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Book Title: L'ultimo incantesimo|
The author of the book: Mary Stewart
Date of issue: August 1981
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.37 MB
Edition: Rizzoli Editore
Read full description of the books L'ultimo incantesimo:"Here, away from lights and sounds of town or village, the night was deep, the black sky stretching, fathomless, away between the spheres, to some unimaginable world where gods walked, and suns and moons showered down like petals falling. Some power there is that draws men's eyes and hearts up and outwards, beyond the heavy clay that fastens them to earth. Music can take them, and the moon's light, and, I suppose, love, though I had not known it then, except in worship."
There has been nothing more comforting to me than to sit curled up with Mary Stewart's Arthurian series these past several weeks. This holds true for this divine last installment of the trilogy as well. Reading this felt as if I was having my own little heart-to-heart by the fireside with Merlin himself. Merlin, as he is so deftly drawn by Ms. Stewart, has quickly become one of my favorite literary characters. Not a crazed wizard lurking in the shadows with his potions and wacky prophecies, Merlin is instead a very compassionate, charismatic, intelligent, worldly and very mortal human being. His love and devotion to King Arthur is steadfast and akin to that of a father for his son; this feeling is justly returned by Arthur. In The Last Enchantment, Merlin must come to terms with a shift in his power and have faith in the will of his gods. Loss speaks to him in a manner that parallels what he understands to be the retreat of those gods. Yet, there is a purpose and meaning to all things, and Merlin never fails to point this out to me as a reader, not by preaching but simply by showing.
Now, veering away from my sentiments regarding Merlin, I must point out that this book has plenty of intrigue for those that prefer a dose of drama and adventure as well. A deliciously wicked villainess in the form of Arthur's half-sister, Morgause, seeks her revenge on Merlin and demonstrates her own knowledge of not just the black arts but the wiles of a seductive woman. Merlin must reach beyond his limited experience with those of the feminine sex to battle such deviltry. "It is easier to call the storm from the empty sky, than to manipulate the heart of a man; and soon, if my bones did not lie to me, I should be needing all the power I could muster, to pit against a woman; and this is harder to do than anything concerning men, as air is harder to see than a mountain." We are also introduced to the beautiful Queen Guinevere who is worshipped not just by her King but by all her subjects within the kingdom. We see the building of the famed Camelot, deception, kidnapping, forbidden love, and true, unadulterated love.
It's difficult to express the joy I feel when reading what has become a treasured book series. I am actually not one to read a series – I have so many books on my list that I don't always get around to reading those that might follow a book that I enjoyed. But this Arthurian series has been an exception rather than a rule. They are so beautifully written that I can't help but savor each one and let myself disappear in this world for a short while. This is a true escape which I highly recommend if you ever feel bogged down by reality and sameness.
"Magic is the door through which mortal man may sometimes step, to find the gates in the hollow hills, and let himself through into the halls of that other world."
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Lady Mary Stewart was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.
She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.
Her unofficial fan site can be found at http://marystewartnovels.blogspot.com/.
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