The Crystal Cave
by Mary Stewart
Book 1 of Arthurian Saga (a.k.a. Merlin trilogy)
This series is being read as part of a Buddy Read @ BookLikes, to be read over approximately three weeks.
I got a lot of reading done this week, but since I got a late start on The Crystal Cave last week, I'm still a little behind in the tentative scheduling, so I'm just going to have to make my own schedule. Anyway, it seems that much has been happening, and each section of The Crystal Cave almost feels like a new story unfolding.
A new chapter in Merlin's life, maybe?
Book II: The Falcon -- Completed
Progress on 11/10/16: 232 of 519 pages (45%)
"This is a strange meeting, Merlin. So much to say, and yet so little. Do you see now why I asked so many questions? Why I tried so hard to find what had brought you here?
"The gods at work, my lord, the brought me here," I said.
-- Page 223
I'm starting to get a sense that everything that's happening is very much a work of fate. Or the gods, I suppose. There is a lot of destiny at work here, and yet, at the same time it feels really deliberate in the story line's set up. Was it deliberate? Or are we trying too hard to give Merlin a magical presence? Except that I feel like it's doing the opposite and making me question everything that's going on around Merlin.
Because how is it that one moment he's still a child, and then the next he can see everything that will happen without actually seeing? It's more like knowing. His Sight seems a little flighty, really.
And then, on top of that, we've got family secrets being revealed and all that jazz going on here. All of the events that lead up to Merlin's current position, at this point in the book, feels too coincidental to be realistic. His travels were not random at all, and again, he seems to have an on-again-off-again Sight that is telling him where he needs to be, how he needs to act, and what he needs to say.
I suppose with the gods being at work, this is entirely believable...
Book III: The Wolf -- In Progress
Progress on 11/14/16: 310 of 519 pages (60%)
This third section of The Crystal Cave is actually getting quite exciting, and I attribute that to the fact that there's more action. Merlin hasn't changed much from his childhood, and to be honest, I'm detecting no difference between twelve-year old Merlin to his transition to seventeen-year-old Merlin. The voices are the same and the penchant for being omnipotent is also the same.
But there is a lot more going on in the world around him now that even if nothing about the boy stands out, at least the rest of the story in the background with war on the horizon is kind of interesting. But to be honest, I often find politics and war strategy a bit boring, depending on how it's presented. In this case, it's not capturing my attention all that well.
The new developments in Merlin's adventure are still quite intriguing though, and his return to his homeland is a nice new story spin.