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Arthur : At The Crossing Places Hardcover – 23 Aug 2001

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; First Edition edition (23 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858813980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858813981
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into 25 languages, and has sold well over one million copies worldwide. He is a poet, historical novelist for children and authority on traditional tale who has presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. He is the President of the School Library Association, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads, was published in 2009.

Bracelet of Bones, the first of his Viking Sagas, was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Scramasax, in 2012.

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"The Seeing Stone is being heralded as a classic in the making and pre-publication reviews include: "it is of course wonderful to read such a lyrical, authoritative and accessible retelling of the Arthurian legends.. best of all is the figure of Arthur de Caldicot, a true child of his time, would-be man of action and poet in spite of himself. I truly love this book." Jan Mark; "another sparkling tale from this master storyteller." Tara Stephenson in The Bookseller"

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The second magnificent volume in the ARTHUR trilogy

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By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
Arthur at the crossing-places is a wonderful sequel and just as good as the seeing stone.
i love the way the story never stops; the first chapter continues where the last chapter of the previous book finished. there's no sense of missing anything that happens to Arthur or to Arthur-in-the-stone.
i can't help but wonder what will happen to Gatty, and who Arthur will be betrothed to. its a brilliant, realistic, imaginative story, that charms you with its complexity and breathtaking simplicty. one of the best books i have ever read.
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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.
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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 clichéd , 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 wonderful Queen of Camelot and Grail Prince.
King Arthur was reduced to a cardboard 'Arthur-in-the stone', equally cardboard were Guinevere, Lancelot and the clichéd 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.
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By A Customer on 20 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
Arthur at the Crossing-Places, in my opinion, is an excellent continuation of the Seeing Stone. I must admit that at times i found myself slightly bored, especially when you hear about Arthur of Camelot, but overall, i enjoyed it immensly. I am now eager to discover what kind of adventures he has on his Crusade and how it turns out with Winnie. I would recommend this book highly.
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"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 more 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.
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