What can a person do against a mysterious stone that seems to emit an evil power? What can he do when everyone in his small village seems to fall under its spell? What can he do when he is the young, nearly blind, son of a blacksmith? This is where young Merlin finds himself. When druids seek to use the stone as a power source of their old gods, they sway almost the entire village. With just a few who are still faithful to Jesu, they do what they can to drive the druid out, but danger mounts and plans go awry. The High King and his young Arthur are in danger as well. Merlin feels like the weight to save everyone is on him.
The first book in a series, this book is marketed as Teen Fiction, but I think it will intrigue adults as well. There are many themes at play in this book: faith, courage, doubt, good vs. evil. All of this set upon the Arthurian backdrop, which always holds mystery and enchantment, makes for a great read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook for review purposes.
I have long been a fan of Arthurian legend and Christian novels are few and far between for this era.
I've read a few other books that claimed to be Christian but other than being clean stories there was no reason I could see for it to have been classified as Christian fiction. There was no mistake and this author did a great job of weaving Arthurian legend and Christianity into one tale.
About the Story:
Merlin is haunted by somethingâ€”something evil. Once before it haunted his steps and it left him disfigured and mostly blind.
Merlin's stepmother is the daughter of a druidow; the very man who leads a campaign to abolish Christianity and return Britain to the old ways and the old gods. In his possession is a stone which seems to hold a bewitching power over all who gaze upon it. Only Merlin seems immune to the power of the stone.
In this tale, Arthur is just a babe and already his life is in danger. Uther Pendragon is a follower of Christ and he opposes the return of the old ways and the sway that the druidow (and the stone) holds over the people. With his newly forged sword which was forged by Merlin and his father, Uther wages war against the druidow.
With traitors in their midst it lays on Arthur's shoulders to destroy the stone and protect the High King and his family. His father has newly returned to the faith of his youth and restored his relationship with Christ. He, along with a few other villagers who have not bowed their knee to the old religion stands with Merlin and together they devise a plan to free the captive priests and destroy the stone.
This book was so well researched and beautifully written. You can tell the author paid great attention to detail and also to lore. I look forward to book two, Merlin's Shadow which I'm picking up just as soon as it arrives in the mail!
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After meteorite falls it leave an enchanted stone behind that ensnares any who look upon it's blue flames!The Druids plan to use the power of the rock to overthrow King Uther's kingdom and take back Britain for their wicked practices! The stone must be destroyed but the only person it doesn't effect is Merlin,a blind son of a blacksmith!
Merlin must get over his inabilities and help his village but that's not his only concern he also has sworn to serve King Uther and his son Arthur! Merlin begins to despair with all the responsibilities but he must fulfill his designated task blind or no !
This was a beautifully written book and an amazing story! I can't wait to read Merlin's Shadow!
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. 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 ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?
This was a great book. I was a little nervous about it from the start as it is considered juvenile fiction. But it was very well written and engaging, and I thought the story was a really creative spin off the traditional King Arthur stories. I would recommend this book for 12 years and up, not that there was any objectionable content, but with over 400 pages it may not hold the interest of younger ones. And the cover! Wow, the cover is like ten stars on a scale of one to ten! I am so excited to read book two!
I received a free copy of this book through booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.