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The Lance Thrower (Camulod Chronicles #8)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,197 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Jack Whyte has written a lyrical epic, retelling the myths behind the boy who would become the Man Who Would Be King--Arthur Pendragon. He has shown us, as Diana Gabaldon said, "the bone beneath the flesh of legend." In his last book in this series, we witnessed the young king pull the sword from the stone and begin his journey to greatness. Now we reach the tale itself-ho ...more
Paperback, 622 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Forge Books (first published 2003)
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Another companion piece to Whyte's Dream of Eagles series, this, and its follow-up book, The Eagle, can be read without having read the other series. However, being a fan of the series, and having read them from Book One of the "Dream" series onward, as he wrote them, I recommend reading them before this one. It is the story of Clothar, a Frankish knight who becomes known as The Lancer (the character in other works called Lancelot), and how he comes to King Arthur's Court. As usual, Whyte's writ ...more
Anne Gazzolo
Nov 02, 2016 Anne Gazzolo rated it really liked it
If you are looking for the traditional tale of Lancelot and Arthur and Camelot as implied on the back of the book, look elsewhere. If you want great book set mostly in Gaul, and much later on in Britain in the chaos after the Roman legions left, and learn the history of who Lancelot could have been before the tragedy began, then dive into this tale and enjoy! The other books in the series are also overall great stories.
Samantha Savage
This book is a unique and completely historical look on the story of Lancelot and how the Arthurian legend could have actually happened. It is a nice change to read books based on myth that are actually historically acurate and aren't full of magic and witches and vampires and all of that fun stuff. Don't get me wrong I like those kinds of books, i have read the twilight books and everything but Jack Whyte's historical fiction saga on the myth of King Artur is unlike any books I have ever read! ...more
Feb 19, 2017 Heidi rated it really liked it
This is the second book written after the crowning of Arthur whose events happen almost entirely before the crowning. I think it's also one of the best in a wobbly series, perhaps because it doesn't focus on Whyte's annoying version of Merlyn. I liked the new main character he introduces and the theme of hidden or second names that goes throughout. I feel like the book ended rather abruptly with at least one point oddly unresolved. The tendency of all the "good" men in the book to think and talk ...more
Bry Jensen
Dec 26, 2013 Bry Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At last, Lancelot arrives! Well, in his own way.

I have absolutely loved exploring the generations pre-dating Arthur's birth and to have experienced his upbringing/foundation of his reign. Whats more, the meticulous placement of the legends within beautifully written historical context has truly enriched these age old stories beyond compare, but to finally arrive at some of the most prominent characters of Arthurian tales is exciting! The introduction of Lancelot and Guenivere in this book has i
Feb 05, 2014 Jessiqa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
This is the 8th book in the Camulod Chronicles. Leaving Merlyn behind as narrator, this book switches to Lancelot, the first Arthurian book I've come across to be told from Lancelot's point of view. In this series, he has the more historically likely name of Clothar, who is endowed with the nick-name Lance-thrower. The previous book ended with Arthur's coronation as High King of Britain; this book starts many years after that, with Clothar as on old man traveling back to Britain to pay a visit t ...more
May 28, 2010 Jacob rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, from_library
Once again, good writing and a good story, but like Uther it's not part of the core storyline. Although there are a lot of interesting setups here explaining some parts of the King Arthur myth, it's told by someone other than Merlyn (and his uncle). This is a problem because, like most authors, Jack Whyte only has one voice. It's believable that one man and his nephew may think and write very similarly, especially since both are similar personalities, but extend that to a cousin who is known for ...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
Autumn Doughton
Mar 21, 2010 Autumn Doughton rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a flea market find and I guess I picked it up without even reading the cover because when I sat down to read it (6 months later) I saw right away that it was the 8th book in a series I'd never read. I decided to give it a go anyway since it's a series based on Camelot and I absolute love Arthurian legend and figured I could keep up.
For being a fairly familiar story it was wildly novel and entertaining. This book follows the author's re-imagining L
Sherelyn Ernst
Mar 07, 2014 Sherelyn Ernst rated it liked it
This is really 3 stars plus. I do like this series, and this one, about Launcelot's life before he joins King Arthur, is very good. It helps to know that it needs to be read as a stand alone book, though, because it does not further the Camelot story and you will be disappointed in it if you hope for that. That said, (this is the 8th in the series) Whyte's style is getting a bit wearing. He writes well and tells an exciting story, but the bulk of the books, this one included, are each quite long ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This 8th novel in the Camulood series focuses on Clothar's journey into manhood as a leader and warrior. Clothar is, in fact, Lancelot in the fabled King Arthur stories. As a young boy, Clothar attends a school led by Bishop Germanus, who teaches all of his students logic, philosophy, Christian religion, as well as battle skills. When Clothar is asked to return to his home with messages for his uncle, the King of Benwick, he comes to blows with many warriors and brigands. He also becomes involve ...more
The eight book in the Camulod Chronicles. This one moves away from Camulod, into Gaul, where we meet a new character: Clothar, whom history will remember as Lancelot. This is my least favourite book in the series. Clothar displayed very little personality, and the things about him I found most interesting (his relationship with his adoptive family, his devotion to Bishop Germanus and his brief intention to become a priest, his grief for his lost friend and his fear in the face of his first battl ...more
Ugh -- absolutely horrible! Atrocious! This series has definitely gone downhill. This didn't even have anything to do with Arthur (except maybe in the last 2 pages!). The writing was terrible. There were anachronisms all over the place, and worse yet, there were inconsistencies throughout the book! I think Jack Whyte has definitely lost steam by this point - I understand he didn't want to villainize "Lancelot" (or Clothar) anymore than he already has, but one of Whyte's biggest downfalls is tryi ...more
A very disappointing book by Jack Whyte's standards, as I found most of the action to come in the middle of the book, and rarely anywhere else.
This novel is about the young man who would grow up to become Sir Lancelot, and takes us right up until the time he first meets King Arthur. While the premise is interesting, and the Lancelot story has had little exposure compared to his famous King, the knight's youth is rather humdrum. There is the unique twist about him being born of noble blood, and,
Mar 19, 2010 Jack rated it it was ok
Up to this point we had a consistent "Chronicle" of the growth and interaction of several families whose histories were comingled with the shaping of the post Roman Britain. Now the author goes totally outside of that familiar structure to introduce wholly new characters with whom we are not familiar. The author does make a half-hearted attempt to tie the new characters to the old, but it only magnifies the lack of continuity.

The reader is forced to consider "did the author have an inventory of
Gerry Germond
Jan 07, 2015 Gerry Germond rated it it was ok
The eighth book in the Camulod series and more of the same: detailed descriptions of such things as the king's bedchamber, two nasty villains with no shred of decency, wise military mentors, a need to hide the young hero from attempts on his life (from two nasty villains...), and happy coincidences to make our heroes' lives easier. Still an interesting enough read and a fast read especially through the boring parts. These eight books featuring the supermen behind King Arthur will culminate with ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as the rest of the series. Fun to read and learn the origins of "Lancelot", but the book did not live up to what I was expecting after having read the first 100 pages or so. Strong start, slower in the middle, got really slow near the end, then just kind of fizzled out. One more book to go in the series, I hope it is a better read than this one. I debated even reading these last two, as the series could have (and should have) ended after the previous book, which I loved, but h ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Data rated it really liked it
Mr. Whyte has wonderful, accurate history with sometimes excruciating detail - although it's not boring or hard to read. The fiction is fairly entrancing as well, with characters who are invariably strong and witty, whether good or bad. The only thing that I would have to say is that the good are very, very good, and the bad are very naughty. Seems a few more of them would have to have a curl in the middle of their forehead.
Oct 19, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Book Six of the Camolod Chronicles continues an alternate version of the Arthurian legend, one base on likely historical facts and not magic or mysticism. In The Lance Thrower we met Clothar the Frank from Gaul and later known as Lancelot. Merlin and Arthur don't show up until the end of the book and at times I found the story a tad plodding. Still it is rich in historical detail and worth the read if you like stories from this time period or want a different perspective on the legends.
Robert Risher
Mar 19, 2012 Robert Risher rated it really liked it
Here is another first half of a longer story Whyte is trying to tell, and it doesn't hold up to the amazing ending of the last one, because the battle scenes get rather monotonous and they aren't crafted as well as some of his others. There are also some editing issues late in the book. However, the character moments are as wonderful as ever when the focus lies on Clothar. The prologue is as good as anything Whyte has written, and the ending is well-done. Very enjoyable.
Colleen Martin
Dec 04, 2007 Colleen Martin rated it liked it
"The Lance Thrower" wasn't the best of the Camulod stories, but look at what it had to live up to..."The Skystone" and "The Eagles Brood" are two of the best books I've ever read. Clothar's personal history was a little tedious but, in order for the reader to understand Clothar himself, it was essential to the story. And what a cliffhanger!
Jan. 2015
So I didn't really read this book for two reasons:
1. I think I've read this before but I was fooled because the title is different (Canadian Edition)
2. I read the series so long ago I'd have to re-read the previous 8 books to know what's up.

This series was my favorite of all the Arthurian tales I've read.
Feb 14, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed the entire Camulod series. Jack Whyte has put a very plausible spin on the events in 5th Century England. I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction (these are NOT romances).
Nicole Diamond
Nov 08, 2011 Nicole Diamond rated it liked it
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
May 08, 2013 Autumn rated it really liked it
This one went back to the gritty harshness of life that made the first two books so good. The author has woven a brilliant tale. I can't stop marvelling at the amount of research he must have poured into this to make it so historically plausible I forget it's fiction.
Ted Hopkins
Aug 07, 2011 Ted Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read not quite up to the standard Jack set with A Dream of Eagles and Uther. Clothar is a well developed character until he becomes "Lancelot," at which point Jack seems to struggle with keeping his own creation real to the reader as he keeps his "Lancelot" detached from the myth.
Oh boy. I really enjoyed the books in this series and there were parts of this book when what I loved about the previous ones shown through. However it wasn't consistent enough for me to really enjoy this book. Whyte would have been better off ending it when he did rather than adding these books.
May 23, 2007 Brittany rated it it was ok
Whyte should have stopped at "The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis" as he wanted to, and resisted fans' demands for more books. These last two books are clearly add-ons with poor character development, cloudy writing, and even more time than usual devoted to military theory.
Eric Arbuckle
Oct 12, 2013 Eric Arbuckle rated it it was amazing
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!
A good read although quite a departure from the "dream of eagles" series till the last few chapters of the book. Still, adds more texture to the whole fabric of Arthurs story. That being said, 8 down 1 more to go !!
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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 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 Eagle (Camulod Chronicles, #9)

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