Sunday, 27 January 2008

Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell

Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn-and his ominous "gift" of gold-precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements. Bernard Cornwell's epic novel Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and wholly original-a tale of patricide, betrayal, and murder; of bloody brotherly rivalry: and of the never-ending quest for power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment.

Three brothers-deadly rivals-are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. There is Lengar, the eldest, a ruthless warrior intent on replacing his father as chief of the tribe of Ratharryn; Camaban, his bastard brother, a sorcerer whose religious fervor inspires the plan for Stonehenge; and Saban, the youngest, through whose expertise the temple will finally be completed. Divided by blood but united-precariously-by a shared vision, the brothers begin erecting their mighty ring of granite, aligning towering stones to the movement of the heavenly bodies, and raising arches to appease and unite their gods. Caught between the zealousness of his ambitious brothers, Saban becomes the true leader of his people, a peacemaker who will live to see the temple built in the name of salvation and regeneration.

This is a fantastic book, if you have any interest in Stonehenge you will love this, nobody truly knows how Stonehenge came to be built and this story was so beautifully told I would like to think there is some truth in the story and the real story of Stonehenge. I have never been to Stonehenge but, have been to many stone circles and the energy you get from them is so unreal so I can only imagine what Stonehenge can bring.

If you love Historical Fiction I am sure you will really enjoy this and Bernard Cornwell is a fantastic writer and really done a brilliant job of bringing the beginnings of Stone henge to life.

1 comment:

Rhinoa said...

I'm glad you liked this, have you read The Warlord Chronicles about Arthur as well? Typical Cornwell with lots of blood and guts, he certainly doesn't sugar coat things. It was an interesting take on what is still pretty mysterious.