Author Whyte spent his growing years in Scotland, but moved to Canada in the year Since then, he has been living there and is mainly involved in his writing works based on the historical fiction novels. As of today, he lives in his house located in Kelowna, British Columbia. The major work for which author Whyte is mainly popular for till date is a series of historical books which retell the stories of King Arthur, set against the backdrop of the Roman Britain.

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And damn! It took nine novels and thirteen years to complete his retelling of the Arthurian legend. This series is not for the impatient. Nor is the first book. Whyte plods and winds his way through the telling of the story of Publius Varrus and Caius Brittanicus. A pair of Roman soldiers stationed in Britain in the dying days of the Roman Empire. They are the men who give birth to the Arthur legend, both literally and figuratively, and it is Varrus who creates the Lady of the Lake -- a statue cast out of the eponymous Skystone -- and eventually, Excalibur.

Jack Whyte is nowhere near the finest writer of his generation, nor even a contender for the finest writer of fantasy-historical fiction, but there is something compelling about his Camulod books, perhaps because they feel possible, and part of that possibility is the languid pace. Nothing happens fast. This is a story of generations. It is a story of time and patience and potential, not a Hollywood action film of the bang-pow here-and-now.

What The Skystone does well is to make a beginning, to set the stage, to get us ready for everything that is to come so very slowly. Whyte sets himself the task of a beginning, and here, he succeeds very well. By the end of the series the languid pace may be a little too slow; it may actually be a little bit boring, but in The Skystone it is simply languid, and that is the perfect pace to set for a tale the author intends to drag out over a decade of writing.

They are all there, all ready to be read. But when you are finished make sure you imagine what it was like to be a faithful reader way back in Languid they may be, but languid must have been excruciating.


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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. January Learn how and when to remove this template message Invasion The book begins with Publius Varrus laying its framework: he is retelling his history and the history of the Roman withdrawal from Britain. He then begins by talking about an ambush by Celts where he and Caius Britannicus are injured. While thinking about his time spent with Britannicus recovering from these injuries, his thoughts lead to their meeting: Britannicus had been a captive of Berbers and Varrus freed him from them.


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