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  1. Merlin's Blade - eBookeBOOK
    Merlin's Blade - eBook
    Robert Treskillard
    Blink / 2013 / ePub
    $5.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 19 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    FANTASTIC!!!
    January 9, 2014
    Theresa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1.
    I love a good Arthurian tale and have read many in the past. I haven't decided if it's the magic or the story line that centers around Arthur an/or Merlin, but I just know that when I see a book that involves these characters, I MUST read it!

    I was thrilled to have the chance to read "Merlin's Blade". It's a fantastic story that centers around an almost blind Merlin and has quite a different take on the Arthurian tale. With fascinating characters, a captivating story, and a different religious focus, this story held a twist I was not expecting.

    Robert Treskillard created a refreshing tale that kept me up long past bedtime and reading more than I should during the day. Although created for the young adult audience, I know that without a doubt that this novel (and series) will be welcomed and embraced by all ages! The only thing I really disliked about this series is having to wait to get my hands on the next book.

    Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy as soon as possible! Highly recommended!!!!

    I received this book through the Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.
  2. Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    most teens will enjoy it
    January 7, 2014
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1.
    There appears to be a great deal of interest in the Arthurian legends generally, and Merlin specifically, among modern writers of youth fiction including those that would be considered Christian. I have not read the five-book Merlin series by Thomas A. Barron nor the six-book Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, but both are reputed to be good. In Merlin's Blade, the first of the projected Merlin Spiral trilogy, author and Celtic enthusiast Robert Treskillar, a software developer and graphic artist who exhibited and I think even spoke at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo last year, gives his take on the life of Merlin, and it is a distinctly Christian one that portrays the conflict between paganism and Christianity in fifth century Britain. When the book opens, Merlin is a fifteen-year old young man who is partially blind due to a wolf attack.

    Merlin's parents were Christians, but after his mother Gwevian drowned when he was but a child, his father Oswain, a swordsmith, married Monda, the daughter of a Druid arch priest, and turned away from Christ. However, under the tutelage of local monks, Merlin has become a believer. The Druids, led by Oswain's father-in-law Morganthu, return to Merlin's home village of Bosventor with a mysterious meteor stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow. They hope to use it to destroy the high King Uthur who supports Christianity. Merlin, who seems immune to the stone, offers fealty to Uthur and his heir Arthur. When 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 how can he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil, all without losing his own life?

    In the book, Merlin is pictured more as an up and coming prophet-bard than a magical "wizard." There are some references to drinking mead and wine and one instance of a euphemism ("drat" which literally means "God rot"), but nothing with any major objections occurs. Of course, a lot of fighting and killing happen, so this might not be a good book for younger or rather sensitive children, and the length of the chapters and nature of the plot may not be the best for reluctant readers. However, most teenagers will likely enjoy the story, especially those interested in Merlin and Arthur. Treskillard and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. Book 2, Merlin's Shadow, in which Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king, so along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, he treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain Vortigern, was released in the fall of 2013. Book 3, Merlin's Nightmare, will be available in the spring of 2014.
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 18, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 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?

    Book includes location map and detailed character index.

    My Review:

    For me, book covers are not a heavy influence on whether I pick up a book or not. If a cover is awesome, I will want to read it, but if a cover scares the living lights out of me, I tend to avoid it, if possible. This novel has such a cover. My first thought was "what in the world am I looking at?" I took it for an animal of some sort, and I almost skipped the novel. Bring geared towards the younger reading set, I didn't know if I would enjoy and appreciate the story. While I enjoyed it after all, I there were a few things worth mentioning...

    While there are a lot of exciting things going on in the story, I don't know that I would recommend it to the younger readers it was meant for. There is an enchanted demonic stone that makes trouble for everyone, and while God is thrown in there for good measure (called Jesu in the book) it really seems that evil is stronger than good. There are more books coming in the series, so I'm not overly worried that such will ultimately be the case. But it was depressing to see the constant prayer and no results.

    This story is filled with demonic worship, friendship, faith, betrayal, spiritual vision, loyalty, and forgiveness. A lot of things are covered in this novel that make you think twice about the traditional legend we all know a little bit about, and Treskillard brings new life into a story that has been retold countless times. Overall, it was an thrilling read, but if your children have nightmares and rather tender hearted, give it a few years before you hand them this book. Some graphic scenes were included, so definitely hold off if you've got squeamish ones.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1.
    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 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?

    Book includes location map and detailed character index.

    My Review:

    For me, book covers are not a heavy influence on whether I pick up a book or not. If a cover is awesome, I will want to read it, but if a cover scares the living lights out of me, I tend to avoid it, if possible. This novel has such a cover. My first thought was "what in the world am I looking at?" I took it for an animal of some sort, and I almost skipped the novel. Bring geared towards the younger reading set, I didn't know if I would enjoy and appreciate the story. While I enjoyed it after all, I there were a few things worth mentioning...

    While there are a lot of exciting things going on in the story, I don't know that I would recommend it to the younger readers it was meant for. There is an enchanted demonic stone that makes trouble for everyone, and while God is thrown in there for good measure (called Jesu in the book) it really seems that evil is stronger than good. There are more books coming in the series, so I'm not overly worried that such will ultimately be the case. But it was depressing to see the constant prayer and no results.

    This story is filled with demonic worship, friendship, faith, betrayal, spiritual vision, loyalty, and forgiveness. A lot of things are covered in this novel that make you think twice about the traditional legend we all know a little bit about, and Treskillard brings new life into a story that has been retold countless times. Overall, it was an thrilling read, but if your children have nightmares and rather tender hearted, give it a few years before you hand them this book. Some graphic scenes were included, so definitely hold off if you've got squeamish ones.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Epic!
    November 11, 2013
    Jael
    TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1.
    One word. EPIC.

    Where do I even begin?

    When I first heard about Merlin's Blade, the cover caught my eye. I started seeing it pop up all over cyberspace, and friends were raving about it. I added it to my to-read list. When the author offered a handful of copies for a read and share contest, I jumped at the chance.

    Merlin. Just the name conjures up quite a lot of images. For me, he has been mostly connected to King Arthur. A second hand man, a supporting character. But not in this book. Most of us have some familiarity with the Arthurian legends, stories, movies, so going into a book like this, I'm looking for that connection of familiarity. And this is the first time I've read about the young Merlin, before Arthur was King, before he was even old enough to crawl.

    Merlin is a shy, half-blind boy of a swordsmith. He seems like a normal boy with a crush on a girl, trying to do what's right, and helping out the abbey and its priests. But he isn't, and we are left wondering the mystery surrounding him. Why him? Why did the wolves hunt him? Why did he receive the visions? Why was he given the special torc? But his integrity and personality drew me to him. True chivalry. He remained steadfast, despite his weaknesses, his blindness, and all the circumstances, obstacles that stood against him. I love stories that strengthen my resolve to be a better person.

    The story, the setting, just came to life. I felt like I stepped back in time to fifth century Britain. It is a time of political upheaval and religious clashes between Christians and the druids. Even with the grounded, historical feel, there's just enough of the fantastical to whet the appetite of fantasy lovers. The power of the stone, the visions Merlin has, the druids' magic, the miracles of God. Everything is shrouded in mystery, and as Merlin learns, we learn. I look to the subsequent novels to reveal it and answer the questions remaining at the end of this book, especially the ones surrounding Merlin.

    With a big cast, I sometimes had a hard time remembering who was who at the beginning, but it didn't' hinder my enjoyment. There were several different point of views, and as the action picked up, we switched between them quicker, building the tension. As a reader, I could see what the characters could not, and I could only watch helplessly as the characters made choices and marched off in a direction we know will end badly.

    This book has the makings of epic. The layers, subplots, a grand cast of characters, and a map. Politics, religion, kings, bards, and peasants. The poetry, songs, history, visions, and prophecies. It's all there. Oh, and did I mention the secret code??? Awesome!

    I'm having a hard time describing how much I liked this book without giving away too much information. It is a story to make you think "What if?" A re-envisioning of Merlin and what that might mean for the future King Arthur, and what these stories will bring to the Arthurian legends.

    I'm ready to dive into book two! Highly recommended!
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