Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga Series #1)

Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga Series #1)

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by Mary Stewart
     
 

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Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for

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Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060548254
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Series:
Arthurian Saga Series , #1
Edition description:
Book One
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
106,344
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Mart Stewart is one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she has lived for many years in Scotland.

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Crystal Cave 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
basson_mommy12 More than 1 year ago
Mary Stewart was known to me for her romantic thrillers, such as "The Moon Spinners," but "The Crystal Cave" is on another plane of excellence in comparison. For anyone with an interest in historical fiction, Arthurian fantasy or excellent prose, you should read this book, the first installment of a series of novels.
Linda_K More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually into all that king Arthur, Merlin, knights, yadda yadda, but I love this book. It's thoughtprovoking, exciting, and provides a new take on a classic story. Many books about this subject are filled with a language that can bore the reader to tears, this author makes the story easily accessible and entertaining.
cathiefarr More than 1 year ago
The first time I read Mary Stewart's books, about Merlin and King Arthur, too many years ago to count, I fell in love with them. Mary Stewart does a wonderful job explaining the Arthurian Saga. You feel like you are actually there watching every thing evolve. If you like, even a little bit, the saga of Merlin and Arthur you have to read these books. Mary Stewart will make a believer of you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a great book that kept my attention held strong without overdoing the story, so that it made Merlin truly seem very human and humble, despite his obvious gifts of foresight and astonishing intellectual feats. Great storytelling which plays on your emotions and gets you to truly feel as though you come to know, and associate yourself with Merlin. I would recommend it for any reader looking for a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of us with even a smidgen of interest in the Arthurian tales, Merlin, fantasy, or Romanticism (as stated in a review below), this book is GREAT. It affords you an opportunity to peek in on the life of Merlin (which is very intriguing, might I add), but also adds some basic historical events of the time, relating it to the pre-Arthurian tales. I picked up this book on clearance, so it's not normally something that I would read, but once I started, I couldn't stop. For those of you who are wondering if it's a bit long, it gets much more enticing at the end (I finished the last 1/4 of the book in roughly 2 hours, since I couldn't put it down!) The history is fantastic, the description beautiful, and the characters VERY well-developed. An excellent read overall!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well done Arthurian novel with the premise that Merlin is the son of one of the last Roman generals in Britain, and the nephew of Uther. The book is all before the birth of Arthur and tells how Merlin was raised. The magic is very low level, basically prophecy and a few minor tricks and Merlin doesn't really control the prophecy so much as serve as the conduit by which the God speaks through him. He is a good trained engineer, however. This is the start of a good trilogy to which a book about Mordred was added
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
Since a child, I have been fascinated with King Arthur, and the characters in that world. I have read many different versions about King Arthur. I love this work, Merlin casts his spell, and leaves you hooked into his life and world. I love how Merlin is less magical and more human in this book. Stewart does a good job taking the legend of Camelot and tweaking it just right where it is still respectful to the legend, but a creation all of her own.
Kelly32KH More than 1 year ago
Of all the books I have (and I have hundreds), this is my all-time favorite book. I'd lent it out years ago and lost it, but my husband gave it to me for Christmas. It's one of the best gifts I've ever gotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It keeps you going and you can't get enough of it! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago, and I loved it. I took it back a while back, and loved it even more. Now I read it again recently, and still find it most enjoyable. A book about Merlin, brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Stewart, usually without the reader's knowing it, gives him/her a taste of Romanticism without the use of outdated language that would otherwise trip him/her up. A lot of the essentials of the Romantic Period exemplified by Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Shelley are here: solitude with Nature, the importance of imagination, the concern with history, and so on are all here. Psychologists will recognize some Jungian stuff in this book as well. The Crystal Cave is a beautifully written book, and the place to begin if you want to gain access to the more archaic Romanticism of the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth centuries. On the other hand, after reading this book maybe you won't need to go there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't see why people say this book is long. it went by fast for me and i am a SLOW reader. This book is a Master Piece and is a book that will take you back in time. It goes into wonderful detail of the ancient european land and people. It is history yet fantasy, which is why the reader is drawn into the book and has to read more. Even if you don't think merlin, King Uther, or any of the myth is real, this book will really make it seem like it all really happened in a world long ago. Anyone who is planning on reading these books, don't be fooled by people saying it is long, it goes by fast, and will hold your attion through the whole book, with battles, enchantment, and even love.
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After reading White's “The Once and Future King,” I was looking for more Arthurian Legend books. After some research, Stewart’s series was what I settled on. And I haven’t regretted it. I ordered the second book before I finished the first—I didn’t want to wait.
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cindylb More than 1 year ago
Good book
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