of Excalibur is special both becau ...more
Once again, Whyte performs an excellent swan dive into Pre-Arthurain Britain, as he continues to set up the tale of King Arthur. This time, Whyte manages to teach us about leprosy, political theory of kingship vs. Emperorship, the many people groups in Britain, those migrating to and from Britain, and a little about the evolution of medeival warfare.

Whyte seems to have a firm graps on the many people groups-- some of whom I had only heard of by playing the wargame Brittanica--and describing the
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
This is the fourth book in The Camulod Chronicles. As with the others, it is very detailed in its recreation of Britain in the decades following Rome's withdrawal. As Arthur is a young boy in this story, the names of certain characters are starting to become more familiar, while my brain searches for the characters I know from other versions of the Arthurian Legend.

I'm not sure the reason why, but I took far longer to read this than I had any of the previous installments. I had the renew the bo
Katie Ann
After reading this book, fourth in the series, I went and purchased the rest of the series, since I know they are difficult to find in the library and not available on Kindle. Merlyn is a captivating character and I'm pleased to see he remains in the next book. I can't help but notice that his narrative is very close to Publius Varrus' and they appear to be the same character to me with different circumstances. That fact doesn't detract me from continuing because I like the Publius character. Ma ...more
If this were Middle Earth, we'd be done by now. Somehow Jack Whyte is managing to keep this story going 500-700 pages at a time. At moments, I'd like it to go faster. At other times, I appreciate the care and detail going into the story of this time and place.

This book helps round out the character of Merlyn by showing him and us the humanity of those in the world that are not of Camulod. He sees that everyone from lepers through Danes and Ersemen are as human as he and his Brits. This will like
You would think that after the 4th book in a 8 (or 9) book series about King Arthur one might get a little bit bored - nope! This series is a masterpiece and is an absolute must read for fans of this genre - especially if they want a historical take on the subject rather than the typical mystical approach.
Cindy Kirkland
This grew on me. I did not like it she I started it but as I got into the story I began to really enjoy the story. I will have to find the rest of the books that come after this one.
Fourth in the Camulod series
From the goodreads page:

"Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon---the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon---are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.
But soon their tranquillity is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur. Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well as the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the living inca
.Siamo nel campo della leggenda, ma ancora con velleità storiche.
Non più legioni romane, ma lezioni sulle differenze tra celti e celti e tra sassoni, angli e danesi... forse utile, ma solo per occupare spazio.
Artù cresce ma, tralasciando Merlino e Vortigen, altri nomi famosi non se ne riconoscono.
Probabilmente ci sono e, con un po' di impegno, si potrebbe anche giocare al chi è chi.
Ma la storia è frammentaria, non esiste più il piacere della riscoperta dei fatti storici e manca ancora qualche an
Katherine Gordy Levine
Read almost everything I can get on my hands about Merlin, the Saxons and the Celts. I do so because I hope in time to finish and publish my own Merlin Series.

Many I read to the end but don't feel moved to list or recommend. Was happy to stumble on Whyte's works. I had just finshed the Ravens of Avalon - Paxson's follow up on Bradley's Avalon Series. I finished it but with eye's dragging. Whyte's moved faster, had more twists and turns and made me care more about the character's. He is touted as
Merlyn (Celt-Roman) during Arthur's orphaned childhood (4300AD) For 400 years, under the Pax Romana, the whole country of Britain was united. One set of laws, one system of government. When Rome withdrew small kingdoms formed under warlords, causing civil wars. Uther Pendragon was king in Cambria, Lot in Cornwall. Uther and Lot's wife Ygraine were Arthur's parents. Uther was Merlyn's cousin.
Arthur was Celt, Roman and Hibernian Scot(Ygraine)

Julius Caesar was born by Caesarian section.

Anglians cam
Robert Risher
Equally as compelling as the previous book, and it left me ready to jump into the next volume. Whyte is great at returning to plot points seemingly lost in the density of his work, and it's always satisfying to see that he hasn't forgotten loose ends. The ending of this book is similarly satisfying and is terribly compelling in furthering my reading of the series. The length of his eight novels seemed a daunting task when I picked up the first, but I'm thoroughly glad that I did, and they contin ...more
I would have given it 4-4.5 stars, but the grammatical mistakes and gloating punctuation were too much of a distraction in the e-book. It's 'Camulod', not 'Gamulod'! The periods and commas mid-sentence and double words permeated the entire book and served to be a huge distraction. I'm really enjoying the story one, but if the next book is as poorly edited, I'm not sure I'll finish the series.
The next story in the series deals with Merlyn and how he raises young Arthur from an orphaned baby. There are many battles on the side, and dealings with the Outlanders, the Picts, the Saxons, as well as their own people, and the Celts, the Scotti, and Rome. You can't help but learn about history in reading this series, it is so well researched and laid out. As well, some of the fantastical "Magical Merlyn" myths are made real, and give the story an authentic nature. I recommend this series in ...more
Continua la saga di Excalibur e di tutti i personaggi che le girano intorno. Avvincente, nuove avventure e nuovi risvolti per Artù e compagni. Saga assolutamente da continuare.
Aug 06, 2009 January marked it as didnt-finish
I think I read the previous books in the series too quickly, and I started to get bored. I can't really remember what's happening anymore, but will finish it eventually.

Started the book January 14, 2008.
August 3, 2009
Started reading the book again. James is reading the series as well, so I had better finish this book so I'm done when he gets to it.
Mr. Whyte continues to weave history into the story of King Arthur's origins. So far Arthur has had very little part in the story but one doesn't mind as the main characters of The Saxon Shore are engaging and humourous. I am enjoying this series immensely and it will likely end up being my favourite Arturian series at the close.

The book's strong points are the prose and dialogue.
Another good entry in the series. It's 9 books, each of which is ~500 pages, and takes its sweet time on all kinds of interludes. However, I enjoy the writing and the story, set in a world that Jack Whyte really makes come alive in my head. So I don't mind that there's a lot here that really isn't directly relevant to the purpose of the series - a retelling of the King Arthur legend.
Samantha Savage
This book series is really not what I expected but I continue to be amazed at how realistic everything is and how everything in this series could have actually happended. It is amazing to read the story of King author as historical fiction instead of fantasy and no one could have done a better job of that than Jack whyte. truely an amazing read.
Dean Deters
Again Merlin tells the story of how Arthur begins his life, and this book focuses on when he is a baby. We begin to see the mystery of Merlin get its start.

This book also introduces the idea of how people become a part of the land. Who is really the native, the intruder, and the rightful owner of the land.
Told from the perspective of Meryln Brittainicus. It follows his journey through britain. It deals with the first real schism in the Catholic church and how it related to the common man of the region. He also ventures to Eire(Scotland) on a quest to retrieve his newborn cousin and future High King Arthur.
Phil and I are reading this series right now, a detailed 'historical fiction' series of the Arthurian ledgend and 'Camulod'. I'm a big dork and love the British history stuff, the stories are fun to, though a bit heavy on the Male perspective.
Eric Arbuckle
I loved this book, and the entire series! In my mind the best telling of the tale of Arthur that has ever been put to paper Mr. Whyte does an incredible job paining a picture and allowing you to feel the emotion in this and all his work!
Exciting story still... don't want to give plot lines away. The author really grabs you with both descriptive action and setting as well as interesting internal dialogue/conflict. What a great take on Merlin.
Follow-up to The Eagles' Brood and is also told from Merlyn's perspective. This one goes into a lot of how King Arthur would have been as a child, and is just as good as the others in the series.
Another step in the story of Camelot and the area around Britan. I am enjoying watching the growth of Merlyn. I am looking forward to seeing more of the "wizard" development.
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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.
More about Jack Whyte...

Other Books in the Series

Camulod Chronicles (9 books)
  • The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles, #1)
  • The Singing Sword (Camulod Chronicles, #2)
  • The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3)
  • 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 Singing Sword (Camulod Chronicles, #2) The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3) The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles, #5) Knights of the Black and White (Templar Trilogy, #1)

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