The Lost Years: Book 1

The Lost Years: Book 1

by T. A. Barron

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A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101641866
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: Merlin Saga Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 167,340
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
File size: 993 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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The Lost Years of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 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!!¿!!!¿!¿¿!¿
Anonymous 3 months ago
I always recommend this novel any time someone asks for a new book to read.
Anonymous 9 months 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this book is wroth reading i have read it s so good for people who ate in a realationship