Review: MERLIN’S BLADE [and] MERLIN’S SHADOW [and] MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE / by Robert Treskillard

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Nightmare (Merlin’s Spiral, 3)

Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735076

 

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Shadow (Merlin’s Spiral, 2)

Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735076

 

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Blade (Merlin’s Spiral, 1)

Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735076 432 p.

HS     Grades 10-12     Rating: 4

 

Robert Treskillard breathes new life into the often told tale of King Arthur and his faithful mentor, Merlin. Though the tale has been told many times, Treskillard has managed to put a new spin on the story in this three-volume series called Merlin’s Spiral.

In Merlin’s Blade, fifth century druids in Britain attempt to regain power, defeat King Uther, and destroy the Christian faith embraced by the people. A blind boy (Merlin) is the only one not bewitched by the meteorite’s blue flames used by the druids to entrap the people. How can a blind boy who is bullied, ridiculed, and criticized save Arthur, and overthrow the evil that controls the people of Britain? How can Merlin continue to fulfill his God-given role? What significance is the blade in Merlin’s role?

It is hard to believe that Merlin’s Blade was Treskillard’s first novel because it is a well-written epic fantasy, with its enormous detail and character development. This story of Merlin’s upbringing and family life helps the reader understand how his half-sister became Merlin’s adversary, bent on his destruction. This series — a prequel to the King Arthur legend — will be of interest to epic fantasy fans. There is a lot of action but almost too much detail on the violence.

In Merlin’s Shadow, Merlin finds himself adrift – an advisor to the uncrowned king, Arthur. One the run with his beloved, and his faithful friend, Merlin

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One response to “Review: MERLIN’S BLADE [and] MERLIN’S SHADOW [and] MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE / by Robert Treskillard

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