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Favorite Reads #5

Posted by on November 7, 2014


I keep changing my mind. Ha! This is a lot harder than I thought. And here’s why… Two of the books I read this year concluded two of my favorite trilogies. So it is hard to separate the ones I read this year from the ones I’ve read leading up to their grand conclusion.

And in the case of this one, not quite a conclusion. So without further ado, I present my favorite read #5

Merlin’s Nightmare of Robert Treskillard’s Merlin’s Spiral Trilogy.

“Because everything we do, no matter how necessary we think it at the time, has a far-reaching consequence. Remember that.” Peredur to Arthur from Merlin’s Nightmare.

The re-imagining of the Arthurian Legends. Beginning with Merlin as a boy. I LOVED Merlin’s Blade and Merlin’s Shadow.

Epic fantasy. Fifth century Britain. The layers, subplots, a grand cast of characters, and a map. Politics, religion, kings, bards, and peasants. The poetry, songs, history, visions, and prophecies. It’s all there. Oh, and did I mention the secret code??? Awesome!

The story follows Merlin a shy, half-blind boy of a swordsmith, and how he grew to become King Arthur’s trusted advisor, who at the time is just a baby. Merlin’s integrity and personality drew me to him. True chivalry. He remained steadfast, despite his weaknesses, his blindness, and all the circumstances, obstacles that stood against him. I love stories that strengthen my resolve to be a better person. Read my review of Merlin’s Blade here.

In book two the story grows darker, wilder, deeper. Our hero faces many obstacles as he tries to keep the baby Arthur safe, but turns in upon himself rather than trusting his God who has brought him thus far. Read my review of Merlin’s Shadow here.

And then we have book three, Merlin’s Nightmare.

Sixteen years later, and the great shift has begun. From Merlin’s story to King Arthur’s story. The conclusion was more of a TO BE CONTINUED. Because, you know, this is King Arthur we are talking about here. And Treskillard is busy at work on his next trilogy: Pendragon Spiral. You can read my review of Merlin’s Nightmare here.

The Books:


A strange meteorite.
A deadly enchantment.
And only Merlin can destroy it.

A meteorite brings a mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he must destroy the stone—or die trying.

MERLIN’S BLADE won the 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award in the YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi category, as well as the 2013 Grace Award.

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Author Robert Treskillard continues his Merlin Spiral series with book two, Merlin’s Shadow, another fresh take on the ancient Arthurian myths. After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth, and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young king safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness, and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.In book two the story grows darker, wilder, deeper. Our hero faces many obstacles as he tries to keep the baby Arthur safe, but turns in upon himself rather than trusting his God who has brought him thus far.

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Arthur, now eighteen, is missing, and Merlin must find him before a shadowy pursuer catches him first.

With the High King and his kingdom caught in a trap of sinister deceit, Merlin has to find a way out before all is lost. Having everything to fight for, and almost nothing to fight with, Merlin and Arthur must rally Britain’s warriors against three overwhelming enemies: Saxen hordes in the south, Picti raiders in the north, and a chilling new enemy that has arisen in the west. At the same time, Morgana brings Merlin’s deepest fear to life and sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain. But when the secret purpose of this nightmare is finally revealed, will Merlin and Arthur find a way to survive—without unleashing an even greater evil?

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For a chance to win your choice of my 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown, all you have to do is comment. There will be six posts in all, giving you the chance to enter six times. Of course, I’ll be thinking and scheming of fun things we can do to earn more. At the end of the countdown, all names will be placed in a hat and one will be drawn. Winner will be announced December 19th, and he or she will be able to choose from any books mentioned during the 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown. So have fun and read responsibly!


Have a great weekend!

***A chance to earn extra entries***

Do you know someone who loves fantasy? Who might enjoy one of the novels mentioned in the countdown? Refer them to any one of the countdown posts and have them comment, saying you sent them. You’ll get an extra entry for every person who mentions you by name. There’s only one more Friday left! I will stop accepting entries on Wednesday, December 17th at 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time Zone. It’s been awesome interacting with you all!

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Honorable Mentions
Favorite Reads #5
Favorite Reads #4
Favorite Reads #3
Favorite Reads #2


20 Responses to Favorite Reads #5

  1. Georgina C

    Ooh! This series has interested me for awhile and I finally bought the first book. Glad to hear how much you’re still loving the series! 🙂

  2. sparksofember

    My husband loves Arthurian legends so I keep meaning to get these for him. Somehow I got Merlin’s Shadow but not Merlin’s Blade – I need to do that before Christmas! 😉

  3. rtreskillard

    Janet … thanks for putting me on your list of favorite reads! Book 1 of The Pendragon Spiral (tentatively titled “Arthur’s Blade”) will be really fun, with some surprising twists to Arthur and Gwenivere’s relationship.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Robert! Thanks for stopping by! Your trilogy has definitely earned the place. I am looking forward to seeing where you take Arthur’s story and especially where you go with Arthur and Gwenivere’s relationship. Any idea of when book one will be released?

  4. Rebekah Michele Clark

    Wow! These books sound amazing! Must. Read. Soon.

  5. Bethany A. Jennings

    I don’t know if I would have picked this up on my own, personally (just not quite my preferred fantasy subgenre), but please enter me for your drawing! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Ha! No worries! All the names will go into one big pot and I’ll draw one out. The winner will get to choose one book from any I’ve mentioned during the giveaway. So, what is your preferred fantasy subgenre?

  6. sarahtps

    I read the first book in this series around the time it first came out and wasn’t crazy about it, but so many people seem to like it that I feel like I should give it another try. And I think one of my friends might have the whole series so . . . we’ll see.

  7. Allison Ruvidich

    Ooh! I’ve read the first one, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep going. If you like it, though, I might try!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Each books here has a different feel, especially the third book. And I don’t want to be: oh, read it, it’s the best, because I know everyone has different tastes and what connects with them doesn’t always connect with others. But I love learning about why people didn’t connect with a story. What is holding you back from continuing the series?

  8. Jenelle Leanne

    I’ve seen a lot about these around the interwebs and am extremely interested in reading them!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      They are so, so good! At least, I thought so. 🙂 But as you can see by the comments, not everyone has been so enamored by them as I have. But that’s the beauty of reading, isn’t it? If you get around to reading them, I would love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

  9. The Artist Librarian

    I’ve had my eye on this one … now that the trilogy is finished, I might give it a shot! I love the BBC Merlin series (though I haven’t watched the final season yet). Colin Morgan was a great Merlin. =0

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi! I haven’t seen the BBC Merlin series, but had to look it up. I’m surprised to see such a young Merlin as well. Most movies and shows that I’ve seen feature him as older. So are you the type of reader who likes to wait until a series is finished before digging in? Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Allison Ruvidich

    I read the first one when you recommended it and really enjoyed it! I haven’t gotten around to the rest yet… but I will someday soon!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That’s great! The first book was my favorite in this series, but the writing and storytelling and all is excellent in all three.

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