Book Review: The Seeing Stone

The Seeing Stone (Book 1 in the Arthur Trilogy) by Kevin Crossley-Holland (NEW!)

SUMMARY: The year is 1199 and on the borders of England and Wales young Arthur de Caldicot waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives Arthur a shining black stone--a seeing stone--that shows him visions of his namesake, King Arthur. At first, there seems to be no connection between Arthurs past and present. Manor life for Arthur de Calidicot is a complex struggle of terrible secrets and haunting jealousies. Nothing like the red and white dragons, or the sword in the stone. And yet...there is something binding the two Arthurs together. (excerpted from the inside flap)

OPINION: There are 100 short chapters in this novel, and all of them contribute to a total picture that encompasses not just the Arthurian legends, but also manor life in the 13th century. It is really cool how legends and reality intertwine to create one coherent story without being confusing. This book is the first in a trilogy, and I can't wait to read the other two: At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March. Look for all three books in our teen section!

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