Merlin's Blade

by Robert Treskillard

On Sale: 2013-04-20

Price: $12.99

Book Summary

A strange meteorite. A deadly enchantment. And only Merlin can destroy it. A meteorite brings a mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he must destroy the stone---or die trying.

About the Book

Merlin’s Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest Strength

When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow—a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith’s son named Merlin.

As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role God ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, armed only by a sword he’s named Excalibur, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?

Book includes location map and detailed character index.

Awards

Silver - Moonbeam

Reviews

Robert Treskillard breathes new life into the often-told tale of King Arthur and his faithful mentor, Merlin. Treskillard has managed to put a new spin on the story in this three-volume series called Merlin’s Spiral by focusing on Merlin’s story.
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 be the one to save Arthur, and overthrow the evil that controls the people of Britain?

It is hard to believe that Merlin’s Blade was Treskillard’s first novel. It is a well-written epic fantasy, with an enormous amount of detail and character development. This series–a prequel to the King Arthur legend–will be of interest to epic fantasy readers and fans of Arthurian legends. There is a lot of action but almost too much detail about the violence (although it was a bloodthirsty time period).

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780310735076
  • ISBN 10: 0310735076
  • Imprint: Blink
  • On Sale: 2013-04-20
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: $12.99
  • Publisher: Blink
  • Series: The Merlin Spiral
  • Publication Date: 2013-04-20
  • Category 1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian
  • Category 2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
  • Category 3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Historical
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  • Category 5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Christian / Fantasy
  • Category 6 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
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