CSFF Blog Tour “Merlin’s Blade” – A Book Review

Another month and another CSFF (Christian Science-Fiction & Fantasy) tour. This time it’s Merlin’s Blade, first in the Merlin Spiral Trilogy by Robert Treskillard. Check out my fellow reviewers’ blogs (listed below) for their reviews. In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


536217_632644146761483_366997364_nYou’ll enjoy this book if you like historical fiction that involves medieval England, druids, and Merlin. If you think you’ve read everything related to King Arthur and Merlin don’t worry as the author takes this classic story and spins a new tale of a young Merlin. Great care is given to describe the scenes without going overboard. There’s one thing that I don’t like is having to skip over descriptions that seem like filler. Likely the reason for this care in details is the fact that Merlin is visually impaired due to a wolf attack. It’s been proven that having a disability in one of the senses will enhance the others. This comes in handy and gives the reader automatic empathy for the young Merlin.

The pace of the book is spot on and will keep you turning the pages. This book is classified as a Juvenile Fiction and seems appropriate as the prose is easy-going and flows easily but the subject matter deals with some heavy subjects such as evil (Druids) and Christianity (monks), death, drinking and violence. There are several old English and medieval words that might be tricky for new readers to this genre, however, the author kindly provides a glossary with pronunciations.

Buy this book and you won’t regret it.


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To learn what the other CSFF bloggers are saying, follow the links below:

Noah Arsenault
Beckie Burnham
Keanan Brand
Jeff Chapman
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Sarah Faulkner
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Joan Nienhuis
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Jojo Sutis
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Shane Werlinger
Nicole White

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Comments: 3

  1. Robert Treskillard May 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Thanks for the review, Nathan! And by the way, that sweet-potato looks *excellent*…

    • Nathan May 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply

      You’re welcome and thanks!

  2. Rebecca LuElla Miller May 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Another nice review, Nathan. I’d say you’re hitting your stride. For me the best part was discovering that this familiar story was still new and different from anything I’d read before about the Arthur legend.


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