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Merlin (Pendragon Cycle Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    Merlin...A Must Read

    If you read the book Merlin by Stephen Lawhead, you¿ll have to throw out the long white beard and pointed hat. Merlin is a historical fiction/fantasy with the classic good verses evil theme intertwined with famous British folklore. Merlin is the second book of the Pendragon Cycle. The three books in this series deal with the lives of Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur. Merlin is the story of his life before Arthur came along. He was the son of an Atlantean princess and famous bard. Ever since his birth he was destined to become a king. As he grew he discovered he had special abilities and was a great soldier and warrior. Everything was going as good and normal as they could go somebody like Merlin. He had just married and perfectly happy until unexpected disaster changed his life forever. He realizes then it is his destiny to find the king that will unite Britain. Merlin is a very interesting and accurate story of this mysterious bard. It let me on to the not well-known little facts about the myth. The Lawhead wrote it made it very entertaining and it keeps you wondering what will happen next. Merlin makes much more interested in the folklore and myths about Merlin, Arthur, Excalibur, and other early British myths. The story is told through the eyes of Merlin which lets the reader get deep into the character and know what he is exactly thinking. One thing in the book I didn¿t enjoy was the way Lawhead would skip ahead in the story. That has the tendency to confuse the reader sometimes. I suggest reading the first book in the Pendragon Series, Taliesin, before Merlin. You get much more from Merlin if you read Taliesin first. You still could follow the story, but it would be more entertaining and fun if Taliesin came before Merlin. It takes a great deal of work to put all the pieces and rumors of Merlin¿s story and make an excellent story about his life. Stephen Lawhead did a stupendous job with his version.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    one of the best

    This book made me squeal with delight and cry when merlin explains his hardships. some of his actions showed much wisdom they were inspiring. Merlin has truly touched my heart. They day i started reading it i stayed up til 2 in the morning. I was just so captured by the flow of events and the wave of powerful words. in one day i had finished half of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

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    I truly enjoy this series! This second book in the series is all

    I truly enjoy this series! This second book in the series is all about the wizard Merlin, who he was, how he became who he became, and how he brought about the greatest king that the Britains have ever had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Evelyn

    Sits there and watches.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Best read in the last 5 year!

    If you love history, driuds, fantasy and adventure this book is for you. The author delivers splender, history and fantasy. I love this writer. I have some much respect for his style and his obvious dedication to learning the history behind the tale. Fantastic book, Lawhead will be my favorite author for a long time to come. This emotional retelling of an old tale breathes life back into the fantastic history behind Merlin and King Arthur.

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    Posted January 31, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

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    Cant post in camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Re-reading

    Through this last winter, I've been re-reading the pendragon cycle. STILL AWSOME!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Truely worth the reading!

    I read this book when I was in 7th grade and then again (quite a few years later) this past year. I have never yet found another book that surpasses this in any way. The way that Mr. Lawhead weaves the legend, the history, the fantasy, and his own origonal writing into one breathtaking saga is beyond me. I must warn you though, if you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it up. Throughout the book you may want to keep a box of tissues on hand because it is a definate heart-wrencher. If you are in any way interested in celtic history or legend, you have to read not only this book, but the others written by Mr. Lawhead. This series gave me a love for all things celtic and instilled in me a desire for good, solid literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    Much More than a Magician

    A wonderful, exciting, and saddening tale, Merlin is by far one of the best books I've ever read. Born of a princess from the lost continent of Atlantis, and fathered by the bard Taliesin, Merlin rises above the evil around him. I was surprised at the Christianity that surrounded his figure. I enjoyed reading all that much more because he's not just another white bearded old sorcerer. Much of this book plays with earlier myth's, even from Malory's book. The 'magic' that Merlin worked in his day turns out to be a bunch of hoopla, and human error. Its funny though because Merlin's reputation is only amplified by it, frightening those that don't know him for the kind and wise soul that he is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2000

    wonderfully written

    I really enjoyed this book. The author has a superb writing style and does an excellent job telling the story of a time before Author and all of the trials given to Merlin to overcome.

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