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Tor 5138 The Skystone FINE
By Jack Whyte
Cover by Edward Miller
First of (at least) seven volumes in this author's massive
reconstruction of the Arthurian Legend. Equal parts of myth, history,
We all know the story about how Arthur pulled the sword from the
stone, how Camelot came to be, and the power struggles that ultimately
destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur? What were
the forces that helped creaate him?
Before the time of Arthur, Britain had become a dark and deadly
place, savaged by warring factions of picts, Celts, and invading Saxons.
There were also Roman citizens who had lived there for generations.
These last suddenly found themselves faced with a deadly choice. They
could leave and take up residence in a corrupt Roman world, or stay and
face the madness that would surely ensue when the Roman legions -
Britain's last bastion of safety for the civilized - leave? For two
Romans, Publius Varrus and his friend Caius Britannicus, there can be
only one answer. They will stay, try to preserve what is best of Roman
life, and create a new culture out of the wreckage. In doing so, they
will plant the seeds of the Legend.
For these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers, and their actions wil shape a nation - and forge a sword known as Excalibur.
First mass market printing, 1996. Clean and glossy, apparently
unread, with edge wear on the bottom. Pages are just a little bit