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The Hollow Hills (Arthurian Saga) [Paperback]

Mary Stewart
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May 2003 Arthurian Saga (Book 2)
The story of Merlin and the boyhood of Arthur, from his birth to his accession to the throne. It is a picture of an ancestral hero coming to manhood, painfully distinguishing friends from enemies, but never failing to follow his destiny, and all around him the strange figure of Merlin.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060548266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060548261
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,074,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Stewart, one of our most popular novelists, was born in Sunderland, County Durham and lives in the West Highlands. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her book for younger readers, THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK, LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE, and A WALK IN WOLF WOOD, quickly met with the success of her other novels. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for THE CRYSTAL CAVE, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE.

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A real spell-binder (Sunday Telegraph)

Compulsive reading . . . chases, battles, thrills and entertainment all the way (Daily Mirror)

A fascinating re-creation of the King Arthur legend (Newsweek)

It goes without saying that Mrs Stewart tells a marvellous story. (The Times)

Superb and lyrical. (Washington Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second in Mary Stewart's magnificent Merlin trilogy after The Crystal Cave --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 31 May 2001
By A Customer
This is the second book in the trilogy, and anyone who read the other two books first and didn't notice the events weren't in a logical chronological order must've had their eyes closed. It deals with the bit in between what everyone knows about Arthur's conception (and the deceipt therein) and the Camelot bit and the bad ending. The whole of the Arthurian legend is a myth built on a hint of a legend, and Mary Stewart weaves a rich and compelling tapestry from the few threads we have relating to this period of Merlin's and Arthur's lives. She openly confesses the story to be a work of the imagination, and continues to write with skill that allows you to taste and feel the relevant era. If you have the imagination to be immersed into her supposition, it won't matter whether this conforms with your preconceptions of the Arthurian legend or not. This is escapism that is so well written it feels like historical reality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
The Hollow Hills is the second book in Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy. Although it would undoubtedly stand alone itself, I would recommend starting with The Crystal Cave. This volume follows Merlin and Arthur from the future king's conception through to his coronation, and I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Stewart's style has Merlin telling the story as he remembers it, which allows her to gloss over or skip through time periods which are not wholly relevant to the plot. She does this with aplomb, giving us a brief spattering of anecdotes from Merlin's travels as Arthur, hidden away, grows up. Her second strength is in attempting to link the legends with historical facts - finding the real places to link to the stories which have entertained and entranced people for hundreds of years.

This doesn't mean she skimps on the magic, though, and Merlin as an enchanter, engineer, mathematician and general schemer is a believable and enjoyable hero.

This is not, however, a rip-roaring blockbuster of a book which will keep you glued to all the pages and constantly turning them. It is, however, a very comforting read which I look forward to when getting into bed every night. And that is something which I value very highly!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this when it first came out..... 17 Aug 2003
By Janet
....... and have been re-reading it at regular intervals ever since.
It's a truly magical book with a very impressive interpretation of the Merlin legend. It sounds genuine and believable.
Read the Trilogy and then read The Wicked Day. Impressive stuff from an impressive writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars The adventure continues 14 Mar 2014
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Moving on from the boy Merlin to the man, more intrigue and more adventure. A great follow on to The Crystal Cave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant trilogy! 28 Feb 2014
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The best telling of the Arthur stories. I have read it many times and always come back to it and love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great second book 14 Dec 2013
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This book is a great follow up to The Crystal Cave. It continues the story of Arthur and keeps you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book two of the greatest story ever told. 4 Dec 2013
By gwyneth
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The greatest story by a wonderful writer. Masterful. If you want to go to the dark ages, Mary Stewart will take you there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As for the previous books from Mary Stewart 26 Sep 2013
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As for the previous books from Mary Stewart it's an excellent written. Delivery time satisfactory. Just one thing the quality of the printing is not of the best quality but that has nothing to do with the saler
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5.0 out of 5 stars The legend of Arthur
This second of a trilogy brings the legend of Arthur to us in a wonderful piece of imaginative story telling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lorna Brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Hollow Hills
This is spell-binding novel based on the legends of Arthur and Merlin. Mary Stewart makes the characters LIVE, and I couldn't put it down!
Published 7 months ago by J. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Never flags or fails at any point...
It's a testament to Mary Stewart's skill as a writer that this second installment in her Merlin trilogy doesn't flag or fail at any point, despite the fact that, arguably, not much... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Ball
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Published 8 months ago by IRENE KANE
5.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded as gift on a gift to my daughter's Kindle.
I haven't had any feedback as yet but she lives in the australian outback. She is great reader and I think she prefers print books.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Campbell-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating retelling of the legend of Arthur the young
The second volume of what later became Mary Stewart's Arthurian saga. The story, as before narrated by Merlin, begins exactly where "The Crystal Cave" ended, the morning after... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars The proper story
Having watched the merlin series I believe that the scriptwriters have gone to the Mary Stewart version for their inspiration.
Published 13 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow Hills
Although not completed the book as I expected this is a fabulous read and would reccommend to anyone interested in the Merlin legend.
Published 14 months ago by Carole Marlow
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