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Review: Merlin’s Nightmare

Posted by on August 27, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s the day! My thoughts on Merlin’s Nightmare. Wow, another awesome adventure coming to a close. Of course, being about King Arthur, it isn’t exactly finished yet, is it? So without further ado, let’s get started! Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers are saying.

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

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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About the author

Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country outside St. Louis, Missouri. It all began when Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a book was forged—Merlin’s Blade, book one of The Merlin Spiral, now published by BLINK Young Adult Books and available wherever books are sold.

To learn more about Robert Treskillard and the Merlin’s Spiral books:

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My thoughts

Merlin’s Nightmare concludes the Merlin’s Spiral Trilogy, but we know it is not the end of the story. This is King Arthur we are talking about here.

It’s been several months or so since I’ve visited the previous books in the series, so I loved the opening recap where books one and two were summarized by the characters and their contributions to the story thus far. Especially since there are a lot of characters.

To get a proper feel for Merlin’s Nightmare, it would be beneficial to review my previous thoughts on Merlin’s Blade and Merlin’s Shadow. Both books, I was blown away. Book three? Not so much. It was a great read, enjoyed it immensely, but it didn’t deliver like the first two books. At least for me. And I think it had something to do with the characters.

In the first two books, we are anchored to Merlin’s point of view. Yes, we cut in and out from all the other characters, but the book began and ended with Merlin. Book three ended with King Arthur. Makes sense as the ending leads to the next series, The Pendragon Spiral. But I didn’t connect like I did with Merlin. I was apprehensive about the characters, being that it’s been about sixteen years since book two. That’s a lot of growing up to do apart from us, so we didn’t grow with the characters. That said, I didn’t feel a disconnect from Merlin, just more distant since the focus now shifted from Merlin to King Arthur as it should.

This novel’s pace is fast and the story switched back and forth between Merlin’s and Arthur’s thread, Natalenya, the kids, and the hidden village’s thread, and Morgana’s. Lots of stuff happening, decisions being made and their consequences being unleashed upon them all.

I loved the supernatural aspects such as the Natalenya’s cut skirt connection, the mysterious visions, and the twist involving the sword and stone. And the creepy werewolves. And…yeah…don’t want to give too much away. 🙂

I highly recommend this series, but start with book one! I’m picky and eclectic when it comes to what I read, but I think it is safe to say that I would read anything by Robert Treskillard.

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


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2 Responses to Review: Merlin’s Nightmare

  1. DJ Edwardson

    Wow, where do you find the time to write AND read all of these books. I love king Arthur and I’m sure I would enjoy this series…if I only had the time. I’ll file it away on my (ginormous) to be read list, though. Thanks for sharing this one.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi DJ, thanks for stopping by! I have no idea, but I will be cutting back on reading for the next few weeks or so. Got to get back into the swing of things here soon. ha!

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