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The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart is a story in the first person whereas an elderly Merlin tells of his coming of age The novel began in medieval Wales in the kingdom of Maridunum The story then moves to Brittany or Lesser Britain He then comes back to Wales then the rest of Greater Britain ending up in Cornwall The themes of this story are about coming of age good versus evil and things arent always as they appear to be Myrddin Emyrs also known as Merlin Ambrosius was the bastard child to the Kings daughter Myrddin is the name of a god Emyrs or Ambrosius means child of light and Merlin is the name of Roman bird of prey As a child he had the Sight and a talent for remaining unnoticed while he gained information Merlin also knew when his uncle offered him a poisoned apricot This ability led him to study with Galapas in a cave up on the hill of Myrddin a god for which Merlin was named In this cave was located the crystal cave where Merlin first learned to control his Sight and where he predicted the mining cave under Vortigerns stronghold and the death of the king The night that his grandfather died Merlin was able to escape his uncle Camlach by burning his servant and friend Cerdics dead body in respect During the fire he escaped to Brittany where he found that Ambrosius a powerful man who planned to depose of Vortigern to become King of Britain was his true father Soon he becomes an advisor to Ambrosius though seen as a rival by Uther Pendragon Ambrosius brother and war leader On a trip back to Wales Vortigern under the council of his advisors called on him to die and shed his blood to fortify the walls of his fortress He proved him wrong by predicting a battle between a white dragon Vortigern and
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