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Monday, May 27, 2013

Merlin's Blade Review

Before the Round Table...Before Arthur was crowned...There was MERLIN!

Inspired by the renowned Arthurian Legends, MERLIN’S BLADE tells the story of Merlin’s battle to save his family, friends, and king from the druids’ treacherous plan to reclaim Britain by using a strange meteorite that has the power to ensnare anyone who looks at it.

Only Merlin, who lost hi vision in a wolf attack, can steer his friends and family away from the object’s dreadful influence, and back onto the path of truth. His lack of sight is his secret weapon.

While the villagers, including Merlin’s father and his best friend Garth are under the stone’s spell, Merlin takes on the evils that live beneath it’s surface. Facing off against despicable creatures and fearless villains that aim to turn Britons against each other.

Surrounded by adversaries, and armed only with a sword, Merlin must rid his country of this deadly evil, even if it means losing his own life. He sets out on his mission with the help of the beautiful Natalenya, who gives him the confidence-and assistance-he needs.

Will Merlin be able to save the people of Britain? (excerpt from rear cover).

I find that Robert Treskilliard has researched Merlin’s history very well and has put together some of the missing past of how Merlin became such an icon to Historical Medieval time period where legends are forged through time and remain one of the strongest myth and legends of all time in his latest novel Merlin's Blade.

The novel from the Prologue into the first Chapter seems a bit confusing and leads you almost into a separate story so you really have to focus on the first chapter and just read from there. Since I am only about halfway into the book the Prologue might come into play here in the next few chapters. I found Merlin’s character to be full of hardships with not only being attacked as a young child from wolves and losing most of his eyesight, to a pair of young bullies Dyslan and Rondroc who continue to torment him throughout most of the first part of the book. Merlin offers to take full punishment of being whipped for his friends lying and stealing of the horses and cart. Merlin is even attacked again by a wolf and suffers wounds on his arm.

I can’t go into detail anymore than what I have read as you must pick up the book to continue on Merlin’s journey in the book to see if he is able to save Britain from this foul evil that lurks behind the strange meteorite. I find this book very accurate in the style of writing and character development is superb! It is a little hard to follow sometimes as the author goes into the English writing style of the time period so you really have to focus sometimes and even go back a bit to clarify the paragraph or sentence.

Over all I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to not only this genre of reader, but to young and old readers alike! So far it’s been a great story and cant wait to finish the book! Thank you Robert Treskilliard for a fascinating story and journey into Merlin’s youth!

I received Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskilliard compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This novel is the first book in the Merlin's Spiral Series and is perfect for those young adult readers looking for a bit more spice and flavor in their historical fictional novels based on the tales of old legends with just the right balance of Christianity to keep the story engaging with a powerful message. The next novel in the series, Merlin's Shadow will be out in early fall of 2013.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310735076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310735076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches 
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You can also find more reviews on Merlin's Blade on the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Tour by clicking the links below:

Noah Arsenault
Beckie Burnham
Keanan Brand
Jeff Chapman
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books"> Rebecca LuElla Miller

Joan Nienhuis
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Jojo Sutis
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Shane Werlinger
 Nicole White

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