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Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy

Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy

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by Mary Stewart

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The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogy is one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Times bestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus


The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart's classic The Merlin Trilogy is one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. In prose that is as vividly, achingly real as it is poetic, New York Times bestselling author Mary Stewart brings to life the man behind the myth: Myrddin Emrys ... Merlinus Ambrosius ... Merlin.

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys -- or, as he would later be known, Merlin -- leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, 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 UtherPendragon ... and the conception of Arthur -- king for once and always.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon in The Hollow Hills, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

In The Last Enchantment, Arthur Pendragon is king at last. Unchallenged on the battlefield, he melds the country together in a time of promise as Merlin works to keep safe the once and future king. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause -- Arthur's own half sister -- ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

Extensively researched and beautifully written, The Merlin Trilogy is the epic culmination of an acclaimed career, a legend in and of itself.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Arthurian Saga Series
Edition description:
Repackaged edition
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Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.73(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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Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only recently discovered my love of fantasy and when I happened upon Mary Stewart's Arthurian saga I must say I was captivated from page one. Her use of language and description is beyond compare. I felt as though I had been transported back in time. She made Merlin come to life and I was sad when his story ended. If you are a lover of fantasy, especially the legend of Arthur, this trilogy is a must-read.
MAV-N More than 1 year ago
Fine prose and a fascinating story. Not at all like the imaginary Hobbit, this book hardly seems fantasy. It is very learned and intelligent but entertaining at the same time. Lots of historic, geographic, and linguistic knowledge spun into the tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own all 3 books and the 4th book that depicts what happens 'The Last Enchantment'. I can't tell you how many times I have read each of these. It is beyond counting. Never have I been so completely immersed in a world. Mary Stewart has written the history of Arthur and Merlin in so rich and believable a fashion, so seamless a tapestry of time, that you will find yourself unable to tell where true history begins and fantasy ends. Trust me, you won't care.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first person biography of Merlin the Enchanter covers his life from when he was a boy still ignorant of his male parentage. The detail is wonderful. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Stewart weaves her own special magic in these tales of Merlin's life, compelling and excellently written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Merlin, and i always have. i must say though that mary stewart is perhaps the most masterful writer of arthurial legend. i myself am a writer, and though i havn't yet touched the wonder that is merlin, i do however write fantasy of all types and sizes. i am deeply drawn in by the many stories of the elven world, just as i am by arthurian legend... wizards are hybrids of humans and elves... though i am only 16 i hope to make a smash with the novel i am currently writing entitled: Con Tailtabor Bia Kiterana.... i would not have the courage to continue in writing this book if it werent for the inspiration of writers like mary stewart, who can wield words just as tools, so masterfully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have studied and read about the Arthurian Legend my entire life, and after having read the version brought to life by M.S. all the rest are a disapointment. I can no longer count the times I have read all three of the trilogy and even the fourth, 'The Wicked Day.' The time and effort she has put into the scenery especially has been well appreciated. M.S. is the master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Artherian legend my whole life and have still not read a series that tops this one. The Pendragon series is very good as well, but Mary Stewart seems to have a way of capturing the characters and ingraining them into our hearts. I have always had my own impression of how I feel Merlin and Arthur were, and the characters portrayed by Ms. Stewart most closely reflect what I have often envisioned. They take nothing away from the idea I have, but greatly enhance my vision.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have owned this book three times in my life - and have read it close to a hundred times. Mary Stewart has done an excellent job of telling the tale from Merlin's point of view - a unique perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books ten years ago and there are still very few books that can capture an imagination so entirely. All three are a joy to read. I still cannot put them down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books when I was a teenager. I'm 40 now and purchasing them again for my 12 year old. I know she'll love them and I'll have the chance to read them again too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think these books are wonderful because Ms. Stewart presents such an appealing mix of fairy tale and historical fiction. Merlin actually comes to life! After you read them, you'll want to read them again and again; so you find all the little secrets and mysteries you missed the last time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So little is truly known about the man behind the Arthurian legends and Mary Stewart shows us that man -Merlinus Ambrosius. Though all the tales of 'Merlin the Magician' paint a mystic adept at magical arts, Mary Stewart enhances the personality by showing us the humanity of the Enchanter - a learned physician, engineer, politician and clairvoyant with some elemental mastery. If you ever wondered about the truth behind the Arthurian legends, this series will make a believer out of you!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i first read 'The Hollow Hills' at age 10,then lost track till age 28,when i found a copy in an old military library in panama. This is the most enchanting version of Arthur that is in print.It is as viable as Jack Whyte's tale,yet grossly under-rated,and under-read.Mary Stewart's female slant as Merlin is unmatched,Anne Rice as Lestat is close,but not quite.Mary's Merlin is both human and magical in perfect blend. All I can say to a reader is 'READ THESE BOOKS' You will not regret it
Guest More than 1 year ago
these stories desearve a prize
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all three of these books years ago around the time they first came out. I was so taken that I re-read them to the point that my copy of Hollow Hills is now badly aged. Ms. Stewart weaves a tale that combines what historical fact there is with documented legends and fills in the blanks with her own excellent storytelling ability. The result is a seamless epic covering a mystical time in Britains past. She deliberately tries to make the story believable both in historic and human terms. It is captivating for young and old. I ended up reading it to my children one chapter at a time over a couple of years. They loved it as much as I.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was one of the first books I ever purchased. I was in high school at the time. Since then the cover has worn out but the words still hold strong for me. This trilogy is incredible. I can promise you will enjoy it! I'm going to start reading it again in a few short days.
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These books were amazing; I remember reading them in high school many years ago and how I would check them out, in sequence, one after another and then go back to the beginning when I had finished. I have never seen a better account of a humanized Merlin, keeping the magic and the mystery without making him a "god in the machine." Well done, Mary Stewart!
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This edition is filled with typos, especially the last book. And not just minor, but in at least one instance I can remember, a whole line is out of place. That's OK for a $4 paperback, but not a $25 hard cover meant to be kept as part of your library. I would be embarrassed to be the editor or the proofer of this edition. The tale itself is well worth reading. The characters have depth and individuality, and they have a purpose in the tale. I pick the series up every 5 years or so to re-read, and I like it just as well as the first time, or actually better since I see something new in it each time. This is my favorite of Ms. Stewart's works.
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