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The Eagles' Brood (Camulod Chronicles #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,886 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
A brutal murder

Murmurs of magic

Vengeance denied

It is 409 AD in Britain and the Roman legions are gone. Britain is abandoned and the fledgling colony of Camelot needs a new leader. Two young men, related by blood, step forward prepared to share that responsibility: Caius Merlyn Britannicus, the grandson of Camelot's founder, and his first cousin, the Celtic prince Uther Pen
Paperback, 639 pages
Published 1995 by Penguin Canada (first published 1994)
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As with the previous books, this was a great story, but the glossing-over of some (in my mind) important events was a bit strange and ultimately made me remove a star from my rating.

For those who have read this book: (view spoiler)

*Edit after just finishing Uther: I decided to bump this one from 4 st
Benjamin Thomas
Once again I am marveling at this series known as “The Camulod Chronicles,“, the vast epic story of the Legends of King Arthur, but told as historical novels rather than fantasy. This is a series to savor over time rather than rush through from one book to the next, tempted as I am to do so simply because of the fantastic storytelling and pure reading enjoyment.

This third volume starts a new “chapter” in the series as we have moved on to a new generation in the larger story. The first two books
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 23, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
This book is part of a series of books based on the legends of King Arthur. I've read quite a few books based on Arthurian lore, but this series is unique. It doesn't stand out for the quality of the writing, which is no more than decent. It does stand out for the imagination and verisimilitude with which it uses history. Few Arthurian books I've read written in the last few decades are unabashed fantasy in the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King with a Merlin that lives backwards ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Recommended for: Lovers of Arthurian Legend, Lovers of Feasible Historical Fiction

This third installment in Whyte's "A Dream of Eagles" series eclipses the first two. It skips a generation from the previous narrator, smith Publius Varrus, to Caius Merlyn Britannicus, a very particular -- and believable -- take on the Merlin character.

While the story lacks a tidy development arc, there are subplots that keep it interesting. The bread and butter of this book, though, is the writing itself. There a
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
For me, The Eagle’s Brood was such a sad book. I had to say goodbye to some of my favourite characters from the previous two books: Picus, Publius Varrus and Equus. Although Caius Merlyn doesn’t have the flair and sense of humour of Publius Varrus, I really did grow to love him as a narrator.

The characters were great in this. We see everything through Merlyn’s eyes, with all of his judgments and flaws. He’s a good person but not a perfect character and gradually realizes his flaws. He can be mor
May 21, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eagle's Brood brings this pre-Arthurian tale to an important junction-- the birth of King Arthur. Along the way, Caius Merlyn suspects his cousin, Uther, of an act or outrageous barbarism upon a young woman. He brings the woman to his secret hideaway (nicknamed Avalon) and there nurses her back to health and eventually to love. In the meantime, the question burns-- DID UTHER DO THIS THING?? The question in my mind-- Was Whyte watching pornography when he dreamed up the conflict between Uther ...more
Robert Risher
Nov 11, 2011 Robert Risher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As wonderful as the previous books in the series were, this has far surpassed in quality and content anything that Whyte conceived previously. His mythos grows ever richer with each passing story, and this in particular was truly spectacular. The Eagles' Brood is one of the few stories that I have so longed to hear since childhood, yet never suspected I would, and certainly not so grandly. Though his work may not currently receive the credit it so duly deserves, I hope that history will boldly m ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in a row I've read in this series and they are amazing! His research is fantastic as is his writing. I'm going to read everything by this author.
Jul 27, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I'd love to edit it, but it's not here to edit.) The three books that take us from the Roman legions to the birth of Arthur are enthralling. Every time I thought there was an historical point to note, Whyte noted it, everything I ever learned about the Eagles in Britain was there and a lot I never learned. This is what historical fiction should be. Now that I've got as far as Arthur's birth I'll have to go through the pile of books here and find the rest. Everyone thinks they have the best take ...more
Jason Munson
Feb 02, 2014 Jason Munson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author is quickly becoming another favorite of mine. I love this series so far and look forward to getting into the fourth book. I did not see the end coming in the second book, did not see the end coming in the third book and was sadden by the event that took place in this book. To me, as a reader, that is bordering on the line of greatness as an author. I am still not wanting however to give this book five stars becasue to me, that is left for great books and I think that early books in t ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished it this weekend, I had goosebumps when I read the ending. This series is a MUST read all the way so far, for anyone who's interested in Arthurian stuff!

I love how Jack Whyte "humanized" and "rationalized" the iconic symbols of the legend: Avalon, the Round Table, Excalibur and such, even Merlyn. But at the same time, he managed to keep them all magical all the same. Again, a must read! The whole series is a must read!
Apr 05, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The Eagle's Brood is book three of the Camulod Chronicles and the story continues in great style.

This book revolves around the eagle's offspring - Caius Merlyn Britannicus (grandson of Caius) and Uther Pendragon (grandson of Publius), both born at the same time on the same day and as close as brothers.

Merlyn is a scholar and a thinker as well as a soldier. Brought up in Camulod his childhood is greatly influenced by Caius, Publius and Luceiia, and as he grows older, by his father Picus.

Uther is
Maurizio Codogno
Jan 16, 2015 Maurizio Codogno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzo-storico
Siamo al terzo libro delle Cronache di Camelot (Jack Whyte, La stirpe dell'Aquila e finalmente arriva Re Artù. Beh, "arriva" è una parola grossa. Per la precisione, nelle ultime due pagine troviamo un neonato che sarà il futuro re: il figlio di Uther, re dei Pendragon e cugino di Caio Merlino Britannico. Sì, il Mago Merlino che abbiamo visto nascere alla fine del secondo libro, che qui è la voce narrante, al posto di Publio Varro che in fin dei conti ha ormai una certa età. Certo che il Caius Me ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book about the Arthurian Legend of Camelot. Jack Whyte incorporates fantasy and history extremely well in this series. And he's a very good writer.


At the very end of this book, Arthur is born. And this is book 3 of the series. If you have am interest in some of the legends of Camelot, these books will provide an interesting perspective on how the legend may have been born. Not only does the author make a plausible case, but he incorporates so much emotion and
Gradimento in calo per il terzo capitolo della saga di Camulod.
Mentre le narrazioni di Publio Varro, tra lo storico e i primi accenni del mito, mi avevano divertito e coinvolto. Il nipote Merlino, Cai per gli amici, mi è risultato spesso noioso e prolisso.
I salti temporali presenti nella narrazione la rendono poco fluida e i riferimenti legati al mito sembrano più una spunta di nomi e luighi che "devono" essere presenti che non un vero e proprio arazzo di citazioni o collegamenti.
Merlino raccont
The series seems like it's getting back on track. Still, I'm only willing to give it a 3.5. The time of Arthur arrives at the very end of the book, so I have that to look forward to in the next book. In this, however, it still got bogged down on more than one occasion, and it took me almost two weeks to read! That's a long time, for me. The sex scenes are still a little too gratuitous for me. Yes, I realize it's a part of life and the way things were during that time period. I just need all the ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to the tales of King Arthur, whose realm is made magical by the intriguing wizard Merlin at six or seven. And in my teens I was very much impressed by the 1981 John Boorman movie Excalibur starring Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry and Nicol Williamson, starring a rather sinister and hard to like Merlin. Later I saw the more sympathetic Merlin in the highly engaging 1998 TV series Merlin starring Sam Neil. Have read Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie which I loved and its sequels. ...more
This story like the two before it continues to introduce the background of the characters behind the camulod story. This book is mostly told from the perspective of the character who becomes Merlyn. It has less story and more military scences which for me is where I checked out a for a bit. But, at the end picks up the ongoing story and has a climatic ending leaving me wanting to immediatley pick up the Saxon Shore to see what will happen next. This is why I gave it three stars. If you are reall ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the excellent Whyte Camelot series-and once again, he has struck gold. Although the major "players" are there, he focuses more intently on the ordinary members of the community. It's fascinating series examining the social and political foundation of Camelot, and as such is hugely speculative. Yet in some repsects it reads like a factual work. Am limiting myself to an aoocasional "fix" to make the series las as long as possible! So it might be quite some time before I get around to ...more
Oct 20, 2009 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books-read
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Mar 31, 2013 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1, Hatchlings, and Book 2, Fledglings, were about the childhood and youth of two friends - Caius (who will become known as Merlin or Cais Merlin) and Uther. In addition, their uncle tells Caius about the making of Excalibur. His uncle fashioned Excalibur using a little known process to make it. Caius is told that he will become the keeper of the sword when his uncle dies.

Uther and Cais Merlin know each other well based on their boyhood ether. Each can anticipate the actions of the other. Bo
Aaron Althuizen
Sep 06, 2012 Aaron Althuizen rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2014 Jessiqa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
The third in the Camulod Chronicles follows Merlyn in his early years and young adulthood. Arthur is born near the end of the book. Like the other books in this series, much attention is given to military matters. This can get slightly tedious to someone like me who doesn't give a damn about battle scenes, yet I fully recognize the necessity of those scenes within the narrative. I really enjoyed this book and am quite eager to get to the next in the series.
Oct 06, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. The books are moving at a much faster pace after the first one spent so much time building the history foundation of the Roman legions and British Isles. The birth of characters with names known from the Arthur legend has also been very interesting. I'm whiting the authors take on the relationships and can see how the current legend could have actually evolved from his version of their history.
Scott Rhee
Fans of the King Arthur Mythos will love this series by Jack Whyte. "The Eagle's Brood" is the third book in the Camulod series, started in "The Skystone". Whyte has thoroughly re-imagined the Arthurian legends through intense research by describing the Roman occupation of the British Isles, the intermingling of Christian and Druidic cultures, and the Saxon invasions. In this third installment, we are introduced to a young Merlyn Britanicus, whose cousin Uther Pendragon wages war against a neigh ...more
May 23, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it
I can't say that this book exceeded my expectations or any such dramatic statement, but that's because my standards for this series are quite high. Neatly met. The Eagles Brood is a good fit with its predecessors even over coming the hurdle of changing narrators.

The religious aspect was handled so well that I had to set the book down to reflect on my own internal conflicts about orthodoxy v. conflicting theology.

I'm not 100% sold on the handling of Cassandra/Deirdre's reactions to sexual violenc
Jan 26, 2016 Grond rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We return to the ridiculously erudite tales of Jack Whytes romano-british imagining of the Arthurian myth, this time with Merlin picking up the narrative duties from his predecessor Publius Varrus. The action is bone crunching, the scenery is vast and varied and the world is richly, deeply detailed. Truth to tell this chapter of the Camulod series meandered a bit more than I cared for but the development of Merlin as a character made it worth hanging in there. One of the best things about Whytes ...more
Deborah Pickstone
I remain delighted with this series. Whyte references a lot of interesting history in the course of developing his version of Arthur; in this volume the Pelagian 'heresy' get's a thorough examination. That aside, it's a great version of the story.
Mark Austin
- Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
- Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
- Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
- Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
- Amazing.
Wes Haeger
This is where the series begins to "jump the shark" as they say. It's difficult to transition from one group of central characters to another in any series, and Whyte makes an admirable effort, but it just didn't do it for me.
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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 Singing Sword (Camulod Chronicles, #2)
  • 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)
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