Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dusty Reads (2)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

 The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

The Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga, #1)Initially published nearly thirty years ago, Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave has been spellbinding readers and converting them into serious Arthurian buffs ever since. The first in a series of four books, this novel focuses on the early life of Merlin the magician, and the political developments of fifth-century Britain. Not for the fainthearted, this verbose text pays careful attention to historical details and methodical plot development.
Merlin's childhood is formed by the absence of his reticent, convent-bound mother and his unnamed and unknown father. As the bastard grandson of a local king, Merlin is the object of both envy and ridicule. His strange powers and predictions earn him greater status as a pariah, and he leaves home as a preadolescent. Returning years later as a young man--empowered by self-knowledge and magic--Merlin finds himself caught in the currents of the shifting kingdoms.

I know I've mentioned it before, but in case you hadn't heard I'm a huge Arthurian fan, ever since I was 12 I've been obsessed with it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to read a lot featuring it. This was recommended to me on some site a couple of years ago and I was finally able to get it earlier this year. I'll most likely end up reading it some time at the beginning of the year, mostly because that's when the latest season of Merlin, will be on. It usually inspires me to read more on the subject, so until then.

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