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ISBN13: 9780060548254
ISBN10: 0060548258
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Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

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"A perfect trip out of the present." The New York Times Book Review

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"The Arthurian legend is first and foremost defined by literary classics [such as] Mary Stewart's beloved Crystal Cave trilogy." USA Today

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"Mary Stewart has whetted readers' appetites for Arthurian marvels....Her purpose is not to recast old material but to bring alive a long-dead historical epoch....This she does splendidly. Fifth-century Britain is caught in these pages." Washington Post Book World

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"[An] enchanting version of the Arthurian legend...[that] stands heads and shoulders above a bland mass of fairy tales based on the story....Three-dimensional characters in a realistic world." Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)

About the Author

Mary Stewart, one of the most widely read authors of our time, began writing at the age of five, when she published her first poem in a small parish magazine in England. Having published 20 novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is noted both for her contemporary stories of romance and suspense and for her Arthurian novels, most recently The Prince and the Pilgrim. She has fourteen New York Times bestsellers to her credit, including The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment, which comprise The Merlin Trilogy. Before embarking on a full-time writing career she taught English at school and university level. Born in England, Mary Stewart has lived for many years in Scotland, dividing her time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands. Her interests include natural history, gardening, Greek and Roman history, music, and art.

Series Description

If you haven't read Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga, you don't know what you're missing. They are must reads for any romance reader, for any lover of Arthurian legend, for any history buff, for any voracious reader, and may be the books to get non-readers started. Basically, they should be read by everyone! Mary Stewart's research for these books is phenomenal. Her understanding of myth and its relationship to fact is remarkable. The books are complex, yet incredibly inviting and you will absolutely love the characters. They also weave together so beautifully that you won't be able to read only one. The books go in this order: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day.

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Miss_Misfit, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
This spellbinding story will lead you to believe in magic. How Merlin came to be and how difficult that journey was for him. You can feel the emotions that are behind the mask of Myrddin as a child and as he grows. This wonderfully written story will captivate you and leave you a Mini-Merlin reader.
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Shirley Gilman, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by Shirley Gilman)
The Crystal Cave is the first of four books written by Mary Stewart about the magnificent Arthurian Legend. This is a spellbinding suspenseful story of how Merlin helped Arthur become king of all Brittain. The message of Merlin conveys not only the atmosphere of the story's ancient setting but also its significent testimorial to our own time. This book is not just a story of enchantment it is a story of mankind.
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Aarti, October 10, 2006 (view all comments by Aarti)
The first book in Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, The Crystal Cave is lyrically written, and tells Merlin's story *before* Arthur is born, which gives readers a wonderful new angle on the story. While her writing can be verbose in some places, overall the story is compelling, interesting, and a great start to the famous trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060548254
Author:
Stewart, Mary
Publisher:
Eos
Author:
by Mary Stewart
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Merlin
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st EOS ed.
Edition Description:
1st Eos trade pbk. ed.
Series:
Arthurian Saga
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.01x5.38x1.22 in. .84 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Eos (HarperCollins) - English 9780060548254 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A perfect trip out of the present."
"Review" by , "The Arthurian legend is first and foremost defined by literary classics [such as] Mary Stewart's beloved Crystal Cave trilogy."
"Review" by , "Mary Stewart has whetted readers' appetites for Arthurian marvels....Her purpose is not to recast old material but to bring alive a long-dead historical epoch....This she does splendidly. Fifth-century Britain is caught in these pages."
"Review" by , "[An] enchanting version of the Arthurian legend...[that] stands heads and shoulders above a bland mass of fairy tales based on the story....Three-dimensional characters in a realistic world."
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