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Jack Whyte (1940–2021)

Forfatter af The Skystone

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Writer Jack Whyte was born in Scotland in 1940. He was raised in Scotland, but educated in England and France before migrating to Canada in 1967. He spent one year teaching English in high school, before focusing on a career as a professional singer, musician, and actor. He wrote, directed and vis mere appeared in a one man show about Scotland's national poet Robert Burns in the early 1970's. Due to the show's success, he started writing for CBC national television and eventually went into advertising. He is the author of The Camulod Chronicles or A Dream of Eagles series which sets the tales of King Arthur in Roman Britain and Templar Trilogy which deals with the rise and fall of the Order of the Knights of the Temple of Solomon. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: ack Whyte, Jack Whyte, by Jack Whyte


Værker af Jack Whyte

The Skystone (1992) 1,633 eksemplarer
The Singing Sword (1996) 1,186 eksemplarer
The Eagles' Brood (1994) 1,017 eksemplarer
The Saxon Shore (1995) 940 eksemplarer
The Sorcerer : Metamorphosis (1997) 836 eksemplarer
Uther (2000) 790 eksemplarer
Clothar the Frank (2003) 609 eksemplarer
The Eagle (2005) 493 eksemplarer
Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy) (2009) — Forfatter — 305 eksemplarer
The Forest Laird (2010) 232 eksemplarer
The Renegade (2012) 109 eksemplarer

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Arthurian Theme read w/**SPOILERS** i The Green Dragon (marts 2008)


I thought this was a fair bit better than the first book. It lost some steam at the end - and having now started book 3 I wonder if that could have been offset by starting the otherwise abrupt transition to a new perspective there more in this book - but I still thought structurally this book was solid, did a good job of developing and exploring some interesting topics, and kept the plot moving along well. Some of the same disappointments hold as before, I still wish I learned more about the history from these books, it almost feels like Whyte just needed a team of historians to read these books and suggest places to add more dashes of reality and context. But that’s a huge ask, they’re still good reads, even if I’m slightly apprehensive about the next book.… (mere)
mrbearbooks | 14 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |
This is challenging to review. On the one hand, I read it, and didnt put it down. On the other hand, I cant really say that this book “worked” for me. The parallel narrative with the previous book made me slightly curious about filling in the gaps, but also made the book drag a bit at times (and the points where the author “fast forwards” while reminding you of Merlyn’s perspective were very jarring). The main issue I had is that the character development and progression of Uther is just not great. Honestly, Merlyn’s wasnt either, and I found myself missing Publius Varrus and the general tone and theme of the first two books. There’s a lot of chaos in this one - armies appearing out of nowhere to put Uther into bigger and bigger messes that, while atmospheric, never really made a lot of sense. If Lot is so unlikable and nuts, how is he convincing thousands of mercenaries to show up and fight whomever they see on the road? Maybe the world was really like this, but from a reader’s perspective, it just felt like senseless chaos, and Uther’s abnormally developed sense of honor was completely at odds with the situations he found himself in. Concepts didnt develop in this book the way they promised to in the first 2-3. We didnt learn more about the concept of Camulod, or even Cambria, and overall the philosophical style of the first two books was totally absent.

Maybe all of this was intentional (to some extent, it surely was), but the books are definitely trending in a direction I’m less curious about, and thats disappointing. I’ll keep reading, but I look forward to the next less than I did before.

As a note, I read this after The Eagles’ Brood because that’s how my books were numbered. Realizing now that maybe that was not the correct reading order, but while reading it felt reasonable/natural.
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mrbearbooks | 8 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |
This was fine. Not a lot happens, and the character development is simply worse than the previous books. Still curious to see how this story ends, but haven’t enjoyed the more recent books as much as the first few.
mrbearbooks | 12 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |
This book was fine. I’m still curious to see how the story develops, but I am slowly tiring of the author’s style, and still feel like Merlyn as a character is not very interesting, which makes the whole series feel slower. Something about the characterization generally feels a bit limited - characters are either underdeveloped or fit extremely well into perfect boxes. Gray areas are limited. Lets see if Arthur can turn that around.
mrbearbooks | 13 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |



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