Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy
|Audio read by||Nicol Williamson|
|Set in||Great Britain|
|Publisher||William Morrow and Company|
|LC Class||PR6069.T46 M4 1980|
|Followed by||The Wicked Day|
Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy is an omnibus edition of the first three novels in Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga pentalogy: The Crystal Cave (1970), The Hollow Hills (1973), and The Last Enchantment (1979). The omnibus was published in 1980 by William Morrow and Company. In 1983, Stewart published a fourth instalment in the series: The Wicked Day. The fifth and final book, The Prince and the Pilgrim, followed in 1995.
HarperCollins republished the omnibus as The Merlin Trilogy in 2004.
The Crystal Cave (1970) is a first-person retelling of Merlin's life and the reign of Uther Pendragon until the conception of Uther's son, Arthur. In The Hollow Hills (1973), Merlin recounts Arthur's birth and boyhood until he is made king. The Last Enchantment (1979) is the story of Arthur's kingship as told by Merlin.
In Stewart's obituary, Anita Gates of The New York Times described her as an "author of romantic thrillers who jumped genres in her 50s to create an internationally best-selling trilogy of Merlin books, reimagining the Arthurian legend from a sorcerer’s point of view. … Reading Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, [Stewart] was inspired to retell the story of King Arthur as seen by Merlin, the king's adviser and house magician. The trilogy introduced her work to a new generation and, in many cases, to male readers for the first time. … The books, set in the fifth century, were praised for their unusual blend of fantasy and historical detail."
- Gates, Anita (May 15, 2014). "Mary Stewart, British Writer Who Spanned Genres, Dies at 97". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- Thompson, Raymond H. (1999). "Interview with Mary Stewart". The Camelot Project.