The first customer reviewer is absolutely correct when she states that CLOTHAR THE FRANK & THE LANCE THROWER are the same book, and both #8 in his Camulod Chronicles, well actually Clothar the Frank is the first novel of a two-book miniseries called THE GOLDEN EAGLE & is/are companions to the Camulod Chronicles. That aside, let's get on with the review.
This is the story of Clothar the Frank, who will later on be known as Lancelot. He was raised as the son of King Ban of Benwick in Gaul, the land of the Franks. He discovers at the age of ten that his parents were actually murdered by a usurper soon after his birth. However, he has all the talent of a skilled warrior and leader, who will eventually avenge his parent's deaths. In the meantime, he is caught in a war between his cousins, formerly his older brothers, for the crown of Benwick.
Before this, and shortly after he finds out his true parentage, he is sent with Bishop Germanus to attend his school. Here he learns to become a warrior as well as become a more introspective individual. Germanus eventually sends him on a mission to Britain bearing messages for Caius Merlyn Britannicus and Bishop Enos. Little does he know that his destiny will lie in this alien country and with the new Riothamus, Arthur Pendragon & Gwinnifer.
It's been quite a while since I've read the other books in this series, but for me, Clothar the Frank, was a well-written, page-turning novel that kept me engrossed for many nights, some into the a.m.! I believe that this is perhaps Jack Whyte's best effort yet, and I am hoping the publication of the next book in THE GOLDEN EAGLE series is in the very near, not distant, future!