Merlin

Merlin A stunning saga of courage and destiny in a legendary time of chaos and kingsHe was born to greatness the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis A trained warrior blessed with the gifts

  • Title: Merlin
  • Author: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • ISBN: 9780380708895
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • A stunning saga of courage and destiny in a legendary time of chaos and kingsHe 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 invadersRLIN Respected, feared and hated by many, he wasA stunning saga of courage and destiny in a legendary time of chaos and kingsHe 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 invadersRLIN 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 SummerRLIN Entertains and tantalizes an exciting and thoughtful addition to the ranks of Arthurian fantasy Locus

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    1. Rating: 2.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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: 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, [...]

    2. This second book in the series takes us from Merlin's childhood to his saving baby Arthur (I don't think that's a spoiler---don't we all know he did that?). Unlike Taliesin, the narration is first person, which I think is right. I like Merlin telling his own story. I liked this one more than I liked Taliesin, but that was to be expected. Isn't Merlin everyone's favorite Arthurian character? Merlin is a character who's taken on many forms. I like the old Once and Future King/Disney Merlin (though [...]

    3. As much as I liked the first book in the series, I liked this one more. The first book told two intertwining stories as it needed to do. This was done well, but Merlin is much more focused and I liked it better for that. This is really my favorite of the retellings regarding Merlin, especially since he is a man of virtue and humility.

    4. Rarely have I had such a strong negative reaction to a book. I hated it. And part of the reason, I think, I that the first volume, Taliesin, was superb. But while in Taliesin Lawhead spun an intriguing tale that treated the source material with respect, Merlin quickly becomes a religious tract proclaiming how superior christianity is to the pagan religions that it displaces. For me, Lawhead did two unforgivable things in this book. First, he makes Merlin a christian and a missionary. Yes, of cou [...]

    5. La historia de Merlin, desde su tierna infancia, aprendiendo tanto de los druidas como de los curas cristianos que ya estaban en Inglaterra hasta que se convierte en adulto. Su romance con una princesa y después los años que pasa en el bosque hasta que descubre su destino.

    6. Segundo libro y tan bueno o más que el primero. Si en Las Nieblas De Avalon caímos rendidos ante Morgana, en esta obra somos subyugados por este Merlin.En esta obra seguiremos paso a paso el crecimiento de este legendario mago, conoceremos su origen, y entenderemos cómo fue que aquellos sucesos oídos en un sin número de canciones y leídos en igual cantidad de textos, forjaron su leyenda.Comenzaremos por su infancia, el mismísimo Myrddin (nombre celta del mago), nos contará su historia. V [...]

    7. Segueixo amb la sèrie de Pendragón. En aquest llibre, la història està narrada per en Merlí, i ens explica la seva vida des del moment en què va néixer fins a poc després del naixement del rei Artur.El llibre està dividit en tres parts diferenciades, i és difícil saber quina és la millor.A la primera part ens explica la infantesa d'en Merlí, fins que es casa i espera una criatura. La part que em va agradar més va ser tot el temps que va estar raptat pel poble de "las colinas". Per [...]

    8. Merlin is the second book in the "Pendragon Cycle". I enjoyed the first book "Taliesin," and for me this was an even better read. The story of the ageless Merlinrd, druid, king-maker, warrior. From his youth he is the central figure to this story of the political machinations of early Briton. The story has plenty of energy and although characters rise and fall, come and go, with great regularity it does not fail to drag the reader in all the way to the proverbial sword-in-the-stone-moment at its [...]

    9. the second book of the cycle, but the first book of the cycle that i read :pall i can say is, this book made me love merlin even more ^_^a must read for those of you who loves arthurian legend there's a bit of religious stuff in all of stephen r. lawhead's books, which is fine with me :)

    10. I always love stories of Merlin and Arthur and this series has been good so far, however it is disturbing to me that Merlin is Christian in these books.

    11. The Pendragon Trilogy, by Stephen R. Lawhead, which includes Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur. I read old paperbacks from Avon Books which I received as hand-me-downs from my aunt. The original publication dates were 1987, 1988, and 1989.Turns out I was confused about these books. I had figured out the order of the trilogy as Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur, but here and there I would see other titles in the series. So, once I had finished the trilogy, I researched and discovered that the “trilogy” [...]

    12. This second book of the cycle was challenging to get into because it starts in a style that matches the state of the protagonist's mind - chaotic, nightmarish, despairing. Once I moved past that, as Merlin moved into life and hope again, I was once again caught up in the grand sweep of Stephen R Lawhead's saga. It was engrossing, thrilling, sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-warming. The chapters whizzed by. When I reached the end, I wished I had the third volume at hand.Anticipating a visit to [...]

    13. A moving, brilliantly written take on the legendary Merlin, told in a way I never imagined it could be told. Rather than the mysterious and morally ambiguous figure of many Arthurian treatments, this version of Merlin bursts with life, passion, and great moral authority. I'll definitely be continuing with "Arthur" and the remaining books of the Pendragon Cycle! Highly recommended!

    14. Quite a valuable part of the Pendragon cycle, in which characters are introduced, and the challenge of society dealing with the emergence of Catholicism when in the past they were dealing with a more rational druidic form of nature worship, the book rarely (fortunately) implies supernatural forces or unexplained justifications for various occurrences, which can be so easily used in these novels.

    15. I had a small whine about the pacing and characterisations in the previous book in the series (Taliesin), but I think it must just have been Lawhead finding his way into this story because none of them are apparent in Merlin.Good, solid Arthurian tale and I can't wait to crakc on with #3; Arthur.

    16. I read this first in high school or college and thought I would reread 20+ years later just to have something fiction to read. I've enjoyed it the second time around. I didn't care for Merlin as much as Taliesin, admittedly because there isn't as much focus on romance there, I said it. I feel that Merlin's life is so aimless. Is he a king? Is he a bard? Or just a very good negotiator? Politician? Priest? I guess he is all of these, but I wish there was a little more focus. Maybe it's interesting [...]

    17. A really great work, Merlin is so well crafted. It is definitely a must read especially for fantasy lovers. The only reason I'm rating it four stars is that it has a couple of cuss words and the fire reading is not really good. Excellent book.

    18. A great rending of the story of Merlin, wrapped in the history of medieval Wales, the mythology of the Mabinogion and a great continuation of the Pendragon cycle by Lawhead.

    19. Deuxième tome sur les 5 que comportent la saga, j'avance en étant toujours émerveillée par cette version de la légende d'Arthur.

    20. Lawhead brings his Campus Life background to Arthurian legends. He changes up the POV with a first person narration from Merlin's point of view. He is bold with his imagining of sorrow and joy and hope. But those hoping for pure Celtic enchantment, you will get more early Christian conversions. I loved the truth in human motivations and actions. So honest in the brutal, self-serving men of any era yet just as honest with the pure love that exists. Lawhead is probably at his best when mixing the [...]

    21. Soooo. Merlin was not nearly as good as Taliesin. I gave Taliesin 4 stars; I think Merlin will only get 3. It's far from being a bad book, but I may not be the right audience. Like Taliesin, it's epic fantasy and I am just not the biggest epic fantasy fan. But WOW-the writing! Lawhead is definitely a talented writer, and I can see why the hubby reads all his books.Merlin is the second book in the Pendragon books by Stephen Lawhead, so there may be spoilers for Taliesin below.This is the blurb: [...]

    22. Humility, if it comes at all, almost always comes too late.This book follows the life of Merlin from childhood to Arthur's birth. Merlin is my favourite character from Arthurian legend so I was super excited to start reading this book and it didn't disappoint me!I loved reading about Merlin as a young boy because he was so full of wonder and curiosity. A quote that I LOVE is the one from when he first uses his powers. In the centre of the grove stood a small stone circle. The moment I set foot i [...]

    23. Este é o segundo livro do Ciclo Pendragon, de Stephen R. Lawhead. Depois de ter lido "Taliesin", foi com grande interesse que me debrucei sobre "Merlim". Bem, não tenho nada a apontar em termos de negativo. Este é um excelente livro, com uma história muito bem escrita, cheia de detalhes e de beleza. A narrativa de Merlim (narrador presente)é resplandecente de beleza e magia. É muito interessante o facto de ele ir fazendo pequenos comentários ou mesmo interjeições sobre assuntos que mais [...]

    24. The second book in Stephen Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle, Merlin continues the story where Taliesin left off. However, this book could be read as a stand alone and as such, it is not necessary to read Taliesin (the story of Merlin's parents) before reading this book.We are shown Merlin as a young child, his teaching from the kindly druid Hafgan and the priest Dafyd, then to his capture by a small tribe and his years in imprisonment, to his adult life. His adult life is where most of the actions take [...]

    25. Originally published on my blog here in October 2001.The second of the novels in Lawhead's Arthurian series is written from the point of view of Merlin, who is made a descendant of the Atlanteans who settled in Britain in the first novel about Merlin's father Taliesyn. The plot will be familiar - the traditional build-up to the accession o Arthur as king: the madness of Merlin, Vortigern inviting the Saxons to come to Britain as mercenaries, Ambrosius and Uther, the conception and hidden childho [...]

    26. There was so much potential for this book to be great, but it only succeeded in being good. It opens with his getting ready to take and hide the infant Arthur before taking a step back and detailing Merlin's own history. Because of this it seemed to act as a bridge between the first book in the series (Taliesin) and the next book (Arthur). I understand the plot device, by starting in medias res, you pull the reader in promptly. However, in this case it strips something from the book by making me [...]

    27. Merlín, la espada en la piedra y el Rey Arturo, son referentes culturales del cuál hemos oído muchas historias. Son parte del bagaje cultural de la humanidad, conforman las historias clásicas que han sido inclusive, llevadas al cine en más de una ocasión. Desde el largometraje de Disney, hasta la sangrienta Excalibur, nos muestran en un segundo plano, pero muy importante, el influjo de Merlín en la unidad y estabilidad de Inglaterra (aunque ha sido tentado en algunas ocasiones por Morgian [...]

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