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The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart (1973)

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The second book in a series dealing with Merlin and Arthur, this one is solid and entertaining enough. I do love Stewart's Merlin, but the story did drag in parts. Definitely enjoyable, but not as magical as reading Malory or The Mabinogion, I think. ( )
  electrascaife | Feb 13, 2017 |
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  Kaethe | Oct 16, 2016 |
The second book in Mary Stewart’s series tells the story of Merlin as he watches over Arthur from his birth until his ascension to the High King of Britain as a teen. I really like this “old school” fantasy with no graphic sex or violence and the way it portrays Merlin as a thinking, feeling, vulnerable person who truly loves his cousin Arthur like a son, not just the forbidding old sorcerer featured in other Arthurian tales. ( )
1 vote memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
This second entry in Stewart's Arthurian series picks up the story in more familiar territory. In many ways, when you put down The Crystal Cave and pick up The Hollow Hills, it is simply a straight continuation. This covers from the birth or Arthur to his becoming king. All the seeds are sown for the politics behind the continuing story, including Mordred. What is different in this book is the focus on Merlin -- where he goes, what he does while Arthur is growing up. There are different takes on iconic objects -- the sword in the stone is quite different, but so logical, for example.

If you enjoy Arthurian literature and haven't read this series, you really should. I think you'll love it. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Apr 2, 2016 |
Book two of three of Mary Stewart's Arthurian legend. It picks up exactly where the previous book left off, as if you had merely turned the page and begun a new chapter. In this installment Merlin awaits the birth of Arthur, accompanies the baby to its place of hiding for the first four years, and Merlin then journeys north to convince a loyal lord to secretly house and raise the royal "bastard" until he is 14 and old enough to fight. Meanwhile, Merlin 'disappears' by going to the Mediterranean and traveling for 7 years so he can retun to Arthur as a teacher. A very satisfying read. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jan 30, 2016 |
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There was a lark singing somewhere high above.
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To remember love after long sleep; to turn again to poetry after a year in the market place, or to youth after resignation to drowsy and stiffening age; to remember what once you though life could hold, after telling over with muddied and calculating fingers what it has offered; this is music, made after long silence.
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The Hollow Hills takes place in a fifth-century Britain fraught with superstition and fear, where no life is safe, no law is stable, and where a king risks accusations of murder and adultery to get himself an heir. For his own safety, the boy Arthur, rejected as a bastard by his father, is long kept ignorant of his parentage.
Dangerous rides through the deep forests of england and Wales, sudden battles amidst brooding mountains, and retreats into secret hollows in the hills provide the background for this tale of Arthur's growth in to manhood and his discovery of the strange sword that was to test his claim to power.
Behind and around Arthur always is the mysterious, strong, yet vulnerable figure of Merlin, who sees and knows so much but who, like Arthur, must also suffer for the sake of a nation being born. IN this world of embattled kings and courtiers, hurried journeys, whispered anxieties, and sudden death, we watch Merlin and Arthur follow their common destiny.

Merlin is the narrator, and his prophetic voice communicates not only the bristling atmosphere of the ancient setting but also the profound relevance of this age-old tale to our own time.
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Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

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Spell-binding and powerfully realised portrayal of the young King Arthur from his birth to accession to the throne of Britain..

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