The Best Book on Merlin Ever
I read The Crystal Cave in 1970, and that was just the first time.
Mary Stewart brings to life a fantastical but realistic Merlin, in an spellbinding portrayal.
You may think you know this powerful wizard from the tales of King Arthur but, until you discover the secrets of the Crystal Cave, the Merlin you may have met before is a pale version of the real man.
Merlin's Early Childhood
We first meet Myrddin Emrys as a boy of six and right from the start we follow the forces that make him, ultimately, the guardian of Arthur. The small cruelties that blight his childhood, the retreats into defensive silence and his explorations into the hidden world of the hypercaust, the people he loves and the people who both despise and fear him.
With his bewilderment and, yes, his bravery, little Myrddin captures your heart.
Stewart is a superb writer
Mary Stewart's lyrical story rings with beauty. She is a superb writer and her words conjure the 5th century world of post-Roman Britain in all its colour and clamour.
"South Wales is a lovely country, with green hills and deep valleys, flat water meadows yellow with flowers where cattle grow sleek .... but where, come winter, the wolves run, and I have seen lightning even with the snow'.
With a strong supporting cast from the wild Welsh mountains and the small sleepy towns of Brittany, you meet the characters who will stay with you long after the book is read and returned to the shelf.
Memorable and awe-inspiring. I can't recommend the Crystal Cave highly enough.
I've always been fascinated by Arthur, who was the man who inspired such a long-lasting legend? You've heard of the chivalrous knights, of many-towered Camelot...