Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Fiction Fix: "Merlin"

Although this is the second book in a series, you can easily jump into the series with this book. You can see my review of Taliesin here. 

The Short:

The Pendragon Cycle, Book 2

By: Stephen R. Lawhead

4.5/5 Stars

What: A young man rises to kingship, but he awaits an even greater king.

Recommended to those who like: Fantasy, loosely Christian, darker stories

The Long:

Although this is book 2 in the Pendragon Cycle, you can definitely hop on board with the series starting with this book. Events of Taliesin are explained well enough to catch you up to date.

I preferred this book to Taliesin. There are still a lot of dark points in the story and I would certainly recommend it for Young Adults and up only. (Brief language, an issue of adult temptation, and a few very violent scenes). However, the Light was much stronger in this book, which I felt offset the darkness nicely.

Merlin has always been a gifted young man, which allows him to quickly rise to a position of prominence. But who will usher in a new age of Britain?

Against powers of Darkness, the Saecsen invasion, and the rising power of Morgian, a few brave souls dare to stand with the Light. Who will prevail?

The spiritual message is strong without being too preachy. It balances nicely with the darker side of the story.

The writing style in this one is a bit different and may lend itself better to being read aloud, rather than silently. Merlin’s voice as the narrator gives the story a unique tone.

The Bottom Line: Recommended to mature fans of Arthurian legend who are looking for a story of dark vs. light.

What's your favorite King Arthur story?

Special Announcement! Next week's going to be a big week! 

On Tuesday, we welcome Kerry Nietz for an author interview. Mr. Nietz is the author of several books, including A Star Curiously Singing and Amish Vampires in Space.

On Wednesday, there will be a cover reveal for A Time to Rise, the third book in the Out of Time Series by Nadine Brandes. Click on the links for my reviews of  books one and two.

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