The Crystal Cave Book Summary and Study Guide

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In “The Crystal Cave,” author Mary Stewart gives us a new look at two of the most famous characters in literary history: Merlin and King Arthur. Here, the author concentrates on the character of Merlin, from his early youth. She presents us with a character that is less fantastical and magical and concentrates on making him all the more human. She succeeds exceptionally well. We meet Arthur actually only briefly, as Stewart prepares us for her popular Merlin-Arthur Trilogy. Nevertheless, this first of the three books offers us a grand insight into Merlin and is absorbing in its own right.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future    -   can cast many different spells    -   is very quick


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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