Arthurian Saga

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 54 ratings

The Crystal Cave Summary

This is what happened. I saw it, and it is a true tale.  

So begins the story of Merlin, born the illegitimate son of a Welsh princess in fifth-century Britain, a world ravaged by war. Small and neglected, with his mother unwilling to reveal his father's identity, Merlin must disguise his intelligence - and hide his occasional ability to know things before they happen - in order to keep himself safe.  

One beautiful afternoon, while exploring the countryside near his home, Merlin stumbles across a cave filled with books and papers and hiding a room lined with crystals. It is the home of Galapas, who becomes Merlin's tutor and friend, and who teaches Merlin to understand the world around him...and to harness the power of the crystal cave to see the future.  

Merlin will rise to power and enter history - and legend - as advisor to King Arthur. But all stories must begin somewhere. And this is his.   

The Crystal Cave is the first of Mary Stewart's brilliant Arthurian Saga, telling the story of King Arthur from the perspective of the extraordinary, mysterious Merlin.

©1970 Mary Stewart (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Crystal Cave

    • Arthurian Saga, Book 1
    • By: Mary Stewart
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    This is what happened. I saw it, and it is a true tale. So begins the story of Merlin, born the illegitimate son of a Welsh princess in fifth-century Britain, a world ravaged by war. Small and neglected, with his mother unwilling to reveal his father's identity, Merlin must disguise his intelligence - and hide his occasional ability to know things before they happen - in order to keep himself safe.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still the best telling of the Arthurian legend

    • By H. Tollyfield on 20-02-19

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 2

    • The Hollow Hills

    • The Arthurian Saga, Book 2
    • By: Mary Stewart
    • Narrated by: Nicol Williamson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Merlin the Enchanter, prophet and visionary, adviser to kings: Here is the story of how he rears Arthur, the future Christmas King, in remote secrecy, safe from the warring kings and Saxons who plot against his father, King Uther. Told in the voice of Merlin himself, this tale bristles with all the suspense and intrigue of fifth-century Britain.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Always buy unabridged

    • By carol on 02-01-17

    Regular price: £10.19

  • Book 3

    • The Last Enchantment

    • Arthurian Saga, Book 3
    • By: Mary Stewart
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 18 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A legend told in true style

    • By A Wagener on 26-03-19

    Regular price: £21.99