My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Teen Fantasy Fiction
Part of a Series: yes, book one of Merlin Spiral Series
Publication year: 2013
In Robert Treskillard's take on the Arthurian legends, young Merlin is faced
with the challenge of saving his country and those he loves when a mysterious,
and dangerous, stone falls from the sky.
Partially blinded years ago, Merlin is a timid swordsmith's son who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life and win the hand of Natalenya, the beautiful and kind daughter of a magistrate. But after he and his friend Garth encounter a strange stone in the wood, one protected by druids, Merlin receives a series of visions and prophecies that he is to save Britain from a dark force. As the power of the stone grows and threatens his family and friends, Merlin is forced to embrace his calling---for he may be the only one immune to the stone's power.
Touching on multiple elements of the classic Arthur story---from the Lady of the Lake, the creation of Excalibur, the sword in the stone, and the rescue of Arthur himself---this fantasy tale will appeal to young adults looking for adventure and a hint of romance, as well as adults who enjoy the classic tale this series is based on.
I'm reading some teen books, looking for new ones to include in our church library. I admit that the fantasy genre is not always my favorite, but this book was definitely exciting enough to hold my attention! The beginning ran a bit slow for me, but the rest of the book had anough action to keep me glued to my seat turning pages until the end! A bit like Narnia to me, with battles of good vs evil, mysterious dark magic, and other enchanted creatures, it was a definite read for those who like fantasy!