Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1   -     By: Robert Treskillard
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Merlin's Blade, Merlin Spiral Series #1

Zondervan / 2013 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310735076
ISBN-13: 9780310735076
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-16
Series: Merlin Spiral

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Robert Treskillard has been crafting stories from his early youth, and is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith.  He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country near St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Editorial 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

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good Arthurian fantasy
    April 20, 2014
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  2. North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Christian fiction set in the Arthurian era
    February 13, 2014
    A Simply Enchanted Life
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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 something—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!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Nc
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This was a great book
    January 11, 2014
    Annie
    Nc
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Really good book!
    January 11, 2014
    Birdie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    FANTASTIC!!!
    January 9, 2014
    Theresa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Robert Treskillard
Located in: St. Louis, MO
Submitted: March 29, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a native Minnesotan transplanted to St. Louis, MO ... and I don't miss the snow-shoveling or mosquitoes! I've been crafting stories from my early youth, but didn't start writing a novel until I was almost 40. I'm a software developer, graphic designer, celtic enthusiast, and have a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, MN.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When my son was young, he wanted to learn blacksmithing and bladesmithing, so we set out to learn the crafts. In the process, my sister informed me that we were descended from a blacksmith who lived in Cornwall, England. This lit a fire in my imagination that welded together my Celtic research and my love for the legends of King Arthur, and a book was forged—Merlin's Blade, book one of The Merlin Spiral, coming April 2013 from Zondervan.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  There are many themes in Merlin's Blade, and in the entire trilogy, but one thing I want the reader to walk away with is a boldness to deal with the problems that they confront—even in the midst of weakness—in the same that Merlin must despite his near-blindness.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  To write a novel like Merlin's Blade, with such tragedy and triumph, I found myself walking alongside the characters in a way that I didn't expect, pouring my soul into them. I rejoiced with their victories, and wept with their sorrows, and I was a different person for having written it.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Frank Peretti's thrilling novels were my first inspiration to write, and then Stephen Lawhead's historical fantasies opened my eyes to what can be done in that genre. If reader's find that my novels contain even a hint of the craft and mastery that those authors have, I'll be more than satisfied.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My website for the novels will have a contest were you can win your own Excalibur made by the author!

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