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Merlin's Dragon (Merlin Saga Series #6)

Merlin's Dragon (Merlin Saga Series #6)

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by T. A. Barron

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In the years after Fincayra disappears and Merlin has been sent wandering, a young lizard-like creature, with the wings of a bat and the magical power to produce any smell it encounters, is born into the new world of Avalon. The unlikely hero—Basil, he is called—cannot find a single creature like itself nor a person who can tell him what he is. But it is


In the years after Fincayra disappears and Merlin has been sent wandering, a young lizard-like creature, with the wings of a bat and the magical power to produce any smell it encounters, is born into the new world of Avalon. The unlikely hero—Basil, he is called—cannot find a single creature like itself nor a person who can tell him what he is. But it is clear that Basil is much more than he seems when he stumbles into an encounter with the great Merlin, saving his child’s life, then uncovers a secret plot by the evil Rhita Gawr. It’s a race against time and across Avalon as Basil, with the help of the faithful wind sister Ailah, searches for the great wizard to warn him.

This is one of T.A. Barron’s most thrilling adventures yet and features a new and unforgettable character in his earliest years.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rayna Patton
With this book, Barron begins a trilogy about a strange little creature called Basil. After an adventurous start as an egg, hatchling Basil is an insignificant lizard with rumpled, tiny bat wings. He spends the first decades of his life finding food (he is an omnivore) and narrowly avoiding being eaten. He remembers only one friend, a wind, present at his birth and soon gone. His constant need to escape leads Basil to discover a special talent, and he also learns that he can fly-albeit feebly. Mostly, though, he laments his small, powerless, and lonely state. Accidentally Basil stumbles into Merlin's wedding celebration, where he looks in vain for someone who can identify him. Later he dreams vividly of a terrible threat to Merlin. His friend the wind returns, and Basil enlists her help to find and warn the wizard. The pair have many adventures throughout the seven realms of the Great Tree of Avalon. Finally Basil finds Merlin right as he faces a seemingly unbeatable foe. Basil's selfless intervention gives Merlin enough time to triumph. In gratitude, Merlin fast-forwards Basil to his full-grown state-a mountain-sized dragon called Basilgarrad imbued with Tlano, the magical force of the Great Tree. Coming-of-age and self-discovery are recurrent themes in Barron's books. Unfortunately the writing and characterization, although imaginative, are not exceptional here, but middle school students will not care. For those who love the Merlin and Great Tree of Avalon series, Basil will be a welcome new friend. Reviewer: Rayna Patton
KLIATT - Deirdre Root
Just after the birth of the Great Tree of Avalon, a strange creature emerges from a tiny egg. This half-bat, half-lizard creature has an odd (and oddly useful) magical power: he can recreate any scent he has ever experienced. His heritage and his future are a mystery to him, until a powerful dream causes him to seek out Merlin and warn him about a deadly threat to his life and to Avalon itself. Aided by the Wind Sister Ailah, he searches all the realms of Avalon, learning about himself and his world in the process. But when he finds Merlin, will he be a help…or the one who causes his doom? This charming coming-of-age tale in the author's new Merlin series will be welcome where his other titles are popular. Reviewer: Deirdre Root
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up

Set between Barron's "Lost Years of Merlin" and "Great Tree of Avalon" series, this book focuses on Basil, a unique lizard that sets out to understand his identity and his destiny. While small, Basil has a magical ability to create smells, and he uses his talent and his wits to escape a number of foes. After a series of encounters with the wizard Merlin, including attending his wedding, Basil learns from the good spirit Dagda that the evil spirit Rhita Gawr has entered the lands of Avalon and that Merlin is in grave danger. With the wind sister Aylah, he travels to all seven realms, learning about each one and about himself in his quest to save Merlin and all of Avalon from the magic-devouring kreelix. While this adventure starts out slowly and spans almost 40 years, the pace picks up rapidly during the second half. Basil is a prickly and entertaining hero, and his comments about life at the start of each chapter add tone and humor. Barron's return to Avalon will be welcomed by his many fans, who will have the patience to explore the lands with Basil and learn more about their history.-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI

Kirkus Reviews
A new series opens in Barron's trite version of Avalon. Basil is a tiny, unique creature, batlike and lizardlike, ignorant of his purpose but destined for greatness. His name commemorates the day he hid in a patch of basil plants, which was the same day he realized he could magically emit smells. The herb reference and scent talent are rare creative details in this morass of overwritten and unclear tropes. As Basil travels through Avalon's "seven root-realms," seeking kin and identity and trying to warn Merlin that evil's invading, Barron's artificial pacing (unrestrained use of "suddenly" and "instantly") and preachy faux-wisdom ("Memory can be hot as molten lava, or cold as a frozen glacier") preclude momentum. The prose is swollen with superlatives, and Avalon's basic conceit is confusing: The Great Tree is an actual tree, but also "a world between worlds," with "fires" and "rivers" inside. Rather than offering "a world profoundly rich in both wonder and mystery," as it boasts, this overindulgence delivers readers nothing but smugness. (Fantasy. 9-11)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Merlin Saga Series , #6
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Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.07(d)
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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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Merlin's Dragon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anne_Katherine54 More than 1 year ago
T. A. Barron brings to life an amazing adventurous character whose inner strength is reflected in his daily life. Basil and his journey will surprise and delight fantasy fans of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very good read and I recomend it to anyone who loves adventure and fantasy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good and i recomend it to people who like magic and dragons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barron is an excellent writer, on par with Tolkein. Not as good as Harry Potter, but nonetheless lively and humorous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just live it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it even the dragons thoughts and actions?
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The series Merlin is a very heart warming series. Basil and merlin really are a perfect team together. You get to go on an amazing journey as this small little lizard who expects he will never become anything transforms into a true hero who saves Merlin. I would really advise you start frothe first book and read from there because all the books progress on the timeline of Fincraya to the creation of Avalon. This is a wonderful series and i advise you should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was confused with Fincayra diappearing and such. But T.A Barron really explained in a different way why fincayra disapeared in the book a " Wizards Wings" and in this one. He really writes a good tale with Basil, still using Merlin as a big character. But merlin is not the main character in the book. If you liked harry potter, or like fantasy and dragons. It is a good series to continue.
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SteelpenLS More than 1 year ago
This is the first of two books ( so far ) about how this Dragon and how it came to be in the series of it own before The Great Tree of Avalon books where the dragon has a big part of in book 3 of The Great Tree of Avalon series. Fun to read to children best to read this one first before getting the second book Merlin's Dragon - Doomraga's Revenge.
9999999999 More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and i loved it. it was a magical book filled with wonderful and interesting characters.
dragonman More than 1 year ago
What a great ride -- the coolest book yet by T.A. Barron. I can't stop thinking about the enchanted world of Avalon and all the amazing characters, especially the little guy Basil who may be small but clearly has a big destiny! These characters walk, leap, and fly off the page ... so I'm very glad this is going to be a trilogy. Also, one more thing: Nature is a huge part of the story, all its wonders come alive. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All right but it feels like a repeat of when merlin was finding the souls of the seven songs of wizardry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that i have ever read in my intire life.loooovvvveeeeee it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It is a must read for the 7th installment of the Merlin series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
micgloth More than 1 year ago
This is book one in a planned trilogy. The main Character Basil, a very small dragon, is always running away from bigger animals. He doesn't know where he came from or who his parents are, all he remembers is the wind sisters. So basil heads out to find himself and go exploring the world around him and ends up on an incredible adventure to finding what is really inside himself, a hero. this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a great story. These books fill in the gap between the lost years of Merlin and the great tree of Avalon books
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JoaquinGuerrero More than 1 year ago
This book is really interesting and fun to read , it really gets you reading more further than other books that take a long time to hook you up, it barely took me about 2 chapters to get hooked by the author form of writing and how vivid the sentences are. The adventure starts since the most beginning of the book and doesn't wait till the middle of the book to start an adventure . It didn't stall, it just went forward and it was an understandable book, you don't have to reread a page to get it, its both understandable but not simple. Not that many books get me reading it to the end but this book did, that's how good it was for me, and I say this book will get more people to read and get the sequels. This book is a combination of adventure,fantasy,excitement and gets you reading to the end. There is not my favorite part of the book because my favorite part isn't a part its the whole book from start to finish every page, every chapter all of it is my favorite of this books.. I would like to compliment the author for writing an amazing book, thank you.
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