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Uther (The Camulod Chronicles)
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Jack Whyte is a Scots-born, award-winning Canadian author whose poem, "The Faceless One," was featured at the 1991 New York Film Festival. "The Camulod Chronicles" is his greatest work, a stunning retelling of one of our greatest legends: the making of King Arthur's Britain. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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As a child, Uther Pendragon spends half the year among his father's clan in Tir Manha and the other half with his maternal grandparents in the Roman-influenced fortress of Camulod. When his father's death places him in contention for the Pendragon throne, Uther finds he must choose between duty and happiness. The seventh volume in Whyte's massive "Camulod Chronicles" provides a unique look at the life of the man whose vices and virtues come to their fruition in his son, Arthur Pendragon. Able to stand on its own merits as a tale of a life lived boldly and with passion, this welcome addition to Arthurian lore belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

" A series that promises to provide historic plausibility to the legend of King Arthur...the best of its type in the near quarter of a century since Mary Stewart' s version of these legends burst upon the publishing scene." -- "The Chattanooga Times"
" Perhaps not since the early 1970s, with Mary Stewart' s "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills," have the Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends been intertwined with as much skill and authenticity." -- "Publishers Weekly" on "The Skystone" (starred review)

"A series that promises to provide historic plausibility to the legend of King Arthur...the best of its type in the near quarter of a century since Mary Stewart's version of these legends burst upon the publishing scene."-"The Chattanooga Times"
"Perhaps not since the early 1970s, with Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills", have the Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends been intertwined with as much skill and authenticity."-"Publishers Weekly" on "The Skystone" (starred review)

"A series that promises to provide historic plausibility to the legend of King Arthur...the best of its type in the near quarter of a century since Mary Stewart's version of these legends burst upon the publishing scene."--"The Chattanooga Times"
"Perhaps not since the early 1970s, with Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills," have the Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends been intertwined with as much skill and authenticity."--"Publishers Weekly" on "The Skystone" (starred review)

A series that promises to provide historic plausibility to the legend of King Arthur...the best of its type in the near quarter of a century since Mary Stewart's version of these legends burst upon the publishing scene. "The Chattanooga Times"

Perhaps not since the early 1970s, with Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills," have the Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends been intertwined with as much skill and authenticity. "Publishers Weekly on The Skystone (starred review)""

The grim medieval setting of the Camulod Chronicles is no congenial spot like its romantic analogue, Arthurian legend's shining Camelot. In this lusty, brawling, ingenious re-creation, seventh in his popular series, Whyte traces the short, valorous life of Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, as a parallel novel to 1997's The Eagles' Brood, the story of Uther's cousin and close childhood friend, Caius Merlyn Britannicus. Whyte deftly stage manages Uther's boyhood, adolescence, early manhood and tragically unlucky kingship, revealing, through a host of well-rounded minor characters drawn from both legend and a seemingly inexhaustible imagination, a man whose courage and honor constantly war against his melancholy core. As a young man, Uther succeeds his father as king of Cambria, while Merlyn assumes leadership of Camulod. For most of his life, Uther battles against verminous King Lot of Cornwall, who brutalizes his arranged-marriage bride, Ygraine of Ireland. Having sworn to lead his primitive Pendragon tribes as their king, Uther still yearns for the dignity, civilized values and warm baths of Camulod. But Uther wins Ygraine's heart, affording ample opportunity for juicy sex scenes, vivid and heroic as the flamboyant sword-swinging, hand-to-hand combat and death-dealing cavalry charges. Whyte's Uther may never regain his promised land, but in this rousing and meticulously researched novel, Uther wins a more glorious prize: he sires Britain's once and future king. (Apr. 23) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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