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Legacy: Arthurian Saga (Four book bundle of Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Stewart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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It took over ten years to produce. It has reached millions of readers. Now, the mysterious sorcerer of Arthurian Mythology, has found new life. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day now stand united in Book one of the Legacy series -- the finest work of Mary Stewart's distinguished career. This bundle contains over 600,000 words.

In all of literature there has never been a more compelling look into this mysterious figure. Merlin, is most known as the keeper of King Arthur. In this Legacy series, we discover the true history of one of the most enigmatic figures in history. We'll follow Merlin as he discovers the secrets to the mystical arts and becomes the biggest name in folklore.


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  • File Size: 2701 KB
  • Print Length: 1382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: KGStudios via Smashwords (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QXWCQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Additions to the ARthurian Legend... August 29, 2012
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I know these books are over thirty years old, no actually forty years old at this point. They came highly recommended to me on Goodreads.com on the basis of what I've read in the past...and so I came back to Amazon.com and bought them for my Kindle. I was not disappointed. Steward wove such a beautiful story of both history and enchantment back in very early Britain (about 500 AD) when it was still lush and green, and full of promise. Rome had fallen, the Romans had left leaving behind their infrastructure and some of their beliefs and laws...but Christianity had not totally taken over yet. DRuids still practiced their beliefs, as did other religions. Britain was not yet the 'dirty' place it would become in the Middle Ages when towns were built up, and when some of the Christian beliefs actually led to the Dark AGes (including not bathing!)

The amount of detail Stewart puts into her books was phenomenal. It made her characters so alive, that readers care about them and involved in the plots. The first two books about Merlin growing up and coming into his power, then helping his own father Ambrosius, and then his uncle, Uther who begat ARthur were really good. Most of the Arthurian legends tend to focus on Arthur, so it was nice to see it from a different point of view. In the second book, Arthur grows up watched over by Merlin, and at the age of 14, becomes king. Then he must earn his kingship and unite Britain, and protect its borders against Celts and others who would tear it apart. The first two books went by incredibly fast...

The last book, The Last Enchantment, was slower going. This book concentrated on Mordred, the son of Arthur and Morgana. It was still a goood book, but because it was darker, I had a hard time getting through it as fast.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! July 31, 2012
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This series sets the precedence for Arthurian literature! Mary Stewart's use of language creates rich, nearly tactile scenery and beautiful characters. The reader is taken on a journey through the life of Myrddin Emrys, the man who would become Merlin the Enchanter. From his humble childhood, where he is known as the illegitimate son of the devil himself, Merlin is feared and revered by men. He is at home in nature and prefers solitude to the company of men. He surrenders himself into the hands of the gods to aid them in shaping the destiny of England. Do not start reading unless you have some free time on your hands... this is a "can't put it down" series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 24, 2013
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These books are a great read and should be read in sequence. They are extremely well documented and well written. I was mesmerized and could hardly put the books down from book 1 through book 4.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read the first 2 books hundreds of times. March 20, 2013
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I wore out two copies of the hardback versions of the first two novels and come back to them again and again. The magic is two fold: a wonderful writers interesting take on the legends and a melodious "voice" that reads like the telling of a bard.

Everybody has their favorite version of the Arthurian legend. Tis mine, in part for making the magic aspects have common explanations and the common aspects become magical.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and interesting November 22, 2012
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Mary Stewart did a nice job of weaving the Arthurian saga into a pleasant set of books, interesting characters, a spot of historical research which need not be true, as long as it is interesting.
She even manages to make poor Mordred into a sympathetic character.
Naturally I then had to reread The Once and Future King, T.H. White's version of the same story.
It is also available on Kindle.
Both sets are good reads, and this is enough about King Arthur for now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful trilogy November 16, 2012
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I have read the trilogy several times in hardback and now twice in my Kindle. The edition here has four books in it but I prefer the first three personally. This is a wonderful story of Arthurian legend with Merlin as narrator, more or less. I highly recommend this for the excellent writing of Mary Stewart and the story of that era. Five stars always!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless rendition of a classic made digital. October 3, 2012
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I believe the first time I read the Crystal Cave series was in junior high school. Since then, I think I have read this series at least 10 times and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The story of Arthur and Merlin is one that has always captivated people - it is hard not to be pulled in by the epic nature of it, the magic, the drama, the intrigue, and the rise of these two powerful figures. What I love so much about Mary Stewart's treatment of the well-known story is the way she grounds it in history and tells it as the story of people who, extraordinary though they may be, have faults, fears, insecurities, passions etc. These are figures that we can relate to in ways that I think more fantasy-based treatments make difficult. Prior to reading this series, Merlin and Arthur (and all the supporting characters) were only mythic figures in my imagination. This series made them real to me and brought them alive in an entirely new way. I loved that the story was told from Merlin's perspective and allowed us to follow him from his childhood through his struggles to understand and use his powers until he finally meets Arthur and his destiny. Every time I read this series I speed through them and read one right after the other. I think you'll find you do this same. Oh, and not sure what people are saying with typos?! I noticed maybe 3 and when you consider there are 4 full length novels and over 200 thousand words, that isn't bad or noticeable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthurian Saga 4 book bundle
I applied this rating because I believe that this set rates as one of the best I have read.
The stories are beautifully composed and so descriptive that I felt at times as... Read more
Published 3 days ago by jeff brand
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put: The greatest Arthurian saga ever told.
Mary Stewart has created a world that captures the reader from the first page and refuses to let go until the final word is read - you still won't escape its trance as it's... Read more
Published 7 days ago by alan panne
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Steward at her finest
I have loved this series since I was a child and the hardcover set I already own is not only showing its age but is beginning to disintegrate. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Glory
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Arthurian tale from Merlin's perspective
Loved it 20 years ago, still love re-reading it today.
A very nice voice from an otherwise usually misty figure.
Published 13 days ago by Elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Stewart has made the legend of Arthur and Merlin come alive.
Her stories give such detail that you feel you know each character. Crystal Cave is the story of Merlin growing up. The Hollow hills is the story of Arthur growing up. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Noreen Kellner
4.0 out of 5 stars Camelot
Engaging take on the Arthur story kept me interested. Great review of post roman Britain. Was able to make characters seem real
Published 20 days ago by Patricia Ann Cannon6011300070132459
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting!
I chose this rating because of formatting problems which should not exist in a book that is published by a big name publisher. Read more
Published 22 days ago by JanRemarque
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch for typos
This has to be my favorite Arthurian version. Ms. Stewart's vivid imagination brings to life a picture of Britain from a time long since lost. Read more
Published 24 days ago by D.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books!
Mary Stewart is able to draw you right into this Saga, and make you not want to leave.
At least, That's how I felt.
Published 1 month ago by Carrol Ganoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it a lot
The first Arthurian legend I ever read to take the cheese out of the story. With way too many swashes out there being buckled, it was nice to read an in-depth novel that showed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dena
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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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