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The Crystal Cave (1970)

de Mary Stewart

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Sèrie: The Arthurian Merlin Saga (1)

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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.… (més)
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    Assassin's Apprentice de Robin Hobb (LiddyGally)
    LiddyGally: Both "autobiograhical" accounts of the life of a man with powers of a magical kind, told from boyhood to manhood. Compelling writing makes for a great read and memorable story!
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    Idylls of the King de Alfred Tennyson (myshelves)
    myshelves: Tennyson's classic rendering of the Arthurian legends in verse.
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    Twilight of Avalon de Anna Elliott (Kasthu)
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    Sword at Sunset de Rosemary Sutcliff (Usuari anònim)
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    The Once and Future King de T. H. White (myshelves)
    myshelves: Basis for the play/movie Camelot.
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    Storyteller de G. R. Grove (Rowntree)
    Rowntree: Adventures in Britain a generation after King Arthur.
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    L'última legió de Valerio Massimo Manfredi (Bookshop_Lady)
    Bookshop_Lady: Mary Stuart ties the Arthur legend to Rome through Ambrosius and his brother Uther. Valerio Massimo takes a slightly different turn to the story: The Last Legion is the story of the last Roman emperor, who fled to England searching for the last legion of Roman soldiers, hoping they would still be loyal to him. This last emperor, a youth of about 13 when he attains the throne, will grow up to become Uther Pendragon. Fan's of Mary Stuart's trilogy will appreciate Massimo's interpretation of the Arthur legend.… (més)
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    A Traveller's Guide to the Kingdoms of Arthur de Neil Fairbairn (myshelves)
    myshelves: Non-fiction guide to traditional Authurian sites.
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I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected, and I've no idea why I've not come across it before, as it's been a classic since the 70s. It has held up very well, which is very unusual. It's the first of a quintet of Arthurian tales. And this is the young Merlin, from boyhood discovery of his powers and teachers, through to the birth of Arthur.

It's a bit mystical in places Merlin doesn't actively control his powers, he's merely a conduit for The/A god's will. He only foresees a few events, and mostly doesn't know the significance of them until they're occurring. But he does quickly learn that gods help most those who help themselves, and he ensures he puts himself in places and times where the gods help will come to him.

There's a good historical feel to it, with various tribes kings looking out for themselves, the invading saxons and the roman remnants still more evident than they are today. Stonehenge was neatly parleyed inot the plot, again without contradicting much that is known to be true, but incorporating a many potential truths instead. The author acknowledges a lot of earlier influences, not necessarily scholarly, but this is certainly a less immediately made-up Merlin tale than many. The pacing and action work well, and it's very focused on Merlin, which is my preferred style of reading, it does mean that there are few secondary characters with any complexity - and of course almost zero women other than his reclusive mother. Merlin being famously celibate ' because of his magic'.

I will read the rest of the series in due course ( )
  reading_fox | Jul 23, 2021 |
Merlin's boyhood and life through begetting of Arthur
  ritaer | Jun 6, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Apr 4, 2021 |
Another book from my Arthurian fiction kick; I don't remember being particularly impressed by it. However, I ended up liking Stewart's writing, which in turn spawned a Mary Stewart/gothic fiction kick. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A lot of the book dealt with who was battling who and where although thankfully not with much blood and gore like today's books. Nice description of scenery also. Dealt with Merlin growing up and learning he has the gift of sight. Definitely not the magical style, in fact Merlin denies repeatedly that he can do magic. Story seemed to move along slowly. Created Merlin more as a human with the ability to understand people. Glad how his real father eventually treated him which was surprising given that his mother never wanted to tell who he was. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
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Eerste deel van een trilogie over het leven van de legendarische tovenaar en helderziende Merlijn. Hij leefde in het Brittannië van de vijfde eeuw en was in zijn latere leven de opvoeder en raadgever van de grote koning Arthur. Dit eerste deel omvat het verhaal over zijn geboorte en eerste levensjaren, doorgebracht aan het hof van zijn grootvader, de koning van Zuid-Wales. Verder: de ontdekking van de glazen grot en zijn opleiding bij de ziener Galapas. Het boek eindigt met de geboorte van koning Arthur. Een boeiend verhaal over deze magiër; door haar levende verbeelding en vlotte schrijftrant weet de schrijfster de lezer van begin tot eind te boeien. Wordt vervolgd door: "De holle heuvels". Normale druk, volle bladspiegel.
(Biblion recensie, J. v. Leeuwen-v.d. Tempel.)
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O Merlin in your crystal cave
Deep in the diamond of the day,
Will there ever be a singer
Whose music will smooth away
The Furrow drawn by Adam's finger
Across the meadow and the wave?
Or a runner who'll outrun
Man's long shadow driving on,
Burst through the gates of history,
And hang the apple on the tree?
Will your sorcery ever show
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And Time locked in his tower?
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PROLOGUE: The Prince of Darkness

I am an old man now, but then I was really past my prime when Arthur was crowned King.
BOOK I: The Dove

The day my uncle Camlach came home, I was just six years old.
BOOK II: The Falcon

The first I knew of our coming to shore was being roused, still heavy with that exhausted sleep, by voices talking over me.
BOOK III: The Wolf

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BOOK IV: The Red Dragon

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"Mithras, Apollo, Arthur, Christ -- call him what you will," I said. "What does it matter what men call the light? It is the same light, and men must live by it or die. I only know that God is the source of all the light which has lit the world, and that his purpose runs through the world and past each one of us like a great river, and we cannot check or turn it, but can only drink from it while living, and commit our bodies to it when we die." -- Merlin
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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.

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