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Heirs to a legacy of ancient magic, the twins Griffin and Donovan Kirkwood have become embroiled in the political and religious conflicts of Elizabethan England. But there are darker forces threatening not only the Kirkwoods but the Queen as well. For a witch descended from Nimue has unleashed a terrifying force: the Demon of Chaos...
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Heirs to a legacy of ancient magic, the twins Griffin and Donovan Kirkwood have become embroiled in the political and religious conflicts of Elizabethan England. But there are darker forces threatening not only the Kirkwoods but the Queen as well. For a witch descended from Nimue has unleashed a terrifying force: the Demon of Chaos...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Merlin mystique and the fascinating rivalry of Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots, underpins this entertaining blend of fantasy and history, which invites comparison with Mary Stewart and Marion Zimmer Bradley. In this third installment (after Guardian of the Balance and Guardian of the Trust), telepathically linked twins Griffin and Donovan Kirkwood are the stars, but the other main character, Roanna, a witch who suffers at the hand of the twins early in the story, steals the show. It is Roanna's summoning of Tryblith, the Demon of Chaos, for revenge against the barons of Kirkenwood that really sets the pace. Griffin refuses to accept the title of Pendragon with its inherited magical powers, instead choosing the priesthood. His gentle pacifist ways are at odds with those warlike fanatics who would claim absolute power in the name of religion. Acting as Tryblith's host, Roanna sows seeds of destruction amid various royal courts. Meanwhile Donovan tries to stir up his latent magical talents as Griffin searches his soul for salvation. The battle for good over evil is a common theme in fantasy, but Radford's comfortable command of history keeps this one from becoming boring. Familiarity with the first two books isn't essential thanks to a helpful list of characters at the start. Agent, Carol McCleary. (May 8) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Twins Griffin and Donovan Kirkwood bear the blood of the Pendragon and have the duty to preserve the line of King Arthur. When Griffin renounces his heritage and takes holy orders, his brother Donovan must learn to draw forth the magic he needs to claim his birthright. Set in Elizabethan England, Radford's latest historical fantasy continues the tale begun in Guardian of the Balance and Guardian of the Trust and displays the author's meticulous research as well as her gift for graceful storytelling. A good addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Guardian Of The Vision is the third novel of Merlin's Descendants, and familiarity with the previous books will lend to a smooth transition in reading this story of the Elizabethan era in Great Britain. Twin sons and heirs become embroiled in Queen Elizabeth's world and face witches, demons and change in this story of a journey to fulfill magical heritage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886779948
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 5/8/2001
  • Series: Merlin's Descendants Series , #3
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author


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 February 16, 2012

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    Lovely blend of intricate history and subtle fantasy

    (This review previously appeared at Goodreads) If you love big historical fantasies, Radford's Pendragon novels are right up your alley. Radford has created a style that has echoes of the way her period characters would have thought and written, without interfering with the understanding of a modern audience. One thing you can count on in this book is character change and growth. There is space and more for these transformations, as we see enough of the harshness of the period to let us understand the characters and some of their choices. This is not a simple good character/bad character book. Good people make mistakes and do bad things, things that would have been passed over as conventional in the time. Magic works its intent, for good or ill, and characters struggle with the religious and political questions of the age. One thing that is striking -- it's hard to read books about Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots without the author loving one ruler and hating the other. Here Radford shows them as supporting characters of the story, their actions dictating the actions of the heroes. They are neither good nor evil, but educated women of their time, both pawns and ruling queens, and all the more interesting for their flaws. If you need protagonists who are saints or always right, this may not be the book for you. But if you want a story you can sink your teeth into, with questions that are not so easily answered, you're in the right place!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    There is only one challenge in this book: Survival

    Griffin Kirkwood, a magical Priest has runaway from his family, become a price of The Almighty and fell in love with a demon possessed witch- All in one lifetime!. His life takes a turn for the worst when Grandmother Raven dies before he is named heir to Pen-dragon. He now faces a long and lonely life when he tries to find a way to free his one true love, Rosanna descended from the evil witch Nimue, from the witch she has summoned. To make matters worse on him, and his brother Donavon now has a mental barrier in his mind, blocking him to his only reliable resource. What will He do? Will he make it in time to stop Donovan from his foreseen fate, or will he follow his lover into the pits of the otherworld? Find out and read The Guardian of the Vision, and take a ride on the wild side!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    magical spin to true historic events

    Since the time of King Arthur, a Pendragon has always guarded England and its shores. The descendants of Merlin also try to keep the peace, but when war occurs they react quickly to end the conflict as soon as possible. In 1553, Raven is the current Pendragon and will soon name her grandson Griffin, the older twin brother of Donovan as her heir. <P> During a border skirmish with the Scotts, Griffin has a religious epiphany that leads him to the abandonment of his powers, his titles, and his birthright. He becomes a Catholic priest. Donovan picks up the mantle of the Pendragon, but though he understands the role he does not have the power to perform the job. Roanna, descendent of the Sorceress Nimue, has called forth a demon, but her summons fails as the demon of chaos Tryblith controls her. Only a Pendragon can stand in their way of spreading chaos throughout the world. <P> The third installment in the Merlin's Descendents series places a magical spin to true historic events. Irene Radford enchantingly brings to life the early Elizabethan era so that the audience will think that the author contains Merlin's genes. The battles on the mundane and mystical planes propel the story line forward, but the characters make the novel so fascinating that the good, the bad, and the ugly compel the reader into a one sitting session. <P>Harriet Klausner

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