The Fort at River's Bend

The Fort at River s Bend Merlyn Britannicus leader of the colony known as Camulod is faced with the task of educating his young charge Arthur future King of the Britons Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassina

Merlyn Britannicus, leader of the colony known as Camulod, is faced with the task of educating his young charge, Arthur, future King of the Britons Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassination attempt is thwarted, Merlyn takes Arthur and his boyhood companions Gwin, Ghilleadh, and Bedwyr, to the ruins of a long abandoned Roman fort far from Camulod Once thereMerlyn Britannicus, leader of the colony known as Camulod, is faced with the task of educating his young charge, Arthur, future King of the Britons Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassination attempt is thwarted, Merlyn takes Arthur and his boyhood companions Gwin, Ghilleadh, and Bedwyr, to the ruins of a long abandoned Roman fort far from Camulod Once there, Merlyn realizes it s time for Arthur to become worthy of the sword he is destined to wield later in his life the mighty Excalibur.But beyond their idyllic hiding place, forces threaten the tenuous peace of Camulod In Cambria, the death of Arthur s father Uther has left his people leaderless, and in Cornwall, Merlyn s enemy Peter Ironhair is gathering forces to destroy all Merlyn holds dear.And Merlyn himself is struggling, because in order to make his dream of a united Britain real, he must put the person he loves most in the world in mortal danger he and Arthur must return to Camulod.

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  1. Jack Whyte is an author and writer born and raised in Scotland, but has been living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada since 1967.Whyte s major work to date is the A Dream of Eagles series as it is titled in Canada, but known as The Camulod Chronicles in the United States and elsewhere This series of historical novels presents the tale of King Arthur set against the backdrop of Roman Britain This retelling of the popular legend eschews the use of magic as in T H White s The Sword in the Stone to explain Arthur s ascent to power and instead relies on the historical condition with some artistic license of post Roman Britain to support the theory that Arthur was meant to counter the anarchy left by the Roman departure from Britain in 410 AD and the subsequent colonization and invasion of Britain by various peoples from Northwestern Europe, including the Saxons, Jutes, Franks, and Angles Whyte incorporates both traditional Arthurian names, places and events albeit in gaelic or Latin form as well as the names of various historical figures that have been suggested as being the possible basis for the original King Arthur legend The tacit implication is that Whyte s version of history is the true story that has become distorted over time to become the legend and stories of magic that we know today.Jack Whyte served as the official bard of The Calgary Highlanders and performed several tracks of poetry and song on the 1990 recording by the Regimental Pipes and Drums of The Calgary Highlanders entitled Eighty Years of Glory The Regimental Pipes, Drums and Bard of The Calgary Highlanders.

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  1. Awesome book about Merlyn and young King Arthur This books has no magic involved and covers the time that Arthur is 8 15 The years he and Merlyn are in hiding waiting for Arthur to grow up enough to claim his rights Didn t realize this was a book in a series and 5 so now I have 1 on order at the library Can t wait to read them all.

  2. Mary Stewart s take on Merlinus Ambrosius has always been the definitive high water mark on the Arthurian legend for me Sure, I ve read adaptations of some of the legends, boyhood anthologies, Bernard Cornwall s gritty trilogy, and T H White s delightful books not to mention viewing the classic Excalibur and the musical Camelot as often as possible Yet, Mary Stewart s version seemed to me to be the most honest in terms of character development and credibility.Of course, if you re interested in [...]

  3. yeah, I realize that I picked up the wrong book This book is down the listI have to back track I have the other books in this series here It s well written, a good story, but slow I ve done some majour skimming in some parts I like the characters, but it s a slow pace March 11 2009 It was The Skystone I got half way through and didn t finish, so I dug it back out Besides reading Come Love A Stranger by Kathleen E Woodwiss right now, I also am reading The Sorcerer The Fort At River s Bend by Jack [...]

  4. Still loving this series I also have to face facts Whyte purveys some terrible historical howlers I guess in a re telling of a myth or legend one is entitled to make up whatever one needs to move the story along but most of them are purely unnecessary, as far as I can see I made great complaint about another author doing this exact thing and have refused to read her books since I do not do that with this author but I guess he must be to me a better storyteller The issue remains, however, and I f [...]

  5. Fifth book in the series and from teh pageMerlyn Britannicus, leader of the colony known as Camulod, is faced with the task of educating his young charge, Arthur, future King of the Britons Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassination attempt is thwarted, Merlyn takes Arthur and his boyhood companions Gwin, Ghilleadh, and Bedwyr, to the ruins of a long abandoned Roman fort far from Camulod Once there, Merlyn realizes it s time for Arthur to become worthy of the sword he is destined t [...]

  6. Freaking spectacular As good as the rest, but I give it 4 stars due only to the fact that is incomplete, and lacks the satisfying sense of resolution found in its predecessors It isn t labeled in the American printing as the first half of The Sorcerer, but it is only the first half of a longer tale, and I can t wait to continue to the story

  7. This book follows character development than the previous books However, the whole series is an historical and literary success, in my opinion Whyte has done his research thoroughly, and with the arrival of the other nations and peoples on Britain s shores, we learn about how modern day Europe came to be formed Once you are this far, you are pretty much hooked anyway

  8. I started losing interest in this series but this book has sucked me in again Merlyn needs a place to hide Arthur for a few years and ends up in a abandoned Roman fort More character development than action but really riveting.

  9. While historically interesting the world creation is unbelievable , I found the story dragged in this installment of the series.

  10. Great conclusion to the Dream of Eagles series Read the two books one right after the other as a single book as Jack intended.

  11. Whyte is so good Realistic and accurate as far as it s possible to be in historical fiction This book continues to chronicle the story of Arthur Pendragon, future king, and his guardian Merlyn Rich telling of the true story of post Roman Britain, woven with what could be true the legend of Arthur Worth following the whole series nine books in all

  12. The fifth novel in The Camulod Chronicles finally gets to the education of Arthur by his mentor and surrogate father, Merlyn It covers the period of time where young Arthur is aged 8 through 15, very formative years indeed It s also, perhaps, the most idyllic novel in the entire series The end of the last book, The Saxon Shore, saw an assassination attempt on young Arthur s life so Merlyn and a small group of trusted friends and protectors make their way secretly to an old abandoned fort not far [...]

  13. The Camulod Chroniclesis a series of novels on King Arthur, but not only The Man himself but his ancestors back to his great grandparents, all of whom are Overachievers, Wonderfully Talented, Brilliant in Thought, and who brush their shiny teeth every day What they do is found Camulod Camelot and make it the forward edge community of its day, in which the young Merlyn and Uther Pendragon are raised to accomplish Great Things.What I like about the series is its history This isn t knights in shini [...]

  14. I wasn t overly thrilled with this entry of Whyte s Arthurian saga Essentially, it was quite boring and the plot did not move forward much Instead, we have long discussions that at least hold some interest of morality, government, economics, etc as we watch young Arthur come to some understanding of what a great leader is In this entry, Merlyn adopts his nickname Cay, short for Caius in order to disappear from sight as he takes Arthur and a small group of settlers into a mountainious region, whe [...]

  15. The popular consensus on this addition to the Camulod series, is that there is little action and that the plot rarely progresses I agree with the latter comment and amn t too concerned with the first, so I found it an overall enjoyable and useful addition to the series.In some of the earlier works I have become bogged down with battle armour details and the like.Whilst this still happens, it is manageable and somehow incorporates itself into the overall plot rather than being a point of perusal [...]

  16. Now the thing to realize about this book is that The Fort at River s Bend and The Sorcerer Metamorphosis are two parts of one book When the American publishers got the rights they split the book in two, probably for length, but didn t market them as a part one and two This is why I didn t like the book as much as I did the rest of the series To me it seems to have so a great deal of exposition and tangents that lead you away from the main plot Normally that can be a good thing in a series, meeti [...]

  17. Another amazing series by Jack Whyte If you enjoy being immersed into the story, these tale will certainly provide you with the right tools.From The novels are a rendition of the Arthurian legend that attempt to propose a possible explanation for the foundation of Camulod an alternate spelling of Camelot , Arthur s heritage and the political situation surrounding his existence The setting series begins during the Roman departure from Britain and continues for 150 years ending during the settleme [...]

  18. The fifth book in the Camulod Chronicles offers up a peaceful respite from the conflict and action of the previous books and that which we know is yet to come.After the attempt on Arthur s life in The Saxon Shore, Merlyn and a small group of Camulodians takes Arthur to seek sanctuary in Ravenglass, with Merlyn dying his hair and assuming the guise of a farmer called Master Cay They end up occupying a deserted Roman fort in the hills above Ravenglass, and it is here that Arthur is educated and re [...]

  19. While my title for this review may not sound encouraging, this novel, in my opinion, was the weakest of Jack Whyte s Dream of Eagles series However, given how good the series has been thus far, this was not a bad novel, just comparatively weak Firstly, it lacks the action filled battle scenes in all of the previous books in the series Secondly, it is hard to get excited about wondering whether or not young Arthur Pendragon will develop into a great king, when the entire world already knows he wi [...]

  20. The Fort At River s Bend is the first half Jack Whyte s The Sorcerer, which publishers decided to divide into two novels The Fort At River s Bend and Metamorphosis Whyte apparently preferred that they would have been read as one entry When The Fort At River s Bend begins, our narrator, Caius Merlyn Brittanicus of Camulod, is reaching middle age He is a warrior, a soldier, and a governor who has lost friends, family, and his wife to treachery and war Now, he commits his life to raising Arthur Pen [...]

  21. Due to an attempt on the young Arthur s life in Camulod Merlin flees with his charge to Cumbria in what is now northeastern EnglandArthur is here shown to be a child prodigy as well as physically valiant the combination of genius and physical prowess making for a perfect leader.He is loyal to his friends and has both an analytic and imaginative mind.Merlyn and friend later build a fort at MediobogdumNo magic as in sorcery but lots of prophetic dreams and premonitions Also there is a battle again [...]

  22. A well written, engaging book, Fort at River s Bend covers Arthur Pendragon s life from age 8 to 15 Told in the first person and written as Merlin s memoirs, he becomes the protangonist, with Arthur the focus of his life s work I enjoyed Jack Whyte s writing style his vocabulary is expansive, his syntax and structure a cut above the norm, and his knowledge about the history of Britain and its legends brings an unusual authenticity to the story I read this as a stand alone novel and it works as s [...]

  23. I found the first 4 books in this series to be remarkably consistent The setting, characters, and action all were up to the same high standards In the 5th book, the new setting and characters remain interesting, but the action sags It is almost non existent I know many things in this book were necessary, but it can seem like long stretches of time pass without anything important happening It was still an enjoyable book, just a small lull in the action, as can be expected over the course of a lon [...]

  24. This is the 5th novel in Jack Whyte s Camulod Chronicles It s hard to review just one of the novels in the series, as the series reads like one long book This installment finds Caius Merlyn Brittanicus, along with his ward Arthur Pendragon and a group of others from Camulod , arriving in the lands of Derek of Ravenglass, seeking a place to hide while Arthur matures We see Arthur grown from a mere boy to a young man The Fort at River Bend is part one of Metamorphosis, which Whyte intended to be o [...]

  25. The series, to this point has been engrossing and the characters are deep and vivid Unfortunatly, the fifth book in the series does not meet the standard of the others There is a distinct lack of excitement in this entry in the series and often feels like and multiple pages of endless dialogue Regardless, the book furthers the story of Merlyn and Arthur and is still enjoyable in within the whole of the series.

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