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Review: Merlin’s Shadow

Posted by on December 18, 2013

Finally, the review!

So, I have a confession to make. I have been scrambling to finish the book in time for this review, and not because the story lacked in anyway, but as a momma with two youngsters and commitments all coming due at the same time, my hair is probably turning grey just remembering the whirlwind of the past week, but nevertheless, I am here, and I am done. And what an adventure! The book that is.

*Warning* Epic stories like this series definitely need a breather between reading. *gasping for air*

Today is the third and final day of the CSFF blog tour. The first day we explored the book trailers and revisited the review of Merlin’s Blade. Day two we had the special privilege of having Robert Treskillard here in an interview. But that was just here in my little corner of cyberspace, though I doubt cyberspace has corners. There are over twenty bloggers participating in the tour. Have you found any interesting tidbits from the others? Oh, I have! Time hasn’t allowed me to visit everyone’s post, but I’m sure gonna try! I had so wanted to give away a copy of Merlin’s Blade today, but things didn’t work out as planned, which was great, because Jojo is giving away one! So don’t forget to hop on over for a chance to win a copy. So without further ado:

Merlin’s Shadow

by Robert Treskillard

Betrayal. 
After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be 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 ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.

But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. 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.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

—My review—

In Merlin’s Blade, Merlin finished strong, victorious, and in love, even if he was fleeing for his life, but in book two, his faith and plight quickly declined. And who wouldn’t? Faced with such obstacles as he did. Hunted, betrayal, slavery, and the powers of the druidow working against him. The odds were so stacked against him, I had to keep reminding myself, I know the ending, I know the ending! Arthur will be king, but how would he? That’s the beauty of this story.

In Merlin’s Shadow, we dive right into the story with Merlin and his band of people committed to baby Arthur fleeing for their lives. With several major point of views, we switch between Merlin, Merlin’s sister and her grandfather, and the newly proclaimed High King, Vortigern, all who are bent on destroying them. Then there are other significant threads running through the story such as Uther’s two girls and what might become of them and another subplot involving a certain king that you aren’t sure where they will interconnect with the main story, but you know they will.

But what has happened to Merlin? Once strong in faith and confidence, yet limited by his blindness, but now that his sight had been restored, he sees the scars on his face and his strength fails. Who could love him? Thus we find our hero turning in upon himself rather than trusting his God who has brought him thus far.

The story grew darker, wilder, deeper. The visions were awesome, adding mystery and dripping with creativity! I’m left thinking, how does one come up with something like this? Ha! And how the author wove the story together: all the different threads, the visions, the subtle provisions of God that protected them on their journey, although, it might appear to be a curse, but proved otherwise. One of my favorite aspects of reading is gathering clues along the journey to figure out what might happen, and I just dance with delight when I get them right. And I did!! But I can’t say what it is without giving away too much of the story.

Will definitely be reading book three. Highly recommended!

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.*

 

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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:

Visit his website and blog.

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Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers are saying about Merlin’s Shadow! Have a great rest of the week y’all!

Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Pauline Creeden
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jacque Stengl
Jojo Sutis
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson

4 Responses to Review: Merlin’s Shadow

  1. Robert Treskillard

    It would be fun to find out what your guesses were and how you came to your conclusions … thanks for the review! Any favorite scenes? Any you thought needed work or were confusing?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Robert! I don’t think I could share without giving away too much of the story here, but I will say it involved a certain king that Mórganthu spied upon and baby Arthur. I think my favorite scenes are the times the story slipped into the fantastical, the dreams/visions, and that ending! Seeing the supernatural play out, the black wolf and Ganeida. I was never confused, and I could never suggest improvement. Everything flowed so well, the imagery, the style, the weaving of it all and the faith aspects. It would make a great study. Do you have questions for a book club or for readers who wanted to go deeper?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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