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The Hollow Hills Con la dramática noche en ue Arturo es engendrado se inicia la epopeya en ue el héroe debe aprender a distinguir a sus enemigos y a seguir con fidelidad su propio destino Para ello contará con la ayuda de la extraña figura de Merlín uien a pesar de su sabiduría sufre las angustias de una nación en guerra y las intrigas y traiciones entre reyes y cortesanos

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 447 pages
  • The Hollow Hills
  • Mary Stewart
  • English
  • 19 January 2016
  • 9780449020890

About the Author: Mary Stewart

See this thread for information Lady Mary Stewart born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow was a popular English novelist and taught at the school of John Noruay elementary for 30 to 35 yearsShe 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 HighlandsHer unofficial fan site can be found at

10 thoughts on “The Hollow Hills

  1. Sara Sara says:

    It makes no sense that a book I have read this many times could still make me thrill with anticipation bask in the beauty of the language and cry with genuine emotion; but it does I could not have chosen anything better to read in these dark days there is always the promise of light 4920 After the thrills of The Crystal Cave we pick Merlin up bleeding on the side of the road out of Tintagel and watch as he begins his journey into the life of the boy who will be King Arthur One of literature’s great characters Merlin is the bridge between Ambrosius and Arthur the once and future kings and for my money he embodies all that is fine about both of them Mary Stewart's Merlin appeals to me mostly because of his humanity He pays a high price for his powers and they are granted to him only at the whim and determination of his god Thus it is not Merlin who controls events or chooses history but Merlin who works on earth to bring about a plan clearly forged in heaven By that same token he cannot always prevent tragedy and he must bear as all men do his share of regret and disappointment He states “I was the god’s instrument but I was not the god’s hand” He knows his role and it prevents his being arrogant or self important and makes him lovable and real We are able to see him as a man who is given the difficult role of shaping the right future for a nation by trusting that God is behind him in whatever he must do A pretty heavy burden In The Crystal Cave we see Merlin as a boy and a youth learning about his god and how to wield his powers In The Hollow Hills we see Merlin the man who understands and has confidence in himself and what he can and should accomplish for his god And we see Merlin as a father figure with Arthur as his child his progeny his legacyEven the legend of Arthur is enhanced by Stewart’s presentation of Arthur as a boy rather than as we usually see him a full grown King He is shaped by his foster family into a person of values and we see how he comes to rely on Merlin for both love and guidance For anyone who has only the image of Merlin as a wizard in flowing robes self assured and able to command the thunder when he desires I submit that this image is an empty jug compared to this Merlin of flesh and blood who must think and feel his way toward the purpose that lies in front of him a purpose that is passed to him as a sacred duty by his own fatherThere are moments of descriptive beauty that are awe inspiring There are moments of sentiment that bring tears to my eyes even after multiple readings There are moments of intelligent humor that make me smile and which give the characters who speak the lines depth and tangibility Stewart is a masterful storyteller with the wisdom and skills of Homer She transports us The only thing that makes coming to the end of this book tolerable is knowing that The Last Enchantment lies ahead

  2. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    “I am nothing yes; I am air and darkness a word a promise I watch in the crystal and I wait in the hollow hills But out there in the light I have a young king and a bright sword to do my work for me and build what will stand when my name is only a word for forgotten songs and outworn wisdom and when your name Morgause is only a hissing in the dark” This book is full of uotable uotes like the above and The Legend of Arthur Merlin is one of the great tales off all time but unfortunately this book is a flawed diamond The main problem for me was the very slow start Book 2 in particular really dragged in parts At it's worst it reminded me of some of Georgette Heyer's leaden writing in her medieval books I think both authors struggled going back so far in timeWhen Arthur reentered the book the story improved very much I really like the way Arthur was depicted By book 4 the writing was reminding me of JRR Tolkien This was a good thing I'm a massive LOTR fan The read of the final book flew by for me and I'm going to try to read the third part by the end of May I think I would have enjoyed this book if the read was closer to my read of Bear that in mind when you read this review

  3. Gary Gary says:

    Following on from the spell binding The Crystal Cave Mary Stewart came up with an eually enthralling page turner taking us from the morning after Arthur's conception until he is proclaimed King of Britain at fourteen on the day after of the death of his father Uther Pendragon It shows us the story through the eyes of a very human brilliantly intelligent resourceful and wise Merlin with powers of enchantment Merlin is takes to oversee Arthur's childhood where he is been placed under the care of Count Ector of Galava modern day Ambleside in Cumbria Northern Englandwhere Artuhr grows up with his foster brother Cei and his loyal bosom friend BedwyrFilled with battles chases stand offs melees and exciting journeys it begins when Merlin is 22 years of age Arthur has not een born through actual magic shape shifting as in the original legend ub th through disguise subterfuge and trickery The magic in this series is downplayed but not discarded and in Merlin's brilliant clairvoyance Merlin go's into hiding after learning that Uther wants the child to be hidden until he has produced a 'legitimate' heirHe journeys across Europe where he discovers the existence of the sword Caliburn which is in Wales He finds Caliburn in Wales and from there to the north of England where he becomes tutor to the young Arthur Emrys and BedwyrIn Galava Merlin has a vision of the word Guenwyvhar when he is with Arthur and Bedwyr in the shape of an owl which he foresees will come between the two boys with Bedwyr being figure that will be in the role of LancelotMerlin and the young Arthur plays a key role in the battle where the invading Saxons are once again rooted and forced to fleeOn the death of Uther who proclaims Arthur as his heir just moments before departing the world Arthur's right to kingship is challenged until he returns to the Chapel and draws forth Caliburn as proof before the assembled nobilityA true spellbinding page tuner in an amazing five part touer de force combining history folk lore and imagination Mary Stewart is a genius storyteller

  4. Jim Jim says:

    An excellent follow up to The Crystal Cave beautifully read It's the same in style tone too I want to call this 'old school' fantasy There is no graphic sex violence or even any flashy magic but there is an aura of mystery pomp that permeates the entire story There is a hard core of realism tempered by spirituality that defines the world the magic The descriptions are lyric too A fantastic break from the current style of writing yet not boring at all In many ways it reminds me of the Lord of the Rings Excellent

  5. Nisa Nisa says:

    I enjoyed than the first book I didn't think it was possible Well when I read the first book in the series l loved it but as I go on reading the second book I began to feel and excited even though Mary Stewart made me wait to let happen what I looked forward to coming But even though it came late I was enjoying as much as I grew impatient I loved Arthur as much as I love Merlin If this series even a little seems interesting you shouldn't miss and read them I don't know how this story will go on until 5th book but I can't wait to read them all

  6. Christine PNW Christine PNW says:

    The first half was 3 stars but the second half was amazing More later

  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    Mary Stewart’s Arthurian books are certainly very different to her romancemystery ones It’s much the world of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword at Sunset than the sort of world her heroines inhabit in the modern stories one of uncertain magic and prophecy of blood and hatred and death And it comes out much less positive about female characters There are few prominent ones and even mentions of women tend to be dark portents and shadows on the future Merlin foresees But I do love the Welsh background the Welsh names the way that the different races of Britain are all represented here and are all Arthur’s subjectsIt’s doubly difficult to read this with any sense of suspense though First Merlin knows what’s going to happen at least broadly and secondly it’s the Arthurian legend You can do surprising things with it but Stewart sticks fairly close to the sources which leaves very little room for surprising anyone who knows the source texts well She plays the tropes relatively straight too and telegraphs all the usual causes of strife in Camelot well in advance Arthur isn’t even acclaimed as king yet until the very end of the book and already there’s foreshadowing for various betrayals I really must look up Bedwyr’s involvement with Gwenhwyfar — several modern tellings align him with her and I can’t remember what might spark thatStill Stewart’s writing is good and the sense of atmosphere she brings to the far flung settings for her romancemystery stories is eually strong here in the cold and damp corners of Britain Her writing in this book reminds me a lot of Sutcliff which can only be a complimentI do hope she’s subtle with Morgause Morgian and Gwenhwyfar when they appear properly thoughOriginally posted here

  8. Oliviu Crâznic Oliviu Crâznic says:

    A beautiful wonderfully written story Even the Christians are treated fair unlike the previous volume One star out for a redundant episode Merlin is caught three times each time being released once recognized Not unbelievable given the circumstances; however the author could have done that part of the tale much better

  9. Candi Candi says:

    5 dazzling starsAnother phenomenal installment in Mary Stewart's Arthurian saga The Hollow Hills begins right where we concluded the brilliant gem of a story The Crystal Cave The masterful storytelling the wonder and the adventure are no less evident here than in the first of the series I was captured once again and savored every word as if it were a treasure In this book the compassionate and human side of Merlin is revealed even further Merlin as the instrument of the gods knows it is his destiny and duty to protect and instruct the young Arthur in order to fulfill the prophecy of one High King and a united Britain What he no doubt didn't divine – and what I adored most about him – was that he would grow to love Arthur and that this love would be so uneuivocally reciprocated like that between parent and child I have to share here one of my favorite excerpts – one where Merlin reflects on those little moments that perhaps matter the most after the passing of time Through a man's life there are milestones things he remembers even into the hour of his death God knows that I have had than a man's share of rich memories; the lives and deaths of kings the coming and going of gods the founding and destroying of kingdoms But it is not always these great events that stick in the mind here now in this final darkness it is the small times that come back to me most vividly the uiet human moments which I should like to live again rather than the flaming times of power I can still see how clearly the golden sunlight of that uiet afternoon There is the sound of the spring and the falling liuid of the thrush's song the humming of the wild bees the sudden flurry of the white hound scratching for fleas and the sizzling sound of cooking where Arthur knelt over the wood fire turning the trout on a spit of hazel his face solemn exalted calm lighted from within by whatever it is that sets such men alight It was his beginning and he knew itAh Just love it Such wisdom and such nostalgia What else is there to say but this you really should get your hands on this series and experience the delight that these books will bring to you as they did to me Perhaps I could mention you will learn of the legend of the famed sword maybe get a glimpse at some new characters and developments to come even a dash of wickedness meet the inhabitants of the hollow hills themselves and perch on the edge of your seat with an awesome and suspenseful fighting scene Oh should I mention that this is going straight to my favorites shelf along with the first book? Thank goodness I have the next book in this spectacular series ready and waiting

  10. Lori Lori says:

    An absolutely wonderful interpretation of the Arthurian Legend Mary Stewart's writing is captivating The Hollow Hills is a thoroughly satisfying read; a masterpiece I am not sure what else I can say that has not already been said about this book My favorite passageIf it was indeed the King's sword of Britain and Arthur was to be the King who would lift it it must lie in a place as holy and as haunted as the shrine where I myself had found it And when the day came the boy must be led to it himself even as I had been led I was the god's instrument but I was not the god's handI particularly loved the way Mary Stewart brings Arthur and Merlin together in the Wild Forest; I would say the moment they finally meet face to face shines through as a favorite of mine This book is enjoyable from cover to cover I loved it I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends PS Grown ups only please

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