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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard. The Second Installment of the Merlin Spiral Series.

Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard

Publication Date: October 2013
List Price: $9.99
ISBN-13: 9780310735083

Review: You have heard the tales of the Sword in the Stone and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but did you ever wonder how it all began? You can discover more in Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard. This is the second book in the Merlin's Spiral series. Join Merlin and his friends in this exciting prequel to the stories we already know and love.

In book one, Merlin's Blade, we learned how the Stone was discovered to have special powers. The Arch druid, Morganthu wants to use the Stone's powers of enchantment on the Britons to bring his own people to power. He creates an army to take out Arthur's father, the High King. Once the king is murdered, Merlin must fight to protect his infant son, Arthur, from those who wish to take control. Merlin drives a sword into the Stone, stopping it from further corrupting the minds of the Britons, and then escapes with the help of his friends.

Merlin's Shadow starts from this point. Merlin is being hunted by Vortigern, a Battle Commander, who is trying to kill Arthur, and by his sister, Ganieda, who blames Merlin for the death of their parents. Merlin and his friends must find a way to keep Arthur out of harms way and head to a fortress to hide out. Along the way, they are captured and enslaved. They are taken to King Atle's fortress. Merlin acts as his grandson and King Atle thought it was true. A feast was near and during the feast King Atle kidnaps Arthur and takes him to the Land of the Dead for sacrifice. Merlin and his friends escape the locked fortress and start making their way to the Land of the Dead. Can they make it there in time before Atle makes the sacrifice? You will find out in Merlin's Shadow.

Merlin's Shadow is an excellent book because the storyline is really good and the characters are just like the old story of Merlin. I also enjoyed Merlin's Shadow because it is a perfect plot, and even though at times some of it doesn't make sense, it is a great book. Go to the nearest library and go check out Merlin's Shadow.

Review written by Christian (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Blink for providing a copy of Merlin's Shadow for this review.

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