Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard--Book Review

In fifth-century Britain, a strange stone has the power to enchant anyone who comes in contact with. Anyone except the half-blind son of a swordsmith, Merlin. When the druid people take control of the stone to destroy the kingdom of Uther, Merlin will do whatever he can to stop them and overcome his weakness of his eyes.

Merlin's Blade adds to the lore of Arthurian legend by providing a richly detailed setting and a thorough, intricate story line. It has all the elements a fantasy reader would want. Merlin's character shows promise, in what I hope to be future novels of this series. He is brave and loyal to his beliefs and morals. And while he has a physical disability, he does not allow it to hold him back from what is right.

As for the story line, I felt it to be a bit slow at first. There is a lot of play-by-play character movement and dialogue, but not a whole lot of exciting, action in the beginning. However, once things started going and the stakes were raised, more thrilling action occurred.

Some parts felt too easy, such as character development or certain elements fell into place perfectly. And the dialect at times was a bit confusing and hard to read through. There is a pronunciation glossary in the back, which was helpful and also interesting to read through. However, I had hoped the glossary would be more than just people and places but definitions of some terminology that escaped my own knowledge.

Overall, the story and characters were wonderful to read about. I would definitely recommend to lovers of fantasy of all ages (though there is some violent and bloody content).

I hope to read more about Merlin and the young King Arthur in Robert Treskillard's Merlin Spiral series!

-Jaguar Hero!
I received this book for free from Zondervan through I was required to give my honest opinion of the book, nothing more.

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