The Last Enchantment

The Last Enchantment

Paperback - 1980
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With the great sword Caliburn in his hand and Merlin the enchanter at his side, Arthur comes out of hiding to claim the crown he was born to wear. Merlin, Arthur's protector, sees the glories and horrors that await the new king . . . and to save him Merlin musters all his power to weave one last enchantment. He is showing signs of age and he gradually realises he is losing his powers of prophecy and clairvoyance to a younger generation. But he is able to accept this because he knows that they will be at the service of his beloved monarch whose fabled victories, marriage and the building of Camelot shine through these pages.
Publisher: London, England : Hodder & Stoughton, 1980, c1979.
ISBN: 9780340258293
0340258292
9780340252925
0340252928
Characteristics: 501 pages :,ill ;,18 cm.

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 25, 2016

I loved this entire trilogy and the final book was no exception. Merlin came alive through all of the books and his character stayed consistent as a child to an older adult. I loved the fact that his "magical talents" were realistically written. In other words, he's not tossing pots and pans in the air as the Disney character. His talents were something I could easily see happening in the real world. He was a real character for me, which I appreciated.

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LazyNeko
Mar 06, 2012

The story is a good detailed telling of familiar touchstones of the Arthurian legend-- the building of Camelot, the abduction of Guinevere, the threat of Mordred-- as Merlin declines in power and confronts a formidable enemy: the witch Morgause. I just wish the author gave Merlin a more active role in events instead of such a passive one.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 01, 2009

When Arthur is tricked by his half-sister Morgause into fathering her son the future of Camelot is at stake and Merlin's powers are pushed to the limit.

Book #3 in The Arthurian Sagan

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LazyNeko
Mar 06, 2012

"You have just been telling me that love cannot be ruled or stopped. If you are prepared to accept love, knowing that it may well bring you to your death, then how much more should I accept this, knowing that it cannot destroy friendship or faith?"

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