Sons Of Avalon

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Chaos ensues as Rome abandons Britain, leaving native Britons alone to defend their shores from the growing Saxon invasion. Set in 5th Century Britain, this retelling of the traditional legends of Merlin, King Arthur, and Avalon, blends a mixture of historical fact with Arthurian fantasy. Refreshingly innovative, the tale spans the mysterious birth of Merlin, climaxing with the conception of Arthur, the legendary future king of Britain. A young Merlin advises three High Kings: to fight through the bedlam, fight ...

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Chaos ensues as Rome abandons Britain, leaving native Britons alone to defend their shores from the growing Saxon invasion. Set in 5th Century Britain, this retelling of the traditional legends of Merlin, King Arthur, and Avalon, blends a mixture of historical fact with Arthurian fantasy. Refreshingly innovative, the tale spans the mysterious birth of Merlin, climaxing with the conception of Arthur, the legendary future king of Britain. A young Merlin advises three High Kings: to fight through the bedlam, fight for the right to rule, fight to save the future treasure of Britain! Interlacing love, revenge, mystery and murder, with a dash of humor, this coming of age adventure is a guide through the shrouded tales that embrace the Sons of Avalon.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780615150529
  • Publisher: Conceptual Images Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,160,913
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Great Twist on a Classic Character

    This is a great story. It is full of adventure, magic and humor. It is very different from other Merlin stories I have read and held my interest. It was a hard book to put down, and I took it with me everywhere I went until I finished it. I found it easy to read and the plot easy to follow. I could tell that the author put a great deal of thought into the writing. I'm giving this book as Christmas gifts and can't wait for the next book in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    A New Take on an Old Classic

    I loved this take on a the King Arthur tale. It moved quickly and was interesting. I've read so many Arthur tale's that all sounded the same with the same references and characters. But Dee Marie gave the story new life. It was exciting and appropriate for all ages. Vividly captures your interest from the very beginning. I hope to hear more from her very soon.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    I have always been enamored with the Arthurian legends. <BR/><BR/>I have read many of the books that have been published on the subject. The one thing that I have a problem with is that the legend changes according to each historian/author, and I have problems keeping the characters straight. There are lots of characters and the names are sometimes very much alike. Those are the problems - but the greatest thing is that the stories are fascinating and a lot of fun. <BR/><BR/>This rendition of the story of Merlin is great. It has a lot of charm and is written in a way most of us can understand. <BR/><BR/>Merlin is a fairy child. His mother is the Lady of the Lake. She left him as a babe in the woods and he was adopted by an elderly couple. At the age of six, he is violently taken from this couple and is sent by his mother to be the advisor to the current King and the future King of Britain. <BR/><BR/>Britain is being invaded by the Saxons and it is a brutal period in history. Merlin is gifted with many powers - he can heal, see visions, and predict the future. He advises King Ambrosious and his brother, Uther. <BR/><BR/>MERLIN'S PROPHECY is filled with intrigue, battles, romance, and fun. I can't wait to read the next installment in the SONS OF AVALON series.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    Sons of Avalon ¿ A Wonderful Fusion of Arthurian Legend and Historical Fiction

    After witnessing a tree shattering lightening strike, Arden and Enid hear the cries of a newborn child emerging from the tree¿s scorched remains. The elderly couple take the helpless child to raise him as their own. Guarded by the ever watchful eye from a high above hawk, the boy receives the fitting name of Merlin. As the boy grows, it becomes clear through demonstration of both his remarkable intelligence and mysterious abilities that Merlin is no ordinary child. This results in his being sought after by the most powerful king of the time putting both himself and his family at risk.<BR/><BR/>Driven by forces beyond himself, Merlin uncovers his parentage and life¿s purpose on the beautiful shores of fabled Avalon. As he grows, Merlin learns natures mystical properties from the Druids while continuing to enhance his innate fantastical gifts. As advisory to Britain¿s powerful kings, Merlin crafts the cascade of events necessary to protect her shores at all costs leading to the conception of the great King Arthur.<BR/><BR/>In Sons of Avalon, Merlin¿s Prophecy, Dee Marie creates the beginnings of an epic series. Marie¿s writing is reminiscent in voice and style to Ken Follett¿s World Without End and Pillars of the Earth. Her description of the period and locals are a testament to her substantial research and travels. Her imagery was such that not only was I mentally transported to Arthurian Britain but I could almost feel the stinging bite of the ice cold rain as it pelted the characters in their journeys betraying the areas frequent inhospitable weather. My favorite passage takes place at Stonehenge where Merlin calls forth the powers of Earth through a sacred ceremony honoring the slain royals of the time. <BR/><BR/>Marie¿s writing is extremely refined not only in style but plot. She introduces various story arcs wetting the reader¿s appetite nesting them just right so as not to resolve them too quickly. There were a few elements I wanted oh so much more of but did not get. Merlin¿s time with the Druids for example, what happened? How did he learn their magic? Nimue, Merlin¿s love interest, makes occasional appearances but is off on the periphery. Finally, the rationale for Merlin¿s singular focused motivations at times wasn¿t always clear for me. These elements, however, may likely be additional story arcs ripe for closure and exploit in the series next offering.<BR/><BR/>For those interesting in Arthurian legend and historical fiction, Sons of Avalon is a must read!<BR/><BR/>Todd A Fonseca, author of The Time Cavern

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    Couldn't Put the Book Down Once I Started Reading It

    This book was a gift given to me by a good friend. My intentions were to read a chapter a night until I completed reading it. This book captured my interest from the very beginning with the hawk and the unusual birth of Merlin. Dee Marie has done an excellent job in writing the book. She writes in detail allowing you to envision all aspects of the characters and incorporates all phases of emotions. This book kept my interest to the point I had it read in two days. I couldn't stop reading it. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy Review

    Arthurian legends are usually that, legends of Arthur, but most don't seem to spend as much time delving into the story of Merlin. Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy is an amazing introduction into the magical world of Merlin. Dee Marie beautifully sheds light on the beginnings of the beloved, magical, and mysterious Merlin.

    Set in a post Roman Britain, this recovering nation was still fraught with turmoil and war. The reader is transported to a time long ago with sights, and smells of the era. The scenery unfolds in the mind with each word until you are there with the characters in peace or in battle.

    The characters are rich and complex. The mysterious Merlin, Lionel, Lot, Ambrosious, and Uther take us through their journeys and struggles. Our characters, sometimes misunderstood, seem to make the wrong choices until the bigger picture is revealed with a life lesson intertwined. The difficulties and hardship of the time are clear, but not without humor throughout to remind us of the characters' youthfulness and humanity. We watch Merlin grow from infancy and become the leader and prophet he is meant to become.

    Merlin's Prophecy isn't only filled with beautifully written folklore, there are lessons woven throughout that relate to readers of all ages. Just because the characters lived long ago doesn't mean that they weren't facing challenges we can relate to. My favorite moment from the story comes from a scene when Merlin was speaking to Ambrosious. This conversation came to me at a time when I needed it: " .'Peace or discontentment comes from within. Man may not rule his destiny, but he does rule his soul. Your reaction to life comes from within you, not from the world around you.'" (Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy, p.199)

    Dee Marie's novel is not just for fans of Arthurian legends, but for anyone who enjoys good literature. Personally, Merlin's Prophecy has been a great introduction into a genre and world I had previously not visited. I hold a new respect and interest in Merlin, and plan to look into reading other Arthurian tales. I anxiously await her sequel to Merlin's Prophecy.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    Escapism at its' Best!

    From the moment I saw the strikingly impressive front cover of: Sons of Avalon, Merlin's Prophecy, the exhilaration of this enchanting tale began.

    Dee Marie's solid grasp of the wondrous medieval time period; Arthurian, is highly evident as she takes us (readers) on a non-stop exciting tale. From the mystifying birth of Merlin, I was drawn into the magic. Dee Marie is successful in combining both early British history and mythical characters, masterfully weaved and brought to life.

    Merlin is no ordinary child, and throughout the tale he uncovers his life's purpose, while coming to terms with his special powers. I experienced the bloodiness of the battlefields, love, and humor infused in this captivating story.

    Sons of Avalon is not just a thrilling page turner, it is, a journey which is guaranteed to leave you anxiously awaiting the second book in the series - Absolutely Outstanding!

    If ever a book is worthy of a six star review, Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy is the book! Highly recommended.

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