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The Saxon Shore by Jack Whyte
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Oct 19, 2011

really liked it

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 changes are necessary before this important task may commence. Some fabulous characters are introduced, which begins to lend a wider world for the community, as they seek to make contact with other tribes.

The novel ends on yet another threat to Arthur's safety.Old beyond his years, the young child will once again have to move to a place of safety-which should provide some good scope for the picture of his life to widen and incorporate not just his political and military education, but his spiritual and personal development. Hopefully the next novel will indeed focus upon this, as Merlin really stole the show in "The Saxon Shore", with Arthur appearing on occasions only briefly, and not too well defined.A superb read nonetheless, packed with heart-stopping moments and loaded with pathos!

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