An Enchanting Tale Of Love And Loss, Glory And Grandeur, Set In The Twilight Of Rome S Power Where The Celtic Chieftains Of Britain Battle To Save Their Land From An Onrushing Darkness In This Modern Classic, Stephen Lawhead Presents A Majestic Retelling Of Western Literature S Most Compelling Epic Merlin His Golden Eyes Saw The Shape Of A World Yet To Be His Wisdom Would Light The Path Of The Coming King Born Of A Union Between Druid And Faery, He Was Trained As A Bard And Schooled In The Ways Of Battle But His Heart And Calling Were Greater Than A Warrior S Son Of The Great Taliesin, The Song Of His Father Coursed Through His Soul Yet His Life And Mission Were To Be His Own And Though Sovereignty Was His, He Would Lay It Aside To Serve A King Of His Own Choosing As His Powers Transcended Those Of Mortal Men, So, Too, Would His Trials, His Griefs And The Dark Might Of His Most Fearsome Enemy In The Twilight Of Tome S Rule Over The Island Of The Mighty, As Smaller Men Vied For Ascendancy, His Would Be The Hand To Lay The Foundations Of A New Order The Kingdom Of Summer And Arthur, Pendragon Of Britain Merlin Is Book Two In The Pendragon Cycle I don t know Perhaps I was expectingMerlinish things but there was little that happened in this book view spoiler Merlin grows up, Merlin falls in love and it s obvious she will soon die tragically , Merlin made some rocks float in the air, he had a vision, he fought a little, and he saves baby Arthur And that s about it hide spoiler As much as I liked the first book in the series, I liked this oneThe first book told two intertwining stories as it needed to do This was done well, but Merlin is muchfocused and I liked it better for that This is really my favorite of the retellings regarding Merlin, especially since he is a man of virtue and humility. Rarely have I had such a strong negative reaction to a book I hated it And part of the reason, I think, I that the first volume, Taliesin, was superb But while in Taliesin Lawhead spun an intriguing tale that treated the source material with respect, Merlin quickly becomes a religious tract proclaiming how superior christianity is to the pagan religions that it displaces For me, Lawhead did two unforgivable things in this book First, he makes Merlin a christian and a missionary Yes, of course the Arthur cycle is part of European christian heritage but Merlin is ALWAYS the link back to the pagan past, the holder of the magic of ancient knowledge and the oral tradition that stretches back before the christians and even the Romans To co opt him as a tool to preach the christian that destroys that tradition, when almost every other aspect of the story already serves that purpose, is both pointless and offensive.And even worse than this, the author turns aside from writing a fine, gripping, meaningful story with strong religious sentiments and begins to write a sermon. With the second book in the series, things started to getinteresting andin line with the legends we already know and love What Lawhead does with the classic Arthurian myths is both original and true to their essence Hard to saythan I already did when reviewing Taliesin, but I ll repeat myself nonetheless one of the best things about the book is how well documented it is, both in terms of the legends and the historical old Celtic world of the 6th and 7th centuries AD. After the major disappointment that was Patrick, it was refreshing to read Merlin It reminded my why I still call Lawhead one of my favorite authors Not to mention, the theology wasn t horribly suspect always a plus Merlin is, for me, one of those books that breathes truth, beauty, and goodness It s not all sunshine and rainbows, and awful things happen, but there is a definite Hope and Light to it that is missing from a lot of books, especially what I ve read recently It is now on the short list of books I reach for when I need hope and soul refreshing Favorite Things Merlin I love his character development and growth, and just ofgrouchyanddonewith everything especially Uthur he gets toward the end Its like reading Lord of the Rings from Gandalf s perspective Ganieda Possibly one of my favorite female characters ever view spoiler I cried so many tears hide spoiler Lawhead is quickly becoming my favorite fantasy author His writing has a poetic quality that reads effortlessly In this book we get a composite Merlin and one in his own words A composite because we get to see the wizard of the high legend, the mad man of the older legend and Geoffrey of Monmouth s Book of Merlin, and the prophet of the History of the Kings of Britain Putting the story in first person was an inspired way of convincingly combining those three facets into one real person.One of the things I love most about Lawhead is the way the history comes alive in the book Not that I believe the magician truly existed though perhaps the mad poet did but all the other details make the time come alive in a way that the tv show Britannia occasionally succeeds but largely fails at Like with the religion Some have a problem with Christianity in their Arthurian myth never read the original tales then, it was like they were written by clergy but while some are shown to be ardent believers they are right along side those who combined Jesus into their existing pantheon or who are just outright pagan This is how it would have been and I think it is to Lawhead s credit that he shows it this way Not only this but showing us aCeltic Christianity that ishistorical and also as far removed from the medieval Catholicism of the legends as you can get It treats all the themes of Arthurian legend instead of just some and that is to the author and readers betterment Read this book. Merlin is the second book in the Pendragon Cycle I enjoyed the first book Taliesin, and for me this was an even better read The story of the ageless Merlinbard, druid, king maker, warrior From his youth he is the central figure to this story of the political machinations of early Briton The story has plenty of energy and although characters rise and fall, come and go, with great regularity it does not fail to drag the reader in all the way to the proverbial sword in the stone moment at its conclusion One aspect that I feel slightly lets the story down is that Morgian is dangled as this central evil character but never really developed Perhaps I will need the 3rd installment Arthur to fully appreciate her character and her role. This second book in the series takes us from Merlin s childhood to his saving baby Arthur I don t think that s a spoiler don t we all know he did that Unlike Taliesin, the narration is first person, which I think is right I like Merlin telling his own story I liked this onethan I liked Taliesin, but that was to be expected Isn t Merlin everyone s favorite Arthurian character Merlin is a character who s taken on many forms I like the old Once and Future King Disney Merlin though I ve always struggled with the concept of him living backward , but I like a young and studly Merlin, as in this book, as well He is sometimes presented as evil after all, by most accounts he is the son of a demon speaking of which, if you haven t seen Hellboys I II, I highly recommend them Anyway, Lawhead s Merlin is good and quite religious Speaking of religion, of course Christianity is a big part of Arthurian legend holy grail and all and these books are no exception however, the Christianity of Arthurian legend is a little weird and kind of pagan, which is certainly the case with these books, but I m not bothered by it Moving on, Lawhead clearly knows his Malory and his Geoffrey he is obviously well versed in Arthurian legend, though he changes major aspects oftraditional versions such things as Merlin s parentage and Arthur s, for that matter or having the character who has traditionally been Merlin s sister be his wife instead Legends have no definitive source, so I don t mind him changing things up, as long as he doesn t brutalize the soul of the story a la that wretched travesty, First Knight. the second book of the cycle, but the first book of the cycle that i read. pall i can say is, this book made me love merlin even .a must read for those of you who loves arthurian legend. there s a bit of religious stuff in all of stephen r lawhead s books, which is fine with me..
was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological college for two years His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non fiction books.After a brief foray into the music business as president of his own record company he began full time freelance writing in 1981 He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history His first novel, In the Hall of the Dragon King, became the first in a series of three books The Dragon King Trilogy and was followed by the two volume Empyrion saga, Dream Thief and then the Pendragon Cycle, now in five volumes Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, and Grail This was followed by the award winning Song of Albion series which consists of The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot.He has written nine children s books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross He is married to
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