At the Crossing Places: Book 2 (Arthur) Paperback – 1 Jun 2002
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"Rich, evocative storytelling." (Financial Times, 13 July 2002)
"This is storytelling of subtlety and nuance and, for the reflective reader, all the more satisfying for that." (Books for Keeps)
"¿a glorious panorama of medieval life, packed with incident and colour, brave deeds, passion , deception and even murder¿and is surely destined to be become a classic." (East Anglian Daily Times)
"¿an impressively multi-layered book, beautifully written, and a terrific piece of storytelling. I was impressed as much by Crossley-Holland's way with words as by the story itself." (The Historical Novels Review)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Enjoyed the trilogy, against my expectations, as this is advertised as a childrens book. This was preowned book but pristine.Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by pud
It's fairly easy to write a medieval novel with a handful of facts but Kevin goes way beyond that. He gets into the culture, so there are fleeting references to medicinal... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
"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". Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2009 by The Wanderer
The sequel to "The Seeing Stone," titled "At the Crossing-Places," is less interesting than the first book of this trilogy. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2003 by EA Solinas
I loved the first book in this trilogy but this is a poor follow up. There is far too much about Authur of camelot and not nearly enough about Authur de caldicot. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2001 by email@example.com