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Summary

By land and water shall it go home, and lie hidden in the floating stone until by fire it shall be raised again. Arthur has raised the sword and claimed his birthright as High King of Briton, determined to unite the many tiny kingdoms that make up his country. Now he sits upon his throne at Camelot with Merlin by his side, his most trusted adviser.  

But Merlin is growing old, and his sight is dimming. He knows that Mordred, child of Arthur's unknowing union with his half-sister Morgause, will be Arthur's downfall. But he cannot see the future clearly enough to know why, or how - or when. And he's distracted: his gifted young apprentice, Niniane, is more than meets the eye. As Merlin teaches her to control her powers, he seems to lose his own.  

Merlin has secured Arthur's place in history. Now he must take his own.   

The Arthurian Saga, begun in The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment, continues in The Wicked Day, the story of Arthur's last battle.... 

©1979 Mary Stewart (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A legend told in true style

Having listened to the three Merlin books in succession, I feel truly submerged in that history.
I first read these books as a teenager and still have my battered paperback of The crystal cave.
I was a bit worried that the story and the reading would not live up to fond memories, but no such thing.
Provided you can listen to long, in depth descriptions and explanations, this trilogy is a wonderfully immersive experience of Merlin's life.
Derek Perkins's narration is calm but never boring and thoroughly convincing.
Highly recommended all round.

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Better than I remembered!

I read the hardback copy years ago,and the audio version is even better. I only read the trilogy back then so looking forward to the 4th and 5th also now on audio.

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The third in the series.

Not a patch on The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills, books one and two. I persevered to finish the trilogy but it was hard work in comparison to the first two.

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Great

+What can I say ? This brilliant novel completes the series. It takes me back to the early 1970's, when I read it for the first time. I remember being enthralled at such good writing, imbued with atmosphere and adventure. Merlin can appear somewhat arrogant - but who wouldn't be with such immense power. A great book and series that has retained its "pulling power " and enjoyment.
I still cannot praise the narrator highly enough. He made the book even better than it is.

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A story revisited

I first read this book in the 80s it was nice to return.. to the Merlin story so well thought out.




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Arthurian legend from Merlins pov

I enjoyed this book for the detail and description of everyday matters. Not an exact match to Mort de Artur, but this was written several centuries after the time of Arthur. Good story though.