Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga Series #1)

( 52 )

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback (Book One)
$13.27
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (100) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $3.63   
  • Used (90) from $1.99   
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Sending request ...

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060548254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Series: Arthurian Saga Series , #1
  • Edition description: Book One
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 126,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Prince of Darkness 1
Book I The Dove 9
Book II The Falcon 117
Book III The Wolf 223
Book IV The Red Dragon 321
Book V The Coming of the Bear 407
The Legend 485
Author's Note 490
Acknowledgements 495
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 52 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(33)

4 Star

(11)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews
  • Posted August 17, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Stewart's realization of the Arthurian Legend becomes my standard of reference

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2011

    Great

    Great

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful take on a classic story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 15, 2010

    The Best

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Mary Stewart, Merlin and King Arthur

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    By far my favorite book!

    I love this book. It keeps you going and you can't get enough of it! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    Excellent story from start to finish

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Enjoyed every minute of it!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    Awesome fantasy/mildly historical novel!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    Great Introduction to Romanticism

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    This book is great!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 13, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Good book

    Good book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Merlin Casts His Spell

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Good for High Schoolers

    Assigned reading for English class.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 30, 2009

    A Must-Read

    have you read the stories of Merlin and King Arthur? Oh, you don't know Arthur or Merlin until you read Mary Stewart's series giving us a much better idea of how things happend and why. The characters aren't just thrown in the book; they make the book with their very real-like characteristics and conversations. Nothing is fake in this series! I am jsut going into the second book, but this first one will definately make you want to read the others. Don't miss out on this because it is amazing and brings Arthur's legacy alive like no one else has!
    In this first book, we are told the story from Merlin's point-of-view. We really get closer to him and understand how he became who he was for all of England. It is to my understanding that Merlin tells all of the stories from his point of view until the last one because *SPOILER* he dies and cannnot (obviously) tell the story any longer.
    A great story; Arthur and Merlin fans won't be disappointed. Mordred is also put in this story, and follows what we believe is the closest to what really happened back them; Lancelot is not in the series since he is a mythical character anyhow.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 28, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Good

    This book is interesting and I thought there was one part where i was surprised in a good way. A book always needs at least one surprising moment. It talks about Merlin's childhood, which is often untold, so I thought Mary Stewart was smart in that way. The following two are better though and more interesting.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Magically Brilliant

    This beautifully structred adventure of how Merlin came to be is by far one of , if not, the most spectaculair novels I will, or have ever read. Mary Stewart brilliantly incorperates realistic surroundings such as Hedgestone and Old Brittany. I couldn't help but find myself being drawn even more into the story with every word I read. Who could resist such an awsome story!? My book expectations will never be the same after reading this masterpiece! It truely is a must have.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Good Story, too long

    I really like the story a lot. My one problem: way too long for what the story was about. It is good that Mary Stewart can get into such detail and use imagery like she does, but for those of us who like short, fast books, it doesn't work. It still is a great book whether or not you like fantasy.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Long and SATISFYING

    This book about Merlin is rich with details that are necessary to bring the story to life.(For those who don't like long novels, just be quiet and sit down.)Mary Stewart in this novel displays her talent in vivid descriptive writing, painting a beautiful portrait of the beginings of Merlin. Great piece of literary art!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Great piece!!

    I normally wouldn't go for a book along the "fantasy" genre line, but this was great! I found it a good mix of history and a little action, without being overwhelming. It is a long, but good anyway.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)