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Merlin: Book Two of the Pendragon Cycle (The Pendragon Cycle #2)

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A stunning saga of courage and destiny in a legendary time of chaos and kings

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
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ebook, 448 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published 1987)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

The 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, Lo
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Angie
Feb 03, 2009 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jeff Miller
Feb 16, 2016 Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter Walton-Jones
Feb 11, 2011 Peter Walton-Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 Merlin...bard, 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 a ...more
Marie
Sep 10, 2014 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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 Goodr
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Laurie
Apr 03, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bianca
Sep 02, 2007 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
the second book of the cycle, but the first book of the cycle that i read.. :p
all 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.. :)
Carol
Aug 29, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Lynn
DNF at 53%. Made it through book 1, but just could NOT finish Merlin. Usually I finish a book in two days, three at most, but I was almost to the week mark working on this one and barely halfway through. With the tell, don't show style and the pretentious, bombastic, over-the-top hyperbole littered through the book, I'd had enough. With passages that are meant to be sweepingly dramatic leaving me laughing so hard I'm in tears, I think I can be excused for skipping the rest of this boring, overly ...more
Anthony Zappia
In the 2nd book of the Pendragon cycle, the story continues some years after Taliesin, with a young Merlin. The narrator of the story is Merlin himself. Rome has fallen, with rumors that the legions will return being just that - rumors. Yet the forces of darkness continue to mount against the people of Britain, and it's not just the Saxons and Irish raiders either. Morgain (Merlin's aunt) continues to grow in power...and evil. The search for a leader to save Britain continues. I find Lawhead to ...more
Robin
Sep 20, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kevin
May 12, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much, it seemed to stretch on and on with things that were not relevant to the story line. Actually there didn't seem to be much of a story line, other than Merlin wandering around and sometimes doing things. The crazy part in the middle was really confusing and hard to get through. It did leave a good impression of craziness, which I suppose was the point, but that didn't make it fun to read. It, like many other scenes, just felt way longer than necessary. I spent the ...more
Bob
Dec 31, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fantasy
Rather to my surprise (considering I gave Taliesin a 3-star rating), I'm giving this one a 5-star rating. It didn't keep my spellbound throughout, and in the middle I felt it dragging several times, but really, now that I'm finished with it, I found myself rather impressed, indeed.

The first person perspective works much better in this one than the third-person perspective of Taliesin. Reading it is like seeing out of the eyes of a strange, crotchety, yet impressive and ageless old man, which is
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Mike Ceballos
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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Laura
May 04, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper, arturics, 2016
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". Però el retrobamen
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Devon Flaherty
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” was
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Abigail
Jan 26, 2013 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Merlin before Arthur. His journey to becoming the wise man who orchestrates the creation of the fabled Kingdom of Summer. He has much to do and learn before he can become the man Britain needs.

I always like reading about Merlin's early life and this was especially well explored here. Merlin can be a bit shadowy in many Arthur-legends and Lawhead gives us insight by having Merlin narrate the book. He is looking back on his life, but he does not shy away from the painful and his own m
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Brad McKenna
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 ...more
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Molly
Dec 24, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
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 à frente
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Simon Mcleish
Dec 28, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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Tori Wade
As the second book in the trilogy, I am suprised to say that I preferred it to the first. I enjoyed the character of Merlin more than his father, and I was glad to see Charis remained in the tale. Lawhead's choice of first person narration was a good one, even though the style was a bit rough at times.

This section of the tale had a bit more buy in from me, as I began readign with a greater appreciation for Merlin's role in uniting Britain. Additionally, the events unfolded in a less predictable
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Diane
This second book in the Pendragon series tells the story of the magical and kingly Merlin.

The first part of the novel deals with Merlin’s childhood, his training in magic and in warfare, his marriage, and the winning of his kingdom. There follows a long period of seclusion and madness, after which Merlin re-enters the political life of Britain and dedicates himself to protecting the bloodline of Britain’s former emperor. The novel ends with the sword of Britain being embedded in the stone where
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Paul  Perry
Aug 09, 2010 Paul Perry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elise
Jul 03, 2011 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marita_z
May 17, 2015 Marita_z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro irritou-me um pouco no início...
Merlin cristão???
De todas as personagens na lenda do rei Artur, esta era a que não estava mesmo a ver como cristã (não é exactamente cristão como hoje em dia, mas mesmo assim irritou-me...) (E tenho saudades do Merlin mago/feiticeiro... Mas adiante..)
Entretanto começaram a acontecer coisas e a acção começou a sério e mandei isso para trás das costas.
Gosto de que o "tema" dos livros seja um dos personagens, no primeiro o Taliesin, no segundo o Merlin
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Book two of The Pendragon Cycle, in which Lawhead moves forward in his retelling of Arthurian legend onto a little firmer historical ground, in that time between end of Roman military presence and establishment of island-wide political rule.

This slim historical grounding gives Lawhead's tale believability, and he writes in fast-moving style, seldom bogged down in breathless romanticism, and sometimes rising to profound and humorous levels in retelling this oft-told tale.
Maureen
Jun 28, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
Merlin is marginally better than Taliesin for two main reasons:

1. The novel is entirely written in the first person from Merlin's perspective which makes it a lot easier to relate to him as a person and to care about his journey

2. Two thirds or more of the book combines multiple parts of Welsh myth and legend from across Arthurian sources and stories as well as the Welsh Mabinagon to create an original take on a very, very overdone legend

The Christian sledgehammery is still painful, but this tim
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Jen O'leary
Couldn't finish it. I tried and tried, but the endless, unrelenting Christian preaching was just too much for me. The storyline had so much potential and the actual writing was good, but *ugh* I felt beat over the head with Jesus, like I needed to convert. I'm sorry, but when I think of Merlin, I think Druid, not bible-thumper... I was really let down by a promising tale...
Lana
Feb 15, 2015 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for me the arthurian saga has always been about merlin, i just love merlin and am not so enthralled by arthur at all so this book i really enjoyed as it filled in many details about merlin which other books had not given importance to! will be starting the book about arthur but still hope merlin features strongly in this and also that this author will make me like arthur a bit more!!
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned
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The Pendragon Cycle (6 books)
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“Perhaps it is how we are made; perhaps words of truth reach us best through the heart, and stories and songs are the language of the heart” 39 likes
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