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T.A. Barron
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The Seven Songs: Book 2 (Merlin #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,261 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Puffin Books (first published September 22nd 1997)
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Brighthalo The Seven Songs of Merlin is the second book in a series called The Lost Years of Merlin with the first book being called "The Lost Years."
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Millicent Prendergild, Cybrarian
This series is a prequel of sorts to the legend of Merlin beginning in the early years when Merlin is first coming into his magical powers. This is the second story in the five book series chronicling the great wizard’s youth.

As the story opens, Merlin is 13 years old and has the privilege of attending the great council meeting with the ambassadors of nearly every race of fantasy that reside on the enchanted isle as they must decide what to do with the Treasures of Fincayra. He has been charged
Zulemar Pilier
As I become more involved in this series I realized that the reason I read books is to get the same overwhelming feelings I experienced throughout it. I got angry when Merlin shirked his task for something personal but I also still felt sympathetic as I remembered that he was still just a young boy. Although I'm not going to say much in case I give anything away, I still feel the terrible sadness that overcame me in some parts of the book, which is something that rarely happens to me when readin ...more
Ea Solinas
Rhita Gawr may have been defeated for the moment, but Merlin's battles aren't over yet. "The Seven Songs" has the legendary teenage wizard embarking on a harrowing new journey, with far more personal goal -- saving his mother. And T.A. Barron's lushly flowering prose and mythological insertions make this a delight.

Merlin is given the Flowering Harp to repair the land from the blight's damage. But since his ego is getting out of control, he decides to bring his mother Elen to Fincayra instead, ev
J.A. Dalley
Once again, this story has a slow start, and during the beginning of the book all you can do is shake your head at how stupid Merlin is acting, but when push comes to shove he gets his head on straight, as long as he has Rhia there to keep him going.

This story doesn't have a ton of action in it. You follow Merlin's path has he uncovers the souls of the seven songs of wizardry. Some of the songs have a more intense journey then some of the others, but not terribly action packed. There is always a
Carrie Slager
After saving Fincayra in the first book, you would think poor Merlin would get a break and be able to safely bring his mother, Branwen (whose real name is Elen), back to him. Alas, the evil Rhita Gawr had other plans for the boy. When an illness strikes his mother down, Merlin must master the Seven Songs of Wisdom to save her. Did I mention that this requires him to travel all over Fincayra? And in only one month?

The Seven Songs of Merlin is a wonderful fantasy book by T. A. Barron, who has put
Feb 13, 2014 Lukas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like adventure and magic books.
Recommended to Lukas by: I saw this book in the library and decided to see what it was about.
This story takes place on an anchient and magical land called Finycra. Merlin is just starting to dicover his powers and what he is really capable of. But when all goes wrong and Merlin is forced to go on a dangerous adventure where he will discover the souls of the seven songs of wizardry, his powers are truly put to the test.

The Seven Songs of Merlin is the second book of a five book series. It is very well written and is hard to put down once you've started reading. What I don't like about th
While I love the Lost Years of Merlin books, so far this is my least favorite of the series (I am currently on book 5). It is far too episodic for my tastes, with most of the plot being Merlin traveling to complete one task after the next. Once Merlin gets to the area of Fincayra where he will learn a song (seven songs = seven tasks), the song is learned and everything is tidied up in a matter of pages. Then off he goes to learn the next song. I wish Barron had spent more time on the tasks and m ...more
Cheryl Chang
In the book Merlin, The Seven Songs, the theme is that arrogance can sometimes be a fatal . For example in the book, Cairpre said "The most powerful wizard Fincayra has ever known...Even he was susceptible to hubris. And it killed him."(pg 60) (Hubris-arrogance) This quote shows me that arrogance can cause or lead to something fatal, in this case death. Also in this book, Merlin, the main character, is often called hubris by the many wise people he meets. Throughout the book, he learns that he i ...more
Jem Christian
The Seven Songs of Merlin was my favorite in the Lost Years series. I was excited to delve back into Merlin's world and recapture the moments i had when I had first read it. The story is fresh and full of excitement, it was the perfect sequel to The Lost Years Of Merlin.

As Merlin is reviving the land with the Flowering Harp, he realizes a place missing in his heart. He misses someone he had left behind and who he had grown to love - his mother. After wwarnings of never leaving until his task is
J'avais commencé ce livre dès que je l'avais reçu, mais je n'arrivais pas à rentrer dedans, et l'ai donc ressorti bien 9 mois après, lorsque j'ai reçu cette semaine le tome 4, en me disant qu'il fallait absolument que je continue cette série par respect pour Nathan Jeunesse qui a confiance en ses lecteurs.

Du coup, ayant été prévenue avec le tome 1, je me suis mis en mode "fantastisque ado", et j'ai pris le livre comme il venait. Ca m'a effectivement aidé à mieux l'appréhender, et je l'ai préfér
Segundo libro de la saga y el último que leo. Me aburrí. Me interesó lo suficiente como para seguir leyendo hasta enterarme cuál era el alma de cada uno de los cantares, pero la aventura es bastante aburrida. Apliqué poder de síntesis (saltándome párrafos y párrafos de descripciones de viajes, e incluso de "pruebas" que debía cumplir Merlín), deteniéndome cuando encontraba algo mas de sustancia. Pero es un libro bastante decepcionante, con un personaje antipático que a duras penas logra redimirs ...more
Kyler Place
Emrys, who has now taken the name Merlin upon himself, is given the task of restoring the Blighted Lands. In a moment of longing for his mother, mixed with a dash of hubris, Merlin once again creates a situation in which he must rush to fix his mistakes. To do so, he must learn the seven songs of wizardry. But with so little time, will he be able to learn them all before it's to late?

Like the first in the series, much of the dialogue continues to have a wooden and heavy-handed feel to it. While
Ryan Mcquiston
This was a great book if you havent gont into the merlin serise I recomend you get in to it. This book is sepenciful funny happy and sad at the same time. MY faviort caractor is byfar Bummbly he is a jestor that has never made any one laugf and he is vrey plump but he is vrey loyal I think its really funny when he says "to true to true". Their is a big cyclops in it too he is wery tall and scarry he can kill you just by looking in to your eyes and he is vrey powerfull GET THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE R ...more
Merlin definitely screwed up. He got his mother poisoned, shirked his duties to heal the Fincayra with the Flowering Harp, and he was extremely arrogant. After all of that, he has to learn the meaning of the Seven Songs to save his mother. The things standing in his way are Balor the ogre that killed his grandfather, Tuatha, who was a great wizard. Yeah, Merlin can really move around fast. I've got to say, connections are almost always a very good thing to have when you want to get somewhere qui ...more
Even though the first book in this series can easily stand alone, I decided to read this next book because I enjoyed the previous. I am glad I read The Seven Songs of Merlin because it was a great read and it was exciting to see Merlin grow more into the wizard he will become.

I really enjoyed the plot of this novel. The plot was very interesting and moved along at a great place. Since Merlin only has a certain amount of time to save his mother, the book moves fairly fast providing the reader wit
SIMON Karine
Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier les Editions Nathan pour l’envoi de ce livre, et pour la confiance qu’ils me témoignent. Ce fut un réel plaisir de découvrir la suite des aventures du jeune Merlin.
Nous retrouvons Merlin, ou nous l’avons laissé dans le premier tome. Lors du grand conseil, il se voit confier « la Harpe fleurie » avec pour mission, de redonner vie aux Collines obscures avant le retour de Rhita Gawr, qui ne manquera pas de vouloir se venger. Il ne doit surtout pas se détourner de c
This was the first book of the series that I read. Out of order, I know, but it was an accident. I didn’t know at first that this was a series when I saw it at a bookstore for 30% off in 2003. But I didn’t know I had to buy one or two of them to get the discount. I bought it anyway, and was glad I did. I wasn’t expecting much from a young adult series about Merlin, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it tremendously. I recently reread it as I’m reading the entire series now. For the second time around, ...more
- I like how Barron imagined Stonehenge to be created, but how does it get to Earth and England?

- Merlin is SO frustrating!! He is an arrogant jerk who thinks very highly of himself. It gets a little better towards the end, and learns some humility, but most of the book, he is arrogant.

- I'm grateful there is a map in the front of the book. It helped since there was a ton of traveling.

- I love how Merlin receives Excalibur! Naming was my favorite song! I loved that whole part.

- Can't Merlin fol
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Rhita Gawr may have been defeated for the moment, but Merlin's battles aren't over yet. The Seven Songs of Merlin has the legendary teenage wizard embarking on a harrowing new journey, with far more personal goal -- saving his mother. And T.A. Barron's lushly flowering prose and mythological insertions make this a delight.

Merlin is given the Flowering Harp to repair the land from the blight's damage. But since his ego is getting out of control, he decides to bring his mother Elen to Fincayra ins
Severine Trooster
Je suis assez partagée pour ce second tome. J'ai beaucoup aimé, mais il y a quelques petites choses qui m'ont quand même déplu.

Alors dans ce second tome, le conseil se réunit est décide de ce qu'ils vont faire des objets magiques de Stargmar avait gardé au château. Il est décidé que Merlin aurait la Harpe fleurie et qu'il aurait comme mission de faire revivre l'île de Fincayra avant que Rhita Gawr revienne avec ses gobelins. Malheureusement au bout de quelques semaines, Merlin se sent seul et pr
"En résumé, un début assez difficile devant la gaminerie et la trop haute estime de soi de Merlin, mais qui finit par s'arranger par la suite. Une fois bien dans le roman, j'ai englouti les pages, pour savoir comment il allait s'en sortir et quelles décisions il allait devoir prendre pour en sortir vivant. Je lirai donc le tome 3 avec plaisir, car l'univers et la plume de l'auteur me plaisent beaucoup."

Chronique complète:
Ok for starters for my rant on the book/series contrived happenings that just so happen to move the whole story go here

Otherwise it again isn't bad, just as the prequel was. The only difference was it was more divided in instalments based on each song he has to learn, although it is kind of the point of the book, so I'm at somewhat of a loss as to how to deal with that.

Overall, if you have read the first book keep on going, it is worth the read.
Marie Danielle

Theme: It is impossible to be certain about things.

Theme: Believe in yourself. To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

Theme: It is possible to survive against all odds.

Theme: Friends are a person’s most valuable possession.

Theme: Blood is thicker than water.

Theme: Accepting a challenge leads to positive results.

Theme: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than

Theme: Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Nathan Flake
In this second book Merlin shows all the failures of pride and the treasure that a true friend can be. He also exemplifies how one needs to discover them self before they can truly aid others.
I just can't get into these characters...the ending is great, but the rest is rather obvious and plodding. Kids will need patience to plow through it and get to the good bits.
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Céline Lehu
Only Merlin can save Fincayra. However, he needs to learn the seven songs that will enable him to reach his quest and, maybe, to save her mother.
Another nice reading with a good suspense.
I read this book sometime during middle school. My five star review was based on my impression of the book then--which I found fabulous.
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T.A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar. Though he’d dreamed of becoming a writer, he couldn’t find anyone to publish his first novel. He joined a business, eventually became president, then decided to try again. So in 1990, he surprised his business partners by moving back to Colorado to become a writer and conservationist. Since then he has written o ...more
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