The Lost Years of Merlin (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Lost Years of Merlin (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by T. A. Barron


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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Barron transforms the early years of the mythical wizard Merlin's life into a vivid, action-filled fantasy, replete with deep forests, ruined castles, and evil spells.

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ISBN-13: 9780613230131
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: Merlin Saga Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

T.A. Barron grew up in the mountains of Colorado.  He wrote his first novel at Oxford University between trips to the Highlands of Scotland.  Now he writes in the attic of his Colorado home, assisted by his wife, Currie, and their five young children.

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The Lost Years of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start off with this book otherwise the series makes no sense. REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barron is a wonderful author with so much discriptive details its impossible to look away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read. Read in 2 days and couldn't put it down. The end is kind of sad, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good perfect book.I was reading Merlin Book 1:lost years And was hooked on it. Over all reviw:100%
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just awsome!!¿!!!¿!¿¿!¿
TheLiteraryPhoenix 10 days ago
I tend to be a bit careful about Arthurian retellings. I really like the whole Camelot aesthetic, but I feel like they often underwhelm. Not all of them, I know! And, also, I haven’t read them all. But I came into The Lost Years feeling careful, and I think that was a good choice. Some scenes were great. I really enjoyed the voice when Emrys was in the “human world”, as well as the scene with Cairpre and his amazing room of books. Standalone scenes stood out to me, but the book as a whole had a bit of that… stumbled over feeling. Most of Emrys’ adventures were because he tripped and fell into something and while that cliche plot twist is fine when used sparingly, T.A. Barron loves it. The characters in themselves were just… fine? Nothing really stood out and made them memorable as individuals – they all felt like fantasy archetypes. In a more modern book, I’d be pretty harsh about this, but in 1996, fantasy wasn’t exactly the literature of choice. May older books use elements that feel especially cliche today, and I’m sure in another 20 years, the things we find fresh will be considered cliche as well. Shim, as a character, bothered me. His character arc was really obvious and the author’s choice in dialogue just made me cringe. This is such a personal thing, but I wanted to mention it. Also there was a really questionable point in the early chapters where the village kids decide it’s a good plan to stone a Jew and while it doesn’t sit well with Emrys, he doesn’t prevent it. This scene set off SO MANY red flags in my head and I was really concerned this was going to end up having an anti-Semitic dialogue. It didn’t, but the choice was so very unnecessary and did not sit well. I think The Lost Years will suit younger readers better. There are some scenes that feel intended for older readers, while others read very young. The writing style is scattered all over the place. Generally, I think this is best for more mature middle grade readers. A lot of reviewers on Goodreads are comparing it to The Black Cauldron, and having only read one book in each series, I think I liked The Book of Three better than The Lost Years. Alexander’s story had a better voice, enough so to make a difference. Otherwise, I think they’re fairly good companions.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I always recommend this novel any time someone asks for a new book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bid disappointment. The plot is over simplified. While I enjoy YA and many chilldren's books, this one just didn't cut it.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With the exception of Mary Stewart's novels, almost none of the Arthurian canon documents Merlin's life prior to advising King Vortigern as an adult. This novel attempts to fill that gap. Our story begins with Emrys and a woman who claims to be his mother washing onto the shores of Wales. Emrys remembers absolutely nothing before this event, though it is clear that he is very different from the other boys of the village. Slowly he discovers magical powers that both tantalize and terrify him. It's a pleasant, fairly light read, with interesting characters and legends. There isn't much in the way of unexpected plot twists, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment.
osunale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my all time favorite book and series. I never tire of turning these pages. I get so immersed in them, that I must pry myself out as Merlin did the crystal cave. The book is vivid and intense, gripping every sense and beckoning towards delving ever deeper into this mystical land. Reading it again, even knowing how it ends, is vastly more intriguing as it takes on the very feeling of someone recalling events of long ago. This book itself is treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! So hard to put down. I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series been reading it since it came out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys if u do not like this series, something is wrong. This is my fav book series and ive read all of them but two. So i really recammend this book and the rest of the books in this sereies!