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Guardian of the Freedom (Merlin's Descendants #5)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Merlin's Descendants, Irene Radford's historical fantasy series, has taken us from the legendary time of Merlin and King Arthur forward through Great Britain's history. Now, with Guardian of the Freedom, we reach a very divisive age for both the British Empire and the Kirkwood family, the descendants of Merlin and Arthur in the Pendragon line. King George III has recently ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by DAW Hardcover
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
The Kirkwood Family have been powerful Pendragon Master Magicians for generations since the time of King Arthur. They have upheld these traditions and been powerful allies of British Monarchy yet the current King does not want anything to do with the Pendragon legacy or it's members. The Earl of Kirkenwood, Drake Kirkwood, the current Pendragon has fallen out of favor with His Majesty, King George III and his current policies here in England and in the American Colonies. Drake's sister, Georgina ...more
May 30, 2012 Sorcha rated it liked it
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With the fifth book in the series, we reach a very divisive age for both the British Empire and the Kirkwood family, the descendants of Merlin and Arthur in the Pendragon line. King George III has recently taken the throne, and, unlike some of his royal predecessors, he seems only too willing to cut himself off from the counsel and magical protection of the current Pendragon, Drake Kirkwood, the Earl of Kirkenwood.

Drake, suffering from ill health which is not entirely natural, has slowly allowed
Jul 10, 2012 Monique rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Somehow, despite having read the rest of the series in paperback when they were originally published, I missed this one. Yay for being able to correct the oversight with the re-release in ebook format! As with the first three books, the reader does not need to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, but it does help. Luckily, Ms. Radford does her usual work of including a few hints as the characters discover ...more
May 09, 2015 Lexi rated it really liked it
The last published book in this series! I feel like I've been reading it forever, even though it hasn't even been a year since I read the first one. This entry in the series was another Kindle book that I purchased through Amazon.

The book follows another descendent of the Merlin, Georgina Kirkwood. She prefers to dress and act like a man, wearing pants, using men's weapons, even serving in the military. However, wars eventually end, and Georgie, as she is known, has to return to her brother's h
penny shima glanz
I received this ebook through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. I don't often jump into a series in the middle, however Radford has told this story in a way that provides the needed background in a manner that shouldn't bog down those who have read all the books. This book has everything going for it, a strong woman who defies tradition and expected roles, a spin on Arthurian legend, and is set during a fascinating time period (brink of American Revolution). I greatly enjoyed Radford's G ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Marnie rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel of this series I have read, having received all three as part of the Library Thing Early reviewers. I really liked the series, but this book I struggled with a bit. I think it was mainly because it was set a long time after the previous book and there were no familiar characters. Still a good read though
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Sep 27, 2015 Sarah Davalt marked it as to-read
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his installment is set in the time of the Revolutionary War, and moves the Kirkwood family from Great Britain to America. And thank goodness Radford went back to her same style as her first two in the series. Thank goodness! I sped through the book. This story had a lot more politics than magic, but the story was still enthralling.
Hayley Shaver
May 28, 2015 Hayley Shaver rated it really liked it
Again, Irene Radford delivers. This is an excellent read for those people that are fascinated with dark magic, the American Revolution, and Merlin and his family. I loved the heroines and villains in this book. They were very well rounded.
Jul 09, 2009 Espen rated it really liked it
It's got everything I've come to expect from this author, and when she adds the mother of all conspiracy theories into the mix, I'm hooked. A secret Lodge that manages world politics behind the scenes? Why not?
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A pseudonym used by C.F. Bentley. Also known as P.R. Frost.

Irene has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. Combining a love for Medieval history and a fascination with paranormal, Irene concentrated on fantasy writing.

In her spare time, Irene enjoys lacemaking and is a long time member of an international guild. Check out THE LONELIEST MAGICIAN, The Dragon Nimbus #
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Merlin's Descendants (5 books)
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