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The Last Enchantment (Coronet Books) [Paperback]

Mary Stewart
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Dec 2002 Coronet Books
With the great sword Caliburn in his hand and Merlin the enchanter at his side, Arthur comes out of hiding to claim the crown he was born to wear. Merlin, Arthur's protector, sees the glories and horrors that await the new king . . . and to save him Merlin musters all his power to weave one last enchantment. He is showing signs of age and he gradually realises he is losing his powers of prophecy and clairvoyance to a younger generation. But he is able to accept this because he knows that they will be at the service of his beloved monarch whose fabled victories, marriage and the building of Camelot shine through these pages.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; 2 edition (Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340258292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340258293
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,263 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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An absorbing and haunting novel (Daily Mail)

A fascinating novel, a richly woven tapestry presented with a vividness that brings the characters from myth to real life (Evening Standard)

Mary Stewart, enchantress . . . an ability to evoke a situation, a mood or a season with a few phrases of prose that are almost verse (Daily Telegraph)

A perfect trip out of the present. (New York Times Book Review)

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The third in Mary Stewart's magnificent Merlin trilogy after The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Conclusion 27 Mar 2008
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The third book in Mary Stewart's brilliant Merlin Trilogy, The Last Enchantment will not disappoint. It picks up where the previous two novels left off, following Merlin The Enchanter as he guides a young Arthur through the beginnings of his reign, the troubles with his sisters, battles with the Saxons, and intrigue in plenty.

The beauty of Stewart's work here, is that she ties Merlin - a character who is synonymous with magic - to a world in which, although magic features, Merlin is a man. He gets by on wit and luck as often as by magic, and is a thoroughly enjoyable character to read about. She also brings links (as close as she can) to real places and real events, making this a volume which gives you some clue as to how it might have been. Or at least how it should have been.

If you have read The Crystal Cave and the Hollow Hills, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't start there and work your way here for maximum enjoyment. If you've read the books before, then pick them up again - I just have after four or five years, and they are just as good a second time round!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy once more 3 Dec 2001
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What pleasure Mary Stewart has given us over the years and this series about the life and times of Merlin, the magician who was chief adviser to the legendary King Arthur, is no exception. How wonderfully Stewart is able to weave her magic in the myth that surrounds the era of Camelot. Best to read the two earlier episodes in this saga first though. These are dateless and enduring but remember it is only fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 12 July 2012
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Another great read by Mary Stewart. She's continued to keep enthralled with the characters and developed these realistically. been a pleasure to read the whole series. Well recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and panoramic 25 Aug 2012
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The third in Mary Stewart's extremely enchanting and brilliant Merlin trilogy, this book is like it's predecessors extremely engaging, magical, thrilling, absorbing and holds you interest. The passion, intrigue, romance, emotion, and the panoramic sweep of events holds your attention throughout
It begins at the beginning of Arthur's reign in Dumpeldyr in Scotland, where King Lot and Arthur's wicked half-sister Morgause reign and sexual encounter with Morgause.... Following the narrative through the eyes of Merlin the enchanter,Merlin's role as Arthur's right hand man and spy at large. It covers the events of the building up of Arthur's kingdom,the struggle against the invading Saxon hordes and Merlin's efforts to contain the ambitious lords who covet the throne. Central to the novel are the wicked plots of Arthur's half-sister , and most now contend with her bastard son Mordred, who the great clairvoyant Merlin has foreseen will be the death of Arthur.

Finally the book takes us to Merlin's retreat at Applegarth and Bryn Myrddin where he apprentices a beautiful and intelligent young girl Niniane (Nimue) and finds love with her in his old age. Nimue is to be trained in Merlin's powers before Merlin retires the Crystal Cave and lives the happy life of a hermit.
The total effect creates a compelling and spellbinding epic which serves as an imposing example of the author's enthusiasm for her subject as well as an intriguing look into 5th century Britain through the author's skill
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and evocative 19 May 2007
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The Merlin Trilogy perfectly captures the tensions and dynamics of the Arthur myths without ever resorting to turgid and boring. Mary Stewart's writing is beautiful; almost flawless in the way it weaves plot, character and setting. These three books are worth every second you'll spend reading them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Trilogy 25 Jun 2014
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This book improved as it progressed, but I did not enjoy it as much as the first two. Perhaps because Merlin`s power had been weakened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion of the trilogy 25 Jun 2014
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Not as enjoyable as the first two books, but an essential read to get to the end of the story. Mary Stewart seems to struggle to spin out the yarn to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complaint re production quality 28 May 2014
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Because of the issues mentioned below, I am finding the above book, which is obviously a reprint, very difficult to handle and to read comfortably because of the way in which it has been printed.

1) the printing is inconsistent with some pages printed in dark thick ink and other pages printed as normal.

2) the margins on the left and right side pages are too wide so the text on both pages are forced into the centre and too close to the book's spine. This makes the handling of the book very awkward when reading, and with my stiff thumb joints I find it almost impossible to handle the book for longer than half a hour at a time, and its almost impossible to read in bed.

I realise I should have returned the book but I was so eager to begin reading it especially as I had just finished the previous two.

Perhaps the stock could be checked in case this flaw is repeated in other copies.

Thanking you for your continual good service.
Best regards, Susan Lapsley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read.
I would have given this splendid book 5 stars. I was annoyed that there were so many words with letters missing! Not a fault of the author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant working of ancient history
Mary Stewart brings to life the ever intriguing tale of King Arthur and Merlin. The trilogy builds up to the final tragic end. Wonderful, indeed!
Published 5 months ago by Lilias Ruth McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant trilogy!
The best telling of the Arthur stories. I have read it many times and always come back to it and love it
Published 6 months ago by Pauline Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is the third in the series of Merlin books. I know Merlin did not exist as this character but people like him did exist during the dark ages that Mary Stewart guides you... Read more
Published 9 months ago by travelreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fascinating mix of history and myth
An utterly believable Merlin, portrayed as seer, engineer and adviser rather than magician, and so much the better for it. If you want swords and sorcery there are other authors. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Merlin's old age
Written from the point of view of Merlin, this book takes you into a world where mystical things occur.
Mary Stewart makes Merlin into an (ordinary? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lorna Brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
This was the last book in the trilogy. I found it really good as was the other two.
Will order another by this auther
Published 12 months ago by MRS MARGARET WAUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars If you'll forgive the pun...spellbinding...
I think what I like best about Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy is that, whilst it is of course a retelling of the Arthurian legend, it is very much about Merlin, not Arthur himself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Enchantment - Mary Stewart
Unfortunately this was purchased as a present. So I cannot give a review. From what I know it was well received.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I thought the story was good. It makes you think throughout the book. I enjoyed the trilogy and would recommend them. Thanks.
Published 15 months ago by SHE
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