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Author: Mary Stewart Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Arthurian Saga Release Date: October 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781504774260

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Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrdden Emrys—or as he would later be known, Merlin—leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man’s-son, taking him from prophesying before High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon … and the conception of Arthur, king for once and always.

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  • “Mary Stewart lightens the Dark Ages with legend, pure invention, and a lively sense of history.”

    - New York Times
  • “The Arthurian legend is first and foremost defined by literary classics [such as] Mary Stewart’s beloved Crystal Cave.”

    - USA Today
  • “Vivid, enthralling, absolutely first-class.”

    - Daily Mail
  • “Her style is simple yet vivid, displaying a love of words and the sounds they make, and her story is poetically imaginative.”

    - Daily Telegraph
  • “Hearing this tale, splendidly read by Perkins, transports listeners to another time and place, and even those who have read this and others in the Merlin saga will be enchanted…For fantasy fans and any who appreciate a riveting story well told, this is addictive listening.”

    - Booklist (starred review, audio review)
  • “Perkins is a marvelous interpreter of this fantastic and vividly imagined world and will leave listeners on tenterhooks for the next installment.”

    - AudioFile
  • “With its mythic mists and galloping legends, fifth century Britain is fair game and Miss Stewart takes to whole cloth with a couturier’s skill.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have listened to this entire series twice and will eagerly await the opportunity for a third! Mary Stewart's poetic, detailed, clear & endlessly engaging study of Merlin from 6 to 60 is stunning. But it must be said that Derek Perkins narration is nothing short of stellar. He lifts Merlin (and his world) from the page with the hand of magic and brings him to life with depth and subtlety that is masterful. This is a must hear for anyone with an imagination and a journeyman's heart. "

    - Lisa, 11/1/2020
  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5

    " Of course, it's a Ken Follett book. No wonder the Spaniards honored him with a statue! Anyways, I liked this book as much as I enjoyed every other one of his titles, although I've grown used to trilogies, so this seemed a bit short. I can accept a single title work, and it had all the same overlaps, turns and twists as I've come to expect from the author. "

    - barb, 7/12/2017
  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

    " The beginning of a wonderful dip into the Arthurian ledgend. It comes in as a close second to the Marion Zimmerman Bradley Mists of Avalon. On my list of all time favourites. "

    - Sue, 5/23/2017

About the Author

Mary Stewart (1916–2014) was a popular, award-winning author of romantic mystery, suspense, and historical fiction. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is admired for both her enchanting prose and detailed exotic settings. Eleven of her books reached the New York Times bestsellers list, and two made the #1 New York Times bestseller list. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland.

About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.