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Excellent writing and storytelling as always by Bernard Cornwell Stonegenge had this authentic feel that I love so much when reading historical fictions and that always accompanies Bernard Cornwell s novels He made prehistoric times come alive for me and I enjoyed this story immensely. Bernard Cornwell is one of my favorite authors, and I have been looking forward to reading this for some time But with all that I am still surprised on how good the book is.This story is a bit different from the usual Cornwell yarn From the books I have read by him, it is apparent he likes to write about war, and is probably one of the best writers out there in describing battle scenes There is battles in this book too, but the are few and far between This isabout primitive man, and th Bernard Cornwell is one of my favorite authors, and I have been looking forward to reading this for some time But with all that I am still surprised on how good the book is.This story is a bit different from the usual Cornwell yarn From the books I have read by him, it is apparent he likes to write about war, and is probably one of the best writers out there in describing battle scenes There is battles in this book too, but the are few and far between This isabout primitive man, and their relationship with their gods.This is about three brothers, and events surrounding them that brings about the creation of Stonehenge Little is known about Stonehenge, but Cornwell incorporates the littliest things into his story, making it a pleasure to read This novel really draws you in, making you feel like you are there in the distant past, making you the characters struggles and their hopes in building Stonehenge I loved the characters in the story Camadan and Saban really stood out.The story went by to fast, and left me wantingSigns of a great novel The key to being a successful historical fiction author is the ability to open a window into the place and era in which you write Bernard Cornwell does this seamlessly Cornwell tells a completely imagined story revolving around mystical Stonehenge that made me believe the events could have actually taken place in the distant past Within the Historical Notes section at the back of the book, he even states that the names for the gods and goddesses were completely made up, yet everything felt The key to being a successful historical fiction author is the ability to open a window into the place and era in which you write Bernard Cornwell does this seamlessly Cornwell tells a completely imagined story revolving around mystical Stonehenge that made me believe the events could have actually taken place in the distant past Within the Historical Notes section at the back of the book, he even states that the names for the gods and goddesses were completely made up, yet everything felt authentic.What a story Though I rated this one 5 stars, I will say that the story builds slowly, but the pay off at the end was worth it Much of this book details how pre Bronze Age people actually managed to move and shape the massive stones that made Stonehenge so if that kind of detail bores you, then this one probably isn t for you in which case I d recommend you go kick some rocks Though it dealt with a completely different era and story, Stonehenge reminded me of Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth, which I also loved If you enjoyed Pillars, then I would bet that you would enjoy this as well Stonehenge was an interesting glimpse into a sparsely covered period of historical fiction Like the gods upon the great temple s completion, I am pleased with this momentous effort.Get your copy here I read this book when it first came out and loved it It is a long book set around prehistory 2000 BC If the origins of Stonehenge interests you this is Bernard Cornwell s personal take and I found it a powerful and fascinating story with strong characters and many exciting dramas going on between them all An exciting book but you need a fair bit of spare time to get through it It is definitely on my personal list to re read if I ever get through all the unread novels on my shelves still wa I read this book when it first came out and loved it It is a long book set around prehistory 2000 BC If the origins of Stonehenge interests you this is Bernard Cornwell s personal take and I found it a powerful and fascinating story with strong characters and many exciting dramas going on between them all An exciting book but you need a fair bit of spare time to get through it It is definitely on my personal list to re read if I ever get through all the unread novels on my shelves still waiting to be explored Well, I m throwing in the towel and moving on to something else.I began this book in June, and haven t picked it up since August.I seldom fail to finish a book, but I just can t carry on with this one Not my cup of tea, I guess. A good story, well written, but not up to what I expect from Bernard Cornwell He builds on John North s Stonehenge Neolithic Man and the Cosmos to include a plausible explanation of what little we know about this wonder of the ancient world, contemporaneous with the Great Pyramids of Egypt.But the book doesn t connect For one thing it lacks the humor which leavens the drama and gore of his Wessex series I assume Sharpe has his humorous moments, too I never grew to care for Saban as I shou A good story, well written, but not up to what I expect from Bernard Cornwell He builds on John North s Stonehenge Neolithic Man and the Cosmos to include a plausible explanation of what little we know about this wonder of the ancient world, contemporaneous with the Great Pyramids of Egypt.But the book doesn t connect For one thing it lacks the humor which leavens the drama and gore of his Wessex series I assume Sharpe has his humorous moments, too I never grew to care for Saban as I should for a flawed hero.Also, the rate of action seems totally beyond what an early Bronze Age community should be capable The biggest oak they can find is cut down in a day With stone, flint and bronze tools Still, so far as I know, there are no historical howlers, and it was a good read Had a lessor author written it, I might have rated it with four stars Cornwell catches us up in a fascinating page turning historical novel with science fantasy elements, in this elecrtic epic set in the Britain of 4000 years ago.Cornwell creates an eventful, vivid, gory, gripping and spellbinding tale of love and loss, sorcery, hatred, jealousy, greed, ambition and pagan theology.Traces the story of three brothers, the evil and savage killer, Lengar, the cunning cripple turned sorcerer, Camaban, who ruthlessly sheds blood to build a new stone temple that will ush Cornwell catches us up in a fascinating page turning historical novel with science fantasy elements, in this elecrtic epic set in the Britain of 4000 years ago.Cornwell creates an eventful, vivid, gory, gripping and spellbinding tale of love and loss, sorcery, hatred, jealousy, greed, ambition and pagan theology.Traces the story of three brothers, the evil and savage killer, Lengar, the cunning cripple turned sorcerer, Camaban, who ruthlessly sheds blood to build a new stone temple that will usher in new age free of suffering and death the ruthless idealism of causes massive death and suffering for a utopian ideal, that was a hallmark of the twentieth century CE, and Saban, an intelligent but somewhat naive third brother who is caught in the machinations of his malignant older brothers.Derewynn, who is the bride of Saban who is then raped and enslaved by Lengar and his friends, before becoming a formidable sorceress and chieftainess, and Aurenna the priestess and second bride of Saban, to be the disciple and high priestess of Camaban.One thing that was absent that would have been helpful would have been a map showing where the places named are today in modern Britain.Ultimately about the author s story of how Stonehenge came to be in his imagination Another page turning Cornwell historical thriller, which you will want to add to your collection *FREE E-PUB ☔ Stonehenge ☙ From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that created the mysterious Stonehenge One summer s day, a dying stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of RatharrynThe three sons of Ratharryn s chief each perceive the great gift in a different way The eldest, Lengar, the warrior, harnesses his murderous ambition to be a ruler and take great power for his tribe Camaban becomes a great visionary and feared wise man, and it is his vision that will force the youngest brother, Saban, to create the great temple on the green hill where the gods will appear on earth Saban s love for Aurenna, the sun bride whose destiny is to die for the gods, finally brings the rivalries of the brothers to a head But it is also his skills that will build the vast temple, a place for the gods, certainly, but also a place that will confirm for ever the supreme power of the tribe that built it It s violent, says Dad Oh, says I, with a lofty wave of the hand, violence is all right I can handle THAT Turns out, Dad knew what he was talking about This book was far, far grittier than my usual fare, and there were several times where I had to put it aside and read something as cheery as Howl s Moving Castle to settle the emotions It is not a difficult book stylistically, but the weight of darkness and paganism was so great that it took me over a month to plow through to the end It s violent, says Dad Oh, says I, with a lofty wave of the hand, violence is all right I can handle THAT Turns out, Dad knew what he was talking about This book was far, far grittier than my usual fare, and there were several times where I had to put it aside and read something as cheery as Howl s Moving Castle to settle the emotions It is not a difficult book stylistically, but the weight of darkness and paganism was so great that it took me over a month to plow through to the end Cornwell doesn t skimp on the brutal details of life in Britain two thousand years before the birth of Christ, and he certainly doesn t try to present the newfangled idea of innocent, ignorant people who lived in communion with nature In fact, he directly repudiates such notions in his Historical Note Archeological evidence shows pretty clearly that the lives of these men and women revolved around death early deaths, sacrificial deaths, violent deaths and so does this novel That hardly makes for a light and cheery read.The novel is also intriguing, however, which was what kept me reading There are really no likeable characters pitiable, yes, and sometimes even sympathetic, but not likeable or heroic I certainly didn t keep reading for them But I wanted to know how it would end, and, perhaps like Saban himself, I wanted to see Stonehenge completed I also respect his ability to incorporate, or rather weave a story around, historical details and archaeological finds it was very nice to be able to say, Oh Oh I know that archer s cuff I got that referenceThat is the best sort of historical fiction.So I got through, and while I can hardly say I ll be readingof Cornwell s works due to the sheer grittiness of them, I do appreciate his ability to craft an anachronism free work and to hold the reader to the end. Ancient architecture 101,No matter how you slice it, the book is about how to build a stone temple in ancient times There is a story behind this, an interesting and complex tale of people from all over present day England, surrounding three brothers, sons of a chieftan, and their aspirations, plottings, dreams and failures There is travel throughout the ancient island with Cornwell s requisite description of place and people, but it still comes back to building the stone temple so the titl Ancient architecture 101,No matter how you slice it, the book is about how to build a stone temple in ancient times There is a story behind this, an interesting and complex tale of people from all over present day England, surrounding three brothers, sons of a chieftan, and their aspirations, plottings, dreams and failures There is travel throughout the ancient island with Cornwell s requisite description of place and people, but it still comes back to building the stone temple so the title suggests, so the book goesThis is not, in my humble opinion and I am a big fan of Cornwell , Bernard s best work It is interesting enough There is treachery, murder, rivalry, betrayal, lust, insanity, god worship, slavery, battle, bravery, courage and cowardice, but all offered in less heaping helpings than usually offered from Cornwell.Surely, it was no small task for our neolithic ancestors to collect the stones, shape them, move them and stand them so precisely, but the description of such consumes probably 75 80% of the book Cornwell does his best to make this description interesting, but I believe that where this book really falls short is in its length The tale could have been told in fewer pages with fewer people and less outside storylines.The back story is sufficient, but nothing outstanding To be honest, I m a bit surprised by the praise offered by the experts people that get paid to review I think the experts failed us on this one This is an average read with Cornwell s exceptional ability to lay out the scene bringing the rating up slightly.This is certainly an interesting read for anyone that is interested in ancient history, but I don t think that the average historical fiction reader will find much to be excited about here The battles are weak in comparison to Cornwell s usual epic warfare storytelling There is no real mystery, though the book does not promise this I have just come to expect this from Cornwell so I offer it as an aside.I am very interested in anything prehistoric ancient and I did enjoy reading about the tools, processes, people and lifestyles of our forefathers, but I realize that some may not take so much enjoyment from the tale I give 4 stars, my personal rating, understanding full well that some may disagree and so also offer the reasons why I believe some may not be quite so interested Overall, I would rate this a 3 , rounding up to 4 because Cornwell can make even the grinding and standing of stones sound interesting But some may want to skip this one and move on to ainvolving tale