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The Wicked Day

The Arthurian Saga, Book 4
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: The Arthurian Saga, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Mary Stewart's stunning Arthurian saga that began with The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment continues with The Wicked Day, the story of the clash between King Arthur and his bastard son, Mordred.

Born of an incestuous relationship between King Arthur and his half-sister, and prophesied by Merlin to kill Arthur, Mordred is stolen away from his mother and raised in secrecy by a kind couple on an isolated Orkney island in the hopes that he will defy his fate.

Mordred, known to history as a traitor and a murderer, is no villain, but a quick-witted young man, with hopes and dreams of his own. But try as he might, Mordred cannot escape Merlin's prophecy.

His mother, the evil sorceress Morgause, tracks her son down and takes him back, then feeds the flames of Mordred's ambition, setting into motion a chain of events that will go down in history - and legend - as father and son are finally forced to confront each other one last time: on the wicked day of destiny, when Arthur's final battle will be fought.

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Arthur's tale completed

I love Mary Stewart's version of the Arthurian Legend. This final segment is my least favorite, since it ends in tragedy, but Mary Stewart, like many other re-tellers of this overall story managed to bring hope into the ending in spite of all.

And Derek Perkins, as he did in the previous three, does a WONDERFUL job of bringing the characters, time period and Legend/Saga to life. If some other narrator had been chosen to complete the series, I might well have been content to let my personal series end with The Last Enchantment.

Those new to the series, I strongly suggest that you start with the beginning, The Crystal Cave. And I envy you, you have many hours of enjoyment to look forward to, as you work your way through the series.

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A Reasonable Telling

This is the only of the four books in the Arthurian Saga that I had not already read. While the first three focused on the life of Merlin, this one focused on the life of Mordred. It is interesting to note that none of the books in the Arthurian Saga actually focused on Arthur. I do not mind that so much and have taken them for what they are. Even though the scraps of legend upon which this book was based more readily tie into known history, I find it impossible to accept any lustful desire of Mordred for the queen. Nor am I apt to believe that after years of clear minded thinking and proven trust, Arthur would think ill of of his son and heir. The transition of Mordred from loyal subject to traitor felt clumsy and rushed. Never the less, I am pleased that the final battle between the two did still begin by the accidental signal of a knight and not by the king or his son. What I did miss was the promised return of King Arthur when Britain needs him again.

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Great story... right up until the end...

I really enjoyed the other books of the "Arthurian Saga" and I was expecting the same from The Wicked Day. The story is well crafted and written in just the right way that I felt transported into it, just like the other books. The problem comes at the end - and it is a big problem. The final scenes are told in a way that removed me from feeling like I was there and was instead being told the story, almost like an old new's report.

I truly could have given the story five stars but the rushed and disconnected ending forced me to only review it as "pretty good". It could have been great - really great.

As in the other books, Derek Perkins was outstanding in his performance. Bravo Derek!

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Almost as good as 1 through 3

I missed having Merlin in this book... besides it was a great finish to a fantastic saga. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys this era.

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timeless story

timeless story with an extremely interesting take on one of literatures more evil villains. great performance by the narrator.