In The Crystal Cave, readers follow the story of the wizard Merlin from the time he is a young boy until the time just before his legendary protege, King Arthur, is born. This classic fantasy novel provides an in-depth exploration of Merlin’s formative years, detailing his early mastery of his magic, which manifests itself in clairvoyant visions, and his alliance with High King Ambrosius. The first in a quintet of books exploring these ancient legends, The Crystal Cave begins Mary Stewart’s imaginative retelling of the King Arthur legends.

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