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Merlin's Bones

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In post-Arthurian England, ten-year old Amby and the troupe of traveling players he belongs to are on the run from a conqueror. He has been gifted with second-sight, and when the troupe stumbles upon an unoccupied castle he is the only one in the group who senses the power that lies within the stone building. In the near future, the Fisher King, Mordred and Morgan le Fay s...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 15th 1996 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1995)
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CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian
An Interesting concept, and welcome addition to the Arthurian Camelot Mythos. I've been a fan of Saberhagen's since I read Empire of the East in High School in the early 1980's. I usually find his style very enjoyable and well flowing, however, I found that Merlin's Bones took some getting used to the flow and style. It started out slow for me but somewhere just before halfway it picked up speed until it smashed into a brick wall at the end.

In medieval times, sometime after the Days of King Arth...more
Ууф, свърши се. Много мъчно вървя. Навремето поредицата за берсерките ме грабна много и почнах книгата с големи очаквания, а то... действието върви някак хаотично, без смисъл и посока, разни герои се разкатават напред-назад като мухи без глави, а за капак действието, което вървеше в разказ от първо лице единствено число от гледните точки на различните герои, и всички повествования си приличаха като две капки вода, което и най- ми приседна. Нелогично е да четеш повествование в 1л.ед.ч. на 10-годи...more
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Jeff Crosby
This is a difficult book to describe, which likely explains my prior hesitation to read it. It is an odd mix of time travel and Arthurian fantasy. At the same time, it does not disappoint. For about half the book I had no clue where it was actually headed. However, as I finally started to identify the characters, I began to see what Saberhagen had concocted. Some of the Arthurian characters are readily identifiable, but others are hidden for a time. This is a fun read, but knowing some Arthurian...more
David Read
Not bad, quite some distance from Saberhagen's best work.
Sort of a re-imagining of the Merlin/Camelot/Arthur legend with some 20th-century stuff mixed in. A bit disjointed, and the wrapup at the end isn't very satisfying.

Liked it but didn't love it.
Some of the characters were underdeveloped or flaky and motives behind certain character's intentions to revive Arthur were left out. It doesn't have a linear timeline, so you really have to keep up with what is/was happening throughout the story.
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