Item description for Merlin (Pendragon Cycle #2) by Stephen R. Lawhead...
He was born to greatness, the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a land ravaged by the brutal greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders.
Merlin, son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis, was born to greatness. Now this respected and feared warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, must follow his destiny: to prepare for the event that will unite the Island of the Mighty -- the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer.
Merlin: Respected, feared and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny. for It was he who prepared the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty---the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer.
Publishers Description Having brought the two worlds of Atlantis and Celtic Britain together in Book I, the author now focuses on Merlin. In this second book, Merlin tells his own story - and his vision - the vision of the Kingdom of Summer, ruled by the Summer Lord. It is a story of love and passion, triumph and tragedy, with itw own special and powerful 'magic'. The saving of the infant Arthur, and the setting of the sword in the stone form both the climax to this book and the entry to the story of Arthur himself.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.22" Height: 1.22" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 26, 2008
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Pendragon Cycle
Series Number 2
ISBN 0380708892 ISBN13 9780380708895
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen R. Lawhead
Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.
His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.
After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.
In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.
In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.
Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.
please give me back my wasted time... May 28, 2006
I spent a MONTH trying to slog through this book. Taliesin wasn't too bad, i liked the new twist on Atlantis, but this book was a constant headache. I fought my way through the first half, then had the person i had borrowed the book from skim through and tell me what the heck happened in the end.
Great addition to Pendragon series Jun 28, 2005
Next to "Arthur", I think this is the best book in the series. It does not shuffle between narrarators, it is in first person from Merlin's point of view. Very accurate to legend and poetically written. It has an intriguing plot that adhers to legend with Lawhead's added research on the time and culture, as well as imagination.
I have read too many accounts of Arthurian fiction, and I very much liked the Pendragon cycle. Lawhead writes like a poet. His writing can get pretentious at times, and a bit thick and hard to read, but it is well worth it. It definitly enriched my mind and made me want to write epic poetry. It's not the kind of book that you can't put down, the narrative doesn't flow like a best-selling novel, but if you like the subject matter, it is not hard to get though.
Many people critisize this series of books because it deviates from legend. This bothers me. The reason it is "legend" and not fact is because it is largely unknown. I love how lawhead makes everything seem authentically celtic, ("Bedwyr" instead of "Bedivere" and so on)and he puts his own version of the legend, which every author has the right to do. If you're anything like me, your sick of hearing about Lancelot and Guenivere and you want a new and refreshing version of the saga. Lawhead has done his research and knows what he is writing.
Strongly recommended. Read the series in order, and don't just read one, it will loose the flavor.
Sincere, idealistic, dramatic... exceptional for the young May 18, 2005
These books sold very, very well for the author in what can only be described as an impossibly crowded genre. It seems every fantasy novelist attempts, at some point, a re-telling and definitive edition of the Arthurian myth. It is the only subject more trampled and copied than Tolkien. It is also the genre that lapses in to the most astonishing absurdities. Lawhead, with these three books (Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur) has contributed something very relevant and very new to the genre. It gives the myth a burst of idealism and Christianity not seen since Tennyson with the Celtic traditions not seen since the Mabinogion. Sadly, with the publication of the latter three--and far lesser novels (Pendragon, Grail, and Avallon) the series is much damaged and diminished. We believe that Lawhead would've been far better served to let the trilogy stand on its own where it's not so intimidating and probably would've enjoyed subsequent reprinting. As it stands, our rating for this book is slightly tarnished by these later publications and endanger the proud work of a very, very good author.
WHO SHOULD READ:
Readers who enjoyed Tolkien a great deal and who read Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, and others searching for that same idealism will come closest to finding it here with Lawhead. Readers who enjoyed Marion Zimmerman Bradley's feminized version of the legend in The Mists of Avalon will find this work operating as a kind of opposite: Bradley employing the traditional pagan religious elements and feminism while re-working the French side of the myth while Lawhead invoking Christian theology and masculinity in t the Celtic side of the myth. They are very interesting to read together. These books are excellent choices for teenagers for whom idealism is second nature. Oddly, readers deeply impressed with the idealism of the people living in "The Land" in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever will find themselves deeply compelled by this work.
WHO SHOULD AVOID:
Scholars of Arthuriana, those more versed in Malory, Monmouth, Eschenbach, de Troyes, and even Tennyson, will probably be a bit disappointed. They are going to be much less impressed with what they might regard as overly-dramatic prose and much more sensitive to the liberties--particularly the Christian liberties--that Lawhead takes with the story. Certainly those readers who are inclined to much more cynical writing styles of the late 20th and 21st century--people who enjoy the subtle undercurrents and "un-heroism" of more modern irreverent works--will probably become bored and irritable with the constant nobility (just as they would become bored with Tennyson's Idylls of the King). People looking to investigate the actual history and evolution of the mythology would not be well-served by reading this book but should look to the actual source material of Malory and perhaps some of the earlier Celtic works such as Monmouth and The Alliterative Morte d'Arthure.
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The Best! Feb 11, 2005
Without a doubt, Merlin is *the* best historical fiction book I've ever read. Actually, I could clarify and just call it the best fiction book I've ever read period! Truly great writing, along with an incredible story and a character you can't help but love! I strongly recommend reading the entire series, but if you have time for just one, then make sure this one is it!
Lawhead's Re-Imagining of the Arthurian Mythos Continues... Aug 2, 2004
Merlin is the second book in Stephen R. Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle. Merlin picks up following the events of Taliesin, which saw Atlantean Princess Charis marrying Bard Taliesin, the birth of their son Merlin, and Taliesin's murder by Charis' half-sister Morgan. This book can be diveded into about 3 parts. The first is the story of Merlin's childhood, where is is taught wisdom by both Druids, Priests and former kings of Atlantis. The second deals with Merlin's brief reign as a warrior Celtic prince, story of love and war, ending in tragedy. The final part of the book deals with Merlin as a kingmaker and ends with the birth of Arthur. Set in the time period just after the end of Roman occupation, Lawhead combines history with Celtic mythology to create a very different look at the story of Arthur. Very few writers take their works as far back as Lawhead does, and very, very few are as detailed and interesting. Although there are many elements of magic in this book, it can almost be described as historical fiction as opposed to fantasy, yet enough fantastic elements remain to make this a terrific read.