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Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
Series: Merlin Spiral
A Cast of Stones, The Staff and the Sword Series #1Patrick W. CarrBethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 40 Reviews
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Merlins 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 glowa power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthurs kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmiths 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 hes 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.
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.
eagleswingsSoutheast PAAge: 45-544 Stars Out Of 5Arthurian fans, it is all here.March 1, 2015eagleswingsSoutheast PAAge: 45-54Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What fun it was to read this spiral and find so many familiar cast members. The rivalry between Uther, and Gorlas; the Lady in the Lake, the sword and more. Yet this telling takes a different twist from the others. In my excitement to discover the adventure, I felt the beginning was a bit laborious as the author lays out the setting, builds the character relationships and develops the plot and conflict. But once the adventure begins, hang on for the ride! You will cheer, cry, gasp, and root for Merlin and his friends as they battle their own fears and weaknesses to free the village from evil. I loved the way Treskillard portrayed Merlin as a Christian and dealt with the druids. Be sure to follow through with the rest of the spiral series as Merlin matures and Arthur claims his destiny. Treskillard's story telling only gets better.
SheriffMAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good AdventureFebruary 8, 2015SheriffMAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book has a lot of adventourous aspects to it. Gives a lot of details about places and characters as well.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good Arthurian fantasyApril 20, 2014JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4What 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.
A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Christian fiction set in the Arthurian eraFebruary 13, 2014A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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 somethingÃ¢â¬âsomething 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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AnnieNcAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This was a great bookJanuary 11, 2014AnnieNcAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After 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!
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 forgedMerlin'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 confronteven in the midst of weaknessin 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!