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Arthur At the Crossing Places (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Samuel West, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Orion Publishing Group Limited: Audible Audiobooks Book condition not as described I expect very good condition2 to be just that very good not just acceptable. I loved the first book in this series The Seeing Stone I loved the characters especially Arthur, Gatty, Tanwen, Sir John and Merlin I loved the Canterbury Tales feel and the way mediaeval England was so beautifully done, and looked forward to reading the sequel At The Crossing Places and the part that did focus on my favourite characters was still an enthralling read The problem was the main narrative was not developed well enough or expanded enough on because of the continual switching to Arthur De Caldicot s vision s of Arthur in the stone I love Arthurian novels and movies, but Arthurian legend is too great and too deep to be reduced to a device within another novel which in this case is clich d , shallow, rushed and artificial with no character development or story to speak off Rather read one of the better series of Arthurian legends, such as Mary Stewart s Arthurian series, Bernard Cornwell s King Arthur trilogy and Nancy McKenzies wonderfulQueen of CamelotandGrail Prince.King Arthur was reduced to a cardboard Arthur in the stone , equally cardboard were Guinevere, Lancelot and the clich d knights of the round table.the author should have focused on Arthur De Caldicot, his relationships with variuos engaging young girls including the lovable Gatty some truly touching scenes with Gatty and Arthur the young noblewomen Winnie, Grace, Rowena and Izzie and the chambermaid and young mother Tanwen As well as his training as a squire, and the spiteful jealousy of his foster brother Serle, Arthur s discovery of his real origin, search for his mother, and preparations for the crusade.I did not like the stereotyping of Jews in the hook nosed money lender Jacob but thought the touching on of his orphaned little daughter Miriam held promise but none of this could be devloped properly because of the constant references to the cardboard Arthur in the stone good book Enjoyed the trilogy, against my expectations, as this is advertised as a childrens book This was preowned book but pristine. This book continues the story of young Arthur, begun in Arthur The Seeing Stone It is now the year 1200, one year on from the previous novel, and Arthur is all set to join Lord Stephen de Holt the man to whom he is now squire on the Fourth Crusade against the infidels However, there are many preparations that have to be made before they can even think of crossing the Channel Armour to get ready, horses and will Arthur become betrothed This book, like the first in the trilogy, is cut short into 101 chapters, and the chapters chop and change between the story of Arthur of the Marches and the myth of King Arthur in the stone Being used to the short chapters from the previous novel, I barely noticed them Unfortunately, though, I just couldn t enjoy the story of the mythological Arthur in this novel I found the sections about the legend of King Arthur seemed muddled and didn t have any continuity to them, making them difficult to read and follow There also seems to be a greater emphasis on the mythology story in this novel as well, whereas in the first book it was used less often.In all, although I still enjoyed the story of young Arthur in the Marches at his crossing point between boyhood and manhood, and the vivid descriptions of medieval life, I felt the legend of Arthur sections could have been used to tie the book together a lot better As it is, they are just a confusing muddle and I was left disappointed. At the Crossing Places is the second instalment in Kevin Crossley Holland s Arthur trilogy, and the sequel to the award winning The Seeing Stone Set on the Welsh Marches in the year 1200, it continues the tale of thirteen year old Arthur de Caldicot Arthur has recently been made squire to Lord Stephen de Holt, who is preparing to go on crusade against the Saracens But as Arthur readies himself to go with his lord, he also begins his own quest to find his real mother, whose identity has been kept from him his entire life.Just as in The Seeing Stone , the story is narrated by Arthur over the course of 101 short chapters, each one no usually than a handful of pages in length In these he describes not only daily life on the manor at Holt, but also the visions he receives through his obsidian seeing stone, of his namesake King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table Compared with the previous volume, however, the sections set within the seeing stone lack coherence, and do not seem to bear as much relevance to Arthur s real life, even though they take up a greater proportion of the book This can prove frustrating at times, particularly since Arthur s own quest takes some time to develop.Nevertheless, the writing is still as poetic and evocative as before, with touches both of humour and of sadness, and an authentic feel which is never heavy handed Crossley Holland has an exceptional eye for detail the depth of his research as well as his passion for his subject are evident Every location is expertly and clearly evoked the splendour of Holt castle forms an excellent contrast to the humble manor of Caldicot, the place of Arthur s childhood Meanwhile the characters from kind Lord Stephen to two faced Haket, the village priest are well drawn and each have their own characteristics In particular it is hard not to be touched by Arthur s relationship with Gatty, the daughter of the reeve at Caldicot, especially as their close friendship blurs into love Indeed it is the lightness of the author s touch that makes these scenes all the powerful At the Crossing Places is, all in all, an admirable sequel While it may lack some of the drama of The Seeing Stone , it nevertheless lays firm foundations for the final book in the trilogy, King of the Middle March. Arthur de Caldicot, now page to Lord Stephen, sets off to Bruges and thence across France to Venice as the first stage in the preparations for going on a Crusade On his journey, he looks into the shining stone that Merlin gave him and sees the legends of King Arthur and his knights revealed to him They make a counterpoint to his own experiences as he struggles to do the right thing in relation to his father, the cruel Sir William, to his brother Serle, and the complex situations he encounters in the Manor of Caldicot as well as on his travels If you have a grandchild who has a thirst for reading, this is a great book. A great book in condition as advertised Great book Too bad my daugher was not a huge fan

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  • 22 March 2018

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