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The Crystal Cave

The Hollow Hills

The Last Enchantment

The prophetic voice of Merlin, the mysterious enchanter of Arthurian legend, has completeted his story. Written over a period of ten years, Mary Stewart's three best-selling novels now stand together in one volume — the finest work of her distinguished career.

Hers is the most extended portrait in all literature of this compelling figure of Dark Age myth and history. Merlin, the protector and tutor of Arthur, has usually been protrayed as an old man. But The Crystal Cave begins the trilogy with the story fo his perilous childhood as the bastard son of a Welsh king's daughter and the secret discovery of the magic arts that will set him apart from other men.

With the birth of Arthur, Merlin's guardianship began and the ancient legend continues in The Hollow Hills with the dramatic immediacy that is Mary Stewart's special gift. Arthur grew to young manhood, ignorant of his royal parentage, in the deep and dangerous forests of fifth-century England and Wales, where no law was stable and fierce battle rages amongst the brooding mountains. When, in due course, Merlin guided him to the sword that tested his claim to power and the crown, Arthur became king by right, and soon Merlin, his adviser, was to emerge, however obscurely, as the architect of the first United Britain.

King Arthur plunged instantly into violent warfare against the Saxons. But in The Last Enchantment there are also more dangerous and subtle enemies ranged against him: Mortgause, half-sister and seductress of Arthur; their child, Mordred; the friends and kin who will betray him. Merlin's darkest prophecies were realized one by one, yet his bright vision of the future kingdom did prevail, and he foresaw the mystic power that would be at the King's service as long as Arthur lived.

The imaginative brilliance of the Merlin Trilogy completes the life and character of Merlin which are left untold in the early legends. At the end of each of the novels, Mary Stewart has set down the substance of the original legends and with it the sources of her own variations. Her portrait of Merlin is a new legend in itself.

Synopsis:

The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogyis one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Timesbestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus Ambrosius ... Merlin.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys — or, as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, 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 UtherPendragon ... and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon in The Hollow Hills, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

In The Last Enchantment, Arthur Pendragon is king at last. Unchallenged on the battlefield, he melds the country together in a time of promise as Merlin works to keep safe the once and future king. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause — Arthur's own half sister — ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, The Merlin Trilogyis the epic culmination of an acclaimed career, a legend in and of itself.

Synopsis:

The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogy is one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Times bestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus Ambrosius ... Merlin.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys — or, as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, 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 UtherPendragon ... and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon in The Hollow Hills, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

In The Last Enchantment, Arthur Pendragon is king at last. Unchallenged on the battlefield, he melds the country together in a time of promise as Merlin works to keep safe the once and future king. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause — Arthur's own half sister — ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, The Merlin Trilogy is the epic culmination of an acclaimed career, a legend in and of itself.

About the Author

Mart Stewart, one of the most popular novelists writing today, was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England. After boarding-school, she recieved a B.A. with first class honors in English Language and Literature from Durham University and went on for her M.A. Later she returned to her own University as a Lecturer in English. She married in 1945. Her husband is Sir Frederick Stewart, who is Chairman of the Geology Department at Edinburgh University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Mary Stewart's career as a novelist began in 1954 with the publication of Madam, Will You Talk? Since then she has published fifteen successful novels, including The Last Enchantment, the third book of the magical trilogy about the legendary enchanter Merlin and young Arthur. Her books for young readers, The Little Broomstick (1971) and Ludo and the Star Horse (1974), quickly met with the same success as her other novels. In 1968, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. In 1971, the Scottish Chapter of the International PEN Association awarded her the Frederick Niven prize for the The Crystal Cave. In 1974, the Scottish Arts Council Award went to Ludo and the Star Horse.

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The crystal cave.--The hollow hills.--The last enchantment.

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Home School Book Review, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
The Merlin Trilogy is very interesting to read, especially for those who enjoy the King Arthur stories. However, there are a number of situations in it of which some parents might like to be aware. Merlin himself is an illegitimate child, and his grandfather also has an illegitimate son Dinias, so a lot of fornicating was evidently going on, even among those who called themselves “Christian,” and the word “bas*ard” is used frequently, along with several references to prostitutes and brothels. There is also a mixture of Roman paganism, Celtic paganism, and superstitious Dark Age Christianity with their various “gods.” Early on it is unclear whether Merlin actually has some kind of supernatural power or is just more astute in using his own abilities, but whatever he does is attributed to “the god” with no certainty from which religion this “god” came, if any. On one occasion Merlin’s mother, who is a Christian, says, “There is only one God,” and Arthur seems to agree Yet later, Arthur is still not sure whether certain events are attributable to “God” or the old gods, and there are instances where “Christians” are not portrayed in a very flattering light��"but pagans are. Furthermore, Merlin actually makes the plans for Uther to satisfy his “night’s lust” by committing fornication/adultery with Ygraine, wife of Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall, in order to conceive Arthur, and attributes it all to the will of God. The language is very earthy, with its share of cursing, especially the “d” and “h” words��"even Arthur at age thirteen uses them, profanity, and other quasi-vulgar terms; references to Dinias’s, Uther’s, and others’ “bedding down” various women; a detailed description of an attempted seduction of Merlin by a woman; and Uther’s fear that Merlin was Ambrosius’s “catamite” (I shall not explain what that means here, but if you want to know you can look it up); in addition to Arthur’s unknowing but incestuous tryst with his half-sister Morgause (after all, having proved his manhood in battle, at age fourteen he should also have the chance to prove his manhood in bed��"if it only hadn’t been she), Guinevere's adultery with Bedwyr (or Bevidere, instead of Lancelot whose stories arose much later in history), which Arthur knew, condoned, and even seemed to encourage because he had to be gone so much, and Merlin’s own affair with Nimue (he said, “We did not marry” but people talked about how she shared “the ageing enchanter’s bed”). There is also a scene of human sacrifice where the victim was killed by the Druid priest Belaius, one of Merlin’s teachers. All of this may well be representative of the times in which the action is said to have occurred and consistent with the Arthurian legends. But it is definitely not for children. I guess what bothers me most is that the immorality described in the book, although it usually results in some undesirable consequences, is presented so cavalierly, as though that’s the way normal people behave and there’s really nothing wrong with it. Having read them now myself, I would recommend the book(s) only for very mature and well grounded teenagers or adults. If your children are interested in reading about Merlin, several people have recommended the “Lost Years of Merlin” series by T. A. Barron, saying that they contain nothing that is objectionable or unsuitable for young people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688003470
Author:
Stewart, Mary
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Author:
by Mary Stewart
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Merlin (legendary character)
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Historical - Arthurian
Subject:
Arthurian romances -- Adaptations.
Subject:
Merlin
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
8521
Publication Date:
20040907
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
9.56x6.43x1.76 in. 2.51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogyis one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Timesbestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus Ambrosius ... Merlin.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys — or, as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, 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 UtherPendragon ... and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon in The Hollow Hills, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

In The Last Enchantment, Arthur Pendragon is king at last. Unchallenged on the battlefield, he melds the country together in a time of promise as Merlin works to keep safe the once and future king. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause — Arthur's own half sister — ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, The Merlin Trilogyis the epic culmination of an acclaimed career, a legend in and of itself.

"Synopsis" by , The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogy is one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Times bestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus Ambrosius ... Merlin.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys — or, as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, 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 UtherPendragon ... and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon in The Hollow Hills, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

In The Last Enchantment, Arthur Pendragon is king at last. Unchallenged on the battlefield, he melds the country together in a time of promise as Merlin works to keep safe the once and future king. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause — Arthur's own half sister — ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, The Merlin Trilogy is the epic culmination of an acclaimed career, a legend in and of itself.

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