Uther (Camulod Chronicles, #7)
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Uther (Camulod Chronicles #7)

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With Uther, Jack Whyte, author of the richly praised Camulod Chronicles, has given us a portrait of Uther Pendragon, Merlyn's shadow--his boyhood companion and closest friend. And the man who would sire the King of the Britons.

From the trials of boyhood to the new cloak of adult responsibility, we see Uther with fresh eyes. He will travel the length of the land, have adven...more
Paperback, 928 pages
Published December 9th 2001 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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I knew even then, the first time that I saw you, that I loved you.

I suspect that much of life is like that. We seldom see what is closest to our eyes.

A man is a fool to live in hopes of a better tomorrow. I have a thousand, better ways today to spend what time remains ahead of me, and I have brighter, lighter and more pleasant places in which to spend it.

She knew exactly how he was feeling, because experience had taught her that the kind of excitement she was feeling at that momen...more
Another in the Camulod series about The Arthurian legend (this is such a great series), but coming from a different angle than the other 8 books. The other books are all written in the first person telling the story of Arthurs ancestry, firstly through the eyes of his great Uncle Publius Varrus, and the later books through the eyes of Merlyn, Arthur's second cousin.
This book tells the story of Uther, Arthurs father , and told in the third person,( you will see if you read the series why this is...more
Brandy Y
I bought this book when it was published, as I was a huge fan of the series. For some reason, it just didn't click with me, so I put it down after the first couple of chapters. Recently, I decided to re-read the entire series, and gave Uther another try. I can see where I stopped before, but I kept going and found it just as gripping and fantastic as any other of these Jack Whyte books.

Much of the story had been gone over in one of the earlier books, but in this one, we see things from an entire...more
Nathan Gordon
Jan 21, 2009 Nathan Gordon added it
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Nathan by: MY DAD!!!! (the series, at least)
This is my review for English class.

I really loved this book. i really did. It puts you in the body of Uther, father of King Arthur, and explains his life, which you don't see much of in the past books of this series. It also ties a few loose ends in ways you would never imagine. The author, Jack Whyte, is an amazing man. His whole style of writing, being so descriptive that he makes Meat on a piece of bread dipped in broth sound like a royal luncheon, leaves me awe inspired and has affected my...more
We leave Merlyn and Arthur to discover Uther, a character never before fleshed out like this. The historical aspects once more take precidence and Whyte's writing style never fade for a moment. Where the previous books began to get more philisophical and character-driven, this one goes back to character+story+action+history all in one book, and so it is driven along by its own nature. You can read this book without having read the previous Dream of Eagles set, as it is a companion piece, though...more
Katie Ann
I find it difficult to believe that the Uther in The Eagles Brood is the same Uther in Uther. This is the main reason for the two star review. There are too many disparities between the way the character is portrayed in The Eagles Brood (ruthless and uncaring) and what we see in Uther (thoughtful, gallant). I didn't find the differences plausible.

Also, the book moved very slowly for me. Mysteries from The Eagles Brood were solved in this book satisfactorily, but it took quite awhile to get thro...more
Carrie Slager
Much like how Seti was overshadowed by his son Ramses II, Uther Pendragon was overshadowed by his son Arthur. But Jack Whyte has finally given Uther the chance to tell his story in the seventh book of The Camulod Chronicles. The story of his rise to the throne, his endless campaigns and his great romance with Ygraine…all of these are chronicled in this sweeping epic.

Britain has finally been abandoned by Rome and has reverted to its tribal roots, separated into many different territories ruled ma...more
Mrs. Ho Jr.
By far the best book I have read in a long time. I suggest reading a Dream of Eagles series and the Golden Eagle series before reading Uther. I think it makes more of an impact that way and you end up feeling for Uther. The other series does not depict him in a good light, but reading Uther afterwards you start to understand his character and intentions.
Jack Whyte's books in this series are great historical fiction. they have so much detailed action and description of the way of life in fifth century Britain. This one in particular was so interesting because it told some of the same events from The Saxon Shore from a different point of view, filling in many of the unknowns.
Brian Lee
#24.5 UTHER by Jack Whyte: Durfee's top 50 novels countdown. Volume 4 in Whyte's 9 volume CAMULOD CHRONICLES. The best book in a series about King Arthur that started strong and kept getting better. An epic series that provides a gritty historic plausibility to the Arthurian legend. Not for the faint of heart
Ted Hopkins
As Jack says, this is not actually part of the Dream of Eagles series but a stand alone novel that just happens to cover some of the same ground. It does so remarkably well and events that get retold come out fresh and vital. If at all possible, Uther is actually better than A Dream of Eagles.
I put off reading this book for over a year because I didn't care for Uther Pendragon. I thought he was selfish and war-hungry. I feel so much better about him now that I've seen his perspective. I only wish I would have known him this intimately sooner in the series.
This was the kind of long, epic book that I love to get lost in. I really enjoyed the back story to the Arthurian legend, but I found Whyte's writing to be tedious at times. To me it seemed that he repeated himself...over and over again. He didn't just say "she was sad." He said how she looked when sad. How she felt when sad. What she ate when sad. How she stood when sad. How her expression changed when sad. How her posture changed when sad. How others observed her sadness. Before you knew it, 1...more
matt hajny
loved this book for the differing point-of-view: uther's in this vs. merlin's in eagle's brood. also gives more background to the story than was fleshed out in eagle's brood.
He tells a vivid and wonderful tale. Really good from beginning to end.
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...more
The Camulod series has been my all time favourite Historical Fiction series for a long time. So when I noticed that there was an Uther novel, I couldn't wait to have a read of it.

Initially I was confused, as I'd already read a lot about Uther and Merlin in book 6. So why was there an entire book about Uther? Why indeed!

Unfortunately I'm incredibly disappointed to report that a lot of what I'd already read in book 6 was repeated in this novel, and worse, so much of it is written in the passive t...more
Mikey Terry
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This book was a really great look into Uther's perspective. After reading the Eagle's Brood and being so mad at Uther it is nice to read about him and learn to love him almost as much as one comes to love Merlyn. This book really sheds some light on mysteries from the the other books in the Dream of Eagles/ Camloud Chronicles. If you have read the other books in the saga or have read at least the Eagle's Brood you HAVE TO read Uther to get a full understanding of everything that happened but I d...more
Sherelyn Ernst
Thoroughly enjoyable....if you like detail, which I do. The plot and characterization are better than in Metamorphosis: The Sorcerer, but several characters of interest are left dangling as if in the middle Whyte decided they would simply be plot devices rather than developed characters.
Mark Woodland
Part of a very interesting series of the Arthurian legend, but with a twist: there is no magic of any kind involved. Rather, it has the best link to Roman history of any version that I've read. It's very meticulous in its detail and quite accomplished in its visual imagery. Have to agree with Catherine, though; having killed Uther off in a previous book in the series, stepping backwards and devoting a whole book to him was a tad irritating; it isn't that it's not a good book (it is), but one won...more
I had started this book once before and didn't finish it. Although I got much further this time, I am not finishing it again. Its not that it is a bad book, its just that it is a very SLOW book. The author's style is to repeat things over and over again in slightly different ways. I kept finding myself thinking "I got it already" and skipping paragraphs, or sometimes whole pages. It left me with the feeling that if I only read the topic sentences I might have enjoyed the story more.

I think I wil...more
Michael Lieto
Much like the rest of the series, a very well written and gripping tale filled with great characters. This series is so interwoven with history and accuracy, you forget that these characters are not real. After three books from the viewpoint of merlyn, we get the full story of the man who sired King Arthur. One of the best of the series.
This book, #7 in the series, is not as good as the previous ones have been, largely because it tells a story parallel to #3, which was four books ago. It doesn't help that I know most material points of the story, or that it takes over 600 pages to tell. However, the writing style is the same enjoyable one and the story is mostly interesting. And one of the biggest mysteries from book #3 is finally answered here.

I wish this had not been a part of the series, but rather some kind of auxiliary nov...more
This is book seven in the Camulod Chronicles. It goes back in the stories time sequence to flesh out the charachter of Uther, Arthur's father. While it does an admirable job of explaining much of Uther's motivations for his actions and explaining the psychology of Uther's personality, it can't help but cover ground already covered in previous books in the series, and so suffers in the process. Much of the suspense of the story is lost because the reader already knows what happens. Because of tha...more
Colleen Martin
The quality of Jack Whyte's "Camulod Chronicles" has been slowly declining, volume by volume, and "Uther" demonstrates that loud and clear. The writing isn't as engaging as it once was, and I'm tired of Whyte "telling" the story, rather than "showing" how it unfolds. However, I liked getting Uther's perspective on things, especially since he and Merlyn were never able to confront each other. And was it just me, or were there a lot of typos in the hardcover edition??
Tim "The Enchanter"
I read Uther after the 4th book of the series. Although I have loved the series so far, this one was more difficult to get throught. The story tell the stories of Uther that we did not learn in the previous books and answers questions that are not answered in the 4th book. Although this book expands on the story of Uther, the pace of the book is different from the rest and it threw me off. I would suggest reading it after the series is complete.
Another good book in the series. I decided to read this one after The Eagle's Brood because it goes hand in hand with that book but is the story of Merlyn's cousin, Uther. I definitely enjoyed The Eagle's Brood more than this one with my biggest criticism being that Uther oftentimes began to drag at certain points in the story. Nevertheless, the book had me clamoring for more. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
This definitely became a chugging type of book for me to read. It provides the story behind one on the characthers, Uther, that is one of the main characters in the main series so it was interesting to read about his side of things. But at time it just seemed to get dragged down. It does provide some answers to question that popped up in the main series. It was an interesting read but not something I would pick up and read again.
Jessica Duplin
A good book, but I found it dragged on in many places. But I fairness I did not realize this was book 7. So I have to back and read the whole series. Maybe then it can be more appreciated.
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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
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The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles, #1) The Singing Sword (Camulod Chronicles, #2) The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles, #3) The Saxon Shore (Camulod Chronicles, #4) The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles, #5)

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