- Tapa dura: 928 páginas
- Editor: Harvey Press (1 de septiembre de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0688003478
- ISBN-13: 978-0688003470
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.342.590 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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The Merlin Trilogy (Inglés) Tapa dura – sep 2004
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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 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.
Biografía del autor
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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I see others commenting that this might be suitable for adults but I have to disagree. The writing is not filled with difficult and overly complicated words; it is rather that the tone, mood and thought that one gets from reading it may be better understood and deciphered. This is easier reading than LOTR in comparison.
This is my first 5 star rating for the hundreds of books I've read and after countless debates with myself I think it highly deserves it. I understand a bit more about the legend now that I am reading it. To clarify, I understand now how many of the King Arthur stories are bits and pieces from this great book, from the Disney classic "The Sword in the Stone" to "Excalibur". You won't be disappointed.
"Looking back now, I see that much of what happened has been changed in my memory, like a smashed mosaic which is mended in later years by a man who has almost forgotten the first picture. Certain things come back to me plain, in all their colours and details; others - perhaps more important - come hazy, as if the picture has been dusted over by what has happened since, death, sorrow, changes of the heart."
It's interesting to read the other reviewers reactions. Suffice it to say that those in search of sorcery and specious magical display should turn elsewhere. Stewart's Merlin is really more of a poet than a magician, whose numinous encounters with the light and dark by which he prognosticates recall lines of Yeats, amongst others. This Merlin resembles Proust far more than he does a Dungeons and Dragons game in his love of solitude and completely passive awaiting of those "arrows" as he calls them from some other world to strike him:
"Like a drunkard who, as long as there is no wine to be had, thinks himself cured of his craving, I had thought myself cured of the thirst for silence and solitude. But from the first morning of waking on Bryn Myrddin, I knew that this was not merely a refuge, it was my place."
An extremely well-executed and enthralling page-turner of times long ago.
The Crystal Cave is beautifully written, but starts slowly - don't despair. The Hollow Hills builds steam very fast and starts your heart boiling. And The Crystal Cave takes you over the crescendo, almost kills you, and then brings you back gently but with a sigh. Indeed, I've not seen many works as detailed and beautiful as this. What's even more, it is possible to actually read each of them on their own and still get a feel of the whole.
I doff my hat to Mary Sewart!