Author: Jack Whyte
Original language: English
The seventh book in Jack Whyte’s Camulod Chronicles,
Once again Whyte weaves a tale of intrigue, betrayal, love, and war in a gritty and realistic tale that continues to explore the legend of Camelot. With
From Publishers Weekly
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 McDonald.