|Plot Summary of The Crystal Cave|
|"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.
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Crystal Cave|
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Time/era of story
- distant past/middle ages
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
- can see into the future
- can cast many different spells
- is very quick
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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