The seeing stone or arthur the seeing stone is a historical novel for children or young adults written by kevin crossley holland and published by orion in 2000 the first book of the so called arthur trilogy 2000 to 2003. Winner of the 2001 guardian childrens fiction award and shortlisted for the 2000 whitbread childrens book of the year the seeing stone is the first instalment in kevin crossley hollands arthur trilogy. Arthur the seeing stone is a book following the life of king arthur through the main character arthur de caldicot the seeing stone gives a powerful insight into what life was like in 1199 that year was a time full of secrets and superstition. But the books overall structure told from arthurs point of view in 100 very short chapters and its mystical overtones make the seeing stone a quick and engaging read beth amos bncom review. Arthur is the younger son and desperate to become a squire the first step towards knighthood but is afraid that his father intends him for the priesthood the enigmatic merlin gives arthur a black obsidian stone within which he can see the life of his legendary namesake played out
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