Merlin: Sired by a demon but won to good by a strong mother… This is no made-up tale, but the ORIGINAL story of Merlin from the year 1215 AD, retold for readers of today.
The devil wants a man on earth to work his evil plans. He decides to bring this about by impregnating a human woman. That woman, Meylinde, finds her life turned into a nightmare as a demon picks off her family one by one, until only she is left. Soon the demon’s work is done—in a time when an illegitimate child incurs the punishment of death—and she is desperate to save her own life while thwarting the devil’s plans for her child. But the demon who attacked her didn't count on her strength as a woman—or the unique gifts of her incredible son... a child that will become Merlin, the greatest wizard of all time.
Based on the oldest known accounts of Merlin, the Lancelot-Grail and Prose Merlin romances from around 1215 and 1450, this is Merlin’s actual origin story, not some made-up tale, thoroughly reimagined to be compelling to today's readers. It is also the starting point of one of the grandest retellings of the Arthurian legends, which begins here, a generation before Arthur is born.
A work of horror, fantasy and wonder, this novel follows one woman as the suffering she endures is transformed through her power into a gift of magic and amazement. With surprising elements of mother-son tenderness, and filled with wonder and wit, this book brings the bizarre and weird world of the 15th century, where magic was as real as the air we breathe, to life for the present day--and offers a fresh perspective on the characters and stories we thought we knew so well.
This is the first of a projected 25 novels in the series The Swithen, which retells the real, ancient tales of Merlin, King Arthur, Guinevere and the of Knights of the Table Round in exciting versions that make sense for readers of today, and give the story the majesty and grandeur it deserves. Join the saga as it begins and discover the original epic fantasy—the one that has inspired Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and even Star Wars—and find out why this story has endured for a thousand years. It all begins here, with the strength of one indomitable woman, and the birth of one incredible child.
About the Author
Scott Telek is a writer, artist and filmmaker. He has been writing professionally for over 20 years, while also writing fiction, film reviews, doing oil painting and creating films. He has always been interested in legend and folklore, which led to his obsession with the lore of King Arthur. Telek takes a different approach to epic fantasy, which usually invents new stories taking place in the Arthurian world. Telek's interest is in honoring the ancient tales by retaining the plot, story, and weirdness of the original legends from nearly a thousand years ago, but filling in the character and psychology in ways that are compelling to modern readers, but missing from the Middle English sources. That way, readers get to know the real King Arthur of lore, with all the grandeur, magic and romance that modern, made-up stories simply cannot match. You may think you know all about King Arthur--but you don't. Sure there's swordfights, honor and romance. But there's also a lot of magic, psychological intrigue, supernatural occurrences and unexplained phenomena that make this much more "Twilight Zone" than "Camelot." And the entire, decades-spanning plot, with multiple interlocking storylines, was completed over a thousand years ago--so it's all going somewhere, and it's all been thought through, right to the very end. No making up as we go along! Enter The Swithen at book one, which details the real origin story of Merlin--laid down 800 years ago! Book two finds Merlin preparing Britain for the coming of Arthur, and at the end of book three, Arthur is born. Get on for the ride as we see Arthur rise, unite Britain, marry Guinevere, form the Knights of the Round Table, be betrayed by Lancelot, and be there are the whole thing comes crashing down, in the most monumental, epic, intricate and moving tale of a civilization's rise and fall ever set down.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Recommended by a friend, I approached this novel with some skepticism. Is there really anything new about the Merlin story? Really? The answer is perhaps no. And at the same time a definite yes. I mean the story is still familiar, but Telek's telling is new and fresh. And it challenges the reader, this reader anyway, to consider some characters and issues that I hadn't before. That is, Merlin had a mother! And she's a PERSON in her own right. Fleshed out by the auther with character, motivation, emotions, and growth. So while this is certainly a part of the Merlin story, the main thrust of it is hers. And somewhere along the line, the tale of Meylinde's stalking, tragedies, rape, pregnancy, confinement, labor, triumphs and trials becomes an unexpected page turner. I especially liked the way Telek limns a character with the quick description of a glance or droop of shoulder and uses his authorial voice to make it clear that the characters that inhabit a Briton village aren't so very different from those in our 21st century lives. I have some minor copyediting quibbles, and wait! was that an anachronism that just flew by? But these are minor. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I've already downloaded the second book in the series and am looking forward to starting it.