It is 1399 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father’s friend Merlin gives him a shining stone, and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone.

In this  many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like snapshots not only of the mythic tales of King Arthur but the earthy, uncomfortable reality of the Middle Ages … a time of uncertainty about the future, and of issues concerning war and peace, social inequality, Christianity and Islam, reason and superstition.

The Seeing Stone is a thoroughly contemporary novel about the past, and a unique and brilliant take on the Arthurian legends. It is the first in a trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Carnegie medal winner, poet and author of many notable books of classic retellings.

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Authored by Kevin Crossley-Holland and published by Orion Children’s Books.  This soft cover bound First Edition, Proof Printing by Anthony Rowe, is in Fine condition, covered in plastic and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 217x135x28mm. ISBN 1858813972. This book does not say ” proof copy” but it does say “Proof Printing by Anthony Rowe”. Also does not say Vol 1 of a Trilogy but that is what it is. Unread and almost better than new. A 2-page map at both front & rear. 321pp.