Guardian of the Freedom (Merlin's Descendents Series #5)

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"Merlin's Descendants, Irene Radford's historical fantasy series, has taken us from the legendary time of Merlin and King Arthur forward through Great Britain's history. Now, with Guardian of the Freedom, we reach a very divisive age for both the British Empire and the Kirkwood family, the descendants of Merlin and Arthur in the Pendragon line. King George III has recently taken the throne, and, unlike some of his royal predecessors, he seems only too willing to cut himself off from the counsel and magical protection of the current Pendragon,
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"Merlin's Descendants, Irene Radford's historical fantasy series, has taken us from the legendary time of Merlin and King Arthur forward through Great Britain's history. Now, with Guardian of the Freedom, we reach a very divisive age for both the British Empire and the Kirkwood family, the descendants of Merlin and Arthur in the Pendragon line. King George III has recently taken the throne, and, unlike some of his royal predecessors, he seems only too willing to cut himself off from the counsel and magical protection of the current Pendragon, Drake Kirkwood, the Earl of Kirkenwood." "Drake, suffering from ill health which is not entirely natural, has slowly allowed others in the Pendragon Society - the secret circle of magic practitioners dedicated to the protection and preservation of Great Britain - to play a greater role in government than they should. His rebellious sister Georgina has long been absent from England, off fighting in foreign wars in a disguise that allows her entree to places and events no woman would normally see. With Georgina away, Drake has come to depend, perhaps far too much, on a distant cousin, Dr. Milton Marlowe, a prominent member of the Pendragon Society." "But suddenly situations both at home and abroad have begun to escalate to crisis proportions. Georgina, badly injured in the war, returns home at last. When she finds, to her horror, that Drake seems to be on the brink of death, she knows she can no longer shirk her responsibilities nor deny her magical heritage." Yet circumstances may well prevent Georgie from being there when Drake and the family need her most. Sent to the American colonies on a secret mission, Georgie soon finds herself entangled with some of the key leaders of what will become the American Revolution. Torn by conflicting loyalties, and faced with an enemy who has once again opened a way for the Demon of Chaos to wreak havoc in both the Old World and the New, she will be hard put to help Drake and the family
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Set in the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War, Radford's swashbuckling fifth book in her Merlin's Descendants series (after 2003's Guardian of the Promise) focuses on Georgina Georgie Kirkwood, newly appointed Knight of the Inner Circle of the Pendragon Society. Georgie serves as a counselor to her brother, Drake, who's the Pendragon (master magician) of England. Being a rebellious and free-spirited woman, Georgie chafes at the restrictions placed on females, so she disguises herself as a misbegotten, mercenary son of an earl and runs off to the Austro-Hungarian border, where she joins the battle against the invading Turks and is sorely wounded. Seven years later, she returns home to find her family being harried by some mysterious person who's trying to take over the society and kill Drake. Finally, blackmailed and forced to leave England, Georgie becomes a spy against the rebellious colonists in America. The smooth blend of historical fantasy, magic and audacious swordsmanship makes for an absorbing and fun read. (Apr. 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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When George III takes the throne of England, he disdains advice from the sickly Drake Kirkwood, who as head of the ancient Pendragon society has pledged himself to the defense and protection of Britain. Meanwhile in the American Colonies, Drake's sister, Georgina, a mercenary soldier and family rebel, finds herself faced with difficult choices that might put in jeopardy the Pendragon line and cede control of Britain to the forces of Chaos. The latest entry in Radford's historical fantasy epic following Merlins' heirs through the ages presents a resilient heroine and an intriguing period in both English and American history. Readers who like their historical fantasy with a tinge of feminist philosophy should enjoy this well-told adventure. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756401788
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Merlin's Descendants Series , #5
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.

Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    The Kirkwood Family have been powerful Pendragon Master Magician

    The Kirkwood Family have been powerful Pendragon Master Magicians for generations since the time of King Arthur. They have upheld these traditions and been powerful allies of British Monarchy yet the current King does not want anything to do with the Pendragon legacy or it's members. The Earl of Kirkenwood, Drake Kirkwood, the current Pendragon has fallen out of favor with His Majesty, King George III and his current policies here in England and in the American Colonies. Drake's sister, Georgina or Georgie as she is called wants nothing to do with ladies things and manners. She wants to continue learning swordsmanship and strategy which leaves her with no desire to be married off either by her brother's wife scheming. Georgie runs away from home to escape the marriage plans and her other responsibilities as a Knight in the Pendragon Society as well.
    Georgie creates a new identity for herself as Major Georgie Kirkwood in a mercenary company fighting along side Major Roderick Whythe and Prince Heinrich der Reusse. Georgie is disguised as a man to protect her identity and she has also become apart of the Freemason Society which holds her oaths just as tightly as does her Pendragon Society oaths. Georgie is seriously injured on the battlefield and is forced to reveal that she is a woman to Steady Roddie Whythe but she makes him swear a Freemason Oath to guard her secret. Steady Roddie reluctantly does as Georgie asks despite his misgivings about it. Georgie returns home to Kirkenwood in much disgrace in her brother's eyes and is healed of her most grievous injuries despite what the Wood Witch did for her. Drake along with Georgie's help heal her injuries to make her good as new. Georgie becomes reaquainted with her nieces especially Emily who helped Georgie escape seven years ago from a doomed marriage match. Before Georgie can become settled into life at Kirkenwood, she is asked by Lord Sackville to become spy for His Majesty under threat revealing her part in assassination of the King of Poland if she does not cooperate. Georgie has no choice but to agree and become a governess to three children in Virginia. Drake concocts a story that Georgie is a widowed lady thrown out of her home by her late husband's son with only the clothes on her back and no money to speak of.
    Meanwhile Dr. Milton Marlowe, cousin to Drake and Georgie, seeks to help his dead son Neville back his body. His other son, Major Barclay Marlowe has been asked to marry his cousin Emily to secure that Barclay gets a male on heir on her before her mother Lady Emma gives birth.
    Georgie gets caught up in a web of mystery and subtle lies meant to keep her from learning what she was sent to the Colonies for by her employer. She soon discovers that she is unhappy with her employer and seeks to end her employment. She becomes a barmaid in Williamsburg and learns far more than she ever did with her previous employment as governess. She meets up with Major Roderick Whythe again pleased to see him yet wonders about her attraction to him. Her cousin Barclay is also in Williamsburg and up to no good. What is Barclay up to? Will Georgie admit her attraction to Major Whythe? Will Georgie learn what she's meant too? Will Lady Emma produce a male heir? What will Emily do for magical training? Will Cousin Milton restore his son to his body? Will King George III allow Drake a place in his court? Your answers await you in Guardian of the Freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    Not her best work...

    I was a bit disappointed with this book. I loved all of the earlier books in the series, but this one didn't thrill me. Past of what I loved so much in the other books was all of the English history, interwoven with the kings and queens. The English king hardly is in the story at all, and the main setting is the American colonies! Not poorly written, but not as exciting. Hopefully the next books will return to England.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating and riveting fantasy

    Since the time of Merlin, the Pendragons have been charged with keeping Britain safe from her enemies. Drake Pendragon is the present head of the family and the society of magical practitioners; however King George III, unfamiliar with the British heritage, does not believe in the power of the Pendragon. Drake¿s sister Georgina, unwilling to stay a helpless female, runs away and hires herself as a mercenary to England¿s enemies. --- Her brother suffers from ill health and relies on his distant cousin Dr. Millen Marlowe who has the ear of the king. Marlowe wants to bring his eldest who was killed in the colonies back to life but to do that he must enter the archives that are heavily guarded by wards. Another son Barclay, a soldier in King George¿s army in the New World, has summoned a demon to cause chaos; when the time is right, he will grab he power his father covets. Georgina fights for the rights of the people who choke under English rule while across the sea; her cousin Emily does her best to keep Marlowe and his minions in check. A magical battle looms and if the forces of good lose, England will dissolve into chaos. --- The fifth book in Merlin¿s Descendants retains the freshness and excitement as the previous books contained. Georgina would be more at home in the twenty-first century with her ideas of women¿s rights but her love for the mortal Major Roderick Whythe keeps her grounded and happy and he is wise enough to give her the freedom she needs. Irene Radford uses actual historical events and intertwines then with the Pendragon magic to create a fascinating and riveting tale.--- Harriet Klausner

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