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Summary

Bernard Cornwell's brilliant novel, reissued for fans to find out the story behind the stones. This is the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that created this great temple.

One summer's day, a dying stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of Ratharryn. The 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.

Stonehenge is first and foremost a great historical novel. Bernard Cornwell is well known and admired for the realism and imagination with which he brings earlier worlds to life. And here he uses all these skills to recreate the world of primitive Britain and to solve the mysteries of who built Stonehenge, how, and why.

"A circle of chalk, a ring of stone, and a house of arches to call the far gods home."

©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An epic story told with a master's skill. Bernard Cornwell now burrows into prehistory to suggest an answer to the puzzle of why and by whom Stonehenge was built. The result is an epic story told with a master's skill, presenting powerful personalities, high dramas and terrific climaxes with colour and pace." ( TLS)
"A fantastic story of intertribal rivalries, Machiavellian scheming by rival sect leaders and fierce battles over talismans" ( New York Times)

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Lost in time

Cornwell never fails to please he brings every page to life and Audio makes it even better

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Bloody

An interesting story on imagined events leading up to the creation of Stonehenge, a time we have no history for.
Cornwell, as always, delivers a gripping story, although highly frustrating at times. Just glad I wasn't living during this time.
Jonathan Keeble is the story.

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Confusing use of bronze historically good story.

Enjoyable story, raising stones etc
historical use of bronze a bit early me thinks but forgivable. Very well read.

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My Favourite Bernard Cornwell Novel

A great imagined history. The characters are well rounded and believable. The narration was spot on.

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its ok

its flutters between engaging and discombobulated. its a good little story with the interconnection of various characters but I've just finished it and I'm failing to remember the ending. there are some truly addictive moments throughout but the flow is just not like most of his books.

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Top book

Bernard cornwell at his best. He makes you think that you are in the middle of the stone and stories 😂

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love letter to the 'Old Folk'

Cant help think this is a love letter to the old folk Uthred talks so fondly off. Really enjoyed it. Mr Keble is of course brilliant.

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An enjoyable listen

Like all Bernard Cornwell books an interesting story. Enjoyable. Nicely narrated and characterisation was good. Considering the similar character names.

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marvellous read. Hustorical elements inspired . Well read by Keeble which broigjt characters to life. more please!

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A chapter or two too far

Love Bernard Cornwell books, also loved this one right up until a few chapters from end.

Seemed to be that it could’ve ended earlier and the last couple chapters appeared to be just added in to make book longer, especially as the twist turned one character on their head.

Also, how many times were those folk going to fall for the same type of back stabbing. I was screaming at book characters in disbelief that they couldn’t see what was coming.