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Skystone, The

Author(s): Whyte, Jack Pages: 352
Publisher: Forge Date of Publication: 1996
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Britain Period: 365-390 AD (Code: 9b)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person: y
Detective/Narrator: Gaius Publius Varrus
Subject: Gaius Publius Varrus, a former primuspilus under Gaius Britannicus, a wealthy patrician who had been his general makes a sword (which will be Excalibur later) from metal which has fallen from the sky. The 2 establish a colony near Bath of like-minded individuals recruited against the anticipated fall of the Roman empire & the consequent abandonment by Rome of Britain. Theodosius a character.
Unique Qualities: Series: Camulod Chronicles 1; orig pub by Penguin 1992
Rating: Details regarding the Roman army, political events centered around Theodosius, details of daily life, both Roman & Celtic are woven into a good, fast-paced story, with plenty of action scenes, a couple of steamy erotic scenes, and some more reflective parts regarding the state of the Roman world & especially Britain at this time, showing reasons for Rome's weakness (overextension & moral/morale failure). Useful for a class studying the later part of the Roman empire.

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