|The Crystal Cave is the first book in a four book series that tells the tales of Arthurian legend.
This book concentrates on the Merlin's early years, growing up in Maridunum, Wales, in the Kings court, learning of his magical powers and helping the British rid Britain of the Saxons. It's been a really good read so far.
Because I've been busy the last couple of months and been away from home, I've had to put the book down for maybe two weeks at a time, but the story is so well told that I can just come straight back to where I left off and have no trouble remembering exactly what was happening.
It's a pretty fat book, with small print and large pages, so I was a bit reluctant to start on it - I though it would be hard work! - but it's been a really fun book to read. I'm almost finished and I can't wait to get onto the next of the four books.
NOTE: I'm really looking forward to reading how Mary Stewart describes Merlin's encounter with The Womba Squad :-)