The Hollow Hills Mass Market Paperback – 1984
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A fascinating re-creation of the King Arthur legend―Newsweek
Superb and lyrical.―Washington Times
It goes without saying that Mrs Stewart tells a marvellous story.―The Times
Compulsive reading . . . chases, battles, thrills and entertainment all the way―Daily Mirror
A real spell-binder―Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mary Stewart was one of our most successful novelists. Her first novel, MADAM WILL YOU TALK, was published in 1955. It was an immediate success and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. She was made a Doctor of Literature by Durham University in 2009. Mary Stewart died on May 9, 2014. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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 on Sept. 12 2014 by judith allin