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.
You’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.
To learn what the other CSFF bloggers are saying, follow the links below:
Emma or Audrey Engel
Meagan @ Blooming with Books