Sep 252010

Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy

  • ISBN13: 9780688003470
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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 pro

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  5 Responses to “Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy”

  1. Review by J. Redbird for Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy
    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!

  2. Review by James P. McMahon for Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy
    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.

  3. Review by E. A Solinas for Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy
    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. Barron’s Merlin — her Merlin is entirely human and sympathetic, but endowed with mystical, earthy powers that seem like something out of an old Celtic legend.Stewart’s writing goes at a slow burn. Nothing happens quickly; even battle scenes are sort of distantly written. This can get a little dull at times, but her slow style is perfectly suited for the intricate, engaging relationships between the characters. And she has a flair for suspense, building up a sense of doom over Arthur’s entire life.Merlin is not a distant sage or a weird old man here. Instead he’s an ordinary person who becomes an extraordinary one, with doubts and weaknesses like anyone else. Arthur and the other supporting characters aren’t quite as interesting. They’re only seen through Merlin’s eyes, so they fail to be quite as three-dimensional. Mary Stewart wrote many novels, but none have proved as popular or as striking as the Merlin Trilogy, and the sequel “The Wicked Day.” Engaging, spellbinding and beautifully written.

  4. Review by A. Tresca for Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy
    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.

  5. Review by for Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy
    Years ago I started reading A Crystal Cave and put it down because it wasn’t the Mary Stewart I was used to. Then one day I read The Hollow Hills, loved it and then went back and finished A Crystal Cave, and read The Hollow Hills again. I must have read both these books a dozen times before The Wicked Day was finally published. When you read the Trilogy, especially the first 2 parts, watch for Biblical allusions. There’s an allegory here. Watch for the Flight to Brittany scene in The Hollow Hills. And above all, pay attention to the language. When Merlin speaks there’s rhythm and cadence that create power.

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