The Hollow Hills are Ebook After the thrills of The Crystal Cave we pick Merlin up bleeding on the side of the road out of Tintagel and watch as he begins his journey into the life of
The Hollow Hills are Ebook After the thrills of The Crystal Cave, we pick Merlin up, bleeding on the side of the road out of Tintagel, and watch as he begins his journey into the life of the boy who will be King Arthur. One of literature’s great characters, Merlin is the bridge between Ambrosius and Arthur--the once and future kings, and for my money he embodies all that is fine about both of them. Mary Stewart's Merlin appeals to me mostly because of his humanity. He pays a high price for his powers, and they are granted to him only at the whim and determination of his god. Thus, it is not Merlin who controls events or chooses history, but Merlin who works on earth to bring about a plan clearly forged in heaven. By that same token, he cannot always prevent tragedy, and he must bear, as all men do, his share of regret and disappointment. He states, “I was the god’s instrument, but I was not the god’s hand.” He knows his role and it prevents his being arrogant or self-important and makes him lovable and real. We are able to see him as a man who is given the difficult role of shaping the right future for a nation by trusting that God is behind him in whatever he must do. A pretty heavy burden. In The Crystal Cave, we see Merlin as a boy and a youth, learning about his god and how to wield his powers. In The Hollow Hills, we see Merlin the man, who understands and has confidence in himself and what he can and should accomplish for his god. And, we see Merlin as a father-figure, with Arthur as his child, his progeny, his legacy.Even the legend of Arthur is enhanced by Stewart’s presentation of Arthur as a boy rather than as we usually see him, a full-grown King. He is shaped by his foster family into a person of values and we see how he comes to rely on Merlin for both love and guidance. For anyone who has only the image of Merlin as a wizard in flowing robes, self-assured and able to command the thunder when he desires, I submit that this image is an empty jug compared to this Merlin of flesh and blood who must think and feel his way toward the purpose that lies in front of him, a purpose that is passed to him as a sacred duty by his own father.There are moments of descriptive beauty that are awe-inspiring. There are moments of sentiment that bring tears to my eyes (even after multiple readings). There are moments of intelligent humor that make me smile and which give the characters who speak the lines depth and tangibility. Stewart is a masterful storyteller, with the wisdom and skills of Homer. She transports us. The only thing that makes coming to the end of this book tolerable is knowing that The Last Enchantment lies ahead!. Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.. Good Books The Hollow Hills An excellent follow up to The Crystal Cave & beautifully read. It's the same in style & tone, too. I want to call this 'old school' fantasy. There is no graphic sex, violence, or even any flashy magic, but there is an aura of mystery & pomp that permeates the entire story. There is a hard core of realism tempered by spirituality that defines the world & the magic. The descriptions are lyric, too. A fantastic break from the current style of writing & yet not boring at all. In many ways it reminds me of the Lord of the Rings. Excellent.
The Hollow Hills The Hollow Hills The Arthurian Saga, Book Near the end of The Hollow Hills comes the death of Uther Pendragon and the anointing of Arthur as the High King Now, on to the glory days of the establishment of The Hollow Hills Arthurian Saga, by Mary Stewart Another phenomenal installment in Mary Stewart s Arthurian saga, The Hollow Hills begins right where we concluded the brilliant gem of a story, The Crystal Cave The masterful storytelling, the wonder and the adventure are no less evident here than in the first of the series The Hollow Hills Stewart, Mary Mar , Near the end of The Hollow Hills comes the death of Uther Pendragon and the anointing of Arthur as the High King Now, on to the glory days of the establishment of Camelot and to everything that came after. The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart Audiobook Audible The Hollow Hill is just as I remembered it from when I read it the first time almost years ago Mary Stewart again was able to take disjointed legends and steep them in a historical setting. The hollow hills edition Open Library rowsThe hollow hills This edition published in by Morrow in New York.