Books The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart Paperback, 494 pages, Harpercollins, List Price: $14.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Crystal CaveAuthorMary Stewart Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Stewart's first chapter in her five-volume take on the Arthurian legend is told from the point of view of young Merlin, who reluctantly engineers the birth of Arthur. Also by Mary Stewart Nine Coaches Waiting Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Crystal Cave Opinion 100 Best Books Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books August 11, 2011 More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.