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Born on Christmas Eve, Arthur Pendragon is the illegitimate son of the married duchess Ygraine and Uther Pendragon, brother of a great king: a union Merlin arranged. But Arthur's birth is not welcomed by everyone: his father demands he be hidden until a legitimate son can be born, and Merlin is forced to give the babe to his own childhood nurse for safekeeping and go into hiding.  

In a dream, Merlin learns of a sword of unparalleled beauty and extraordinary craftsmanship, hidden in a long-deserted Roman temple. Merlin retrieves the sword and hides it in a cave on an island in the centre of a lake, where it remains for years.  

But what is hidden must be revealed. For it is foretold that the irrepressible young man named Arthur will find a sword and claim his birthright: as heir to Uther Pendragon and king of the Britons.

©1973 Mary Stewart (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Arthurian legend retold

Wondering retelling of the classic Arturian legend, through the eyes of Merlin. An excellent rendition and performance.

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superb reimagineing

A fantastic middle segment of the Merlin trilogy. well read with great characterisation. Covering the early years of Arthur's childhood to his coronation, this feels real despite the magic which could in many instances be seen as being medicine, engineering or other modern sciences.

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Great rendering of the legend

Good interpretation of the legend, detailed story of merlin ,before all the great deeds if Arthur

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Brilliant !

This series just goes from strength to strength. It is extremely well written, researched and imbued with magic and wonderful development.
The whole novel is brought to life by a first class narrator.
A total joy to listen to.

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A wonderful telling of this Classic

Fans of Mary Stewart will be thrilled with finally being able to listen to her Merlin stories. This second in the series introduces Arthur. If you love classic fantasy listen to The Crystal cave first and fall I. love with a new version of a classic tale.