The Hollow Hills
The countryside of England and Wales in the Dark Ages forms an almost tangible background to this wonderfully and powerfully realised picture of an ancestral hero coming to manhood. The Hollow Hills is the brilliant portrayal of the young Arthur from his birth to accession to the throne of... show more
The countryside of England and Wales in the Dark Ages forms an almost tangible background to this wonderfully and powerfully realised picture of an ancestral hero coming to manhood. The Hollow Hills is the brilliant portrayal of the young Arthur from his birth to accession to the throne of Britain. And behind and around him is the strong, yet vulnerable figure of Merlin who sees and knows so much but is powerless to prevent the strife and violence of his turbulent times.
Publish date: February 1st 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Arthurian Saga -3 (#2)
This will be a short review because I have a joint blog post about this book with my co-blogger in crime, Moonlight Reader.I still like having Merlin as the narrator in these books and we do get some insight into what power is calling to him and also to Arthur. I found Merlin to be just as obstinate...
by Mary Stewart This is the second book of the Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart. It begins where the first book left off, taking us through the lead up to the birth of Arthur through to the moment he is recognised as rightful king. Most of the story focuses on Merlin himself and his travels as he ...
It took me a lot longer to get to this book than I originally planned. As I said of its predecessor, The Crystal Cave, fantasy is not a genre I am usually drawn to, but I loved this book and The Crystal Cave. Stewart puts a lot of effort into melding legend with history, and because of this the st...
The Hollow Hills is the second book in Mary Stewart's Arthurian saga and covers the fifteen years between Arthur's birth and his acclamation as High King as experienced by Merlin, who spends much of it avoiding the limelight and traveling to Asia Minor and Constantinople. In a word, not taking a rol...
Slow starting and seemed to drag a bit through the first two sections, but picks up nicely after that.
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