So begins the tale of the strange young boy, who having washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, is determined to find his real home and his true name. One day he will become the greatest wizard of all time, but he knows nothing of this now.
At the knee of the mysterious Branwen, who claims to be his mother, the boy learns lore of the Celts, Druids, and people even more ancient. Yet the secret of his identity seems always to escape him. To discover the truth, and the secret of his own powers, he runs away, voyaging to the mist-shrouded side of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. It is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his quest are strangely entwined.
Combining all the passion, power and spiritual depth that are T.A. Barron's hallmarks, this book adds a thrilling new dimension to the legend of Merlin.
©1996 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A novel rich with magic." (The New York Times Book Review)
"An extraordinary journey of mind, body, and spirit." (Madeline L'Engle)
"Listen and be wondrously transported to the mist-covered land of the ancients!" (AudioFile)
i never finished this book as the readers accent annoyed me. probably would have enjoyed it if the reader had the right accent
T.A. Baron writes like the classics of previous generations like Tolkien. So the series starts off rather slow, but once Merlin starts his journey there are lots of adventures in store.
The first book in the Lost Years of Merlin series has lots of action and adventure once you get to about the halfway point in the book, but even then a lot of the book is still just building the world and setting the stage for the rest of the series.
I love Shim! He is such a fun character, and of course there is the ever present Trouble is a lot of fun too.
Also a lot of people complain about the narration, but I rather liked it.
I've read the actual books before and they are amazing. But the narration of this particular book was quite poor in my opinion . I'm not sure if I would recommend the audio form to anyone but I would definitely recommend the actual book
Yes. It is an excellent book for any age.
Wonderful performance. Very relaxed, his character voices were never forced.
A wonderful book that captures the spirit of what it means to face adversity, without falling into the obvious choices that real life forces us into. No needless dark themes or unnecessary hero empowerment. Merlin overcomes by good honest integrity of character.
Say something about yourself!
I really don't know who would like this book. It didn't have a plot and seemed to be a vehicle for the author to try to show how smart he is or something.
Lack of a story, narration, the religious undertone and WOW... was it boring!
I don't know. His voice was horrible and there really wasn't a pace to the story
There was little to no character development (I assume that was on purpose to keep us guessing) so it is impossible to answer that question.
Unless you are looking for just bunches of words strung together to make the author seem like a man of the world, I would pass on this book.
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