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Merlin's Harp

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Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Nivienne never imagined she'd live in the human world. When Merlin comes to Avalon bringing word of a Saxon invasion and threat of peace to their land, she agrees to journey into the human world. After all, with her child gone missing and her heart torn away from her bo...
Nivienne never imagined she'd live in the human world. When Merlin comes to Avalon bringing word of a Saxon invasion and threat of peace to their land, she agrees to journey into the human world. After all, with her child gone missing and her heart torn away from her body, she has nothing left in either world.

Once at King Arthur's court, she recognizes the Queen as the woman who became lost and wondered into Avalon one day. Her brother, Lugh, led the Queen away from the island, never to return. Everyone in the human world calls him Lancelot. She recognizes the King as the father of her lost child. She never saw him again after their one night together.

In this new world, she helps Merlin. However, after many years, they recognize two new threats to the kingdom - the love affair between Lancelot and Gwenevere. Belong long, they realize something must be done, but the second threat lingers in the air, waiting, watching for the lovers to destroy themselves and, in turn, the kingdom. Mordred makes his interest in the lovers known. Will he start a revolution that no one can stop?

MERLIN'S HARP recounts the legend of King Arthur from the Fey Nivienne's perspective in a beautifully poetic voice.

posted by TeensReadToo on June 14, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good Attempt But A Poor Result

I tried really hard to like Merlin's Harp. I was lured into buying it by its exquisite cover but readers be warned: the cover is a lot better than the writing within. Merlin's Harp does have good figurative language -sometimes bordering more on poetry than prose- and a ...
I tried really hard to like Merlin's Harp. I was lured into buying it by its exquisite cover but readers be warned: the cover is a lot better than the writing within. Merlin's Harp does have good figurative language -sometimes bordering more on poetry than prose- and a potentially interesting concept going for it, but ultimately the book falls flat.

The story is narrated by Nivienne, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Nivienne is a Fey mage, apprentice to the wizard Merlin. She is a powerful practicer of magic and disdainful of all humans. But Nivienne's life is inextricably linked to the life of the human king Arthur. All the characters seemed flat and undeveloped. Even Nivienne, who tells the story, narrates in a way that distances her from the reader and actually tells us very little about what she's like.

The first half of the book meanders and is plotless; the second half picks up a bit but has a very weak climax. There are some plot twists that add some flair to the story and Anne Eliot Crompton definitely has a way with words. Merlin's Harp as a whole fails to satisy the reader with its plot and its characters. I'd reccomend not wasting your money on this one.

posted by dholland08 on April 27, 2010

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Boring...

    I'm so bored with this book I can't even finish it. It does not live up to the description for me. I was expecting something different. I don't like the main character or the writing. Just not the book for me.

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