The Lost Years: Book 1 [NOOK Book]

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Previously published as The Lost Years of Merlin.

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Overview

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

Previously published as The Lost Years of Merlin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101641866
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Series: Merlin Saga Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 38,648
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 971 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.




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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    If You Like Harry Potter, You Will Like The Lost Years of Merlin

    This book is astonishing! At first, when my mom brought it home from the library, I was sceptical. I did not think it would be any good. 'O boy,' I thought, 'another dumb fantasy book.' But one day when I was bored, I cracked it open and started reading. The beginnig confused me and I wanted to put it down. But I was really bored so I kept reading. It got so good, I didnt look up for almost 2 hours. The end mad me cry. It's not really sad, but it is meaningful. Read it!!!!!!! i would give it 10 stars if I could!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    It's no secret that I absolutely adore T.A. Barron and his Lost

    It's no secret that I absolutely adore T.A. Barron and his Lost Years of Merlin series. It is, without a doubt, one of the most original and entertaining interpretations of the Arthurian legend that I have ever read.

    All of the characters in this story are absolutely brilliant. Emrys (or Merlin, to those who want to know - it's not much of a secret) is a bit of a downer at the beginning of the story, but let's be honest - he has every right to be. (Think Harry Potter when his emotions are being corrupted by Lord Voldemort. Slightly and annoyingly angsty, but understandably and in a way that doesn't affect your love of the story.)

    And as for the other characters! Rhia is one of my favorite female characters of all time; she's absolutely charming and amazing and funny and lovely. I want to be the female version of Cairpre. Shim needs to be my best friend. I have nightmares about Rhita Gawr.

    And as for the plot! It's so intricately created that it has no problem stretching through all five books (though this review does focus on the first book) and is simply enthralling. I love all the little things that go on as Emrys goes to becoming the Merlin we all know and love. The subplots - especially anything involving the Druma Wood - are some of my favorites.

    And the main reason to read this series is simply for the setting. Fincayara is one of the first fictional places I would ever want to visit.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    A Great Start for a Series

    This book was a great read. Full of mystery and suspence young Merlin goes to discover his mysterious past. On the way he stumbles upon the Isle of Fincayra, and there the story takes off!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Yeah, wasn't bad!

    It wasn't bad. As for this book, it was very good. However, sometimes the setting was quite unclear so I often found myself looking back through the book and asking myself, gWhere is Emrys again? h It was not as good as any Redwall book (my favorite series), but still very adventurous and had all the elements that a fantasy book should have. Good work!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Great Read

    The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron is a wonderful adventure story about Merlin. I am a personal fan of King Arthur and all its ¿glory¿ so I had to pick this book up. T. A. Barron does a wonderful job of depicting a young Merlin who is struggling to find his identity, with strange magical powers, and of coarse the town bully. As Merlin learns to master his power, disaster strikes. T. A. Barron wrote a truly wonderful nail biter that will keep you reading for hours. That¿s incredible coming from me, because I am not the biggest fan of reading. When I first picked this book up, it was a slow reader, as are most books in the beginning. But once it started going, it didn¿t stop. Every chapter you learn something new about him, the setting, the plot, or even some one else.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    An Untold Experience!

    T.A. Barron has moved me with his writing and I enjoyed the Lost Years of Merlin. A great tale of Merlin's years as a youth. A must read for Arthurian readers. T.A. Barron inspired something in my that I can not comprehend. A book for all ages!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    This book is a winning 'wizard' in all Fantasy

    T.A. Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin is outstanding. Slow and sloppy at first, the story picks itself up and the story flies faster than Trouble. I recommend this to all you Faerie, Fantasy, and Arthurian Readers. I am a reader and writer of Faerie, a land of which Middle Earth is just a small portion, who barely grasps at the edges of this wonderful but perilous land.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    I hate to burst everyone's bubble but...

    I think I'm the first person not to give this book five stars, but no matter. I started reading it because everyone else said it was so good, and then put it down halfway through. Here we have this kid named Emrys who shoves people into fires and then conveniently gets the second sight after going blind from it, instead of living with the consequences of what he did. Then he floats off on the ocean and conveniently lands up at Fincayra. Does anyone else spot a trend here? It was well-written, at least, but Barron should have taken the time to show that a) Fincayra really needs to be saved and that b) Emrys is a likeable character.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    FINALLY!

    FINALLY! Someone gives this poor, millenia-old wizard some mortality! Everyone pictures Merlin as an old man with a pointy hat, long billowy robes, and a magic staff. True, he may grow into that, but its fascinating to watch him grow into that mysterious, mystical wizard. In "Lost Years," we find Merlin (Emrys) going through normal emotions-joy, shame, pain, and anger. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? We all need a hero, but we even more, we need a hero we can relate to! Bravo, Mr. Barron! You've brought Merlin to light!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    TOALLREADERSOFTHISMESSAGE

    Start off with this book otherwise the series makes no sense.
    REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Sub-par at best.  The writing and dialogue were affected. No 12-

    Sub-par at best. 
    The writing and dialogue were affected. No 12-year-old, even one in a far-away-and-long-ago fantasy world talks like Emrys (and no one should either). Emrys himself is a naturally unlikeable character -- arrogant and ungrateful. As other reviewers said, the plot was lacking, and the story overall was highly derivative. T. A. Barron's Cauldron of Death seemed a virtual carbon copy of Lloyd Alexander's Black Cauldron (both can only be destroyed if someone willingly walks into it); the same could be said about Barron's deathless ghouliants and Alexander's undead Cauldron-born; and Emrys' negotiation with an old hag about the magical pendant Galator is very similar to "The Black Cauldron" protagonist's negotiation with three old hags about a magical brooch.
    f you like fantasy novels, read Lloyd Alexander's "The Black Cauldron" (or The Chronicles of Prydain) instead. It's a much better story, with more realistic (that is, believable) characters and dialogue, and a more exciting plot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Amazig

    Great book to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    From Lyzerestin67

    Barron is a wonderful author with so much discriptive details its impossible to look away!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Hey

    I really want to read this book. Is it worth it?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Great, but..

    Okay let me tell you this: this was the best book I have read in 4 months. This book was good but it needed work to keep me occupied at certain moments. THE OVERALL RATING IS......9.5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! - Mark

    The best book I have ever read. Read in 2 days and couldn't put it down. The end is kind of sad, though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Is it.

    Is it really this good?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Super Good Adventure Books

    Very good perfect book.I was reading Merlin Book 1:lost years
    And was hooked on it. Over all reviw:100%

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Love it

    Its just awsome!!¿!!!¿!¿¿!¿

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Great book for young readers!

    My friends and I first read this book in middle school, so between 6-8th grade, along with many other series'. I am in the process of collecting them all now that I'm 20. I have re-read them and even though I'm older now and on a higher reading level, I still enjoyed this series as much as I did in middle school. It teaches humility, friendship, determination, and many more life lessons. I love it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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