The bestselling author of the acclaimed Merlin trilogy returns to the magical world of King Arthur and Camelot to tell a story of daring adventure, unexpected love, and unsurpassed enchantment.
Eager, burning, and young, Alexander has come of age to take vengeance on the treacherous King March of Cornwall who murdered his father. He sets off toward Camelot to seek justice from King Arthur, only to be diverted by the beautiful and sensual Morgan le Fay, Arthur's sister. Using her wiles and her enchantments, Morgan persuades the young prince to attempt a theft of the Holy Grail. He is unaware her motives are of the darkest nature.
Motherless daughter of a royal duke, Alice has lived a life of adventure, accompanying her father on his yearly pilgrimages. Now, on her father's final visit to Jerusalem, she comes under the protection of a young prince whose brothers were murdered, a prince who is in possession of an enchanted silver cup believed to be the mysterious Holy Grail itself.
Thus the stage is set for two young seekers to meet - and to find not what they are searching for but, instead, the greatest treasure of all . . . love.
Praise for THE CRYSTAL CAVE:
'Vivid, enthralling, absolutely first-class' - Daily Mail
Mary Stewart brilliantly recreates the Britain of the fifth century - Books And Bookmen
Her style is simple yet vivid, displaying a love of words and the sounds they make, and her story is poetically imaginative - Daily Telegraph
A deft colourful . . . re-creation of Merlin's early life - Sunday Times
A fascinating story which lays a firm hold on the imagination - The Scotsman
'Mary Stewart lightens the Dark Ages with legend, pure invention and a lively sense of history. - New York Times
Mary Stewart's skilful reinterpretation of the Arthurian legend is charming and surprising - a seamless bit of work. - Mail on Sunday
Mary Stewart was one of the 20th century's bestselling and best-loved novelists. She was born in Sunderland, County Durham in 1916, but lived for most of her life in Scotland, a source of much inspiration for her writing. Her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for The Crystal Cave, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for one of her children's books, Ludo and the Star Horse. She was married to the Scottish geologist Frederick Stewart, and died in 2014.