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The Singing Sword





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In The Singing Sword, the second book in the Camulod Chronicles, Jack Whyte's multi-volume rendition of the history and prehistory of Arthurian England, the Roman Empire is nearing its end in Britain and a community of Roman colonists is attempting to create a society to outlast the difficult times they see ahead.

As in its predecessor, The Skystone, the main character in The Singing Sword is Gaius Publius Varrus, one of the founders of the community. Old feuds (a vengeful senator) and new dangers (raiding Franks) make up most of the action, but much as Publius's life has moved far beyond that of a soldier's, so The Singing Sword is much more than an action-adventure novel. A sword fight is as likely to be followed by a discussion of the theology of Saint Augustine as by a consideration of the novel use of cavalry in warfare. The characters are as concerned with the philosophical basis of their society as they are with fighting for it, and the end result will be a community still legendary in our own time.

The Singing Sword is an intriguing historical novel with a touch of legend, featuring characters who have a convincing knowledge of and some influence over events at the last stages of the Roman Empire. And for those looking for the arrival of King Arthur, there is the birth of two grandchildren with famous names, and the forging of a sword that sings. Greg L. Johnson

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