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Posted December 18, 2013
In Merlin’s Blade, Merlin finished strong, victorious, and in love, even if he was fleeing for his life, but in book two, his faith and plight quickly declined. And who wouldn’t? Faced with such obstacles as he did. Hunted, betrayal, slavery, and the powers of the druidow working against him. The odds were so stacked against him, I had to keep reminding myself, I know the ending, I know the ending! Arthur will be king, but how would he? That’s the beauty of this story.
In Merlin’s Shadow, we dive right into the story with Merlin and his band of people committed to baby Arthur fleeing for their lives. With several major point of views, we switch between Merlin, Merlin’s sister and her grandfather, and the newly proclaimed High King, Vortigern, all who are bent on destroying them. Then there are other significant threads running through the story such as Uther’s two girls and what might become of them and another subplot involving a certain king that you aren’t sure where they will interconnect with the main story, but you know they will.
But what has happened to Merlin? Once strong in faith and confidence, yet limited by his blindness, but now that his sight had been restored, he sees the scars on his face and his strength fails. Who could love him? Thus we find our hero turning in upon himself rather than trusting his God who has brought him thus far.
The story grew darker, wilder, deeper. The visions were awesome, adding mystery and dripping with creativity! I’m left thinking, how does one come up with something like this? Ha! And how the author wove the story together: all the different threads, the visions, the subtle provisions of God that protected them on their journey, although, it might appear to be a curse, but proved otherwise. One of my favorite aspects of reading is gathering clues along the journey to figure out what might happen, and I just dance with delight when I get them right. And I did!! But I can’t say what it is without giving away too much of the story.
Will definitely be reading book three. Highly recommended!
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.*
Posted December 16, 2013
Compared to the first book, Merlin's Shadow was even more of an intricately woven cord. It took unexpected twists and turns, showing loss of hope...and hope regained. Over and over again. No one was immune to this relentless struggle against faith and confidence. My son and I began to think of Bedwir as a forgotten and well abused rag doll. Merlin's struggles in this book were mirrored with his sister, Ganieda. Each character grappled against seen (or unseen) demons which battled for their favor...or their death. Both brother and sister are hunted, enslaved, and given choices which will determine the course of each life, as well as the fate of all Briton. Both my son and I are huge fans of this series now, and impatiently await the next installment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2013
Robert Treskillard in his new book “Merlin’s Shadow” Book Two in the Merlin Spiral Series published by Zondervan gives us another adventure with Merlin.
From the back cover: Betrayal.
After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.
But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.
Just say the two words, Merlin and Arthur and, immediately you know you are in for a good time reading the story. Mr. Treskillard continues the story of Merlin and Arthur and brings them an adventure they are unprepared for. In a three-act play act two is always dark and “Merlin’s Shadow” is no exception. What Merlin and Arthur and the rest of the team face is a little darker and a lot more dangerous. Not only is Merlin challenged on what he is willing to risk in the protection of Arthur he is also challenged on what he is willing to risk for the Almighty One. ”Merlin’s Shadow” is an epic battle between good and evil. Mr. Treskillard has done an incredible job of bringing his characters to life and we root for them to win against overwhelming forces. “Merlin’s Shadow” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I am most definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted December 15, 2013
Merlin’s Shadow is the brilliant continuation of the story of Merlin’s rise from quiet obscurity in a small village to world renown at King Arthur’s side. We eagerly follow this epic adventure as it continues on its dark and dangerous path that tightly binds Merlin and the young Arthur into a life full of uncertainty and great feats of faith. This is one fantasy/adventure that even traditional fans of the legend of King Arthur would find enjoyable and entertaining.
Merlin is faced with the question of how much he is willing to risk in order to keep Arthur, the son of the High King, alive and safe. Without hesitation, the answer is one of complete and utter devotion. He is willing to risk his life and his love in order to protect the rightful heir of the kingdom. However, along this perilous journey, we find that Merlin is also being asked a second question. That question is if Merlin is willing to risk placing all of himself into the hands of the Almighty One. It’s easy to fight for people and ideas when we can see, hear, and touch them, but it is much harder when we are asked to believe in something that we can’t see, hear, or touch. Merlin’s struggle with this second question is nothing less then what each of us has to deal with each day. His response is human, his sacrifice is all encompassing, and his faith is tested.
My favorite part of any story is getting to know the characters. I want to peer inside their heart and mind to see who they really are and what motivates them. The need to cheer on the hidden and mistreated hero is something that is ingrained me due to personal struggles over the years. Seeing the underdog actually survive and at times exceed in his goal brings a hope and joy that some would see as silly, but in my world, the written word has more power to encourage and strengthen then the spoken word. This story gives me the best hero ever in Merlin. He is humble and down-trodden, but he has a quiet strength and gentle spirit that make him a powerful source of inspiration and faith. It is the quiet yet compelling characters like Merlin that sear their simple faith and deep love in your heart as an example of how we should live our lives.
This story is huge, complex, and wonderfully unpredictable. There is nothing simple or easy about the legend of King Arthur and that is carried through with this part of the story as well. Life is not easy, so the events in this book felt right and natural in their sequence. The trials and struggles that each character faced helped them to deal with what was coming down the road and helped them to become the person that they were being molded into. We can’t become a person of inner strength and humility if we are never put through hard times or made to suffer in order to truly appreciate what and who we have in our life. Our faith cannot be refined if it is never put to the test. We cannot live this life without being touched by evil, but thankfully our God uses that evil to His glory to shape us into the person that He created us to become.
Robert Treskillard has me hooked on this story. I love being immersed in this world, and I look forward to the next installment of this spellbinding journey. I am a huge fan of the legend of King Arthur, and Treskillard has breathed new life and imagination into this everlasting favorite of mine. His skillful writing is a touch of genius as it tries to reach a balance between poetic beauty and storytelling mastery. Fans of fantasy and adventure are sure to love this new telling of the intriguing and mysterious Merlin.
Posted December 3, 2013
I can imagine this would be a fantasy readers’ dream, especially those interested in King Arthur and the Round Table legends. This series is sort of re-imagined prequel that sets up the well-known stories. These books are excellently written, with vivid imagery and well-developed characters and plot points. Although I am not typically a reader of the Arthurian legend books, and I occasionally found the reading to be tedious at times, I attribute that wholly to my personal interest level, and not to the quality of writing or story development.
Merlin shows a wealth of character evolution from the beginning of the first novel to this point in the series. Although he has some issues with self-image and self-worth early on in this story, he works this out in his own time by the end. His betrothed Natalenya, is a wonderful supporting character to Merlin, and I did enjoy reading about their relationship.
The interwoven aspects of faith and Christianity help bolster the story throughout, and give great illustrations of the never-ending battle between Good and Evil.
Overall, though I would not read again, the quality of this story deserves a 4.
HEAT Rating: None
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Posted November 14, 2013
This is the second book in a trilogy by Robert Treskillard. The setting takes place during the time of King Arthur. Robert brings the story
to life and makes the reader feel like they are really back in mid-evil times. His writing is brilliant, descriptive, and exciting. This a great
book to read. I give it 5 stars.
Posted October 13, 2013