Clothar the Frank Hardcover – Dec 16 2003
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Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte's 'Camulod' series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages. (The Washington Post on Camulod Chronicles)
Whyte has done an excellent job of constructing a viable pre-Arthurian world. His fifth-century Europe is evocative, earthy, and well researched. (Romantic Times on Camulod Chronicles)
As Whyte waves off the fog of fantasy and legend surrounding the Arthurian story, he renders characters and events real and plausible. (Booklist on Camulod Chronicles)
Whyte shows why Camulod was such a wonder, demonstrating time and again how persistence, knowledge and empathy can help push back the darkness of ignorance to build a shining future. (Publishers Weekly on Camulod Chronicles)
Whyte's story has an undeniable power that goes beyond the borrowed resonances of the mythic tales he's reworking. (Fantasy & Science Fiction on Camulod Chronicles)
A rousing historical adventure, full of hand-to hand combat, hidden treasures, and last-minute escapes, a refreshing change from the many quasi--historical, politically correct Arthurians out there. (Locus on The Skystone)
It's one of the most interesting historical novels that I've ever read and I've read plenty. (Marion Zimmer Bradley on The Skystone) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
JACK WHYTE, who was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction, was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1967. He is an actor, orator, singer and poet. Five titles have been published in his critically acclaimed Dream of Eagles series: The Skystone, The Singing Sword, The Eagles’ Brood, The Saxon Shore and The Sorcerer, which was published in two volumes: The Fort at River’s Bend and Metamorphosis. Uther and Clothar the Frank are companions to this series. Jack Whyte lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, and is at work on his next novel, The Eagle.See all Product Description
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"Clothar..." is the ORIGINAL and Canadian (and most of the world) title of this book, which was changed for American readers... from what I understand, due to something about concern that it might not be understood WHO the book was about, without spoon-feeding it to them... Oh brother!
Excellent read! Highly recommended, as is the whole series...
What are you thinking? Did you even read these books? "Clothar" is the story of the man we know as Lancelot. It is eighth in the series by Jack Whyte.
"The Lance Thrower" is the **SAME BOOK**, but retitled for the American market. (With a few minor changes in the text for the U.S. market).
So, my question would be: Are you merely uninformed and don't read the books you sell, or are you just trying to get more money from your customers by tricking them into buying two copies of the same book???? Hmph. In either case, shame on you.
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!
This book, again, breathes live into history, as did Jack Whyte's other excellent books. This book (Clothar the Frank), however, focusses strongly on one person, Clothar, who will become who we now know as Sir Lancelot.
The book struck me in the first 31 pages as overly melancholic, and then proceeds at a pace a little too slow for my taste for the next 100 pages. Then, however, with Clothar reaching manhood with sixteen, the book picks up pace and Jack Whyte is at his usual best again. The book is from then on packed with action AND depth and leaves me wanting to buy part two of this book. The reader should be warned that this is truly part one of a two-volumed book, and is in itself not complete.
I can't wait for part two!
Telling the story of "Lancelot" - ends with Clothar's meeting Arthur, but not before he has an encounter with Gwinnifer.
Most recent customer reviews
JACK WHYTE TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME LIKE NO OTHER AUTHOR
HE IS VERY DISCRIPTIVE IN HIS WRITING
MAKES YOU WANTING MORE
Just a quick FYI... "Clothar the Frank" and "The Lance Thrower" are the same book...
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Jack Whyte is true to himself. The book is excellent reading but leaves many questions unanswered. I sure hope there is a sequel in the works...Published on Jan. 26 2005