A superb collection of stories of magic and adventure from the golden age of Arthurian legend by bestselling writers. Enter into the darker realms of the age of the Knights of the Round Table, when magic held sway and Merlin vied with Arthur's heroic new world. Included are: Jane Yolen on Merlin's youth and coming of age; Marion Zimmer Bradley on Nimue, Merlin's lover and doom; Charles de Lint on Merlin's influence through the centuries; Darrell Schweitzer on the legends of Merlin's birth; plus stories by Tanith Lee, Peter Tremayne, Phyllis Ann Karr, Jennifer Roberson, and many others. There is also a detailed introduction by Mike Ashley on the mystery and magic of Merlin and his world.
Mike Ashley is a leading authority on horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He has written or edited over 60 books, including Chronicles of the Holy Grail, Chronicles of the Round Table, The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends, The Mammoth Book of King Arthur, The Pendragon Chronicles, The Camelot Chronicles, which, in total, have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Chatham, Kent.