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Merlin's Harp Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
leads you into the story and keeps you there. Her very
original presentation of well known characters, well known
story lines, and even objects such as the Grail is so very
intriguing that you do not want to put the book down until
you have finished it. Her central character Niviene is
delightfully "odd" and fantastical. This is a Niviene no
one has seen before. I cannot recommend this book highly
enough. It is one of the few books that really does take
you into another world. When you put it down, when you have
read every page, you are left with a feeling of amazement
and sheer delight in the experience.
Anne Eliot Crompton uses beautiful, if occasionally stilted, language to draw us into her take on Arthurian legend:
"When I was yet a young woman I threw my heart away.
I fashioned a wee coracle of leaf and willow twig and reed, a coracle that sat in the hollow of my two palms. In this I placed my wounded, wretched heart, and I set it adrift on the rain-misted wavelets of the Fey river, and I watched it bob and whirl, sail and sink. Ever since I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, cold as spring rain, the way Humans think all Fey live. Humans I have known would be astounded to learn that I ever had a heart that leapt, brightened, fainted, quickened, warmed, embraced, froze or rejected, like their own."
The narrator is Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. In the ensuing chapters, Niviene endeavors to tell us how she came to the point of throwing her heart away. This ornate, image-rich prose continues, and Niviene meanders and digresses in her tale. She'll mention an old family friend, then backtrack and tell us all about how she came to meet him before going back to the main thread of her narrative.
By combining the flowery style with a narrative that is ever looping back on itself, Crompton conveys a sense of what Faerie is said to be like.Read more ›
We see Niviene grow up from a young Fey still learning about her surroundings and follow her through becoming a mother and a companion to Merlin at the Court of King Arthur. Arthur starts as just a tale Niviene hears from Merlin during his visits to Avalon. Then there is their chance encounter and finally Niviene encounters him at Camelot.
But While this is an Arthurian tale there is very little about Arthur actually in it. Instead we learn about the Fey, how they feel about this human king and the plots and reasons of Merlin. We find out the truth behind Sir Lancelot and where he came from. We learn about Mordred's shadowed history. We even learn the truth behind the Holy Grail and why someone as wise as Merlin sent the knights of the Round Table looking for it.
All in all a very entertaining book that is both well-written and freshly plotted. I recommend this one to anyone interested in Arthurian legend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this book to read for some time. I bought it for the Kindle when I first got my Kindle (years ago) and just finally got around to reading it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karissa Eckert
Lovely read. Interesting and fanciful. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Excellent descriptive writing. If you love celtic tales, this book is for you!Published 9 months ago by Joan Merrill Brundage
Now this is a fun book (in a tricky and magical sense).
But I think the cover on this book is deceiving --at least the pink one looks juevenile and sparkly aimed at 14 year... Read more
Well this was, um . . . not good. Really, at all. I don't think it's ever taken me so long to read a book so short. Like wading through snow up to my hips. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Donna C
Okay, this was a GREAT book, price doesn't figure into it -- intelligently written, entirely plausible, thoroughly enjoyable. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Teralee Bird
It was Free. That's the only positive thing to say about the book. It is now in my Kindle Archives.Published on January 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Original point of view on King Arthur from the Fey. Very well written. AEC is a good writer.
But there is no point to this story. Read more
I have to give this book a 3 simply since I didn't finish it and it was free on Kindle. Had I paid for it I would regret the purchase.
The story is boring!! Read more