The Lance Thrower

The Lance Thrower

by Jack Whyte


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Jack Whyte has written a lyrical epic, retelling the myths behind the boy who would become the Man Who Would Be King—Arthur Pendragon. He has shown us, as Diana Gabaldon said, "the bone beneath the flesh of legend." In his last book in this series, we witnessed the young king pull the sword from the stone and begin his journey to greatness. Now we reach the tale itself-how the most shining court in history was made.

Clothar is a young man of promise. He has been sent from the wreckage of Gaul to one of the few schools remaining, where logic and rhetoric are taught along with battle techniques that will allow him to survive in the cruel new world where the veneer of civilization is held together by barbarism. He is sent by his mentor on a journey to aid another young man: Arthur Pendragon. He is a man who wants to replace barbarism with law, and keep those who work only for destruction at bay. He is seen, as the last great hope for all that is good.

Clothar is drawn to this man, and together they build a dream too perfect to last—and, with a special woman, they share a love that will nearly destroy them all...

The name of Clothar may be unknown to modern readers, for tales change in the telling through centuries. But any reader will surely know this heroic young man as well as they know the man who became his king. Hundreds of years later, chronicles call Clothar, the Lance Thrower, by a much more common name.

That of Lancelot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765396570
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Camulod Chronicles Series , #8
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 443,590
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.41(d)

About the Author

Jack Whyte is a Scots-born, award-winning Canadian author whose poem, The Faceless One, was featured at the 1991 New York Film Festival. The Camulod Chronicles is his greatest work, a stunning retelling of one of our greatest legends—the making of King Arthur's Britain. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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The Lance Thrower (Camulod Chronicles Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Glorybe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the eighth of Nine books in The Camulod Chronicles, so I am getting close to the end, and will be so sad when that happens! Each and every book in this series has been fascinating, exciting, adventurous and so very well written. This book introduces us to Lancelot,the whole book tells us his story weaving him seamlessley into the history of the Arthurian legend. The research done for this series must have been phenominal but it has paid off. I can't praise them highly enough, I LOVE THEM.
wendytrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I'm sad that there is only one more book in this series. This book introduced Clothar (aka Lancelot) and now things will really get interesting....
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful retelling of Arthurian mythology from a more realistic and less mythological standpoint. Great read!
hlselz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an historical fiction series about King Arthur, and they are my favorite books of ALL time. Whyte is an amazing author, and his descriptions are amazing. The books tell a realistic story of King Arthur, without all of the magic and sorcery we see in modern myths. These books start off with King Arthur's great great grandfather, and chronicle the family until the death of King Arthur. The charectors are so well developed you feel as if you know them. The other great thing about these books is that they are written in journal-like form. So as different members of the family are "writing" the different books, the writing style and methods change slightly.
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Eireshman More than 1 year ago
Having read all the previous books in the Camulod series, I was thrilled to learn that there were two more added. Mr. Whyte writes so well that one is transported back to that ancient time. A time that rings true. A story of Arthur and Lancelot and Merlin that contains no magic or mysticism but rather a tale of human beings trying to build something lasting out of the chaos of the times.The Lance Thrower is the story of the life of Clothar the Gaul who becomes Lancelot and ends with his introduction to Arthur. The story is continued in the final book of the series..The Eagle..I loved it so much. Real people not saints or magicians. It is King Arthur and his men as you have never imagined before. They attempted to keep Roman law and order in the midst of hordes of barbarians. That they succeeded as long as they did, is the real magic behind the legends and myths.
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Debcosmos More than 1 year ago
This volume can be read it w/o the rest of the 10,000 page saga, but back info and flow chart the smart reader designs for her/himself helps. As usual, you don't have to see the author's gender to know a man wrote this- hundreds of pages of battles and building projects with precious little dialogue. I was able to skip most of the battle scenes without missing anything but gore. Mary Stewart doesn't need to lose any sleep worrying about any competition posed by this incredibly long series.
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matt1066 More than 1 year ago
Jack Whytes Camulod Cronicles is a wonderful and enthralling set of books that tell a very beievable and exciting story of the mythical character of Merlyn and King Arthur Pendragon. It is truly addictive so beware.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lance Thrower continues the saga of the Camulod Chronicles with the same literary expertise and exquisite character development we learned to expect from the preceding volumes in the series. Unlike most other accounts of this legend, this book has given Clothar's (Lancelot's) personal history, adding to the reader's appreciation for these representative characters and their challenges and courage in the times in which they lived. I eagerly, but also with some sadness, await the next and final volume in this wonderful series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Lance Thrower' wasn't the best of the Camulod stories, but look at what it had to live up to...'The Skystone' and 'The Eagles Brood' are two of the best books I've ever read (and as a librarian, I read a lot). Clothar's personal history was a little tedious but, in order for the reader to understand Clothar himself, it was essential to the story. And what a cliffhanger! Does anyone know when the next book is due to be published?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Camulod Chronicles, and was left to wonder why more of the tale wasn't told in this volume. The story and premise was captivating, but I felt we should have gotten further along into the life and times of Arthur and Clothar . It seems we have just been given a tease to what could be. Now wait 2-3 years for the rest of the story. Unfair.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In fifth century Gaul, Clothar the Lance Thrower is raised by his aunt, the Lady of the Lake when his father is murdered. At the same time, Caius Merlyn raises Arthur to become the future king of England. When she feels the time is right his aunt sends Clothar to remind Caius that for the new realm to succeed, it must be a Kingdom dedicated to God......................... Arthur and Clothar become close friends and the expatriate Frank becomes a believer in the dream of Camulod. As the duo and others begin their quest to make the ideal a reality, a woman enters the mix. This is no ordinary female as both Arthur and Clothar fall in love with her, but will this kind woman inadvertently prove to be the divisor of the ¿I got your back¿ buddies?.................................. The eighth Camulod Chronicle is an exciting retelling of one of the great legends of the Round Table saga. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action, but as with the original story of Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, and Queen Guinevere, the tale belongs to the romantic triangle. With his emphasis on life in the fifth century, Jack Whyte makes believers out of his audience that Camelot was real............................... Harriet Klausner