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The Crystal Cave by Mary  Stewart
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Dec 11, 2011

really liked it

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who have read the stories of King Author and have only got a glimps of what Merlin the Wizard's roll was in Author's life and what was Merlin's life was like when he was a young child and how he grew up - the history behind the wizard you could say.
This first book starts out when Merlin is just a 6 year old boy known as Merlin the bastered. This book tells the tell of how Merlin grew up, what his mother was all about and how she ended up in the end since she never once told Merlin who his father was or even her own father for that matter for she never married.
However, by the time Merlin turns 13, events happen within his grandfathers castle and Merlin runs away but end up in the hands of theives that are actually spys of another king known as Ambrosius - the king of Little Britian who later becomes King of all Great Britian with the help of Merlin.
Merlin does find out who his father is shortly after he was taken by the spys to Ambrosius kingdom. Ambrosius eyes are shocked when he looks into his own face of a 13 year old boy which he later figures out that Merlin is his own son.

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The story is great and goes on to tell the great battles of how Ambrosius takes Britian with the help of Merlin. Eventually Ambrosius dies but his brother Uther takes his place as king and then the tables turn as Uther wants what is not his and sleeps with the Duke Gorlois's wife Ygraine while Gorlois is in battle with Uthers own soldiers. Author is conceived this night and the story continues in the next book.
It was great, I had to force myself to put the book down so I could get some sleep.
The next book in the series is "The Hollow Hills" which takes off when Author is born and his life growing up.

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