The Seven Songs (Merlin Saga Series #2)

The Seven Songs (Merlin Saga Series #2)

by T. A. Barron

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The Seven Songs (Merlin Saga Series #2) by T. A. Barron

Young Merlin, triumphant after his first encounter with the dreaded Rhita Gawr, has brought new hope to Fincayra, the enchanted isle that lies between earth and sky. Yet when a renewed tide of evil arises, its first victim is Merlin's own mother. To save her, Merlin and the forest girl Rhia must follow the perilous path of Seven Songs of Wizardry that has claimed even the lives of great wizards. Most difficult of all, Merlin must discover the secret of seeing not with his eyes, but with his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142419205
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: Merlin Saga Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 78,175
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
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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Write Well, Live Fully

An essay for aspiring writers

by T. A. Barron

The wise and wonderful writer, Madeleine L'Engle, once told me: "There are three essential rules for writing a novel." She paused, then added, "Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." That sums up the situation! But after more than twenty years of writing books, I can also add these thoughts: Writing is the most joyous — and also the most agonizing — labor that I know. And it is by far the best way to travel — in our world or any other. Every author has an individual approach to the creative process, and every author's experience is different — except for the essential elements of hard work, inspiration...and magic. Whenever people (of whatever age) ask me about the writing process, I start by telling them how much I still have to learn. This is, after all, a craft — and no matter how much someone knows, there is always more to learn and explore. That's one of my favorite qualities of the writer's craft: The horizon of excellence is ever receding. We can always improve, which means we can always grow as people. Before I give you my best advice on writing ... here is a bit of wisdom from that well-known sage, Snoopy: My own advice to new writers boils down to three words: Observe. Practice. Believe. From: The T. A. Barron Official Website www.tabarron.com Let's look at them one at a time: Observe. Notice the world around you, in deep detail. How do different people speak, with their voices, faces, hands, and posture? How do different types of trees' leaves fall to the ground, each with a singular sort of flight? How do different ideas stir your passions, fears, hopes, and dreams? And don't just notice the surface of things, the sights and sounds that first strike your senses. Go deeper. Ask yourself how something would feel; wonder what is that person's deepest, darkest secret. If you truly observe the world ... it becomes a fruitful source of writing ideas and elements. Then just add a little drop of your imagination, bend the rules of reality, and anything is possible! On top of helping your writing, observing the world closely has one more advantage. And it's a big one. This is a good way to live, to be more wholly alive. Being a writer encourages you to live more fully. Practice. Write every chance you can. Keep a journal. Write poems, whether you prefer haiku poetry, sonnets, or enormous epics. Write letters, plays, short stories, blogs, novels — whatever gets you excited. Writing is hard, full of struggle, and greatly demanding ... but it is also deeply rewarding. And practice makes you better, just as practice makes you more skillful at everything from baking a pie to piloting a spacecraft. A lot of this comes down to discipline. Sometimes the last thing I want to do on a particular day is sit at my desk at home in Colorado and write. I'd rather be playing with my kids, baking bread, or hiking on a mountain trail. But I stay with my writing because I know that's the only way it will ever happen. So … if you can find the discipline to practice, the magic of language will become more present and familiar over time. And your powers as a writer will surely grow. Believe. This is, perhaps, the most challenging part about writing. To succeed, you must truly believe in your story — in each of its characters, in its place, and in its underlying ideas. And then, even more difficult, you must believe in yourself. What can I say to encourage you? Just this: Know that you have valuable things to say, and the skills to say them. Know that your song is unique, that your voice matters. Think of writing as growing a tree. In the soil of your writer's heart, you have an idea—a seed. But it will need plenty of sunlight, air, and nourishing soil to grow. How does this happen? I can only tell you how it works for me, but for every writer the process is different. When I sit down to start a novel, a process that will take between one and three years, I begin with that seed. It helps me to sketch it out, in longhand, just to get to know it better. In time, I will write an outline of its growth, though I'm always aware that outlines are only a beginning, a rough concept. As the seed sprouts into a sapling during the first draft of the manuscript (which, old fashioned that I am, I also write longhand), the outline is abandoned. For by now the tree itself is guiding my work. I believe in it, and listen closely to its inner voice — to its soul. Several more rewrites help me shape the growing tree. I try to develop characters, places (which are much more than merely backdrops to the story, deserving all the depth and subtlety of characters), plot lines, and the story's underlying ideas. When at last I feel satisfied that it is truly formed, I show a manuscript to my editor. Her comments and questions are sometimes not what I'd hoped to hear, but they are always valuable. After all, she is my ally, my fellow gardener. From: The T. A. Barron Official Website www.tabarron.com Now come more rewrites. People often ask me how much rewriting I do. The answer is, quite simply, as much as it takes to get it right. You see, there is no substitute for the integrating and deepening that happens in a thorough rewrite. Quite often, I am also doing research at this stage, to make the story's characters and places feel true. That, indeed, is the ultimate test. Paradoxical as it may sound, good fiction is true on many levels. That's right! Fiction must feel true. On the levels of the senses, the emotions, the intellect, and the soul, a story ought to win the reader's belief. Characters, if well developed, become so real that they can walk right off the page — for both writer and reader. That is true regardless of whether the character is a man, woman, child, tree, mountain, or magical snow crystal. Sometimes I stop writing the story I am crafting and write a brief biographical sketch of one character — just to get to know that character better. How do I know when a character is fully formed? When I can, at last, hear his or her voice. No aspect of a character's description is as revealing as the voice. And then, if that voice is true, the newly-created character will lean over to me and whisper his or her deepest secret. Now, at last, the book is a thriving young tree, though it has yet to bear fruit. I still need to do more revising — but at this point the work is quite delicate, just trimming a few branches. Neuroscience is just beginning to illuminate how our brains work. But we do know this about writing: Connecting with both the left and right halves of the brain is crucial, for the creative process is both rational and metaphorical, logical and mysterious. Finally, the tree stands fully grown. It reaches high and has surprisingly deep roots. Maybe it also holds a wondrous crop of fruit. And perhaps, when the wind whistles through its branches, it brings to mind some secret, half-remembered song. Best wishes from your fellow writer, T.A. Barron

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the 1st and 2nd books in this series and loved them. T a barron has a really descriptive and almost poetic style of writing. You get pulled deeper and deeper into the story as you read. It has a complex plot and compelling characters such as merlin and rhia. I seriously recomend this to any fans of harry potter or the lord of the rings
MKKM More than 1 year ago
We have just started reading this series, so far we have really enjoyed the first two books. If you are into wizards or history you might like these books. The wording is young reader friendly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Seven Songs of Merlin is a great book with a lot of twist and turns along the way. The book is about the great wizard Merlin. Instead of the old all powerful all knowing wizard he usually is, he's a 13 year old boy and instead of going around Camelot with King Arthur he's living in the magical in-between world of Fincayra. Tasked with reviving the Dark Hills Merlin at first makes good progress until he decides to bring his mother to the island, unfortunately shortly after reaching the island she is attacked by a death shadow. With only a month to live and only one cure in existence Merlin, his friend Rhia, and the less than funny jester Bumbelwy set after the legendary seven songs of wizardry to gain access to the otherworld well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was reading this book, I realized that every time the plot became boring the author made sure to make it more exciting. The book is about the great wizard Merlin as a child. The Seven Songs of Merlin are important morals that Merlin must learn in order to save his sickly mother. It was one of the best books I've ever read and I've already recommended it to other people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings to life a magical adventure of heart, mind, and body. T.A. Barron has delivered a powerful and touching story. He has once again outdone himself in the area of writing with his vivid descriptions and irresistable characters. Any book lover will enjoy the ride that this book takes you on. It is jam-packed with adventure, fun, and lessons that can also be applied in our lives. It is sure not to disappoint. =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was great, and while this one doesn't have the original feel to it (let's just say, you know it's a sequel, you know what I mean?), it has the good plot and pacing the first had. This epic truly is something great.
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This was a very good, kid friendly book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first book. When he gets in the Otherworld, it gets sad. Couldn't put it down. Look for my review on book 3: The Raging Fires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the series
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