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eBook The Wicked Day (The Arthurian Saga, Book 4) epub
  • ISBN: 0060548282
  • Author: Mary Stewart
  • Genre: Children
  • Subcategory: Fairy Tales Folk Tales & Myths
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Eos (Trade); Reprint edition (May 6, 2003)
  • Pages: 417 pages
  • ePUB size: 1516 kb
  • FB2 size 1163 kb
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The Wicked Day is the next book in the line of Mary Stewart's excellent literary contributions that create the arthurian saga. In other words, Mary Stewart, in the Wicked Day, created a masterpiece of excellence. 3 people found this helpful.

The Wicked Day is the next book in the line of Mary Stewart's excellent literary contributions that create the arthurian saga. This 400 page book follows the Merlin Trilogy and contains the story of Mordred, the illlegitimate son of High King Arthur of Britain. Mary Stewart tells, from a third person perspective, how Mordred grew from a young boy into a man and how he came to know who and what he was. The book culminates with Mordred's rebellion against King Arthur, an act which brought both of their lives to a conclusion.

Well, once again Mary Stewart did not fail to captivate me – I adored this! In this fourth book of the Arthurian saga, Mordred takes center stage

Now, the spellbinding, final chapter of King Arthur's reign, where. Well, once again Mary Stewart did not fail to captivate me – I adored this! In this fourth book of the Arthurian saga, Mordred takes center stage. Stewart takes the legend and dissects the whole into its many "It was coming now, surely, the future he had dreaded, and yet longed for, with the strange, restless and sometimes violent feelings of rebellion he had had against the life to which he had been born, and to which he had believed himself sentenced till death, like all his parents’ kin.

THE WICKED DAY By the same author mary stewart's merlin trilogy THE LAST ENCHANTMENT THE HOLLOW HILLS THE CRYSTAL CAVE Mary Stewart THE WICKED DAY William Morrow and Company.

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Soon after King Arthur had assumed the throne of Britain, he was told, by the evil man Merlin, that a child had been born somewhere in Dunpeldyr, a son of its king, who would prove to be Arthur's bane. The High King never hesitated. He sent men north to Dunpeldyr to seek out and kill the king's sons.

Tell us if something is incorrect. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Mordred, the son of King Arthur and his treacherous half-sister, the enchantress Morgause, unwittingly becomes caught up in a scheme to destroy Arthur and his kingdom.

Arthurian Saga, by Mary Stewart . 1. The Crystal Cave 2. The Hollow Hills 3. The Last Enchantment 4. The Wicked . These are in pdf, mobi & epub formats. The Wicked Day. The last book - The Prince and the Pilgrim - is not included in this torrent). The Crystal Cave: Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys - or as he would later be known, Merlin - leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions.

Her first book, Madam, Will You Talk?, was published in 1955. Her other works included My Brother Michael, Touch Not the Cat, This Rough Magic, Nine Coaches Waiting, Thornyhold, Rose Cottage, and the Merlin Trilogy. She also wrote children's books including Ludo and the Star Horse and A Walk in Wolf Wood. She died on May 9, 2014 at the age of 97. Библиографические данные.

The Wicked Day (The Arthurian Saga, Book 4). (Book in the Arthurian Saga Series).

Born of an incestuous relationship between King Arthur and his half sister, the evil sorceress Morgause, the bastard Mordred is reared in secrecy. The Wicked Day (The Arthurian Saga, Book 4). Select Format: Hardcover. Mass Market Paperback. School & Library Binding.

Born of an incestuous relationship between King Arthur and his half sister, the evil sorceress Morgause, the bastard Mordred is reared in secrecy. Called to Camelot by events he cannot deny, Mordred becomes Arthur’s most trusted counselor -- a fateful act that leads to the "wicked day of destiny" when father and son must face each other in battle.

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I have set myself the goal of reading Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga series this summer. This is the second book in that series.

Once again we see events through the eyes of Merlin the Enchanter, as he narrates the story for us. We begin with Merlin traveling through the Mediterranean area after having safely delivered the baby Arthur into the keeping of those who will protect and raise him over the next several years.

When Arthur is six years old, Merlin feels the call to return to England and to take up his own task of teaching and protecting the child. He finds Arthur strong and healthy and growing into the kind of human being that he had hoped to see; the kind of man who can be a brave, just, and benevolent king.

The story of Arthur is so well-known, so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, that it seems pointless to spend space here on exposition. Stewart has taken those well-known facts, both historical and legendary, and has woven them into a tale of prophecy, magic, and valor.

It's also a tale of jealousy, spite, hatred, and death. These latter characteristics are often traceable to the female characters in the story, who seldom come off as having a positive impact on events. Indeed, even the mention of one of the female characters often seems to portend shadows and disaster in the visions that Merlin has of the future.

In relating the saga of Arthur and Merlin, Stewart does manage to reveal to us the diversity of people who made up the population of Britain in the days of - what was it? - the fifth century C.E.? If Arthur ever existed, and Stewart argues that there must at least have been a prototype, then that is probably the time period in which he lived.

Of course, Arthur and his story have strong Welsh roots, but there were many other cultures that contributed to the lore. From the "Old Ones," the people of the forest, to the Picts, the Saxons, the descendants of Roman soldiers, and others, this was a very diverse group of people. Moreover, they worshiped many different gods and Merlin pays proper homage to them all. It was particularly interesting to me to see the way that the author integrated all of them into the story.

Stewart tells the story in a relatively straightforward way, without trying to manufacture suspense. After all, we know what's going to happen before it happens, so why should she bother to try to fool us?

Throughout the body of the work, the author gives ample foreshadowings of the conflicts and betrayals that are to come. Although Merlin is able to see into the future, there are things which he simply cannot change.

Stewart was a very good writer and her creation of the settings of the story and the atmosphere were particular strong points both in The Hollow Hills and, previously, in The Crystal Cave. I would expect that to continue throughout the series.

Near the end of The Hollow Hills comes the death of Uther Pendragon and the anointing of Arthur as the High King. Now, on to the glory days of the establishment of Camelot and to everything that came after.
I think of the four principle books of this series The Hollow Hills is probably my favorite or at least tied with the Crystal Cave. Her ability to paint a picture of people and places that are no more and make them all seem like somewhere I've been and someone I might have known is legendary and she's at her best with these books. I have read and re-read all of these a number of times and I always find something I don't remember which paints a more complete understanding of the legend as she's painting it. IF you love the Arthurian legend; give these a try, I don't think you will be disappointed!
If this second book in Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy isn't a page-turner, I don't know what is. I mean this in a very good sense. Yes, the suspense is an important factor, but it is the, well, ensorcelling, character of Merlin that keeps the reader glued to the pages. Even when the world's eyes are on the young King Arthur towards the end, the reader's mind and heart are still with this version of Merlin that Stewart has conjured up - so to speak; For she has imbued this Merlin with an inner life as well as her own poetic sensibilities.

Readers of medieval romances will be attracted to the work, of course, but so will lovers of the poetic and those concerned with the inner life. I shall let Merlin's spell fall on the reader here in his own words:

"It is one thing to have the gift of seeing the spirits and hearing the gods move about us as we come and go; but it is a gift of darkness as well as light....One cannot be visited by the future without being haunted by the past; one cannot taste comfort and glory without the bitter sting and fury of one's past deeds."


"To remember love after long sleep; to turn again to poetry after a year in the market place, or to youth after drowsy and stiffening age; to remember what once you thought life could hold, after telling over with and calculating fingers what it has offered; this is music, made after long silence."

I'm too spellbound myself to give this book less than five swirling stars.
Stewart is an engaging writer who does her historiography better than many other Arthurian adaptors. For those who really like those who reconstruct a realistic historical setting, this series is great.

The psychological complexity of her central hero -- Merlin -- is disappointingly limited in my opinion. Although virtually all of his magic is scientifically accounted for and thus Merlin seems a little more human than otherwise, he's kind of a condescending jerk who breezes through all problems because of his intellectual superiority. In this regard, Stewart's impressive retelling is at its LEAST plausible... imho.
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