Mary Stewart's unique intermingling of history and fantasy earned critical acclaim more than 40 years ago, yet the work still enchants. Narrator Derek Perkins is a perfect guide into the fifth century and the legend of King Arthur, told from magician Merlin's point of view. In this, the second in the trilogy, Merlin tells the story of Arthur's birth and follows his growth into young manhood until he is made king. Perkins delivers appropriate solemnity to Merlin's remembrances, while his infusion of youth and urgency identify Arthur. He slips in and out of secondary characters deftly, gliding over difficult place names and showing remarkable dexterity with names that have almost no vowels. The Arthurian novels include THE CRYSTAL CAVE (Book 1) and THE LAST ENCHANTMENT (Book 3). S.J.H. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2017]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504774284 $39.95 Fourteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781504774291 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-5047-7430-7 $24.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504774277 $118.00 Fourteen CDs
DD ISBN 9781504774321 multiple sources
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