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This review is from: The Crystal Cave (The Classic Merlin Trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Mary Stewart was born to write this book, and her ability to write in such a deceptively simple style means that Merlin leaps from the pages as if he had just been waiting for a voice.
Here is the story of his childhood, a despised bastard of a king's daughter, intelligent, intuitive and already showing the signs of his natural affinity with magic guided by the dweller in the cave.
But it is also Merlin's voyage of discovery, of his real parentage, of his growing power and the destiny that will bring Arthur eventually to the throne of a real dark age's world.
"The Crystal Cave" has been for many years one of my favourite books, read again and again. Of all the versions of Merlin's story that are or have been published, this is the one that will remain with you for a very long time.