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Mary Stewart: The Merlin Trilogy/the Crystal Cave, the Hollow Hills, the Last Enchantment/Audio Cassettes Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, April 1, 1992


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc; Gift edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558006192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558006195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,929,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's take on the Arthurian legend in three books: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. These books have Merlin, Arthur's wizard mentor, as their focal point, and the result is a charming, engrossing tale providing a unique perspective on a familiar tale. Her history is superb and richly detailed, her characterizations are masterful, and her plotting is perfect. You'll be entranced by this magical story. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mart Stewart is one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she has lived for many years in Scotland.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

The story of Merlin has always intrigued me.
James P. McMahon
It's got to be a good 25-30 years since I read these three books, and were just as enjoyable now as they were then.
Misfit
Mary Stewart happens to be one of my very favorite authors, and I have all of her books.
Redbird

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Redbird on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whenever I see as many reviews as this book has, I doubt that anyone will ever see mine, but at the same time it says a lot of people have read it, and that is a good thing. Mary Stewart happens to be one of my very favorite authors, and I have all of her books. When the Merlin Trilogy came out, I was already a big Mary Stewart fan. I could hardly wait to get my hands on the trilogy. Her descriptive style is one of the aspects of her writing that always left me feeling as though if I ever went to any of the places she described, I'd recognize them. The Merlin Trilogy is refreshingly different than the usual Arthurian Legends; Mary Stewart has created a Merlin who is believable, not entirely without magic, but endowed with wisdom, and common sense. I think perhaps he has more magic than he is willing to admit, but I got the feeling that that is just what Lady Stewart intended for me to feel. She weaves a mystical web in this trilogy that enthralled me. Although not part of the trilogy, The Wicked Day, deserves to be included, because it brings the entire story to a close with an entirely different view of Mordred. I only wish she'd dared to have a different ending. But what a magnificent tale to read by a fireside on cold winter nights...and having them all together in this way is wonderfully convenient. A beautiful product and a magnificent gift!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By James P. McMahon on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story of Merlin has always intrigued me. Yet I have found the various books and movies distasteful. They portray Merlin in ways that do not jive with my inner sense of what might have been real. Mary Stewart, on the other hand, has portrayed a real individual in her books. A boy, Myrddin Emrys, who grows up spending a great deal of time alone, exploring and thinking. He is then believable as an adult because the magic he practices is ensconced in political wisdom, the beliefs of the people, strategic thinking, and the type of shamanic power that no doubt exists in the world. When the Merlin stood on a hillside overlooking Arthur's troops entering battle, of course they won. They won because they knew they would. Amazingly simple. Was it wizardry or was it the power of belief? Or both? I was permanently affected by this book. I named my son Emrys. I came to believe that the king's merlin no doubt existed, much as political advisors exist today. It is the realistic portrayal of this very important historical character that no one else has managed to conjure in quite so convincing a way.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
He's the archetypical wizard, right alongside J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf -- Merlin, the magical wise man who mentored the legendary King Arthur. In the Merlin Trilogy, Mary Stewart presents her fantastical but realistic portrayal of Arthurian legend -- it's engrossing and hauntingly written, and has become a classic of the fantasy genre.
"The Crystal Cave" tells of a young boy in Wales, a king's bastard grandson who is constantly treated with suspicion. But Merlin learns that he is no ordinary boy -- he has ancient powers at his command. And as he travels across the land, Merlin sets into motion events that will lead to the birth of Arthur, the future king of Britain.
"The Hollow Hills" take us to ahead in time. Merlin is guardian of Arthur, a boy who has no idea that he's going to be king -- or any of the other things that await him. Eventually, Merlin takes him to learn of his true identity, and Arthur begins to establish himself as a strong young king. But his malevolent half-sister Morgause does something that may destroy Arthur and Merlin as well...
"The Last Enchantment" takes us to the end of Merlin's long life, as he sees Arthur rise in power. But Arthur is threatened by his evil half-sister Morgause, and the child they conceived during an incestuous night together (Arthur didn't know she was his sister). Merlin watches as the end of Arthur's kingdom begins, as he falls in love and watches his pupil/lover Nimue take his place.
Merlin has been reinvented countless times, ranging from a confused little boy to a Druid holy man to a deranged lech. Mary Stewart's is a unique vision, only rivalled by T.A.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Tresca on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I believe that no story has been told more often than the Arthurian legends. Stewart, however, has based much of her story on historical record, which lends a certain ring of truth that other versions do not have. The story is told from Merlin's point of view and begins with his childhood and the uncertain parentage that people believe gave him his extraordinary abilities. As the High King's advisor, his prophecies unfailingly come to pass, much to the surprise of some and despite the orchestrations of others. His intelligence helps guide the kingdom through the dark times and into the light.
Through Merlin's eyes Arthur, Ygraine, Uther, Guenever and Morgause are created anew. He shows us their loves, their secrets, their treachery, and their lives. The magician shows us much that is hidden from plain view, and the scandalous truths that even Arthur himself does not know. The original heroic fantasy tale, I recommend it to both history and fantasy buffs alike.
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