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Publication Order of Arthur Trilogy Books

The Seeing Stone (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Crossing Places (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King of the Middle March (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Viking Sagas Books

Bracelet of Bones (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scramasax (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Havelok The Dane (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Horn: A Medieval Romance (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dream of a Meeting (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beowulf (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storm (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fox and the Cat (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quest for Olwen (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stones Remain (With: Andrew Rafferty) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tale of Taliesin (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Arthur's World (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossing to Paradise (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gatty's Tale (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outsiders (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Waterslain Angels (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thor And The Master Of Magic (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heartsong (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arthur: The Always King (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Callow Pit Coffer (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Children (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pedlar of Swaffham (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Stranger (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fire-Brother (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Petal and Stone (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Earth-Father (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wildman (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dathera Dad (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleeping Nanna (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Sun and Over the Moon (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Tom and the Dead Hand (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King Who Was and Will Be (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World of King Arthur and His Court (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ugly Duckling (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Many Miles To Bethlehem? (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stars of Mine (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Riddlemaster (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harald in Byzantium (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Gravity for Beginngers (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Wordhoard: Anglo-Saxon Stories (With: Jill Paton Walsh) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Norse Myths (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rain-Giver: Poems (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dream House: Poems (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Moon (With: ) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from the Mabinogion (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Waterslain and Other Poems (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Painting Room (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected British Folk Tales (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Language of Yes (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old Stories (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short! (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poems From East Anglia (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enchantment (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from the Old World (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Poems (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Viking! (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightingale That Shrieked And Other Tales (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moored Man (With: Norman Ackroyd) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short Too! (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mountains of Norfolk (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Breaking Hour (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Between Worlds (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Animals Grimm (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Norse Tales (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Across the Rainbow Bridge (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Oxford Book of Travel Verse (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Exeter Book of Riddles (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Lands (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden Roads (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Anglo-Saxon World(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Folk-Tales of the British Isles(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Axe Age, Wolf Age(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Northern Lights(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Horseman(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts and Goblins(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why The Fish Laughed And Other Tales(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light Unlocked: Christmas Card Poems(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a YA fiction and historical romance author. He won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. Crossley has written many books for children and adults in classic retellings, poetry, and anthologies.

The Seeing Stone was awarded the Smarties Prize Bronze medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and The Arthur trilogy won worldwide critical acclaim and has been translated into 21 languages.

Crossley has written and presented multiple BBC radio programs. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and for years he held a university post in Minnesota as an endowed chair in the humanities.

He lectures abroad representing the British Council and sometimes leads sessions for teachers and librarians. Crossley offers poetry and prose workshops on some of his novels.

The Norse Myths

The novel looms up through the winter mists, grim, cold, and magnificent. They are fatalist stories of gods who are not only doomed but already know their doom. They are aware of how they’ll die; the only remaining question is when the twilight gods will occur.

Thor will defeat Jormungand while the Midgard serpent, large enough to surround the entire world, staggers backward nine steps and later fall dead, poisoned by the serpent’s venom.

Odin will be murdered by the great wolf Fenrir, and the son of Odin will later kill Fenrir. All have no option but to face their end with courage. Might there rise a message of hope for them before their final day?

Like humans, the Norse gods live in the knowledge and examination of their weakness and mortality. The author serves a well-written and accessible retelling of the stories of Norse mythology introducing the divinity in whom the Vikings believed before the fearsome raiders from the north converted to Christianity.
Kevin provides an easy and direct way for readers to get to know the Norse Pantheon. All the gods, including the arrogant Odin, king of the gods, boast about his conquests, both military and erotic. The thunder god Thor carried a hammer like a working human being and was said to be popular among normal people of the Viking world.

Loki, the trickster god in the course of the myths, goes from a mischief-maker who brings trouble and later resolves it. He is a malignant figure looking forward to bringing destruction for its sake.

The mythic legacy of the Scandinavians involves a series of stories filled with images from Pre-Christian Europe. Humans, beasts, and gods were involved in drinking, strength contesting lusty activities, and schemes grabbing gold.

The Norse Pantheon includes Thor, the thundering powerhouse, and Odin, the most fearsome and wisest of the gods. Their war loves, and adventures take the reader through divine and mortal worlds. Kevin Crossley shows the passion, boundless spirit, and brevity that was in the Norse world.

Crossley-Holland combines scholarship with a strong prose style making myths readily available to curious readers. The gods and goddesses are exciting characters and multifaceted in that they get to be worshipped for multiple reasons.

The author retells the Norse myths with an excellent introduction offering historical and mythological backgrounds as she suggests parallels with myths in different parts of the world. The tales are retold with humor and enthusiasm to make the reader engaged to the end.

The Seeing Stone
The seeing Stone is the debut in the Arthur Trilogy. The story is a captivating, imaginative, and compelling story that tells the story of a 13-year-old boy in England living near the Welsh Border in 1199 and 1200.

Arthur of Caldicot is the son of Sir John and Brother to Serle and Sian. He lives in a castle located on the borderline of Wales and England. He has several friends among the servants, much to his father’s shock. Sometimes he helps with daily tasks delegated to his friends before later his father comes to forbid.
Arthur hasn’t been good with a sword, but he’s excellent when it comes to words and bow. He wants to be a knight, before being betrothed to his cousin Grace. His father’s mysterious friend father Merlin, the wizard, gives him an obsidian stone.

The Stone is almost flat and pure black, bumpy on one side and slick and mirror-like on the other. Arthur is concerned about his elder brother’s spite, his father’s decline to give him an answer concerning becoming squire, his younger brother’s sickness, and his always aching tailbone

In the Stone he is given, Arthur sees the narrative unfold about a legendary young kin Arthur who lived centuries before. His life resembles that of the young Arthur in many ways, making him wonder what his future will look like.

The Stone tells a story with some unique powers that Arthur will soon learn about. He is required to protect the Stone since it’s a secret, or else the Stone will lose its powers. The Stone is said to reveal different things in life to whoever owns it, and now it’s revealing Arthur’s life journey.

Arthur worries so much about his future especially considering that it’s in the hands of his father. His brother often bullies him, making Shim wonder whether he will be needed to marry within his parents’ control.

Arthur also feels his tail bone is increasing in size, something that according to the manorial priest means that he might be a devil, which makes him very worried. Later he comes across an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy trying to find his way in the world while maintaining a good relationship with his friends and the adults in his life.

Throughout the story, the reader learns about life in the 12th century in England, where the rich were stealing from the poor, and the strong took advantage of the weak like orphans and widows because they have no voices.

Two separate worlds are held together to make a fantastic story. There are female characters in the story whose lives are mainly under men’s control, but they gain power and influence in more ways than the male characters. This adds more authenticity and depth to the book serving as a reminder that it’s not only in recent years that women’s rights were propagated

Even though the story of Arthur is and the Sword in the Stone is told in a brief and elementary fashion, the story of Arthur Caldicot is both gripping and fascinating. One will get to know about Arthur’s family where they might end up loving and hating some. For readers who are interested in magic and superstitions, the Seeing Stone is the book for you.

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