The Saxon Shore

The Saxon Shore[Reading] ➲ The Saxon Shore ➺ Jack Whyte – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled CamulodBut soon their tranquility is Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled CamulodBut soon their tranquility is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well as the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the living incarnation of the sacred dream of his ancestors independent survival in Britain amidst the ruins of the Roman EmpireWhen The Saxon PDF/EPUB ² Arthur is adopted by Merlyn Britannicus, an enormous responsibility is placed on Merlyn s shoulders Now he must prepare young Arthur to unify the clans of Britain and guard the mighty sword ExcaliburAnd, above all, Merlyn must see that Arthur survives to achieve the rest of his ancestors dreams, in spite of the deadly threats rumbling from The Saxon Shore Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte s Camulod series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages The Washington Post. In one book, Whyte manages to shift his depiction of Merlyn from an imposing, swift minded, respectable leader with a few forgivable flaws to an immune deficient and perpetually horny leader who often neglects his duties and relies on the knowledge and quick thinking of others the vast majority of the time By p707, when Merlyn falls ill for the Nth but not the last time, I wished the title was Merlyn Dies at the End I would ve enjoyed the ending .No such luck.This book is well researched In one book, Whyte manages to shift his depiction of Merlyn from an imposing, swift minded, respectable leader with a few forgivable flaws to an immune deficient and perpetually horny leader who often neglects his duties and relies on the knowledge and quick thinking of others the vast majority of the time By p707, when Merlyn falls ill for the Nth but not the last time, I wished the title was Merlyn Dies at the End I would ve enjoyed the ending .No such luck.This book is well researched, written in serviceable prose, and executed very poorly Its main character does not draw out empathy, sympathy, or support Its plot is rarely gripping It does not ramp up to any sort of climax It was neglected by editors.1 5 stars Sorry, Mr Whyte, you lost me with this one.P.S Here s a spoiler from p712 to summarize my disappointment view spoiler We had been gone for almost three months and our eventual return was almost an anti climax hide spoiler Yeah, he did that This is the fourth book in the Camulod Chronicles series The first book, The Skystone I rated five stars, the second and third books The Singing Sword and The Eagles Brood four stars Notice a trend Yeah, and this one gets rated three stars That first book earned the five stars because I was so impressed with Whyte s attempts to completely ground the legends of Merlin and King Arthur in a realist, historical way For instance, in the first book, the sword of Excalibur is special both becau This is the fourth book in the Camulod Chronicles series The first book, The Skystone I rated five stars, the second and third books The Singing Sword and The Eagles Brood four stars Notice a trend Yeah, and this one gets rated three stars That first book earned the five stars because I was so impressed with Whyte s attempts to completely ground the legends of Merlin and King Arthur in a realist, historical way For instance, in the first book, the sword of Excalibur is special both because the metal came from a meteor and because of techniques used in forging the sword I ve read other books that ground the legendor less historically from Mary Stewart s The Crystal Cave to Marion Zimmer Bradley s The Mists of Avalon and Gillian Bradshaw s Hawk of May, all of which givethan a nod to the legend s probable historical kernel in sub Roman Dark Ages Britain But all three are fantasy, not historical fiction.The last book and this one, which center on Merlin, do have elements of the supernatural, at least in term of prophetic dreams and use of the Sight I admit I found that disappointing, even though I love fantasy But the realistic aspect of these books was a lot of what made this series special, so any step into the supernatural for me diminished that, especially since of all the authors mentioned above, I felt Whyte has the weakest prose style You can t mistake this for literature certainly This story doesn t have the strength in the writing and characterizations of a T.H White or Mary Stewart.One other thing bothered me in terms of the world created in the book At one point Merlin acts to nip factions in the bud, absolutely forbidding them and freedom of association among the people involved For faction think political party You can t have a republic or a democracy or anything but an autocracy without them, and I m not sure if it s that Merlin doesn t understand that, or Jack Whyte doesn t, but it bugged me.Another thing that I felt was off in this latest installment was pacing Let s just say the pace defines leisurely The three previous books each took in decades While in the case of The Saxon Shore, over 600 pages of the 716 pages take place in the course of less than a year during Arthur s infancy The first time I tackled this book was years ago and I didn t finish I pushed past the point I lost interest this time, and I do intend to finish with my last book in the series I own, The Sorcerer, but no this didn t much impress me as much as the earlier books I ve raved about his other books and this one is just as well written His research and writing are astonishing I ve read his Eagles Brood series and now am onto his Knights Templar Trilogy If you want an awesome story with great characters that is historical in nature read all of Jack Whyte s books 4.5 starsI just love this series With all its wordiness, it never bores me I do find myself wondering why his men follow Merlyn, though he seems to beautocratic, though well intentioned, than wise in his choices and actions Nonetheless, I read on fully engaged, so JW must be doing something very right in his story P So far, I have really enjoyed this series I think the reason is not only do I like the story, but I love the characters As mentioned in the last series, Merlyn and his friends are a cast that holds together very well across the books Yeah, I get it that it is all quite idealistic, but it s fiction I think that speculating what life and leadership was like in the years following Rome s exit from Britain was entertaining and informative to a certain degree In particular, Merlyn s final recogn So far, I have really enjoyed this series I think the reason is not only do I like the story, but I love the characters As mentioned in the last series, Merlyn and his friends are a cast that holds together very well across the books Yeah, I get it that it is all quite idealistic, but it s fiction I think that speculating what life and leadership was like in the years following Rome s exit from Britain was entertaining and informative to a certain degree In particular, Merlyn s final recognition that everyone on the Saxon Shore who had been there for many years were as much Britons as the offspring of the Romans, like Merlyn, who also called themselves by that name.Overall, I enjoyed the book and the series thus far My only complaint, and it isn t really one, is that these books take me so long to read on the train and at night between other activities that they slow down my other recreational reading and my To Be Read bookshelf is filling up while I go through these and the Wheel of Time series But if that is all I have to worry about, my reading life must be pretty good Worth the read 3 1 2 stars.Why Well Eh, I hate to say it wasn t what I expected, but really, kinda that s it I picked it up expecting the story to bewell Arthurian and what it is isa guy enad of the Romans obsessing about the raising of a boy he ll take over, in some hazy future The boy this reader was most interested in It dragged along with only glimpses of this boy, while Merlyn worried about folks along the Saxon shore who, in the end, seemed to pose no threat at all but to his peace 3 1 2 stars.Why Well Eh, I hate to say it wasn t what I expected, but really, kinda that s it I picked it up expecting the story to bewell Arthurian and what it is isa guy enad of the Romans obsessing about the raising of a boy he ll take over, in some hazy future The boy this reader was most interested in It dragged along with only glimpses of this boy, while Merlyn worried about folks along the Saxon shore who, in the end, seemed to pose no threat at all but to his peace of mind It seemed cut in the same fashion as the god awful King Arthur movie of 2004, except that in Whyte s version, Merlyn lusts after every married woman in the book and is sick every other chapter, in such glaring detail, it s not something to read while you re sick, I d say Which I was , and when he s not sick, he s concerned with running Camulod as if he s a Roman praetor in an Italio Romano city which, hello, not Still, I read it all the way to the end, so I can say, it s compelling and that, if you re interested in the post Roman British world, do check it out But don t expect very much of anything Arthurian here It was a solid read, but nothing particularly impressed me A few things that didn t impress me Thinly veiled homophobia Even if we re supposed to read the narrator as flawed, there wasn t enough delicacy in the writing to point the reader in that direction he seemed to tackle a lot of tricky subjects, but then pull up on really addressing them Sometimes awkward writing about females It s worth mentioning that I think Whyte handled writing about females a lot better toward the end of It was a solid read, but nothing particularly impressed me A few things that didn t impress me Thinly veiled homophobia Even if we re supposed to read the narrator as flawed, there wasn t enough delicacy in the writing to point the reader in that direction he seemed to tackle a lot of tricky subjects, but then pull up on really addressing them Sometimes awkward writing about females It s worth mentioning that I think Whyte handled writing about females a lot better toward the end of the book, not sure why that is, but that moved it from a solid 2.5 stars to a 3.5 All of the women who were competent also just so happened to be beautiful And that always seemed to make them hero materialthan whatever cool thing they were doing Realizations through the protagonist about lepers other races that were clearly meant to be novel The moments where Merlin realized he was othering groups pointlessly unfairly to his own detriment were kind of over explained weren t particularly enlightening, even for a book written 15 years ago I m uncertain if my experience reading Jack Whyte s The Saxon Shore has be affected by the fractured attention that I was able to pay it but I must confess it felt like it took forever The middle portion of the narrative certainly did not pass smoothly and I got the distinct feeling the novel could have used some trimming Even so, despite how long winded Merlyn comes across as the narrator the tale is interesting and the Romano British world he inhabits seems very well realized A side note I m uncertain if my experience reading Jack Whyte s The Saxon Shore has be affected by the fractured attention that I was able to pay it but I must confess it felt like it took forever The middle portion of the narrative certainly did not pass smoothly and I got the distinct feeling the novel could have used some trimming Even so, despite how long winded Merlyn comes across as the narrator the tale is interesting and the Romano British world he inhabits seems very well realized A side note While I realize that much medical terminology comes to us by way of Latin the level of medical sophistication displayed by our protagonists seemsthan a little modern I caught myself thinking that all Lucanus was missing was MRI and Catscan machines Outside of my difficulties with the reading I must acknowledge Whyte has presented a sweeping tale, quite well told, if requiring some patience to complete About 3 4 of the way through reading The Saxon Shore, the fourth book in the Camulod Chronicles, I had a personally transformative awakening to the realities of white supremacy and my complicity in racism, so maybe my rating and reading experience are a little skewed I landed somewhere around a 3.5 I definitely am seeing the progression of Jack Whyte as a writer throughout this series, and his characters are experiencing alotgrowth than they did in earlier books If the rest of the ser About 3 4 of the way through reading The Saxon Shore, the fourth book in the Camulod Chronicles, I had a personally transformative awakening to the realities of white supremacy and my complicity in racism, so maybe my rating and reading experience are a little skewed I landed somewhere around a 3.5 I definitely am seeing the progression of Jack Whyte as a writer throughout this series, and his characters are experiencing alotgrowth than they did in earlier books If the rest of the series continues on the path it s on currently, I think this will be a 4 series for me However, the problematic elements do take away from what is mostly an enjoyable narrative I dont understand why Jack Whyte ispopular than he is This series of King Arthur is fantastic The series takes place when Rome pulls its forces out of Britain and how the legend of Arthur could of began No fantasy stuff in this series but realistic events Well researched and the characters are well rounded Look forward to further reading the next book in the series..

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  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • The Saxon Shore
  • Jack Whyte
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 0765306506