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The Eagles' Brood

(Camulod Chronicles #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,853 ratings  ·  135 reviews
The Eagles' Brood continues the saga of the Colony known as Camulod, and the tale of the descendants of those brave Romans who forged a new way of life for the Celt and Roman peoples when the Roman legions departed Britain.

Most know the new leader of the Colony as Merlyn; all call him Commander. Cauis Merlyn Britannicus is responsible for their safety, and all look to him
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by St. Martins Press-3PL (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
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)
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Initially a one-star review may seem harsh, hostile or something else vindictive but hopefully I'll elucidate on why I felt that the only realistic score for me personally.

The frustrating thing about Jack Whyte is that you only have to dip into one of his books to recognise that he has an undeniable talent at creating believable, realistic & tangible characters and an atmosphere that is rich in detail & immersive.... He just believes fervently in burying all that positive plus points
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert Risher
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(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
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent series - hard to put down, and this book is no exception!
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Gail Amendt
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I never really had much interest in the King Arthur legend until I reluctantly embarked on this series at the urging of friends. I'm not one for fantasy and magic, unless of course it is Harry Potter. This series has changed my mind, largely because it isn't fantasy and magic. It presents the story of King Arthur in a very plausible way. The first two books are the set-up for the series, telling the story of how two former Roman soldiers set up a colony and a new system of government in ...more
Joe Rohaly
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If ever there was a story of immigration The Eagles Brood in the Camulod Chronicles series of books I am currently reading describes it in detail. The era was 300-500 A.D. and the story takes place in what is now known as England. In those years the land belonged to the Roman Empire. As all empires go, the politicians got greedy and the tax money lined their pockets instead of paying their armies to keep law, and order in the territories. Reading about the society of that era is much like ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realistic reimagining of the Arthurian legend, about Merlyn and Uther before Arthur's birth. Lots of military battles, and Whyte is a compelling storyteller. I also like how he portrayed the source of Merlyn's reputation as a sorcerer, and how he fit all these various legendary elements like Excalibur and Camelot into a historically believable world.

I'm a tad let down by the portrayal of women, in particular Cassandra whom Merlyn loved. She was deaf and mute and loved staring at him adoringly
Abigail Anderson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has effected me greatly. My hear was racing right along with Merlyn's down to the last page. The wording of certain scenes lead me to believe one thing was happening, then at the last moment something totally different happened. I haven't been able to put one of these books down since I started with The Skystone. All of the main characters are fleshed out and, though they are cut out of the same cloth, have unique things about their personality. The first person telling of the story ...more
Helena R-D
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was tired of the fantastical tales of Arthur and decided to try the more realistic take on the tale and Jack Whyte doesn't disappoint. I really loved Merlin's voice and the way that his voice was quite amused as he told his tale through the book. Cassandra was heartbreaking and lovely at the same time and it just showed how a man can become a tale and a legend.

I also liked the sympathetic take on Uther, since we don't get to see that very often.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of fantasy and never been a big fan of King Arthur however this series is so realistic, if there were a King Arthur then this series is about as close to realism as you will get...I have become a huge fan of Jack Whyte, I have read all his books. This book/series is no different than the others. Always he has great characters and lots of action. The historical events are always well researched.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Dream of Eagles series. This one is all about Merlyn, telling his story from a child to a man. It really humanizes him, it shows what he was like before he became the sorcerer. I've read "Uther" before, so I knew some of the plot points before they happened. I've loved everything I've read by this author, and this book was another amazing read. My book had 643 pages, and GR lists 649 pages. 5/5 stars.
3.5* I liked all the individual parts, but looking back on the book as a whole, I can barely say what it was about, or how it moved along the greater story of the series. Merlyn grows up and Uther grows up and they have experiences... but what does it mean? Other parts of the book were obviously meant to be important, but then they were very suddenly over and I felt I must be missing something. I'll continue the series, though. I'm still liking this post-Rome Britain development.
Paolo Calabrò
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Remember Merlin, the legendary soldier/theologian?
Me neither.
In its attempt to deliver what was supposed to be a fresh and original retelling of the Arthurian legend, this book felt way short. It’s 600 pages long, but most of what’s relevant happens in the first 100 pages and then in the last 50 or so. The rest had little to no consequence to the narrative or the plot.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series written by a local man from my area. How I was turned onto this series is a story onto itself. The books in the a Dream of Eagles series are the authors take on the King Arthur Legends and he places the story in the context of actual historic events. I have read it twice and if I ever have the time I will read them all again.
Molly Graf
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps getting better!

This book in the series is written by Merlin's point of view and tells a bit about how he became who he was and somehow keeps it pretty logical and down to earth. This one had a bit more blood and guys and Gore than the previous two in the series, but had enough other things going on to keep me happily reading.
Valerie Jones
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I have been looking for a series like this for a long time now. Reading this book makes me feel the way I did when I read Tamora Pierce's books as a teenager. I'm very excited to continue reading the series!
John Haslam
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So...Arthurian novels are a dime a dozen. I loved this whole series for its historical setting for the plausible ways in which Merlin and Arthur come to be without diminishing the other classic renderings.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eown, bill, own, aown, audible
I'm enjoying this book series, but this one had a lot more fighting and descriptions of battle, which isn't my favorite, but the story is so well done and I'm enjoying the way it is told that I can hardly wait for the next chapter.
Adam Powers
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an exciting read that follows Merlyn, as the new commander of Camelot. Uther and he are best friends and co-commanders, until they are kept busy by war and a terrible crime.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
It was interesting enough but very slow reading. I lost interest in keeping on.
Suzanne Sasser
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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)
  • The Lance Thrower (Camulod Chronicles, #8)
  • The Eagle (Camulod Chronicles, #9)