Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Spotlight On: Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte

One of my favourite aspects of historical fiction and fantasy is Arthurian Legends. My current favourite is probably Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I will likely do an author spotlight on her in the future, because I read all her books before I started blogging.

My current series that I am working my way through in regards to Arthurian Legends is the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. This series covers both the Arthurian Legend and the history of Britain and the surrounding areas in very vivid detail. The first two books in the series: The Skystone and The Singing Sword are narrated by Publius Varrus. It would actually be possible to skip these two books and not miss out on a lot. For the third book, The Eagles’ Brood switches narrators from Publius to Caius Merlyn Britannicus, who is most famously known as Merlyn. He will be the narrator for many of the books that follow.

With the first two books in the series, the story is set up. When Merlyn takes over as narrator, the Arthurian Legend becomes more of a focus. The series now has nine books in it, with two of the books being a duology related to the main series and Uther being a standalone book, but still related to the series. I am only on book 4, but I hope to read the entire series one of these days...

The Series is as Follows:

* The Skystone
* The Singing Stone
* The Eagles’ Brood
* The Saxon Shore
* The Fort at River’s Bend
* The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis
* Uther (Standalone)
* The Lance Thrower (Clothar the Frank in Canada) (Part of the Golden Eagle duology)
* The Eagle (Part of the Golden Eagle duology)

I consider Jack Whyte Canadian, but he was actually born and raised in Scotland. Right now he is working on a trilogy concerning The Knights Templar. They will be related, but not contain the same characters.

The trilogy includes:

* The Knights of the Black and White (out already)
* Standard of Honor (forth-coming, August in Canada)
* Fall of Baphomet (release date not known)

1 comment:

  1. I've read the first two. I hope to read the third one in the next few months.