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At the Crossing Places: Book 2 (Arthur) Paperback – 1 Jun 2002

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842552007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842552001
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I loved the first book in the series and as expected with a second instalment I'm left with many questions all to be answered. At the crossing places perhaps doesn't have the charm of the seeing stone but has definitely left me looking forward to the conclusion of the story
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I really liked the first book in the trilogy but the second one was slightly disappointing but still well worth reading. i thought that it did have a bit to much about Arthur of Camelot because i prefer reading about arthur de caldicot. i want 2 c how the story develops so i am eagarly awaiting the 3rd book.
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