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Arthur Pendragon is king! Crowned and recognized as High King, Arthur is unchallenged on the battlefield, and he melds the country together in a time of promise, as Merlin works in the shadows. But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot, and when the witch-queen Morgause - Arthur's own half-sister - ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.

©1979 Mary Stewart (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Merlin's story continues

I don't know if this book could stand alone, but for those who have read (or listened to the unabridged audiobook versions) the previous books in this series, The Crystal Cave and the Hollow Hills, this is a perfect rendering of the third part of Mary Stewart's "Merlin Trilogy". I know that she later added "The Wicked Day", but I have never found that book as satisfying as the first three. If you know the previous books in the series you don't really need me to tell you about this, you know what to expect. If you don't, rush out and start reading or listening to The Crystal Cave at once!

Great story telling, history that makes you feel as if you were there, characters that you care about and identify with, magic so organic to the story that it feels natural, one of the best interpretations of the story of King Arthur and Merlin and their backgrounds that I have ever read. And Derek Perkins reads the tales with sensitivity, feeling and an easy to listen to grace that adds charm and meaning to the experience.

Highly recommended. BUT NEVER waste your time and money on the abridged versions.

And please, Audible, provide us with more unabridged Mary Stewart audibooks, especially her earlier works, like Madam Will You Talk, The Moon Spinners, Touch Not the Cat, and more!

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Finally, an unabridged audiobook...

I've been waiting for an unabridged audiobook of Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy for years!

Some of the reviews of the final volume find this one the weakest of the three but I disagree. In this volume we finally get to see Arthur reign as king. Stewart uses her historical fiction method to give reasonable, real-life possibilities to the fantastic aspects of the Arthurian legend. In this volume, we get to find how she explains the story of Merlin being imprisoned under a rock by the Lady of the Lake. A fitting end to Merlin's autobiography.

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  • Joanne
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  • 01-02-17

Love this trilogy

Don't get abridged, only unabridged for this trilogy. Narrator is great, characters are awesome of course. Love Mary Stewart

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A great trilogy

This is the third in the Merlin trilogy by Mary Stewart. It really gives a different perspective to what I knew of Merlin before, and is a pleasure to listen. The narrator is wonderful.

Please bring out more Mary Stewart classics. She wrote clearly and beautifully. I can listen to these stories again and again. Now that I am older and my sight is not as good as when I was younger, Audible really helps me out.

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Enchanting!

This is my favorite of the trilogy. I am so happy that the books by Mary Stewart have gained new attention and have been updated to unabridged books for purchase on audible. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! The narration is especially good on this one and I enjoyed every minute of it. It's a long one, but I savored the story. Merlin is one of my all time favorite characters and knowing what I knew about the legend, I found it bitter sweet. Mary Stewart is one of my favorite authors. This was so well done. I highly recommend it! Lots of passion, magic, and suspense. No one today in my opinion writes like Mary Stewart when it comes to the setting and descriptions. An excellent read!

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An extraordinary trilogy

If you are a fan of Arthur Guinevere and Marilyn this is a must read. Mary Stuart takes history and turns it into credible fiction this is a must read as well as the mists of Avalon

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Great story and great narrator

I loved every moment of all three books. Mary Stewart's writing is superb and Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator. One question for the Audible staff: Might we look forward to more from Mary Stewart, perhaps even "The Wicked Day" -- read, of course by Mr. Perkins?

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A great end to a wonderful trilogy

Well read. A definite buy to finish out the trilogy. Worth buying and hours of great story.

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Thank you Thank you Thank you

I have waited for a very long time to listen to these books. They are my "good book to live in", all of them. I have read them in print form at least every year since they were published. When I found they were, at last, available in unabridged form, I made girl noises, felt like "the sun had come out on my birthday morning, and I had been given the world" (a quote from another of Mary Stewart's books.), and then agonized about the narrator, hoping he would do a good job. He did. I highly recommend them.

To my mind, Madame Stewart has given the best interpretation of all the myths surrounding Merlin. His quest to serve God, the humility and grace with which he led his life, his use of his gifts for a greater good, all these things she ascribed to him have inspired me in my life. Add to that the action and the love stories, well, it is a complete joy.

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please end

will this book ever end?! It just keeps going not sticking to an particular storyline

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