Mary Stewart

It’s vacation. Finally. While I didn’t escape as free as I hoped I would, I think I can balance the tasks and creativity accordingly.

I’m re-reading Mary Stewart‘s The Crystal Cave for our SF club book group. Thirteen pages in, and a friend already couldn’t get my attention until the third try.

Still alive at 93, Stewart hasn’t produced a new book for some years, but her list of books is impressive. What I think makes Stewart a master of the novel genre is her versatility. She is known among fantasy fans for her superb Merlin series, but she is also an author of romantic suspense.

The writing in most of her books is just damned good. It’s precise, descriptive, and voluptuous. True, you won’t find gun-toting, tattoed babes. The heroes and heroines of her books belong to a different age in writing, but like Bradbury, her writing holds up well in a more modern time.

I’m really excited to read The Crystal Cave again, and I hope you will be motivated to take a look at Stewart’s unique perspective on Merlin.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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