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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Stewart Narrator: Theodore Bikel Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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King Arthur's reign will finally come to a spellbinding end. This final chapter of the Camelot saga traces Mordred's birth, childhood, and recounts how he came to set in motion the fates and call forth the wicked day of destiny. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/1/2014

    " Not as absorbing as the Arthurian trilogy but a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting follow-up to the Merlin Trilogy. Told from the perspective of Mordred, who becomes a sympathetic character. If you know the Arthurian legends, you know how it's going to end, but I found myself wanting to change it all so that Mordred's story could be a happy one instead. What's really lacking, though, is Merlin. He's such a compelling character, and the way he observed things as he told his story made it that much more compelling. Stewart, using Mordred's voice this time, tells a fine tale, but the teller is less interesting this time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Lisle | 1/19/2014

    " This book was better than the previous Merlin trilogy. The writing style remained dull, but Stewart provided an interesting take on Mordred - and, surprisingly, it's an idea that hasn't been beaten to death since the publication of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2014

    " Well, if you know Arthurian legend, you know this can't end well. Despite that, Stewart gives a good sympathetic portrayal of Mordred and makes some kind of sense of the historical inaccuracies handed down through the years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliovixen | 1/9/2014

    " A part of my Arthurian legend collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Beth | 12/29/2013

    " This novel concerns Mordred and portrays him as a more likeable character than usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Jones | 12/28/2013

    " I did not like this one quite as much as the first three, the ending seems a little contrived. However it is still a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susann Smith | 12/28/2013

    " The last of the 4 books...and an unfortunate end to the glorious reign. The end is very credible and unfortunate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 12/8/2013

    " I loved this interpretation of arthurian legend. Stewart made the characters seem real and seamlessly wove the magic into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/22/2013

    " The preceding trilogy is much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 k8lane | 11/17/2013

    " I devoured this series during my hardcore Arthurian phase in junior high. They influenced my writing and my illustration, and I remember them fondly. I'm afraid to revisit them, on the chance that they haven't held up... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 10/30/2013

    " A sad, but compassionate, ending to the Arthur saga. There is the beautiful Christ-type parallel in Arthur's death (he will come again in the hour of Britain's greatest need) that gives the story an uplifting touch at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hope Casais | 8/26/2013

    " Ok, this series is wonderful. A little slow w/ too much description at times for my taste... but it does bring you into the times, so I'll overlook it. The end though pissed me the &%&% off! Lamest ending ever!! Which is why I gave the rest of the books in this series higher ratings that this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saundra Gross | 8/25/2013

    " One was better than the Last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 4/18/2013

    " the first three were better...but at least it gives a different perspective on mordred's character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/23/2013

    " The Arthurian Saga seen through the eyes of Mordred and how the power of fate and chance in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/29/2012

    " I loved this whole series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earl | 5/2/2012

    " I think this book is Mary Stewart's best book of the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal Stead | 2/7/2012

    " This was the weakest of the Arthurian Saga books by Mary Stewart. I liked it very much but it lacked something that the other three books had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H0 | 1/19/2012

    " Not as poetic or well plotted as #3, but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 12/20/2011

    " Stewart's series of Merlin books stands up to the best of them in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viki | 10/9/2011

    " Another classic in this series.. If you like King Arthur you will not want to miss these books ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 6/20/2011

    " On this read-through I liked The Wicked Day better than I remember. Overall an excellent series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/7/2011

    " I loved this whole series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 4/8/2011

    " Not as absorbing as the Arthurian trilogy but a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/11/2011

    " A good ending to the series. Although, it really doesn't feel like part of the Merlin Trilogy since this is all about Mordred. She humanizes him, which I loved. Good - it's just that the others were so much stronger. Will likely tackle The Mists of Avalon soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " Quite different from the Merlin trilogy, but a fascinating look at the accepted villain of the legend. Stewart does a wonderful job of explaining and justifying behavior as well as ironing out the kinks in the traditional stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2011

    " Read them and loved them when I was younger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/13/2010

    " On this read-through I liked The Wicked Day better than I remember. Overall an excellent series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/3/2010

    " I found this story a very dark betrayal of the final days of Merlin. Not my favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/22/2010

    " this book is actually #4 in the series of Merlin/Arthur. Sad way to end but interestingly enough, I found it to be a fascinating development of personalities who have to have power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki | 11/17/2010

    " The first 3 books of the Arthurian Saga tell the story of Merlin. I think MS wanted to go ahead and finish the story of Arthur but it wasn't really necessary, IMO. It should really be called the Merlin Saga and stopped after the third book. This one was good but not outstanding like the other 3. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mell | 10/21/2010

    " Tried to read this in high school, and not sure why I started with book #4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/14/2010

    " ranked lower only because I wish the story were different...but it is not...not stewart's fault I want a different ending to a classic tale "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 8/27/2010

    " Probably my least favorite of the Arthurian Saga books. Best part of the book was the historical notes and author notes at the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/5/2010

    " In most legends or books based on legends you think of the antagonist as purely evil. In The Wicked Day I don't know if Arthur or Mordred is supposed to be the antagonist. I find Mary Stewart's spin on the story very refreshing. This book is probably my favorite of the whole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/23/2010

    " The Arthurian Saga seen through the eyes of Mordred and how the power of fate and chance in our lives. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Stewart

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.