Never flags or fails at any point...,
This review is from: The Hollow Hills (Coronet Books) (Paperback)
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 happens. This book covers the years from Arthur's birth to his acclamation as High King, years spent in obscurity at the court of Ector, years most retellings of the Arthurian legend skip over in a few paragraphs.
One of the things I like about this version of the legend being told from Merlin's point-of-view is the subtle foreshadowings that can be included, from the hints about Mordred's role in the future, to the wedge that will eventually be driven between Arthur and Bedwyr (Lancelot). I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy! Again, it is another testament to Mary Stewart that a reader can still be held in anticipation despite knowing full well how it will all play out. (Is there anyone who doesn't know at least the rough outline of the Arthurian legend?)