➼ [Reading] ➾ The Hollow Hills By Mary Stewart ➱ – Uroturk.info
An absolutely wonderful interpretation of the Arthurian Legend Mary Stewart s writing is captivating The Hollow Hills is a thoroughly satisfying read a masterpiece I am not sure what else I can say that has not already been said about this book My favorite passage If it was indeed the King s sword of Britain, and Arthur was to be the King who would lift it, it must lie in a place as holy and as haunted as the shrine where I myself had found it And when the day came the boy must be led to it himself, even as I had been led I was the god s instrument, but I was not the god s hand I particularly loved the way Mary Stewart brings Arthur and Merlin together in the Wild Forest I would say the moment they finally meet face to face shines through as a favorite of mine This book is enjoyable from cover to cover I loved it I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends P.S Grown ups only, please I enjoyed than the first book I didn t think it was possible Well, when I read the first book in the series l loved it but as I go on reading the second book I began to feel and excited even though Mary Stewart made me wait to let happen what I looked forward to coming But even though it came late, I was enjoying as much as I grew impatient I loved Arthur as much as I love Merlin If this series even a little seems interesting, you shouldn t miss and read them I don t know how this story will go on until 5th book but I can t wait to read them all Con La Dram Tica Noche En Que Arturo Es Engendrado Se Inicia La Epopeya En Que El H Roe Debe Aprender A Distinguir A Sus Enemigos Y A Seguir Con Fidelidad Su Propio Destino Para Ello Contar Con La Ayuda De La Extra A Figura De Merl N, Quien, A Pesar De Su Sabidur A, Sufre Las Angustias De Una Naci N En Guerra Y Las Intrigas Y Traiciones Entre Reyes Y Cortesanos An excellent follow up to The Crystal Cave beautifully read It s the same in style tone, too I want to call this old school fantasy There is no graphic sex, violence, or even any flashy magic, but there is an aura of mystery pomp that permeates the entire story There is a hard core of realism tempered by spirituality that defines the world the magic The descriptions are lyric, too A fantastic break from the current style of writing yet not boring at all In many ways it reminds me of the Lord of the Rings Excellent. Mary Stewart s Arthurian books are certainly very different to her romance mystery ones It s much the world of Rosemary Sutcliff s Sword at Sunset than the sort of world her heroines inhabit in the modern stories one of uncertain magic and prophecy, of blood and hatred and death And it comes out much less positive about female characters There are few prominent ones, and even mentions of women tend to be dark portents and shadows on the future Merlin foresees But I do love the Welsh background, the Welsh names, the way that the different races of Britain are all represented here and are all Arthur s subjects.It s doubly difficult to read this with any sense of suspense, though First, Merlin knows what s going to happen, at least broadly, and secondly, it s the Arthurian legend You can do surprising things with it, but Stewart sticks fairly close to the sources, which leaves very little room for surprising anyone who knows the source texts well She plays the tropes relatively straight, too, and telegraphs all the usual causes of strife in Camelot well in advance Arthur isn t even acclaimed as king yet until the very end of the book, and already there s foreshadowing for various betrayals I really must look up Bedwyr s involvement with Gwenhwyfar several modern tellings align him with her, and I can t remember what might spark that.Still, Stewart s writing is good, and the sense of atmosphere she brings to the far flung settings for her romance mystery stories is equally strong here, in the cold and damp corners of Britain Her writing in this book reminds me a lot of Sutcliff, which can only be a compliment.I do hope she s subtle with Morgause, Morgian and Gwenhwyfar, when they appear properly, though.Originally posted here. The first half was 3 stars, but the second half was amazing More later A beautiful, wonderfully written story Even the Christians are treated fair unlike the previous volume One star out for a redundant episode Merlin is caught three times, each time being released once recognized Not unbelievable given the circumstances however, the author could have done that part of the tale much better. 5 dazzling stars Another phenomenal installment in Mary Stewart s Arthurian saga, The Hollow Hills begins right where we concluded the brilliant gem of a story, The Crystal Cave The masterful storytelling, the wonder and the adventure are no less evident here than in the first of the series I was captured once again and savored every word as if it were a treasure In this book, the compassionate and human side of Merlin is revealed even further Merlin, asthe instrument of the gods , knows it is his destiny and duty to protect and instruct the young Arthur in order to fulfill the prophecy of one High King and a united Britain What he no doubt didn t divine and what I adored most about him was that he would grow to love Arthur and that this love would be so unequivocally reciprocated, like that between parent and child I have to share here one of my favorite excerpts one where Merlin reflects on those little moments that perhaps matter the most after the passing of timeThrough a man s life there are milestones, things he remembers even into the hour of his death God knows that I have had than a man s share of rich memories the lives and deaths of kings, the coming and going of gods, the founding and destroying of kingdoms But it is not always these great events that stick in the mind here, now, in this final darkness, it is the small times that come back to me most vividly, the quiet human moments which I should like to live again, rather than the flaming times of power I can still see, how clearly, the golden sunlight of that quiet afternoon There is the sound of the spring, and the falling liquid of the thrush s song, the humming of the wild bees, the sudden flurry of the white hound scratching for fleas, and the sizzling sound of cooking where Arthur knelt over the wood fire, turning the trout on a spit of hazel, his face solemn, exalted, calm, lighted from within by whatever it is that sets such men alight It was his beginning, and he knew it Ah Just love it Such wisdom and such nostalgia What else is there to say but this you really should get your hands on this series and experience the delight that these books will bring to you as they did to me Perhaps I could mention you will learn of the legend of the famed sword, maybe get a glimpse at some new characters and developments to come even a dash of wickedness , meet the inhabitants of the hollow hills themselves, and perch on the edge of your seat with an awesome and suspenseful fighting scene Oh, should I mention that this is going straight to my favorites shelf along with the first book Thank goodness I have the next book in this spectacular series ready and waiting After the thrills of The Crystal Cave, we pick Merlin up, bleeding on the side of the road out of Tintagel, and watch as he begins his journey into the life of the boy who will be King Arthur One of literature s great characters, Merlin is the bridge between Ambrosius and Arthur the once and future kings, and for my money he embodies all that is fine about both of them Mary Stewart s Merlin appeals to me mostly because of his humanity He pays a high price for his powers, and they are granted to him only at the whim and determination of his god Thus, it is not Merlin who controls events or chooses history, but Merlin who works on earth to bring about a plan clearly forged in heaven By that same token, he cannot always prevent tragedy, and he must bear, as all men do, his share of regret and disappointment He states, I was the god s instrument, but I was not the god s hand He knows his role and it prevents his being arrogant or self important and makes him lovable and real We are able to see him as a man who is given the difficult role of shaping the right future for a nation by trusting that God is behind him in whatever he must do A pretty heavy burden In The Crystal Cave, we see Merlin as a boy and a youth, learning about his god and how to wield his powers In The Hollow Hills, we see Merlin the man, who understands and has confidence in himself and what he can and should accomplish for his god And, we see Merlin as a father figure, with Arthur as his child, his progeny, his legacy.Even the legend of Arthur is enhanced by Stewart s presentation of Arthur as a boy rather than as we usually see him, a full grown King He is shaped by his foster family into a person of values and we see how he comes to rely on Merlin for both love and guidance For anyone who has only the image of Merlin as a wizard in flowing robes, self assured and able to command the thunder when he desires, I submit that this image is an empty jug compared to this Merlin of flesh and blood who must think and feel his way toward the purpose that lies in front of him, a purpose that is passed to him as a sacred duty by his own father.There are moments of descriptive beauty that are awe inspiring There are moments of sentiment that bring tears to my eyes even after multiple readings There are moments of intelligent humor that make me smile and which give the characters who speak the lines depth and tangibility Stewart is a masterful storyteller, with the wisdom and skills of Homer She transports us The only thing that makes coming to the end of this book tolerable is knowing that The Last Enchantment lies ahead Following on from the spell binding The Crystal Cave Mary Stewart came up with an equally enthralling page turner taking us from the morning after Arthur s conception until he is proclaimed King of Britain at fourteen, on the day after of the death of his father Uther Pendragon It shows us the story through the eyes of a very human, brilliantly intelligent, resourceful, and wise Merlin with powers of enchantment Merlin is takes to oversee Arthur s childhood where he is been placed under the care of Count Ector of Galava modern day Ambleside in Cumbria, Northern England where Artuhr grows up with his foster brother Cei, and his loyal bosom friend Bedwyr.Filled with battles, chases, stand offs, melees and exciting journeys, it begins when Merlin is 22 years of age Arthur has not een born through actual magic shape shifting as in the original legend ub th through disguise, subterfuge and trickery The magic in this series is downplayed but not discarded and in Merlin s brilliant clairvoyance Merlin go s into hiding after learning that Uther wants the child to be hidden until he has produced a legitimate heir.He journeys across Europe where he discovers the existence of the sword Caliburn which is in Wales He finds Caliburn in Wales and from there to the north of England where he becomes tutor to the young Arthur Emrys and Bedwyr.In Galava Merlin has a vision of the word Guenwyvhar when he is with Arthur and Bedwyr, in the shape of an owl, which he foresees will come between the two boys with Bedwyr being figure that will be in the role of Lancelot.Merlin and the young Arthur plays a key role in the battle where the invading Saxons are once again rooted and forced to fleeOn the death of Uther who proclaims Arthur as his heir just moments before departing the world, Arthur s right to kingship is challenged until he returns to the Chapel and draws forth Caliburn as proof before the assembled nobilityA true spellbinding page tuner in an amazing five part touer de force, combining history, folk lore and imagination Mary Stewart is a genius storyteller.