Nina's Reading Blog

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The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy, Book 1)

Posted by nliakos on August 26, 2006

by Kevin Crossley-Holland, read by Michael Maloney

During the closing months of the year 1199, the life of 13-year-old Arthur de Caldicot reflects that of the young King Arthur as the 12th-century Arthur observes scenes from the life of his namesake through a magic stone given to him by Merlin, close friend of his family.  I did not think of this as a young adult novel until I read a review of it after finishing it, but I suppose that given the age of the protagonist, it is.  I really enjoyed it.  The characters are realistic and well-drawn and the depiction of medieval life on a manor near Wales was detailed and convincing.  Maloney’s reading is excellent.

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