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Serier: The Arthurian Merlin Saga (3)

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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-queen Morgause -- Arthur's own half sister -- ensnares him in an incestuous liaison, a fatal web of love, betrayal, and bloody vengeance is woven.… (mer)

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The Last Enchantment is the final volume in Mary Stewart’s trilogy retelling the Arthurian legend through the eyes of and in the voice of Merlin the magician. The book opens as Arthur is acclaimed King and begins a long war against Saxon enemies for control of Britain. We see little of this as our focus is on Merlin and his much more subtle battle with other enemies; minor kings and warlords looking to extend their power, but principally the dark witch Morgause, half-sister to Arthur.

The book is steeped in wonderfully detailed descriptions of nature in Dark Ages Britain and in the evocation of ancient myths (think Lord of the Rings, but better written). Characters are sympathetically drawn and leap out as fully realised people, with lives and emotions. Action is focused on the way Merlin’s prophesies come to be fulfilled and often show how quiet simple lives carry as much weight as grand events. Stewart often glides over major action scenes and rarely indulges in the kind of full-on goriness so popular today.

This is a magnificent book. A timeless story told with humour and a level of detail grounding the enterprise in reality. An optimistic view of human endeavour, and what is wrong with that? ( )
  pierthinker | Aug 3, 2020 |
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 saga.

There 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 action.

I 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 more 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 wine/beer/shot.

Since I am really familiar with the legend of King Arthur, his queen, Guinevere, Lancelot, Camelot, etc. I didn’t see anything new under the sun here. I think this book paints Arthur more naive than anything rather than some paragon of virtue.

The 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 him

I 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. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Sequel to The crystal cave and The hollow hills ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Excellent third book to this trilogy. Mary Stewart hits on all cylinders as she describes the apex of Arthurian legend and Merlin's role and the ominous prediction of Arthur's demise. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
The last installment in Stewart’s Arthurian trilogy was a bit too prosaic for my taste. While some of her interpretations of the legend were very interesting, such as there being two wives named Guinevere… Dare I say it? I found the whole thing downright boring and had to force myself to finish. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Mists of Avalon” is still my favorite version of the legend. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
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