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Mary Stewart
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2 Feb 2012

Far from being the scourge of Arthur, his bastard son Mordred actually strives to resist Merlin's prophecy of doom. But he is thwarted by the schemes of his sorceress mother, Queen Morgause, who has brough him up to be her revenge incarnate, and by misunderstandings beyond his control.

Prophecy triumphs, and the confrontation that is as fatal as it is inevitable is played out against the darkened walls of the city of Camelot.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737547
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,385 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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Anyone fascinated by that magical, mythical world of Arthurian legend will be hooked from the first paragraph. (Good Housekeeping)

The old magic never fails. (Sunday Telegraph)

Magical (The Times)

Highly enjoyable . . . a provocative recast legend. (New York Times Book Review)

Colourful and entertaining . . . Mary Stewart is as skilled as ever in weaving myth and history into a single thread of credible fiction (Publishers Weekly)

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From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Merlin trilogy comes this startling reappraisal of the last days of Camelot and the story of King Arthur's bastard son Mordred

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical end to a magical tale. 5 Jan 2006
Following on from Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, this tells of the last days of Arthur, High King of England. While it follows the storyline set in The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment, it is not told in the same first person style: Merlin is no longer the narrator or central character, in fact he's hardly in it at all.
That said, the writing is beautiful as ever, the story and characters simply compelling and the end as sad as its possible to be.
Stewart doesn't let the reader down, this book can be read as a stand alone novel, but is ideally read as the after the Merlin trilogy.
Get it, read it, love it and return to it again and again. Marvelous, magical and enchanting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
The Wicked Day is a sequel to Mary Stewart's hugely acclaimed and hugely successful (and, indeed, hugely enjoyable) Merlin Trilogy. Here, the main character is not Merlin, but Mordred - King Arthur's illegitimate son with his half-sister, Morguase.

As in the Merlin Trilogy, Stewart battles to give us a story that might have happened. She links what little history she believes is true to the copious and varied legends of the Arthur legend. And she does it, for the most part, excellently.

The story itself overlaps with the Merlin Trilogy - it picks up with Mordred as a young child, and follows him onwards through his life in and around Arthur's court, and the adventures that follows. Unlike the Merlin Trilogy, this book is written in the third person; following Mordred and his story, but not told from his point of view.

There is very little mention of Merlin himself, and the story is totally self-contained.

I really enjoyed the book; it is convincingly written, linked in enough with history to let you believe. I must admit that the ending of this book is a slight anti-climax as though at that point - where Stewart had the least definite facts, and the most varied legends - she lost her way slightly and was unsure what to write. But that is only compared to some of the stunning climaxes and situations that are crafted throughout her writing.

Overall, this is an excellent read and a must, really, for all fans of the Merlin books.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous 28 May 2000
I have read all the books in the merlin trilogy and this along with the others was brilliant. While this one is slightly different, focusing on King Arthur. It brings the legend alive and allows the reader to experience it. Great
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The spellbinding fourth in Mary Stewart's excellent Arthurian series-The Wicked Day keeps up the momentum-and there is not a spot where you will not be engaged.
Takes up the story of King Arthur's bastard son by his half sister Morgause and his eventual doom. Unlike the usual portrayal of Mordred, in this book he is not evil but valiant, loyal and of character, but is caught up in the prophecy and events beyond his control.
Brought up by fisher-folk on the Orkney Islands, Mordred's life is changed when he is taken to the court of his evil mother Morgause, and after that to his father Arthur's court in Camelot where he discovers who he is.
Mordred struggles to keep a reign on his unruly half-brothers Gawain, Agravain, Gaheris and Gareth. He also grows in Arthur's affection and that of his friend, Arthur's Queen Guinevere. but as the Saxons close in on Britain, and political intrigues and passions tear Arthur's kingdom apart, as predicted by Merlin and the seeress Nimue, Modred is drawn towars the wicked day when he will be Arthur's destruction. Through the machinations of Queen Morgause and her death at the hand of her son Gawaine, to the killing of three of the brothers by Bedwyr (Lancelot) when they attack the latter in Guinevere's chambers, to Mordred's accession as regent leading to the eventual clash between him and King Arthur, there is never a dull moment.
The author has put meticulous research into this, of Geoffrey Monmouth's history of the Kings of Britain and sir Thomas Malory's Morte De' Arthur,the author shows her love of the land and history of Britain and her knowledge thereof.
Not to be missed by any Arthurian enthusiast or lover of historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Historical Novel 10 Feb 2014
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I am only partway through this book... but it's already had twists I wasn't expecting! Gritty, enthralling history come to life!! Brilliant!!
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