Book Reviews of The Wicked Day (Coronet Books)

The Wicked Day (Coronet Books)
The Wicked Day - Coronet Books
Author: Mary Stewart
ISBN-13: 9780340352144
ISBN-10: 0340352140
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
The last of the four novels Mary Stewart has written about the Arthurian saga.

This book is told from the viewpoint of Mordred, Arthur's bastard son by his half-sister Morgause. Because of this, the book takes a different tone and is therefore a little disconcerting to read, since I was used to listening to Merlin's take of the story.

Still, there are hints of Merlin's voice that help guide the plot which, in the end, makes it very enjoyable.

This book was a great end to the series and very fulfilling read.

One thing I have to comment about is that although these novels are written by a woman, they take a very chauvinistic stance. Women are used as means to an end and thrown away with the trash when their usefulness runs out. Mordred, Arthur, Uther and even Merlin himself use and mistreat most of the women in their lives as if they mean nothing. This was very annoying at times to read.
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4th and last book of Arthurian legend/Merlin series. The entire series is really good and worth reading.
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As usual from this author...great ending to the whole story.This history I can believe just a little bit. Better than the whole fairytale.
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A follow up to the Merlin trilogy. Fun "brain candy".
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Mary Stewart's final entry in her Arthurian cycle is by far the best of the lot, possibly in part because Merlin is no longer center stage. Since writing the legend from his viewpoint was her stated intent, it's ironic that this should be so. She has taken the bold stand of making Mordred not a villain, but rather an ambitious young man caught up in a web of circumstance, misunderstanding, and political gamesmanship that led him to face Arthur on the battlefield. Nicely done.
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'The Wicked Day' is suspenseful and well-paced. Stewart has taken, literally, the stuff of legends and made the conflicts and characters realistic and relatable. This is easily my favorite of her four Arthurian novels, and it could be read as a stand-alone.
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The Wicked Day is the gripping story of Mordred, bastard son of King arthur by incest with his half-sister Morgause, witch-queen of Lothian and Orkney. Morgause sent the child to the Orkney Islands to be reared there in secret, in the hope that one day he would become, as Merlin the Enchanter had prophesied, the doom of her hated half-brother.

When Mordred is taken from his rude life as a fisherboy in the islands and suddenly thrust into the full panoply of the High King Arthur's court, he learns of his true parentage and rises to a position of trust in his father's kingdom. But, as the plots and counterplots of the last part of Arthur's reighn unfold, Mordred is drawn into the tangled web of tragedy that is the climactic drama of the Arthurian legend.
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The spellbinding final chapter of King Arthur's reign.
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The last book, book four, in Mary Stewart's classic Arthurian tale.
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This is the final chapter of the King Arthur series.
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'The Wicked Day' is suspenseful and well-paced. Stewart has taken, literally, the stuff of legends and made the conflicts and characters realistic and relatable. This is easily my favorite of her four Arthurian novels, and it could be read as a stand-alone.
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'The Wicked Day' is suspenseful and well-paced. Stewart has taken, literally, the stuff of legends and made the conflicts and characters realistic and relatable. This is easily my favorite of her four Arthurian novels, and it could be read as a stand-alone.
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The classic 3rd book in the Arthur series. Must read for Arthur fans.
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Several creases on the cover, one corner of cover torn, book store stamps inside.