"The truth behind Camelot"
By the latter half of the fourth century, anyone with a
fraction of intelligence could see the pending apocalypse
as the Roman Empire is collapsing. Places on the outer rim
are becoming increasingly dangerous as civilization nears
collapse. Many of the nobles flee for the sanctuary of
Rome, but those who remain behind in places like Britain
struggle to survive.
Gaius Publius Varrus recognizes the imminent collapse
and worries about the future of Britain. With his closest
friend General Caius Cornelius Britannicus, Publius decides
it is time for Britain to begin its own heritage that
breaks away from Rome into something greater before his
land descends into an age of darkness. Honor over betrayal
and justice over unfairness is his goal symbolized by the
forging of a special sword made from the rock that fell
from the heavens so that his great-grandchildren can thrive
in a wondrous world.
THE SKYSTONE, book one of Jack Whyte's Camulod
Chronicles, is a fabulous pre—Arthurian tale that reads
more like a historical fiction due to the inclusion of the
mundane everyday life especially that of the soldier. Done
in a first person narrative that is told in retrospect by
Publius looking back over seven decades, the engaging story
line is loaded with historical tidbits that make this book
a must read for the Camelot crowd and the ancient
historical buffs. Though the women are not quite as
developed as the men, readers will want to obtain book 2
THE SINGING SWORD that continues to chronicle the pre-
legend days of yore.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 11, 2001