The Last Enchantment is the final book in Mary Stewart’s trilogy about how Arthur became England’s king, subdued the Saxons, and ruled from Camelot.
Merlin has lost his youthful stamina and he’s losing his ability to foresee the future.
Having lived either alone or among men all his life, without his prophetic gift Merlin is at the mercy of women.
Arthur has just won the crown. He must fight to keep it and to beget a son to carry on his line.
Arthur also has to worry about his half-sisters, who have dynastic ambitions of their own, and about his bastard son by one of those half-sisters.
For the first 400 pages of the novel, Stewart spins a fascinating yarn.
She seems then to realize she has too much history still to cover, so she sidelines Merlin while she advances the story.
Then brings him back, gives him a “while you were out” message, wraps up the story, and closes the covers.
The result is 80 percent enchantment and 20 percent disappointment.
The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart
Morrow, 1979. 538 p.
1979 bestseller #07 My grade: B
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