Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Fort at River's Bend by Jack Whyte

The Fort at River's Bend is the 5th novel in Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles. It's hard to review just one of the novels in the series, as the series reads like one long book. This installment finds Caius Merlyn Brittanicus, along with his ward Arthur Pendragon (and a group of others from Camulod), arriving in the lands of Derek of Ravenglass, seeking a place to hide while Arthur matures. We see Arthur grown from a mere boy to a young man. The Fort at River Bend is part one of Metamorphosis, which Whyte intended to be one complete book , and I am eager to continue on to part two, The Sorceror.

If you're a fan of Arthurian tales and you haven't picked up the Camulod Chronicles, I highly recommend this series. The series begins a couple of generations before Arthur is born, told in journal form by his Roman-legion ancestors, Publius Varrus and Caius Brittanicus, and then by his mentor, Merlyn Brittanicus. This series contains none of the typical magical elements of the familiar Arthur tales, retelling the story from a realistic point of view.

Other titles in the series include: The Skystone, The Singing Sword, The Eagle's Brood, Saxon Shore, Sorceror, Uther, and The Lance Thrower.

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