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The Eagle's Brood -- Jack Whyte Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 13 March 2009
The Eagle's Brood is the third book in The Calumod Chronicles series by Jack Whyte. This series is one of the best Arthurian legend series, intended for adult audiences, I have read. This book focuses mostly on Merlyn and secondarily on Uther, his cousin from their shared grandfather Picus Britannicus. The story is complete in itself but you can see the slowly moving events that have been progressing since the beginning of the series. The slow transformation of Britain from landscape dotted with Roman outposts to a barbaric land overrun with Celts, Saxons, Picts, Scots, and anyone else who thinks to come along. But there is a subtle order growing in the midst of the chaos. Some foreshadowing of what is to come.
There are two main conflicts that Merlyn deals with in this story. One is an internal conflict. An atrocity occurs and Merlyn believes that Uther committed the crime. He fights with his self because he believes that Uther is capable of committing the crime but he doesn't want to believe it. Throughout the story circumstantial evidence continues to build up and point at Uther's guilt.
The second conflict is between Camulod and Lot of Cornwall. Lot continuously wars against Camulod as he attempts to grow is power in the southwest corner of england. Harboring a personal grudge, Lot is especially vicious towards Merlyn and Uther.
The book is good, and like the others in the series, it is definitely intended for adult audiences.
While it is a part of the Camulod Chronicles series, the book can be read as a stand alone story. The references to the historical figures might be a little bit vague but detailed knowledge of them is not critical for understanding and enjoying the story.
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