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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 Camulod.
But soon their tranquillity 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 Empire.
When 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 Excalibur.
And, 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.
©1998 Jack Whyte (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By the mimsy on 06-17-16

it's the beave and his dad!

The first 2/3 of this book is a BORING collection of anecdotes that do nothing to move the plot forward. The dialogues between the men sound like the Beave and his dad. Then there are the moralizing monologs of Merlin. Yawn. Whyte seems to enjoy killing off most of the strong female characters (although he does allow his aunt to live to a ripe old age). And while I'm at it, I thought it was just creepy that Merlin should admire some woman's 'teats'! Women have breasts, Mr. Whyte!

Whew! Had to get that off my chest. In conclusion, I must add that things finally pick up towards the end. This is my second listen and I have enjoyed most of the other books in the series. I just feel offended when one gets thrown in to sell an extra book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Newman on 10-29-17

King Arthur and Rome series

When I first read these books a decade ago, I thought they were at the top of their game. They're still great for many reasons, but one thing I missed the first time around is the shear amount of exposition. Much of it is necessary, but most not necessarily so. It would be easy to argue that the primary narrative and story of the books are told in exposition. So if this author's previous works weren't enjoyed by you or you thought other works had too much exposition (like, say Pillars of the Earth) you might be wary. But, what the author does to make up for the amount of exposition is posit an entertainingly plausible story of how King Arthur stepped out of the world left by the fall of Rome. And I still enjoyed that story the second time around.

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