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Mary Stewart
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December 1997

Born of an incestuous relationship between King Arthur and his half sister, the evil sorceress Morgause, the bastard Mordred is reared in secrecy. Called to Camelot by events he cannot deny, Mordred becomes Arthur’s most trusted counselor -- a fateful act that leads to the "wicked day of destiny" when father and son must face each other in battle.

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Anyone fascinated by that magical, mythical world of Arthurian legend will be hooked from the first paragraph. Good Housekeeping The old magic never fails. Sunday Telegraph Magical The Times Highly enjoyable ... a provocative recast legend. New York Times Book Review Colourful and entertaining ... Mary Stewart is as skilled as ever in weaving myth and history into a single thread of credible fiction Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If you haven't read Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga, you don't know what you're missing. They are must reads for any romance reader, for any lover of Arthurian legend, for any history buff, for any voracious reader, and may be the books to get non-readers started. Basically, they should be read by everyone! Mary Stewart's research is phenomenal. Her understanding of myth and its relationship to fact is remarkable. The books are complex, yet incredibly inviting and you will absolutely love the characters. They also weave together so beautifully that you won't be able to read only one. Two things I find particularly interesting in this series is the portrayal of Arthur and the fall of Camelot. Arthur represents all of humanity in these books as opposed to the more mythical figure you usually see. And the fall of Camelot is more internal rather than external--more about the passions and lusts in the heart rather than a more obvious loss of power. The books go in this order: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day. Shauna Summers, Senior Editor --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 27 2014
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I totally enjoy Mary Smith writing and she told a totally different slant on Mored . I have now read all her books on this subject I think but sugesstions are welcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mordred .... a hero (?) Oct. 25 2000
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After having read Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, I was rather reluctant to read this book. Having pre-conceived ideas of Mordred's evil character, I didn't want to destroy the 'feel-good' warmth that I had at the end of the trilogy. But, having started Stewart's journey, I just felt I had to finish it, even though I knew it would not be a happy ending.
How wrong I was!!!! This book threw all my expectations of doom and gloom out the window, and impossible as it may seem ... I actually ended up feeling good even if the end was rather tragic.
It is extremely refreshing to see Mordred put in an entirely different light - a courageous, strong-willed and honest man, instead of the evil, greedy and conniving son in other more common versions. Unfortunately, in this book, it was circumstances and misunderstandings that went against him. The best part was - it was totally believable!!!
If you only want to know 1 version of Mordred's story, then this should be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favorite of Stewart's novels. July 19 2000
By Malice
I've always been attracted to the character of Mordred in Arthurian legend and who he was (or wasn't). Stewart tells a grim tale, densely,--and the ending is by far the finest I've encountered in any other Arthurian novel: Mordred and Arthur fighting against one another. Even Stewart admits in her notes that tracing back to the first mention of Mordred, there was no mention of him fighting *against* his father (or possibly his uncle), but simply dying in the same battle. Presented in "The Wicked Day" the way it is, the Mordred-Arthur "conflict" is much more heartrending and dark. I loved this book.
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Though not as good as the Merlin Trilogy this is still a very good book and a fitting conclusion to Stewart's retelling of Authorian lore. Stewart takes a completely different view of Mordred than most writters. He is not a sniveling, cowardly villian, but a potential hero. Doomed to infamy by prophecy.
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