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The Lost Years (Merlin Saga Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

If You Like Harry Potter, You Will Like The Lost Years of Merlin

This book is astonishing! At first, when my mom brought it home from the library, I was sceptical. I did not think it would be any good. 'O boy,' I thought, 'another dumb fantasy book.' But one day when I was bored, I cracked it open and started reading. The beginnig...
This book is astonishing! At first, when my mom brought it home from the library, I was sceptical. I did not think it would be any good. 'O boy,' I thought, 'another dumb fantasy book.' But one day when I was bored, I cracked it open and started reading. The beginnig confused me and I wanted to put it down. But I was really bored so I kept reading. It got so good, I didnt look up for almost 2 hours. The end mad me cry. It's not really sad, but it is meaningful. Read it!!!!!!! i would give it 10 stars if I could!

posted by Anonymous on April 10, 2004

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Yeah!!!

A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is-to learn the truth about his mysterious powers-that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is...
A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is-to learn the truth about his mysterious powers-that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land an his personal quest are strangely entwined.
Take a perilous journey with Emrys to find out about his past. Anybody who is a fan of dangerous adventure novels will highly enjoy this book!

posted by I_AM_A_DOWNWORLDER on May 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Sub-par at best.  The writing and dialogue were affected. No 12-

    Sub-par at best. 
    The writing and dialogue were affected. No 12-year-old, even one in a far-away-and-long-ago fantasy world talks like Emrys (and no one should either). Emrys himself is a naturally unlikeable character -- arrogant and ungrateful. As other reviewers said, the plot was lacking, and the story overall was highly derivative. T. A. Barron's Cauldron of Death seemed a virtual carbon copy of Lloyd Alexander's Black Cauldron (both can only be destroyed if someone willingly walks into it); the same could be said about Barron's deathless ghouliants and Alexander's undead Cauldron-born; and Emrys' negotiation with an old hag about the magical pendant Galator is very similar to "The Black Cauldron" protagonist's negotiation with three old hags about a magical brooch.
    f you like fantasy novels, read Lloyd Alexander's "The Black Cauldron" (or The Chronicles of Prydain) instead. It's a much better story, with more realistic (that is, believable) characters and dialogue, and a more exciting plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

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    For me, this was below average. Plot was simplistic and lacking.

    For me, this was below average. Plot was simplistic and lacking. Characters behavior a bit vacant, devoid of intelligence much of the time. Nothing meaningful, or life changing about it. Had to force myself to finish it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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