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The Eternal Flame (Merlin #11)

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Avalon, the great tree world connecting the earth and the heavens, is about to be destroyed. The warlord Rhita Gawr is bent on conquest--and using an army of deathless warriors, a corrupted crystal, and a plague of arrogance and greed to succeed. Three unlikely heroes are Avalon's only hope. Tamwyn, the wilderness guide, must travel the secret pathway to the stars. Elli, t ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Philomel
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Arthurian Fiction for Children
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
You see this scenario often: the “rite of passage” scenario coupled with the “epic quest.” A world/way of life is threatened – often by larger than life supernatural villains – and the only hope lies in destinies of the unlikeliest characters. There’s something quite extraordinary about the Ordinary Hero: the David Complex, as I like to call it (David vs. Goliath, anyone?) and though in all honesty it’s a scenario we’ve seen countless times (and very likely can predict the outcomes), we still ge ...more
Torn what to rate this series. This author does not shy away from the evil of the story, yet I'm unsure what to rate this journey overall. I like most of the characters, settings, the different story lines in all 11 books of this series, yet there were some books, and characters, that stood out from others.

I respect an author who is comfortable taking the time to anchor a story, which Barron does well, but believe the story plods at times. Do so very much love the dark personalities, though, an
Nov 19, 2010 Airi rated it liked it
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Ethan Black
Aug 25, 2015 Ethan Black rated it it was amazing
This is the last book in the Merlin series. It is about Merlin's grandson, Tamwyn. He has to save his world, and use his wizard's powers to do it. Avalon is the name of his world. It is a giant tree, instead of a sphere. There are seven roots, also known as the root realms of Avalon. Each realm is about the size of the average state. The trunk of the tree is larger than you can imagine. It leads up into the branches, which are about the size of the roots. There are many of these, and at the end ...more
May 10, 2015 Foxtantine rated it liked it
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Dec 31, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Hands down the best of the trilogy, which is something. Again, Barron has some pretty predictable moves--although I must admit, I was surprised exactly three times by plot twists in this, which was great. I repeat my assertion of the first two books that Barron's world is super neat and something I would love to explore, but the characters are just too flat. Even the major battle of Everybody Ever at Isenwy wasn't enough (though the battle with Rhita Gawr was actually pretty well done, if Barron ...more
Karolinde (Kari)
Ok, I really did love this book, but I felt like the ending left me hanging and there were times I wanted more depth to certain parts of the story. And while part of the ending made sense, it left so many stories unfinished that I wanted to know.
Cahil Yazar
Feb 18, 2014 Cahil Yazar rated it it was ok

When I first picked up the first book in the series, I did so because I was going through book withdrawal and I needed a good long series to keep me reading for awhile. I had expected it to be a King Arthur ripoff that would mildly entertain me but ultimately anger me when I thought about it.
And boy, was I wrong. T. A. Barron did an amazing job with The Lost Years. Even though I desperately wanted Hallia to die ("We should turn back," "We should find another way, mirrors are
Dec 15, 2010 Lavender911 rated it it was amazing
As the Avalon triology comes to an end, the warlord Rhita Gawr, now a vengeful dragon bent on conquest, leads an army of imortal dragons to conquer Avalon, and the only thing that stands in his way is a trio of unlikely heroes, Tamwyn, Elli, and Scree. The three kids are fighting for Avalon in three different places. Tamwyn is fighting Rhita Gawr, Elli is in Shadow Root, hoping to defeat the vengelo crystal with her own elano crystal, and Scree is leading his fellow eagle-men to the Battle of Is ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Way cool!
I am SO going to go back and read this again. I got SO many story ideas, and the huge climax in book three was totally epic and amazing and something I wish I could mimic. The three main characters were likable, believable, and lovably annoying all in their own ways. Hearts to Tamwyn and Elli, some of the best main characters ever written! (Scree was only so-so.)
And the book wouldn't be the same without supporting characters Batty Lad, Henni, and Nuic. Rhiannon was pretty darn awesome.
Plotwise as well as on the topic of excitement, this book definitely made up for the last one.
It’s a lot shorter than the first two but the quality of what happens is much greater in my opinion. Right from the beginning, it is one big whirl of excitement and reminded me a bit of Star Wars VI, because different people were fighting against different evils on different fronts.
Some things that were revealed came totally unexpected while I had already guessed others.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this l
Paul Lunger
Sep 27, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The penultimate book in T.A. Barron's Merlin saga, "The Eternal Flame" is a book that even by itself could wrap up the series on its own. This time around we continue the final quest to relight Merlin's constellation & fight Rhita Gawr in order to save Avalon. The story follows Tamwyn, Elli & Scree as they each continue their own role in the final battle from the stars to the different levels of the Tree of Avalon. Barron's story is as entertaining as it is fast moving & literally at ...more
Oct 24, 2007 Caryn rated it it was amazing
I flew through this book.

Holy cow.

Sadly, this is the book I was reading as I made plans for my own novel, so I might be stealing quite a few little ideas. Okay, not so much stealing as turning on that literary charm to change things around, you know?

There's something so easy about Barron's narrative style. He's not afraid to do some things, narratively speaking, that I wouldn't dream of doing. Things like "He smelled something new on the morning fog. Dragons! They loomed over him, their tails
Elizabeth Moore
Oct 04, 2014 Elizabeth Moore rated it it was amazing
A very great series and the pace picks up dramatically as the race to save the stars continues. It is a wonderful series that I would recommend to anyone who loves fantasy.
Jun 01, 2009 AuthorsOnTourLive! rated it it was amazing
We met T.A. Barron, bestselling Colorado author, when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver.

In this podcast, T.A. Barron reads from and discusses The Great Tree of Avalon: The Eternal Flame, the spectacular final volume of his acclaimed Avalon trilogy. Avalon, the great tree world connecting the earth and the heavens, is about to be destroyed. Three unlikely heroes are Avalon's only hope, and their epic tale combines gripping adventure with profound ideas about the powerful connecti
Apr 22, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Book three wastes no time as our friends quickly find themselves facing difference battles as part of the war of Avalon. Very satisfying conclusion
Oct 10, 2014 Cori rated it really liked it
I totally can't remember how it ended, which means it wasn't bad enough to leave a negative memory.
Lee Wagner
Oct 17, 2015 Lee Wagner rated it it was amazing
Nice conclusion to a brilliant series. Really thought out and all.
Aug 18, 2016 Eduardo rated it it was ok
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T.A. Barron, I've always felt, was good at the "warm and fuzzy"; that is to say, you get a moral at the end of the book that helps you feel better at yourself. That being said, the ending of this book... it breaks the prophecy that was the entire premise of the trilogy in order to make the ending work.

Barron has twisted prophecies before, but in this novel the prophecy is broken-- there is no way to make it work. If you want to know what happens to the characters, then pick up the book-- otherwi
Noah Lusting
good book and it has lots of adventcher and fun
Heather Heffner
Nov 12, 2013 Heather Heffner rated it it was amazing
Fun return to a favorite childhood series. The world T.A. Barron has envisioned is so vivid, right up to a journey into the stars and the showdown with Rhita Gawr (Always loved him as a baddie!) Dragons, elves, and more clash on the battlefield, and Tamwyn discovers what the prophecy means. Enjoyed the return of some old characters from the Lost Years of Merlin series, and I thought Barron sent a very thoughtful message with the human race's choice in the end. Great children's author who writes ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
Now one of my favorite books. Barron expertly crafts an novel that has environmentalist themes that still has all the wonderful aspects of traditional fantasy.
Jun 07, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The final installment in The Great Tree of Avalon Trilogy. The end of my Favorite book series.

The end is near and war is eminent, but not if the three main characters can stop it. Each one is still on their own in separate parts of the world of Avalon. In the end they all come together to save Avalon, but not without having dangerous and numerous obstacles in their way.

A very entertaining book that will have you asking "Omg! What's gonna happen next?!"
Steven van Doorn
Mar 31, 2011 Steven van Doorn rated it liked it
This book was alright.

The world was epic, but I thought the characters weren't all too deep. Also the plot was far fetched, I felt like over and over the good guys would utterly fail, and then be bailed out at the last minute by someone either suddenly entering the story, returning from being dead, or transforming to take their true shape.

On the other side there was a story, and the sheer scope of this series made to reasonably enjoyable to read.
Dec 30, 2009 K rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! T. A. Barron is just a wonderful author, in general. His work's been much easier to read than other authors', and the characters seem more human in personality.

I very much liked that one of the chapters was called 'Out of Avalon'...and the battle scenes (plus Scree) were of epic proportions. I also very much liked the stars and Ahearna, and everything made an interesting mythological kind of sense. It was all quite dreamlike.
Michelle Chen
May 30, 2014 Michelle Chen rated it it was amazing
T.A. Barron's The Great Tree of Avalon The Eternal Flame is a great book. I loved it because it was full of adventure and beautiful scenery. Basically, the book's world is not Earth, but it is a giant tree called "Avalon"This book is from the Avalon series and it is the second book. I highly recommend that if you are a slow and easy going person who likes nature to start at the beginning of the series and read all of it.
Dec 01, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about Avalon. It's so full of beauty, magic, life, and mystery. If I could, I would explore it just like Tamwyn. I loved the characters and their own stories as well. I love Barron's imagination, and it fit so well into the story. He inspires me to follow my passions and to use my imagination sometimes. The only thing- if I could- change about this book is the ending. It could have been happier in my opinion.
Dec 03, 2009 Caitlyn rated it liked it
Better than the second, not as good as the first. Why is it that some authors have good first books, then the second and third books feel like someone else wrote them or something. I felt the same thing with The Golden Compass series. I guess it was fun, but I mainly finished because of a sense of duty rather than wanting to.
Anthony Faber
Apr 09, 2014 Anthony Faber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Tree of Avalon #3. If you liked the other 2 books, you'll like this one. It has an appendix of people and places from these books (and maybe from the Merlin series, too. I didn't look that closely) at the end, so if such things are helpful to you, you might want to have it on hand while reading the first 2.

Apr 13, 2011 Flower rated it liked it
I thought this was the last one in the series, but it seems there are more. Often I feel disiapointed by the end of a book, but how do you really end a book so people like it? I don't know. Maybe I will add a new category "books that end without leaving you feeling like...What?"
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T.A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature” and many other awards. T. A. Barron is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include The Lost Years of Merlin (now being d ...more
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