From the silvered and shadowed mists of Britain's Iron Age past comes the legend of
King Arthur. Schooled by a mighty wizard, betrayed by his wife and his best friend,
this greatest of legendary kings and his knights fought fierce invaders, rescued ladies
in distress, and adventured to the far reaches of the realm to seek the Holy Grail.
Although undone at the last by Mordred, the bards sing that he did not die but rather
sailed to the faery realm where he waits for his country's darkest hour. It is then that
he will come forth and save the day one last time. Certainly his legend has inspired a host of modern fantasy writers.
Read on for marvels, perils, and romance set in the Kingdom of Camelot.
Merlin's world in all its complexities is memorably depicted in this first of three fictional studies by the author of the nonfiction The Quest for Merlin . The legendary figure tells his own story from his birth, including some mystical episodes. This book culminates in the battle of Dineirth, where Merlin has accompanied King Maelgun the Tall.
Dr. Elaine Brusen's research into the nature of time and space opens a gateway connecting the 21st century with England's post-Arthurian Dark Ages. This creates a nexus of magical energy that centers on the resting place of one of legendary history's most powerful individuals. Saberhagen juxtaposes the perils of a wandering troupe of medieval actors, a Viking warrior's holy quest, the legend of the Fisher King, and a modern scientist's search for the ultimate truth to create an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure, danger, and time-travel.
The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's take on the Arthurian legend in three books: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. These books have Merlin, Arthur's wizard mentor, as their focal point, and the result is a charming, engrossing tale providing a unique perspective on a familiar tale.
Merlin's daughter, Wren, is sworn to preserve the natural balance of the world--and
although her rightful place should have been in Avalon, she is instead forced to
confront an overwhelming evil which may well destroy her entire civilization.
Set in a Britain freshly rid of Roman rule, this tale is loosely based on Arthurian legend. Readers meet a noble Arthur, a wise Morgana, a mesmerizing yet nasty Merlin, and a very different sort of Guinevere. Raised by wolves and endowed with ivy-like skin armor reminiscent of Celtic tattoos, this young woman is no frail maiden in need of a Lancelot.
Young Guinevere blossoms into womanhood while finding herself at the center of a struggle for the soul of her country. On one side is the powerful arch druid Merlin, who has sold out to Romano-British slaveholders. On the other side are matriarchs, sorcerers, and sorceresses, all of whom honor the old ways.
(From the publisher's description)