The Raging Fires (Merlin Saga Series #3)

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Wings of Fire, the sleeping dragon, has awakened, threatening to loose his terrible wrath on all of Fincayra. Only young Merlin, grandson of the great wizard Tuatha, can stop him, though the price may well be the young wizard's life. But before he can face the dragon's fires, Merlin must endure fires of other kinds—including those within himself. He must face the evil, batlike kreelixes who exist only to destroy magic; the mysterious Wheel of Wye; and the sorceress Urnalda, who holds the treasured Galator. Most ...
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Overview

Wings of Fire, the sleeping dragon, has awakened, threatening to loose his terrible wrath on all of Fincayra. Only young Merlin, grandson of the great wizard Tuatha, can stop him, though the price may well be the young wizard's life. But before he can face the dragon's fires, Merlin must endure fires of other kinds—including those within himself. He must face the evil, batlike kreelixes who exist only to destroy magic; the mysterious Wheel of Wye; and the sorceress Urnalda, who holds the treasured Galator. Most challenging, young Merlin must discover not the power but the source of his own magic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142419212
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Series: Merlin Saga Series , #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 78,413
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    This is kind of akward.

    This is kind of akward. Being the first to write a review. Anyways, i love this series so much. I am going to california soon and i need a book or two to read on the long plane ride. If you are a fan of harry potter, adventure, magic, and danger, this series is the series for you. The first book starts with a boy and his mother landing on a island. They find a village and settle down. While the boy doesnt know anything about his past, his mother does. That was kind of a bad prolouge summery but whp cares!! Just read the book to find out a better summery.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Love this series!

    This is a great book and saga

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    The best series known to man - Mark

    My mom had to force me to put this down!!!!!! I almost lost my nook because of this!!!!! Onto the fourth book, The Mirror Of Fate!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    The Merlin Series

    I've read the first two books each in a day. The storyline sucks you in and you don't know what will come next.SPOILER ALERT rhea is merlins sister and the evil king is his father(forgot the evil kings name from the second book).The suprises are so big i kept on reading twice.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    LOVE THE SEIRES!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Youre not the only

    This book is amazing. Good summAry.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    OMG

    This book rocks... I tend to sleep while reading a book, but once I opened this book, I just could not take my eyes off of it. It is a great book and I recommend that children who love fantasy to read this adventerous. And if you do like this book I also recommend you to read The Great Tree Avalon which is another series that TA Barron has written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Very good book

    This is a great book, because it has mythical creatures, characteristics. You have to use your imagination to get pulled into the depths of the book. It makes you want to keep reading even if you dont like to read. I would recommend that you start with the first book of the series, I started with this book and I understood what was going on. But if you dont like the first book then continue reading and go to the next book, because every book gets better. If you are a person that likes 'Drama' then this is not the book for you. This book has very little or no 'Drama' at all. This book could work for men and women, depending on the person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Wow! Exhilerating! Adventerous!

    I thouroughly enjoyed this exciting installation to the Merlin Series. It was jam-packed with metaphoric symbolism, and I loved how the author related the motif of 'fire' to the trials and triumphs one must surmount in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Luv It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is an awesome book. If you loved Harry Potter, don't miss this book! In it, Merlin fights a dragon, magic sucking birds, saves a baby dragon, and still manages to find a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    THE BEST SERIES IN THE WORLD #1 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    In this Science Fiction/Adventure book Merlin ventures through trough the Haunted marsh and meets king aurthor in his younger form the finds a mirror that takes him to a place with a future figure of himself there. In Short this is another of T.A.Barron's masterpieces. Ive read all five, and you wont understand this until you have read The fires of Merlin, and The Seven Songs of merlin. AND HARRY POTTER IS HOG WASH COMPARED TO THIS FANTASTIC BOOK. This is true litterature

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2002

    Merlin

    This book is amazing! I loved it! Once I had gotten started I couldn't stop! It was somthing that you just cant stop thinking about! I have told everyone I know how amazing it is! Now I'm telling you that this is a book worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    The Fires of Merlin

    This book is a really good book if you like magicians and Harry Potter. Its about a guy named Merlin and then in the middle of the book he goes and has to fight a dragon who is allot stronger than him and has allot of powers. So if you like magic and sorcery you will love The Fires of Merlin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    One of my all time favorits!

    I recomend this book to anyone who injoys fantiscy novels. It is about Merlin the great's child hood and contains unforgetible charectors. My all time favorit charector in the first two books was the dragon. He is so cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    I can't put it down for a minute!

    These books are more interesting than HARRY POTTER!!!!! If you didn't read any of the Lost Years of Merlin books yet, you should!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2001

    Great book

    Very good book couldn't put it down. Its better than the Harry Potter Series.Excelent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    'Mystical'

    This book really made you think about the past, present, and future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    The Fires of Merlin is awesome

    The Fires of Merlin is a great book and shows that people aren't always who they seem to be. Especcialy people who seem to be your friends. I thought this book was great, you should buy the book to read about the fight against Valderag. You will probaly be amazed at the outcome of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Amazing

    This semi-short novel is excellent. It combines magic, truth, tradgedy, and reality all in one. T.A. Barron is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    I Luv This Series!

    You can't put down this book! I like this series better than Harry Potter. It would be great for someone who has finished the Harry Potter series and wants to keep reading about a wizard who goes on many adventures with colorful characters!

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