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The Wicked Day Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1984
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How wrong I was!!!! This book threw all my expectations of doom and gloom out the window, and impossible as it may seem ... I actually ended up feeling good even if the end was rather tragic.
It is extremely refreshing to see Mordred put in an entirely different light - a courageous, strong-willed and honest man, instead of the evil, greedy and conniving son in other more common versions. Unfortunately, in this book, it was circumstances and misunderstandings that went against him. The best part was - it was totally believable!!!
If you only want to know 1 version of Mordred's story, then this should be it.
The strength of the book lies in Stewart's depiction of Mordred as an intelligent and loyal person unable to escape his fate. After he discovers his identity, Mordred learns of Merlin's prophecy that he will one day become Arthur's bane. Queen Morgause, Mordred's mother and Arthur's enemy, endeavors to recruit her son to oppose Arthur. Nevertheless, Mordred vows to fight fate and the gods and earns the trust of his father. Only Mordred's ambition for a queen and a kingdom brings him to the brink of catastrophe where his choices mean the end or fulfilment of all his hopes and dreams.
While readers will enjoy The Wicked Day by itself, I suggest reading Stewart's prior Arthurian novels first to appreciate established characters such as the wise yet wearyArthur and the devious Queen Morgause. Moreover, the other books will also show readers the deep-rooted seed of the Arthurian tragedy beginning with Mordred's parentage and bearing fruit in Morgause's family and Mordred's life. Finally, readers could also compare Stewart's Mordred with her books' other heroes such as the young Merlin in The Crystal Cave and Arthur himself in The Hollow Hills.
Just as the Merlin trilogy portrayed Merlin in a light not really seen elsewhere, Mary Stewart's take on Mordred comes at this normally-reviled character from an unexpectedly sympathetic point of view and succeeds on essentially every note. Just like other reviewers, I'd strongly recommend reading the Merlin trilogy first, but as soon as you've devoured those, tear into this one. You won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Final book of the Merlin series. Glad it wasn't as dark as I thought it might be.Published 10 days ago by Valerie J. R. Atkinson
Mary Stewart was an excellent story teller. Love her Merlin books.Published 29 days ago by Sheila Moore
I read all four books. Loved them all. Couldn't put them down.Published 2 months ago by Thelma Jean Martin
I had the book for years, but I never was fond of Mordred, so I kept putting it off. I finally made myself read it and I am so glad I did. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Sexton
Amazing series! I've read this series multiple times and will re-read over and over again. I have editions when first printed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Macon
Mary Stewart is one of my favorite authors and the King Arthur series is fantastic. I read it over again about every 5 years or so.Published 10 months ago by Carters
The Wicked Day provided insight into the mostly tragic life of Modred. He is aware his beloved foster parents have been murdered, there enters
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