THE WICKED DAY

By: Stewart, Mary

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Publisher’s glossy pictorial wraps. 12mo (approx 4.25 x 6.75"). 370, (4) pp. Unread. FINE. In this, the fourth book in the Arthurian saga, following The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment, the incomparable Mary Stewart turns to the end of King Arthur's glorious reign as seen through the eyes of Mordred. "The wicked day of destiny" is how Malory described the battle of Camlann, at which Arthur was victorious but was mortally wounded by his traitorous son Mordred. The Wicked Day is the gripping story of Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur, born of an incestuous relationship between Arthur and his half sister, the evil sorceress Morgause. Mordred is reared in secrecy in the Orkney Islands, where he has been sent by his mother. Called to Camelot by events he cannot deny, Mordred becomes Arthur’s most trusted counselor - a fateful act that leads to the "wicked day of destiny" when father and son must face each other in battle. If you haven't read Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga, you are in store for a real treat. They are must-reads for any reader of historical fiction or romance, for any lover of Arthurian legend, for any history buff, for any voracious reader, and may be the right books to get non-readers started. Mary Stewart's research for these books is impeccable. Her understanding of myth and its relationship to fact is remarkable. The books are complex, yet incredibly inviting and you will absolutely love the characters. They also weave together so beautifully that you won't be able to read only one. Mary Stewart, one of the most widely read authors of our time, began writing at the age of five, when she published her first poem in a small parish magazine in England. Having published 20 novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is noted both for her contemporary stories of romance and suspense and for her Arthurian novels, most recently The Prince and the Pilgrim. She has fourteen New York Times bestsellers to her credit, including The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment, which comprise The Merlin Trilogy. Before embarking on a full-time writing career she taught English at school and university level. Born in England, Mary Stewart has lived for many years in Scotland, dividing her time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands. "Outstanding....Rewarding....A superior adventure tale." – The Wall Street Journal. "Exciting and interesting reading...filled with adventure, romance, fantasy, and details of everyday life." - Christian Science Monitor. "A perfect trip out of the present." - The New York Times Book Review. "The Arthurian legend is first and foremost defined by literary classics [such as] Mary Stewart's beloved Crystal Cave trilogy." - USA Today. "Mary Stewart has whetted readers' appetites for Arthurian marvels....Her purpose is not to recast old material but to bring alive a long-dead historical epoch....This she does splendidly. Fifth-century Britain is caught in these pages." - Washington Post Book World. "Superb and lyrical." - Washington Times. "[An] enchanting version of the Arthurian legend...[that] stands heads and shoulders above a bland mass of fairy tales based on the story....Three-dimensional characters in a realistic world....A feast for Arthur lovers everywhere....In her fully realized version of the legend, Stewart remains true to tradition while still holding and surprising us with the unexpected plot twists. The magic in her novels is somber and mysterious." - Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin). "In most King Arthur stories, Mordred, Arthur's illegitimate son...always gets a bum rap....Mary Stewart takes a different view of the legend....She humanizes everyone." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.. Some slight wear to spine. . Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

Title: THE WICKED DAY

Author Name: Stewart, Mary

Categories: Historical Fiction, Novels, Poetry & Literature, King Arthur,

Edition: 1

Publisher: NY, Fawcett Crest / Ballantine Books: 1984

ISBN Number: 0449205193

ISBN Number 13: 9780449205198

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Fine with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 4922

Keywords: King Arthur Arthurian Romance Novels; Fiction; Historical Fiction