The Great Tree of Avalon (Merlin Series #9) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Long ago, Merlin planted a magical seed that grew into the Great Tree of Avalon. And for centuries, Avalon flourished. But now Avalon reels from brutal attacks, mysterious droughts, and strange evils. And then one night, all the stars in the sky suddenly go dark. Now the fate of Avalon rests with three young people: Tamwyn, a homeless wilderness guide; Elli, an escaped slave turned priestess; and Scree, an eagleman with a secret. One is the true heir of Merlin—the only person who can save Avalon—and one is fated ...
See more details below
The Great Tree of Avalon (Merlin Series #9)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview

Long ago, Merlin planted a magical seed that grew into the Great Tree of Avalon. And for centuries, Avalon flourished. But now Avalon reels from brutal attacks, mysterious droughts, and strange evils. And then one night, all the stars in the sky suddenly go dark. Now the fate of Avalon rests with three young people: Tamwyn, a homeless wilderness guide; Elli, an escaped slave turned priestess; and Scree, an eagleman with a secret. One is the true heir of Merlin—the only person who can save Avalon—and one is fated to destroy it.

Previously published as The Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the Dark Prophecy, book 1 in The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101641781
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/7/2011
  • Series: Merlin Saga Series, #9
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 146,914
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • File size: 914 KB

Meet the Author

T. A. Barron
T.A. Barron is the award-winning author of fantasy novels such as The Lost Years of Merlin epic—soon to be a major motion picture. He serves on a variety of environmental and educational boards including The Nature Conservancy and The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, and is the founder of a national award for heroic children. Following a life-changing decision to leave a successful business career to write full-time in 1990, Barron has written seventeen books, but is happiest when on the mountain trails with his wife, Currie, and their five children.




Read More Show Less

Interviews & Essays

Write Well, Live Fully

An essay for aspiring writers

by T. A. Barron

The wise and wonderful writer, Madeleine L'Engle, once told me: "There are three essential rules for writing a novel." She paused, then added, "Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." That sums up the situation! But after more than twenty years of writing books, I can also add these thoughts: Writing is the most joyous — and also the most agonizing — labor that I know. And it is by far the best way to travel — in our world or any other. Every author has an individual approach to the creative process, and every author's experience is different — except for the essential elements of hard work, inspiration...and magic. Whenever people (of whatever age) ask me about the writing process, I start by telling them how much I still have to learn. This is, after all, a craft — and no matter how much someone knows, there is always more to learn and explore. That's one of my favorite qualities of the writer's craft: The horizon of excellence is ever receding. We can always improve, which means we can always grow as people. Before I give you my best advice on writing ... here is a bit of wisdom from that well-known sage, Snoopy: My own advice to new writers boils down to three words: Observe. Practice. Believe. From: The T. A. Barron Official Website www.tabarron.com Let's look at them one at a time: Observe. Notice the world around you, in deep detail. How do different people speak, with their voices, faces, hands, and posture? How do different types of trees' leaves fall to the ground, each with a singular sort of flight? How do different ideas stir your passions, fears, hopes, and dreams? And don't just notice the surface of things, the sights and sounds that first strike your senses. Go deeper. Ask yourself how something would feel; wonder what is that person's deepest, darkest secret. If you truly observe the world ... it becomes a fruitful source of writing ideas and elements. Then just add a little drop of your imagination, bend the rules of reality, and anything is possible! On top of helping your writing, observing the world closely has one more advantage. And it's a big one. This is a good way to live, to be more wholly alive. Being a writer encourages you to live more fully. Practice. Write every chance you can. Keep a journal. Write poems, whether you prefer haiku poetry, sonnets, or enormous epics. Write letters, plays, short stories, blogs, novels — whatever gets you excited. Writing is hard, full of struggle, and greatly demanding ... but it is also deeply rewarding. And practice makes you better, just as practice makes you more skillful at everything from baking a pie to piloting a spacecraft. A lot of this comes down to discipline. Sometimes the last thing I want to do on a particular day is sit at my desk at home in Colorado and write. I'd rather be playing with my kids, baking bread, or hiking on a mountain trail. But I stay with my writing because I know that's the only way it will ever happen. So … if you can find the discipline to practice, the magic of language will become more present and familiar over time. And your powers as a writer will surely grow. Believe. This is, perhaps, the most challenging part about writing. To succeed, you must truly believe in your story — in each of its characters, in its place, and in its underlying ideas. And then, even more difficult, you must believe in yourself. What can I say to encourage you? Just this: Know that you have valuable things to say, and the skills to say them. Know that your song is unique, that your voice matters. Think of writing as growing a tree. In the soil of your writer's heart, you have an idea—a seed. But it will need plenty of sunlight, air, and nourishing soil to grow. How does this happen? I can only tell you how it works for me, but for every writer the process is different. When I sit down to start a novel, a process that will take between one and three years, I begin with that seed. It helps me to sketch it out, in longhand, just to get to know it better. In time, I will write an outline of its growth, though I'm always aware that outlines are only a beginning, a rough concept. As the seed sprouts into a sapling during the first draft of the manuscript (which, old fashioned that I am, I also write longhand), the outline is abandoned. For by now the tree itself is guiding my work. I believe in it, and listen closely to its inner voice — to its soul. Several more rewrites help me shape the growing tree. I try to develop characters, places (which are much more than merely backdrops to the story, deserving all the depth and subtlety of characters), plot lines, and the story's underlying ideas. When at last I feel satisfied that it is truly formed, I show a manuscript to my editor. Her comments and questions are sometimes not what I'd hoped to hear, but they are always valuable. After all, she is my ally, my fellow gardener. From: The T. A. Barron Official Website www.tabarron.com Now come more rewrites. People often ask me how much rewriting I do. The answer is, quite simply, as much as it takes to get it right. You see, there is no substitute for the integrating and deepening that happens in a thorough rewrite. Quite often, I am also doing research at this stage, to make the story's characters and places feel true. That, indeed, is the ultimate test. Paradoxical as it may sound, good fiction is true on many levels. That's right! Fiction must feel true. On the levels of the senses, the emotions, the intellect, and the soul, a story ought to win the reader's belief. Characters, if well developed, become so real that they can walk right off the page — for both writer and reader. That is true regardless of whether the character is a man, woman, child, tree, mountain, or magical snow crystal. Sometimes I stop writing the story I am crafting and write a brief biographical sketch of one character — just to get to know that character better. How do I know when a character is fully formed? When I can, at last, hear his or her voice. No aspect of a character's description is as revealing as the voice. And then, if that voice is true, the newly-created character will lean over to me and whisper his or her deepest secret. Now, at last, the book is a thriving young tree, though it has yet to bear fruit. I still need to do more revising — but at this point the work is quite delicate, just trimming a few branches. Neuroscience is just beginning to illuminate how our brains work. But we do know this about writing: Connecting with both the left and right halves of the brain is crucial, for the creative process is both rational and metaphorical, logical and mysterious. Finally, the tree stands fully grown. It reaches high and has surprisingly deep roots. Maybe it also holds a wondrous crop of fruit. And perhaps, when the wind whistles through its branches, it brings to mind some secret, half-remembered song. Best wishes from your fellow writer, T.A. Barron

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 56 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(37)

4 Star

(15)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 56 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Book 9? Really?

    This book is actally the first in the triligy, but for some reason it says that it is book 9. But I do not care, because this book is one of my favorite books ever!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 11, 2012

    This book blew my mind! It is truly amazing and I plan on readin

    This book blew my mind! It is truly amazing and I plan on reading it again and again. I read and bought it as a paperback but I plan on buying it as a nook book too so that I can have it with me always. If you like fantasy and adventure, you will love this book, I promise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Inferior to Others in its Genre

    Comparable to other series such as Lord of the Rings and Eragon, but not nearly as good. That being said, it is a fun read with imaginative ideas, and has elements that really do shine. Unfortunately, the series deteriorates as it goes on - the first book is definitely the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 31, 2010

    AWESOME! WOOH!

    Child of the Dark Prophecy is an outstanding book. It is great for its adventure, and it makes you, the reader, think. This book is a fantastic read, and will keep you going until the end of the trilogy! Like all of T.A. Barron's books, this one is very creative. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to indulge themselves in fantasy and adventure! It is pure genius! You'll never find a book like this so go on and don't be afraid to read it! Child of the Dark Prophecy will make you thirsty for the rest of the trilogy, and more T.A. Barron books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    Read this as a child

    I read this book several years ago as a middle schooler. Overall i would say that it is a good story. It falls along the classic fantasy epic series. My only real complaint is that it is an easy read (which isnt my thing). This is a good book for children between 4th-8th grade in my oppinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Is Basil in this book

    Is he, he is my favorite charecter.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Kk

    Akiya swooped in, preening her beautiful barn owl wings. "Hi! Im Akiya, a hatchling that would like to join. Can I?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Coryn Can I Join?

    I am a grayish owl and i would like to be a guardian

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Rhine

    A big grey owl swoops in. Her big amber eyes search the tree. She lands quietly next to soren. " hello im Rhine. May i join your tree. I am very fast and a great hunter. I do still need training though!! Will u train me?"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Faolana

    "You both may join im Faolana one of his advisers please go avertise"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Soren

    Rhine,I only teach with Otulissa, search and rescue chaw. Coryn,You may be a guardian.
    The rest may join!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    I think review 13 forgot to t I think review 13 forgot to read books 1-8 ?.. I think review 13 forgot to read books 1-8...

    They said you didnt know anything about avalon or the root realms.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Terrible

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 3, 2012

    breathtaking!

    this book is truly one of my favorites. the characters are very likeable and fun to read about. this book is extremely absorbing and i couldn't put it down! i cant wait to read the rest in the series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 20, 2010

    This book is awesome!!!

    This book is very thrilling!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    First of three books of great reading ahead

    T. A. Barron wrote a winner with this story about friends and how they got together in this book one of three. The way he wrote it made it easy to follow the story on there mission to save there world from evil and destroy life as they how it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 23, 2009

    A great starter for a trilogy.

    It was thrilling and adventurous.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    "The Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the Dark Prophecy" Review

    "The Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the Dark Prophecy" by T.A. Barron is a very well written and interesting science fiction novel. This novel tells the story of four characters: Scree the eagleman, Tamwyn the human, Briana the elf, and Ellie, the priestess. All of them are on a journey to restore peace in their homeland, Avalon. They must defeat the wizard (who's name is unknown) who is trying to lead Avalon with his evil powers. On their journey they face many different challenges but always find a way to get through them. The four characters learn what true friendship means, how to love and lose, and work together. The positives of this book, is the plot the author put in was suspenseful and full of action that you were able to picture in your head. Another positive was the characters were new, different, and had a mix of personalities. Some negatives of the book was at times, it tended to switch from one character's thoughts, to another character's thoughts and you end up confused and wondering which character you are reading about. Also, the author set up the book as if you were supposed to know all about Avalon, and the different places within it, but you don't. An example is in the beginning the novel states: "Long ago in Fireroot there was a mother and a son..." but you don't know where Fireroot is or what it is. The writing style of the author is a little harder and complex to read. T.A. Barron used third person omniscient narrative which is knowing what all characters are thinking/doing. The author used long, complex sentences that were sometimes hard to understand. However, T.A. Barron used sensory details of smell and touch which made the multiple settings of the book vividly pictured in your mind. Also, the tone of the book seemed more loose and casual making you feel comfortable about the writing. The word choice of the author was longer words that the reader may not have heard of. Other similar novels/short stories are "The Great Tree" by T.A. Barron. It is said to be a "must read" and very interesting. "Number The Stars" by T.A. Barron is the second book of the "Great Tree" series, and is exciting, thrilling, and the characters are even better than the first novel. I recommend "The Great Tree of Avalon" because of the vivid pictures that are painted in your mind when the author talks about the settings and characters. The novel has an interesting twist to it, and is different than many other novels.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Boring

    This book put me to sleep several times.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 56 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)