Mary Stewart’s trilogy about Merlin was my second exposure to the Arthurian Cycle, the first being John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights. I remember reading The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment several times (and based on the original publication date probably also read The Wicked Day shortly after it was released). I haven’t re-read any of them since my days as a teen bibliomaniac, and the details have faded other than the memory that I found them revelatory when I first discovered them.
Since this is a group read, I thought it might be fun to post after each section though I’m finding myself with not much insightful to say.
The Crystal Cave – Section 1: The Dove
The section entitled The Dove briefly dips into Merlin’s childhood. While there are a few moments of prophetic vision, the magic of the story hasn’t yet grabbed me.