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The Last Enchantment ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Last Enchantment By Mary Stewart ✐ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Arthur Pendragon is King Unchallenged on the battlefield he melds the country together in a time of promise But sinister powers plot to destroy Camelot and when the witch ueen Morgause Arthur's own ha Arthur Pendragon is King Unchallenged on the battlefield he melds the country together in a time of promise But sinister powers plot to The Last PDF \ destroy Camelot and when the witch ueen Morgause Arthur's own half sister ensnares him in an incestuous liaison a fatal web of love betrayal and bloody vengeance is woven.

  • Paperback
  • 513 pages
  • The Last Enchantment
  • Mary Stewart
  • English
  • 06 September 2014
  • 9780060548278

About the Author: Mary Stewart

See this thread for information Lady Mary Stewart born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow was a popular English novelist and taught at the school The Last PDF \ of John Noruay elementary for to yearsShe was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time The author of twenty novels a volume of poetry and three books for young readers she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels Born in England she lived for many years in Scotland spending time between Edinburgh and the West HighlandsHer unofficial fan site can be found at.



10 thoughts on “The Last Enchantment

  1. Candi Candi says:

    Here away from lights and sounds of town or village the night was deep the black sky stretching fathomless away between the spheres to some unimaginable world where gods walked and suns and moons showered down like petals falling Some power there is that draws men's eyes and hearts up and outwards beyond the heavy clay that fastens them to earth Music can take them and the moon's light and I suppose love though I had not known it then except in worshipThere has been nothing comforting to me than to sit curled up with Mary Stewart's Arthurian series these past several weeks This holds true for this divine last installment of the trilogy as well Reading this felt as if I was having my own little heart to heart by the fireside with Merlin himself Merlin as he is so deftly drawn by Ms Stewart has uickly become one of my favorite literary characters Not a crazed wizard lurking in the shadows with his potions and wacky prophecies Merlin is instead a very compassionate charismatic intelligent worldly and very mortal human being His love and devotion to King Arthur is steadfast and akin to that of a father for his son; this feeling is justly returned by Arthur In The Last Enchantment Merlin must come to terms with a shift in his power and have faith in the will of his gods Loss speaks to him in a manner that parallels what he understands to be the retreat of those gods Yet there is a purpose and meaning to all things and Merlin never fails to point this out to me as a reader not by preaching but simply by showingNow veering away from my sentiments regarding Merlin I must point out that this book has plenty of intrigue for those that prefer a dose of drama and adventure as well A deliciously wicked villainess in the form of Arthur's half sister Morgause seeks her revenge on Merlin and demonstrates her own knowledge of not just the black arts but the wiles of a seductive woman Merlin must reach beyond his limited experience with those of the feminine sex to battle such deviltry It is easier to call the storm from the empty sky than to manipulate the heart of a man; and soon if my bones did not lie to me I should be needing all the power I could muster to pit against a woman; and this is harder to do than anything concerning men as air is harder to see than a mountain We are also introduced to the beautiful ueen Guinevere who is worshipped not just by her King but by all her subjects within the kingdom We see the building of the famed Camelot deception kidnapping forbidden love and true unadulterated love It's difficult to express the joy I feel when reading what has become a treasured book series I am actually not one to read a series – I have so many books on my list that I don't always get around to reading those that might follow a book that I enjoyed But this Arthurian series has been an exception rather than a rule They are so beautifully written that I can't help but savor each one and let myself disappear in this world for a short while This is a true escape which I highly recommend if you ever feel bogged down by reality and sameness Magic is the door through which mortal man may sometimes step to find the gates in the hollow hills and let himself through into the halls of that other world

  2. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    It is a shame to rate this instalment the same as The Hollow Hills as I found that book leaden in parts less than The Crystal Cave but I do have good reasons Bear with me I found the first two parts of this novel absolutely enthralling with Mrs Stewart's trademark lyrical language description of place But in Part 3 along with the waning of Merlin's powers came the waning of the story I know this was the story of Merlin the Enchanter But my late parents were musical lovers I grew up listening to; This was the part of the legend I had been eagerly awaiting but Mrs Stewart sheds no light on Guinevere's apparent lack of interest in the most powerful man of his age who was young handsome in this telling treated her with unfailing courtesy So Arthur Guinevere came across like this; If possible they were even plastic I really struggled to get through this the start of Part FourMerlin Nimuë's relationship not a spoiler these are well known legends I just couldn't help a shiver of revulsion This would be because I was picturing Merlin like this; I'm doing this as a buddy read one of the other participants Karlyne puts Merlin's age at around 40 Maths isn't my strong suit but I was thinking 50 So Better?When Merlin was view spoiler entombed in his beloved cave I felt every moment That was thrilling hide spoiler

  3. Sara Sara says:

    I have put down this book once with a sigh and a feeling that I have been in the presence of greatness I have been there with Merlin with Arthur with Ambrosius; and I am reluctant as always to have it come to an end It was almost night but over beyond Maridunum in the west a lingering bar of light hinted at the dying sun It threw a glint on the river skirting the palace wall where I was born and touched a jewel spark on the distant sea Near at hand the trees were bare with winter and the ground crisp with the first frost Arthur trod away from me across the grass leaving ghost prints in the frost He reached the place where the track led down to the grove and half turned I saw him raise a hand 41320 The Last Enchantment is Mary Stewart’s third installment in her Arthurian novels and the last of the trilogy that centers around the character of Merlin In her inimitable way Stewart gives us the final days of Merlin and brings us full circle to the beginning of The Crystal Cave in which we are introduced to an old man setting out to tell his tale of wonder in service to his godArthur now King of all Britain must deal with all the obstacles to his reign that have become so much a part of the legend of his life Evil in the person of Morgause his sister and the mother of his only child rears its head and bites into the fabric of his glory and Merlin must help him to steer a course through the dangers she presents Guinevere comes into his life and with her the seeds of a love for his best friend that is forbidden but impossible to ignore Merlin experiences love and possible betrayal and the hardest of all things the waning of his power The strength of this series for me has always been the perception of Merlin as a man and not a wizard a tool of the gods but never a god himself Stewart carries that theme right to the end in a way that makes you ache for Merlin and share his accomplishments and sorrows in a way that would be impossible if he were all knowing or in control The love he inspires in and feels for Arthur is palpable and his failure to understand women and their needs is evident as he deals with the female characters who become so important in his final days I said to the ghosts to the voices to the empty moonlight ‘It was time Let me go in peace’ Then commending myself and my spirit to God who all these years had held me in his hand I composed myself for sleep This was the last thing that I know to be truth and not a dream in darknessThis is not the end of Merlin’s tale but which of us would not be satisfied to be able to lay our lives down with so little fear and such faith?I love this series so much and feel so much still when reading them that I always feel the desire to be able to convey that feeling in some way and inspire others to pick them up and read There is much of fantasy history and legend here but there is There is love betrayal purpose faith and the idea that a life that is lived for something other than self service is a life worth living and full of reward There is a sense that if you set yourself in the path of the gods they will guide you toward your true destiny but that no man can ever go there by himself and without their help There is the assurance that the encounters we have in life are worth having even if in the end we must kiss them and let them go And perhaps that even in the lives that are touched with great doings and important events it is the simple things like the love of a man for his son that are truly important I lifted my head remembering once the child who had listened nightly for the music of the spheres but had never heard it Now here it was all around me a sweet disembodied music as if the hill itself was a harp to the high airThe music is there all around us and if we listen long enough we will hear it and it will be enough to satisfy us at last

  4. Gary Gary says:

    The third in Mary Stewart's extremely enchanting and brilliant Merlin trilogy this book is like it's predecessors extremely engaging magical thrilling absorbing and holds you interest The passion intrigue romance emotion and the panoramic sweep of events holds your attention throughoutIt begins at the beginning of Arthur's reign in Dumpeldyr in Scotland where King Lot and Arthur's wicked half sister Morgause reign and sexual encounter with Morgause Following the narrative through the eyes of Merlin the enchanterMerlin's role as Arthur's right hand man and spy at large It covers the events of the building up of Arthur's kingdomthe struggle against the invading Saxon hordes and Merlin's efforts to contain the ambitious lords who covet the throne Central to the novel are the wicked plots of Arthur's half sister and most now contend with her bastard son Mordred who the great clairvoyant Merlin has foreseen will be the death of ArthurFinally the book takes us to Merlin's retreat at Applegarth and Bryn Myrddin where he apprentices a beautiful and intelligent young girl Niniane Nimue and finds love with her in his old age Nimue is to be trained in Merlin's powers before Merlin retires the Crystal Cave and lives the happy life of a hermitThe total effect creates a compelling and spellbinding epic which serves as an imposing example of the author's enthusiasm for her subject as well as an intriguing look into 5th century Britain through the author's skill

  5. Sotiris Karaiskos Sotiris Karaiskos says:

    The third book of the series essentially the book that closes Merlin's trilogy In this we generally follow the well known story although because of the nature of the series so far we are following the events mainly from a distance with the exception of some very important moments where the magician of our story is directly involved On the one hand of course that does not mean very good things since essentially very important pieces of King Arthur's story that have even some historical background are left out On the other hand however the things that remain allow us to infiltrate still to Merlin's character as the writer puts us deep into his psychology showing us what his own desires are and the way he perceives all power games played Perhaps in the end this is the main purpose of this series to show us the perspective of a man who is part of this story but at the same time he keeps the necessary distance to see things cool In any case there may not be the usual narrative in this series but certainly there is enough interest Of course one book still remains the one with the final battle so there may be compensation for those seeking a common approach So this book may not be something realy great but it's definitely worth out appreciation Especially when we reach the most critical points this value becomes greater as the writer delivers them in a very beautiful way that excites and moves In contrast with the two previous I found less points of it indifferent That's why I think it's definitely the best book in the series so far and definitely the perfect finish for Merlin's story Beyond that I expect to go to the next book and the big finale to make the final conclusionsΤρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς ουσιαστικά το βιβλίο που κλείνει την τριλογία του Μέρλιν Σε αυτό ακολουθούμε σε γενικές γραμμές την πολύ γνωστή ιστορία αν και εξαιτίας της φύσης της σειράς ως τώρα παρακολουθούμε τα γεγονότα κυρίως από κάποια απόσταση με εξαίρεση μερικές πολύ σημαντικές στιγμές όπου ο μάγος της ιστορίας μας έχει άμεση εμπλοκή Από τη μία φυσικά αυτό δεν σημαίνει και πολύ καλά πράγματα καθώς ουσιαστικά πολύ σημαντικά κομμάτια της ιστορίας του βασιλιά Αρθούρου που έχουν μάλιστα και κάποια ιστορική βάση μένουν απέξω Από την άλλη όμως αυτά που μένουν μας επιτρέπουν να διεισδύσουμε ακόμα περισσότερο στον χαρακτήρα του Μέρλιν καθώς η συγγραφέας μας βάζει πολύ βαθιά στην ψυχολογία του δείχνοντάς μας τι δικές του επιθυμίες που αναγκαστικά βάζει στην άκρη και τον τρόπο που αντιλαμβάνεται όλα τα παιχνίδια εξουσίας που παίζονται Ίσως στο τέλος αυτός είναι και ο κύριος σκοπός αυτής της σειράς να μας δείξει την οπτική γωνία ενός ανθρώπου που είναι μέρος αυτής της ιστορίας αλλά παράλληλα διατηρεί και την απαραίτητη απόσταση για να βλέπει τα πράγματα πιο ψύχραιμα Όπως και να έχει μπορεί να μην υπάρχει σε αυτή τη σειρά η συνηθισμένη αφήγηση αλλά σίγουρα υπάρχει αρκετό ενδιαφέρον Βέβαια μένει ακόμα το βιβλίο με την τελική μάχη οπότε ίσως υπάρχει εκεί η αποζημίωση για όσους αποζητούν μία πιο συνηθισμένη προσέγγιση Οπότε αυτό το βιβλίο μπορεί να μην είναι κάτι συγκλονιστικό αλλά σίγουρα έχει την αξία του Ειδικά όταν φτάνουμε στα πιο κρίσιμα σημεία αυτή η αξία γίνεται μεγαλύτερη καθώς η συγγραφέας τα αποδίδει με έναν πολύ όμορφο τρόπο που συναρπάζει και συγκινεί Σε αντίθεση μάλιστα με τα δύο προηγούμενα βρήκα σχετικά διαφορά λιγότερα σημεία του Για αυτό νομίζω ότι σίγουρα είναι το καλύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς ως τώρα και σίγουρα το ιδανικό τελείωμα για την ιστορία του Μέρλιν Από εκεί και πέρα περιμένω να προχωρήσω στο επόμενο βιβλίο και στο μεγάλο φινάλε για να βγάλω και τα τελικά συμπεράσματα

  6. Marci Marci says:

    I've been reading this King Arthur series over and over since I was a teenager I love it so much I have a hard time reading any other version of the King Arthur tale The series is written from the viewpoint of Merlin

  7. John Porter John Porter says:

    And now a happy storyI read the original Merlin trilogy pretty much when it came outI was 10 when I read The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills and had to wait until I was 16 before Mary Stewart put out this book the final book of the then trilogy And what I remember was being disappointed in The Last Enchantment It seemed like an afterthought and a muddled one at thatSo okay fast forward I couldn't sleep a couple of nights ago and I wolfed down The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills in one massive insomnia fueled gulp I was absolutely thrilled to find out that unlike a lot of books they were still as good as I had rememberedbetter in many ways But the real surprise was this book which I saved for today It is different from the first two books in the series; it's a adult book And I can see now what I couldn't see at 16; that the narrative voice ages with the narrator throughout the series In this his final book the narrator Merlin for those that don't know slips into old age and gives up his story and in a sense his life with the calm and depth of a man who has lived a good lifeand knows it A terrific book

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    I tried very hard to get into this book It was so hard I think that it ended up ending in a weird place and after going forward and reading “The Wicked Day” I really wish that Stewart had ended this book better to just stay away from continuing the Arthurian sagaThere is really not much to say that I haven’t said in the other books I like Merlin as a narrator but everyone else is given very little development The book starts to feel repetitive after a while The only new thing in this one is that Stewart throws Merlin a curve ball by having him fall in love Now this character Nimue ends up being very important to the story and I do applaud Stewart for having her be a heck of a lot wiser and even stronger than Merlin But other than that it’s same old same old Merlin rides around a lot looking out for Arthur while Arthur is elsewhere doing kingly things I am being facetious but honestly I was so bored while reading this book There is very little actionI was ultimately bored while reading this unfortunately I think because Stewart didn’t really show me anything new here We know that Morgause is evil I say that while twirling my invisible mustache but I honestly felt bored by her than anything I think it’s because Stewart does a lot of telling to the readers about what Morgause is up to so you feel like you are hearing this story from a random guy who tries to chat you up at the bar You just smile politely hoping he moves on soon so you can go back to drinking your winebeershotSince I am really familiar with the legend of King Arthur his ueen Guinevere Lancelot Camelot etc I didn’t see anything new under the sun here I think this book paints Arthur naive than anything rather than some paragon of virtueThe last part of the book is seriously Merlin just being told everything while he was “absent” from the story I think it could have been interesting showing how Merlin’s ability to communicate with the gods was waning and how that left him feeling adrift Instead this whole book was really about himI think the ending was abrupt and was lacking some oomph that for all it’s faults that I had with “The Hollow Hills” at least delivered on by having Arthur crowned king Maybe Stewart should have just ended the book with the end of Camelot instead of trying to stretch that out into a fourth book

  9. Nicky Nicky says:

    The Last Enchantment really suffers the most from the fact that it’s written from the point of view of a supporting character Merlin’s an epic iconic figure but he’s not Arthur — and this version emphasises this even with Arthur’s seemingly endless heroism patience temperance and sensitivity I love the Arthurian story too but it feels like Stewart shielded almost all the characters from harm — even in this case some of the female characters despite the misogynistic to ambiguous treatment in the rest of the series She has surprising sympathy for Guinevere particularly considering she had no mercy for MorgauseStewart weaves in an astonishing number of the disparate stories — the two Guineveres NimueNinianeVivien Melwas etc — but almost because of that it lacks richness to me It feels like everything and the kitchen sink especially with the way she shields her characters from the conseuences; we’ve got Nimue and Merlin in a love story and Nimue does indeed bury Merlin alive and yet she didn’t mean to And Merlin is buried alive and ‘dies’ there but he doesn’t dieThe writing is still good and it was entertaining enough but this series falls short of excellenceOriginally posted here

  10. debbicat debbicat says:

    Getting back to this with the Mary Stewart group July 2018Oooo This is the best of the 3 for me Full review to follow Very satisfying read

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10 thoughts on “The Last Enchantment

  1. Candi Candi says:

    Here away from lights and sounds of town or village the night was deep the black sky stretching fathomless away between the spheres to some unimaginable world where gods walked and suns and moons showered down like petals falling Some power there is that draws men's eyes and hearts up and outwards beyond the heavy clay that fastens them to earth Music can take them and the moon's light and I suppose love though I had not known it then except in worshipThere has been nothing comforting to me than to sit curled up with Mary Stewart's Arthurian series these past several weeks This holds true for this divine last installment of the trilogy as well Reading this felt as if I was having my own little heart to heart by the fireside with Merlin himself Merlin as he is so deftly drawn by Ms Stewart has uickly become one of my favorite literary characters Not a crazed wizard lurking in the shadows with his potions and wacky prophecies Merlin is instead a very compassionate charismatic intelligent worldly and very mortal human being His love and devotion to King Arthur is steadfast and akin to that of a father for his son; this feeling is justly returned by Arthur In The Last Enchantment Merlin must come to terms with a shift in his power and have faith in the will of his gods Loss speaks to him in a manner that parallels what he understands to be the retreat of those gods Yet there is a purpose and meaning to all things and Merlin never fails to point this out to me as a reader not by preaching but simply by showingNow veering away from my sentiments regarding Merlin I must point out that this book has plenty of intrigue for those that prefer a dose of drama and adventure as well A deliciously wicked villainess in the form of Arthur's half sister Morgause seeks her revenge on Merlin and demonstrates her own knowledge of not just the black arts but the wiles of a seductive woman Merlin must reach beyond his limited experience with those of the feminine sex to battle such deviltry It is easier to call the storm from the empty sky than to manipulate the heart of a man; and soon if my bones did not lie to me I should be needing all the power I could muster to pit against a woman; and this is harder to do than anything concerning men as air is harder to see than a mountain We are also introduced to the beautiful ueen Guinevere who is worshipped not just by her King but by all her subjects within the kingdom We see the building of the famed Camelot deception kidnapping forbidden love and true unadulterated love It's difficult to express the joy I feel when reading what has become a treasured book series I am actually not one to read a series – I have so many books on my list that I don't always get around to reading those that might follow a book that I enjoyed But this Arthurian series has been an exception rather than a rule They are so beautifully written that I can't help but savor each one and let myself disappear in this world for a short while This is a true escape which I highly recommend if you ever feel bogged down by reality and sameness Magic is the door through which mortal man may sometimes step to find the gates in the hollow hills and let himself through into the halls of that other world

  2. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    It is a shame to rate this instalment the same as The Hollow Hills as I found that book leaden in parts less than The Crystal Cave but I do have good reasons Bear with me I found the first two parts of this novel absolutely enthralling with Mrs Stewart's trademark lyrical language description of place But in Part 3 along with the waning of Merlin's powers came the waning of the story I know this was the story of Merlin the Enchanter But my late parents were musical lovers I grew up listening to; This was the part of the legend I had been eagerly awaiting but Mrs Stewart sheds no light on Guinevere's apparent lack of interest in the most powerful man of his age who was young handsome in this telling treated her with unfailing courtesy So Arthur Guinevere came across like this; If possible they were even plastic I really struggled to get through this the start of Part FourMerlin Nimuë's relationship not a spoiler these are well known legends I just couldn't help a shiver of revulsion This would be because I was picturing Merlin like this; I'm doing this as a buddy read one of the other participants Karlyne puts Merlin's age at around 40 Maths isn't my strong suit but I was thinking 50 So Better?When Merlin was view spoiler entombed in his beloved cave I felt every moment That was thrilling hide spoiler

  3. Sara Sara says:

    I have put down this book once with a sigh and a feeling that I have been in the presence of greatness I have been there with Merlin with Arthur with Ambrosius; and I am reluctant as always to have it come to an end It was almost night but over beyond Maridunum in the west a lingering bar of light hinted at the dying sun It threw a glint on the river skirting the palace wall where I was born and touched a jewel spark on the distant sea Near at hand the trees were bare with winter and the ground crisp with the first frost Arthur trod away from me across the grass leaving ghost prints in the frost He reached the place where the track led down to the grove and half turned I saw him raise a hand 41320 The Last Enchantment is Mary Stewart’s third installment in her Arthurian novels and the last of the trilogy that centers around the character of Merlin In her inimitable way Stewart gives us the final days of Merlin and brings us full circle to the beginning of The Crystal Cave in which we are introduced to an old man setting out to tell his tale of wonder in service to his godArthur now King of all Britain must deal with all the obstacles to his reign that have become so much a part of the legend of his life Evil in the person of Morgause his sister and the mother of his only child rears its head and bites into the fabric of his glory and Merlin must help him to steer a course through the dangers she presents Guinevere comes into his life and with her the seeds of a love for his best friend that is forbidden but impossible to ignore Merlin experiences love and possible betrayal and the hardest of all things the waning of his power The strength of this series for me has always been the perception of Merlin as a man and not a wizard a tool of the gods but never a god himself Stewart carries that theme right to the end in a way that makes you ache for Merlin and share his accomplishments and sorrows in a way that would be impossible if he were all knowing or in control The love he inspires in and feels for Arthur is palpable and his failure to understand women and their needs is evident as he deals with the female characters who become so important in his final days I said to the ghosts to the voices to the empty moonlight ‘It was time Let me go in peace’ Then commending myself and my spirit to God who all these years had held me in his hand I composed myself for sleep This was the last thing that I know to be truth and not a dream in darknessThis is not the end of Merlin’s tale but which of us would not be satisfied to be able to lay our lives down with so little fear and such faith?I love this series so much and feel so much still when reading them that I always feel the desire to be able to convey that feeling in some way and inspire others to pick them up and read There is much of fantasy history and legend here but there is There is love betrayal purpose faith and the idea that a life that is lived for something other than self service is a life worth living and full of reward There is a sense that if you set yourself in the path of the gods they will guide you toward your true destiny but that no man can ever go there by himself and without their help There is the assurance that the encounters we have in life are worth having even if in the end we must kiss them and let them go And perhaps that even in the lives that are touched with great doings and important events it is the simple things like the love of a man for his son that are truly important I lifted my head remembering once the child who had listened nightly for the music of the spheres but had never heard it Now here it was all around me a sweet disembodied music as if the hill itself was a harp to the high airThe music is there all around us and if we listen long enough we will hear it and it will be enough to satisfy us at last

  4. Gary Gary says:

    The third in Mary Stewart's extremely enchanting and brilliant Merlin trilogy this book is like it's predecessors extremely engaging magical thrilling absorbing and holds you interest The passion intrigue romance emotion and the panoramic sweep of events holds your attention throughoutIt begins at the beginning of Arthur's reign in Dumpeldyr in Scotland where King Lot and Arthur's wicked half sister Morgause reign and sexual encounter with Morgause Following the narrative through the eyes of Merlin the enchanterMerlin's role as Arthur's right hand man and spy at large It covers the events of the building up of Arthur's kingdomthe struggle against the invading Saxon hordes and Merlin's efforts to contain the ambitious lords who covet the throne Central to the novel are the wicked plots of Arthur's half sister and most now contend with her bastard son Mordred who the great clairvoyant Merlin has foreseen will be the death of ArthurFinally the book takes us to Merlin's retreat at Applegarth and Bryn Myrddin where he apprentices a beautiful and intelligent young girl Niniane Nimue and finds love with her in his old age Nimue is to be trained in Merlin's powers before Merlin retires the Crystal Cave and lives the happy life of a hermitThe total effect creates a compelling and spellbinding epic which serves as an imposing example of the author's enthusiasm for her subject as well as an intriguing look into 5th century Britain through the author's skill

  5. Sotiris Karaiskos Sotiris Karaiskos says:

    The third book of the series essentially the book that closes Merlin's trilogy In this we generally follow the well known story although because of the nature of the series so far we are following the events mainly from a distance with the exception of some very important moments where the magician of our story is directly involved On the one hand of course that does not mean very good things since essentially very important pieces of King Arthur's story that have even some historical background are left out On the other hand however the things that remain allow us to infiltrate still to Merlin's character as the writer puts us deep into his psychology showing us what his own desires are and the way he perceives all power games played Perhaps in the end this is the main purpose of this series to show us the perspective of a man who is part of this story but at the same time he keeps the necessary distance to see things cool In any case there may not be the usual narrative in this series but certainly there is enough interest Of course one book still remains the one with the final battle so there may be compensation for those seeking a common approach So this book may not be something realy great but it's definitely worth out appreciation Especially when we reach the most critical points this value becomes greater as the writer delivers them in a very beautiful way that excites and moves In contrast with the two previous I found less points of it indifferent That's why I think it's definitely the best book in the series so far and definitely the perfect finish for Merlin's story Beyond that I expect to go to the next book and the big finale to make the final conclusionsΤρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς ουσιαστικά το βιβλίο που κλείνει την τριλογία του Μέρλιν Σε αυτό ακολουθούμε σε γενικές γραμμές την πολύ γνωστή ιστορία αν και εξαιτίας της φύσης της σειράς ως τώρα παρακολουθούμε τα γεγονότα κυρίως από κάποια απόσταση με εξαίρεση μερικές πολύ σημαντικές στιγμές όπου ο μάγος της ιστορίας μας έχει άμεση εμπλοκή Από τη μία φυσικά αυτό δεν σημαίνει και πολύ καλά πράγματα καθώς ουσιαστικά πολύ σημαντικά κομμάτια της ιστορίας του βασιλιά Αρθούρου που έχουν μάλιστα και κάποια ιστορική βάση μένουν απέξω Από την άλλη όμως αυτά που μένουν μας επιτρέπουν να διεισδύσουμε ακόμα περισσότερο στον χαρακτήρα του Μέρλιν καθώς η συγγραφέας μας βάζει πολύ βαθιά στην ψυχολογία του δείχνοντάς μας τι δικές του επιθυμίες που αναγκαστικά βάζει στην άκρη και τον τρόπο που αντιλαμβάνεται όλα τα παιχνίδια εξουσίας που παίζονται Ίσως στο τέλος αυτός είναι και ο κύριος σκοπός αυτής της σειράς να μας δείξει την οπτική γωνία ενός ανθρώπου που είναι μέρος αυτής της ιστορίας αλλά παράλληλα διατηρεί και την απαραίτητη απόσταση για να βλέπει τα πράγματα πιο ψύχραιμα Όπως και να έχει μπορεί να μην υπάρχει σε αυτή τη σειρά η συνηθισμένη αφήγηση αλλά σίγουρα υπάρχει αρκετό ενδιαφέρον Βέβαια μένει ακόμα το βιβλίο με την τελική μάχη οπότε ίσως υπάρχει εκεί η αποζημίωση για όσους αποζητούν μία πιο συνηθισμένη προσέγγιση Οπότε αυτό το βιβλίο μπορεί να μην είναι κάτι συγκλονιστικό αλλά σίγουρα έχει την αξία του Ειδικά όταν φτάνουμε στα πιο κρίσιμα σημεία αυτή η αξία γίνεται μεγαλύτερη καθώς η συγγραφέας τα αποδίδει με έναν πολύ όμορφο τρόπο που συναρπάζει και συγκινεί Σε αντίθεση μάλιστα με τα δύο προηγούμενα βρήκα σχετικά διαφορά λιγότερα σημεία του Για αυτό νομίζω ότι σίγουρα είναι το καλύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς ως τώρα και σίγουρα το ιδανικό τελείωμα για την ιστορία του Μέρλιν Από εκεί και πέρα περιμένω να προχωρήσω στο επόμενο βιβλίο και στο μεγάλο φινάλε για να βγάλω και τα τελικά συμπεράσματα

  6. Marci Marci says:

    I've been reading this King Arthur series over and over since I was a teenager I love it so much I have a hard time reading any other version of the King Arthur tale The series is written from the viewpoint of Merlin

  7. John Porter John Porter says:

    And now a happy storyI read the original Merlin trilogy pretty much when it came outI was 10 when I read The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills and had to wait until I was 16 before Mary Stewart put out this book the final book of the then trilogy And what I remember was being disappointed in The Last Enchantment It seemed like an afterthought and a muddled one at thatSo okay fast forward I couldn't sleep a couple of nights ago and I wolfed down The Crystal Cave and The Hollow Hills in one massive insomnia fueled gulp I was absolutely thrilled to find out that unlike a lot of books they were still as good as I had rememberedbetter in many ways But the real surprise was this book which I saved for today It is different from the first two books in the series; it's a adult book And I can see now what I couldn't see at 16; that the narrative voice ages with the narrator throughout the series In this his final book the narrator Merlin for those that don't know slips into old age and gives up his story and in a sense his life with the calm and depth of a man who has lived a good lifeand knows it A terrific book

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    I tried very hard to get into this book It was so hard I think that it ended up ending in a weird place and after going forward and reading “The Wicked Day” I really wish that Stewart had ended this book better to just stay away from continuing the Arthurian sagaThere is really not much to say that I haven’t said in the other books I like Merlin as a narrator but everyone else is given very little development The book starts to feel repetitive after a while The only new thing in this one is that Stewart throws Merlin a curve ball by having him fall in love Now this character Nimue ends up being very important to the story and I do applaud Stewart for having her be a heck of a lot wiser and even stronger than Merlin But other than that it’s same old same old Merlin rides around a lot looking out for Arthur while Arthur is elsewhere doing kingly things I am being facetious but honestly I was so bored while reading this book There is very little actionI was ultimately bored while reading this unfortunately I think because Stewart didn’t really show me anything new here We know that Morgause is evil I say that while twirling my invisible mustache but I honestly felt bored by her than anything I think it’s because Stewart does a lot of telling to the readers about what Morgause is up to so you feel like you are hearing this story from a random guy who tries to chat you up at the bar You just smile politely hoping he moves on soon so you can go back to drinking your winebeershotSince I am really familiar with the legend of King Arthur his ueen Guinevere Lancelot Camelot etc I didn’t see anything new under the sun here I think this book paints Arthur naive than anything rather than some paragon of virtueThe last part of the book is seriously Merlin just being told everything while he was “absent” from the story I think it could have been interesting showing how Merlin’s ability to communicate with the gods was waning and how that left him feeling adrift Instead this whole book was really about himI think the ending was abrupt and was lacking some oomph that for all it’s faults that I had with “The Hollow Hills” at least delivered on by having Arthur crowned king Maybe Stewart should have just ended the book with the end of Camelot instead of trying to stretch that out into a fourth book

  9. Nicky Nicky says:

    The Last Enchantment really suffers the most from the fact that it’s written from the point of view of a supporting character Merlin’s an epic iconic figure but he’s not Arthur — and this version emphasises this even with Arthur’s seemingly endless heroism patience temperance and sensitivity I love the Arthurian story too but it feels like Stewart shielded almost all the characters from harm — even in this case some of the female characters despite the misogynistic to ambiguous treatment in the rest of the series She has surprising sympathy for Guinevere particularly considering she had no mercy for MorgauseStewart weaves in an astonishing number of the disparate stories — the two Guineveres NimueNinianeVivien Melwas etc — but almost because of that it lacks richness to me It feels like everything and the kitchen sink especially with the way she shields her characters from the conseuences; we’ve got Nimue and Merlin in a love story and Nimue does indeed bury Merlin alive and yet she didn’t mean to And Merlin is buried alive and ‘dies’ there but he doesn’t dieThe writing is still good and it was entertaining enough but this series falls short of excellenceOriginally posted here

  10. debbicat debbicat says:

    Getting back to this with the Mary Stewart group July 2018Oooo This is the best of the 3 for me Full review to follow Very satisfying read

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