The Hollow Hills Mass Market Paperback – 1984
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Everything that was exceptional about “The Crystal Cave” is present in this sequel: terrific sense of place and time, great character development, many fascinating players and sub-plots, the twists and turns of fate that still lead Merlin unerringly to the desired outcome, a generous sprinkling of magic that could be read as divine intervention or the serendipitous combination of a highly intelligent and accomplished man and the superstitious mentality of the times. Merlin's character is further developed almost as an anti-hero, with the gallant and impetuous young Arthur as a clear counterpoint, making them two of the most likeable fictional characters I have ever encountered.
At the end, Lady Stewart has added the legend (as recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth) and brief Author's Notes explaining how she built on what sparse and confused records remain, linking some facts and making plausible assumptions about others and, even more interestingly, what part of the story she has completely invented.Read more ›
In this book, Stewart stays faithful to the Arthurian myth while taking what she needs from history and her own imagination. I was particularly impressed with the way she handled the sword issue -- though not entirely faithful to the legend it's all there, sword in the stone and Excalibur, all tying into her own mythology perfectly. As with "The Crystal Cave" I particularly enjoyed the aspects of pagan mythology that tied into the whole story alongside of the Christian aspect.
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This print is very difficult to read. Very old looking. Need to be reset.Published 22 months ago by judith allin