Legacy: Arthurian Saga (Four book bundle of Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day)

Legacy: Arthurian Saga (Four book bundle of Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day)

by Mary Stewart

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BN ID: 2940012197542
Publisher: Mary Stewart
Publication date: 02/19/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 22,959
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary Stewart, one of the most popular novelists of all time, was born in Sunderiand, County Durham, England. After boarding school, she went on to Durham University, and later worked there as a lecturer in English Language and Literature.

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Legacy: Arthurian Saga 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
PopeJava More than 1 year ago
This book is made up of the four Arthurian legend books written years ago by Mary Stewart. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Wicked Day and The Last Enchantment. As soon as I first read them I knew they were going to be life long favorites. I have purchased at least 50 sets of these books over the years and passed them on to others with the admonition: Read them and pass them on to someone else to do the same. No more poring through the book racks at thrift stores. It's now just a quick $10 to B&N for a gift card!!! This is the legend of King Arthur from Merlins point of view. Very believable historically. Written in a moving style that holds your interest and keeps you turning the pages. It also lacks all of the supernatural weirdness so popular today. No werewolves, vampires, etc. Thank goodness for this!!! EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT! 20 stars out of 5 even if it is not loanable.
LeslieMLM More than 1 year ago
This trilogy has been among my favorites since it was first published more than 30 years ago. I love the fact that this is Merlin's story first, and Arthur's only in a secondary sense, and it feels as real as anything can be. Each book in the trilogy has its own fascinations and highpoints. In THE CRYSTAL CAVE, I love the story of how young Myrddin Emrys grows up and finds his way to his father, Ambrosius. I like the fact that this Merlin is an herbalist and physician, an engineer, and a singer, not a "romantic" wizard or magician. The description of the pain of having visions emerges so powerfully, as do the sacrifices Merlin must make to satisfy his "god." The final story of the conception of Arthur is as exciting as anything in historical literature. In THE HOLLOW HILLS, the tension between Merlin and Uther, and the almost filial relationship of Arthur to his mentor Merlin remain in my memory. The powerful climax, in which Uther recognizes his heir, who must then prove himself to Uther's followers and allies, is exciting and well written. In some way, THE LAST ENCHANTMENT is my favorite volume because it tells the story of Arthur's rise and Merlin's decline. One can feel how painful it must be to lose one's powers with increasing age and see oneself superseded by another (Nimue). But even that is an intensely human process: Merlin, suffering from the effects of being poisoned by Morgause, and seeking a young man to be his successor, is "entrapped" in a love relationship he never expected, but the entrapment is not a matter of deception but rather one of letting go and seeing one's lover and pupil assume her rightful place. As a bonus the book also contains the forth book in the series: The Wicked Day. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants the Arthurian legend with a human face and in a realistic historical setting. Everything about it is compelling and satisfying.
MatthewStevens More than 1 year ago
I am now thirty five years old and have known this series since I was a young teenager. I have been so spoiled by this telling of the Arthur legend that I am almost disappointed before I even begin to read any other account. This is truely second to none due to Mary Stewarts classic and human approach, her flair for suspense and attention to almost poetic detail. I have fondly read epic fantasies before but would guard against placing this tale in quite that catagory, rather I would call it a 'Classic' in its truest sense. It brings history, humanity and heart together in an inspiring, timeless tale. All of Merlins magic is where any of ours can be found, in his soul. If you love medieval but can do without elves and fairies, this is the one for you.
wingedangel More than 1 year ago
This was quite possibly my favorite series as a child and I re-read it as an adult. There are times when revisiting childhood favorites does not work out (ahem, Never Ending Story, ahem), but in this case, the series was as amazing as ever. That said, I always longed for more of the story of Merlin. The Crystal Cave was my favorite of the series, which is a bit anti-climatic seeing as how there were 4 books total. There is a vulnerability to Merlin as a child that I wish would have continued and been further explored. But the series rushes through Merlin's life to get to the life of Arthur, who I find far less intriguing. Still, these books are written brilliantly and they add a layer of humanity (from curious wonder to insecurity and heartbreak) to a character that had previously been depicted as a stodgy old man.
Landerkbean More than 1 year ago
This trilogy (and Mary Stewart's other Arthurian books)have to be the most exquisite, compelling, and utterly believable recreation of Arthurian times ever written. One is gripped by the story and quality of writing from the first page of the first book, right through to the very last word of all. No one writes a better description than this author, and in The Crystal Cave I defy anyone to find anything more spine-chillingly awesome than the chapters dealing with the young Merlin's discovery of the terrible rituals on the island. This is writing of rare quality, and story-telling of breathtaking brilliance. I cannot recommend these books enough. To read them is to leave the present day far behind, become a different person, and return to a world that was wild, magical, bloody, and filled with wonder.
R_Garriott More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Legacy series combines the most memorable tales ever to grace the literary world: Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day...along with the history behind the legend and never before notes written by the author. The Crystal Cave focuses on the early life of Merlin and early Britain while maintaining historical accuracy. Through a wonderfully woven tale we learn how a young man, raised by his grandparents, becomes a pariah while learning how to utilize his magic. In a few short words, this first book is enchanting and will enthrall all who read it. The second story in the book is The Hollow Hills. In this classic tale Merlin watches over the young Arthur, while the young sorcerer is haunted by visions of the mythical sword Caliburn. This magical sword has been hidden for centuries and young Arthur must find and claim the sword to become the true King of Britain. In short, it is spell-binding with entertaining battles, chills, and thrills. Third story is The Last Enchantment and the finale is The Wicked Day. Four great tales in one great book.
JanetEbans More than 1 year ago
I believe the first time I read the Crystal Cave series was when my aunt suggested it to me in junior high school. Since then, I think I have read this series at least 10 times and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The story of Arthur and Merlin is one that has always captivated people - it is hard not to be pulled in by the epic nature of it, the magic, the drama, the intrigue, and the rise of these two powerful figures. What I love so much about Mary Stewart's treatment of the well-known story is the way she grounds it in history and tells it as the story of people who, extraordinary though they may be, have faults, fears, insecurities, passions etc. These are figures that we can relate to in ways that I think more fantasy-based treatments make difficult. Prior to reading this series, Merlin and Arthur (and all the supporting characters) were only mythic, fairy-tale-like figures in my imagination. This series made them real to me and brought them alive for me in an entirely new way. I loved that the story was told from Merlin's perspective and allowed us to follow him from his childhood through his struggles to understand and use his powers until he finally meets Arthur and his destiny. Every time I read this series I speed through them and read one right after the other. I think you'll find you do this same. Meant to have 5 stars...regardless, there aren't enough stars to describe this book.
MesDale More than 1 year ago
Beautiful.  I have been waiting so long for this series to become available on the Nook. The maps are beautiful, the formatting is perfect and flows seamlessly. The story itself  is beautifully written and captures all the essence of Old England. There has never been a better telling of Merlin and King Arthur than what Mary Stewart created. 20+ stars.
TimothyBrackens More than 1 year ago
This is a re-read for me and I loved it just as much as I did when I first read it. Mary Stewart is an amazing writer and her Merlin Saga is by far the best fiction on Merlin and the Arthur legacy. It is written in a style unlike any others in the family tree. It's almost like actual historical events - the reader is drawn into the realm in such a believable manner that you won't be able to put it down. I loved it. Highly recommend.
melaniejackson More than 1 year ago
There are many great writers who have tackled the Merlin legend, but none have made him more human than The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart has a gift for bringing you into a place and making it live. If you haven't read this one yet, give yourself a treat.
RByrd More than 1 year ago
Legacy contains all four books in the Merlin Saga (Crystal Cave, Hollow Hills, Last Enchantment, Wicked Day) beautifully formatted for the Nook. The first book: Crystal Cave: This book is about a youthful Merlin growing up in harsh conditions while learning how to control the power that is within. Merlin Travels to various lands, castles, and battles gaining confidence and strength as his powers develop. Hollow Hills: Merlin has grown in power and narrates this tale -- which gives this book an interesting and exciting voice that leaves you breathless in its wake. This book is the coming of King Arthur. Last Enchantment: Focuses upon the late-period travels and activities of the renowned Enchanter and Arthur's mentor (and cousin), Merlin. The sub-plot is an account of life and wars throughout post-Roman England and Wales under Arthurian rule. Both men run into dilemmas which, at first, typically seem irresolvable... but with Merlin's aid, and that of his new apprentice and other loyalists, most of these difficulties blossom with resolutions unanticipated by the reader. The Wicked Day: This book follows the Merlin Trilogy and contains the story of Mordred, the illlegitimate son of High King Arthur of Britain. Mary Stewart tells, from a third person perspective, how Mordred grew from a young boy into a man and how he came to know who and what he was. The book culminates with Mordred's rebellion against King Arthur, an act which brought both of their lives to a conclusion. Final Thoughts: This bundle was a pleasure to re-read. Mary Stewart has transformed the mystical Merlin into a realistic, stand alone character that the reader can understand and love. This collection seamlessly weaves a historical account of Arthurian literature with adventure, intrigue, danger, and intellegent characterization. They are simply spectacular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the classic tellings of the Arthur legend. Combine it with White's Once and Future King for a really excellent combined view of the legend.
EStoots More than 1 year ago
All fans of fantasy know about Merlin, but how did he come to be. Here's one very good rendition. Probably more realistic than all the smoke and mirrors stuff you so often read. A story you will get caught up in.
Kirconnell More than 1 year ago
The only thing to say about this series is read it asap. I read this Merlin series when I was much younger and enjoyed them. Now I can read them again and enjoy them just as much although with a slightly different perspective. However, with ebooks you also have to address the editing and this edition could use some work on that. Too many run on sentences and typos for such good books. Mary Stewart deserves better.
JolieKamensky More than 1 year ago
Truly magnificent. Don't hesitate to read these books. They'll become your favorite and the memories will last for years to come. I wish I could give it 100 stars.
JoanO More than 1 year ago
These books are as good now as they were thirty years ago! I recommend them for almost any age. They are fantasy, they are also some of the best fantasy ever and made all the more readable because of their immersion in the history of England. Stewart is The Master Storyteller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read these stories when they were originally published and they were my favoites then. Resently downloaded for my Nook and I still love them today. A must read for everyone.
Derek Sullivan More than 1 year ago
It was exciting
outlander129 More than 1 year ago
I began reading this series in highschool toward the end of my senior year and never got to finish them. Now at 35 with a bachelor's degree in European history I finally get the chance to finish reading this great series. Any story of Arthurian legend that I' ve read since has paled in comparrison.
KJLouis More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and charming serious. This is a must buy for anyone that likes great writing, realistic and magical story telling, encompassing descriptive and immersing locals. Best fiction around. Loved it!! 
KBakerKB More than 1 year ago
These books are special. If you haven't read them, do so now. 
NookMomz More than 1 year ago
Everyone has an all-time favorite book that they go back to again and again when they just want, well, "comfort food". This entire series is My literary comfort food. I bought the first three books in hardback shortly after my husband and I married in 1991, added the last book sometime later and have read them all at least once a year since then. As someone mentioned before, no other epic series has Ever brought characters to life and made them more human than Mary Stewart's Merlin saga. Every instance of every life mentioned in this series is completely believable. I have a favorite line that I look for every time it rains "...like banners in sunlight against a sky of storm." Mary Stewart paints the picture in your mind of medieval life and the only thing you can say against any of it is that the books have to end. Thank goodness I can go back and start from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would really like to see other books by this author like Thornyhold, Touch Not the Cat, Airs Above the Ground, The Gabriel Hounds to name a few. Lets hear from other fans of this author.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Although I was pleased to find this available as an eBook through Nook, I found a few issues that had I know before I purchased, I would have thought about it before doing so. 1. The formatting is erratic and does not conform to the printed books at all. There is inconsistent indenting denoting a change of character speaking. There are also spelling errors galore, especially in the last two books. 2. The legendary stories that were at the end of the first three books are not included as well as the historical notes for those books. I found these to be an integral part of enjoying them. 3. If you are looking for an accurate representation of these books in an electronic form, this collection is not it. Hopefully in the future someone else other than the company responsible for this eBook will do a corrected version that respects the author's intent as well as the care that the hardcover publishers took with presenting them. Only get this if you're desperate to have them this way.