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Merlin (The Pendragon Cycle #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  7,880 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
An enchanting tale of love and loss, glory and grandeur, set in the twilight of Rome's power . . . where the Celtic chieftains of Britain battle to save their land from an onrushing darkness . . . In this modern classic, Stephen Lawhead presents a majestic retelling of Western literature's most compelling epic. Merlin. His golden eyes saw the shape of a world yet to be. ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published May 21st 1996 by Zondervan (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
Dec 26, 2013 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
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 ...more
Sep 03, 2013 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.. :)
Feb 05, 2013 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.
Sep 20, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
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.
Devon Flaherty
May 17, 2016 Devon Flaherty rated it it was ok
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
Margaret Roberts
Nov 07, 2016 Margaret Roberts rated it really liked it
A very interesting take on the myth of Merlin. I appreciate Lawhead's wealth of knowledge on the old Celtic ways and enjoy the way he teaches and ties Christianity into the story. A captivating read, the only downfall is that there could be too much detail so that I sometimes found myself skimming a war scene etc.
Dec 01, 2016 Donald rated it it was amazing
i read Merlin and it was about Arthur becoming the king of Camolat and Merlin is a warlock and he has a destiny to protect Arthur Pendragon to become king and make the legend of Albine come true so Merlin can come out of the shadows
Nov 17, 2016 Donald rated it really liked it
i read merlin protecting arther from dieing in camlot and that he a warlock and his destiny is to protect arther
Jay Flagg
Oct 17, 2016 Jay Flagg rated it really liked it
Great writing. Very creative. Fully engaged in Merlin as he develops. Good read.
Oct 08, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Love this walk through all the different aspects of this legend.
Sep 10, 2014 Marie rated it liked it
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.

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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
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
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
Sep 30, 2016 Shelley rated it liked it
Still not nearly as good, by a long shot, as the Mary Stewart series.
Oct 22, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic, amazing read. I loved every moment of it, and was drawn into the story from the very start.

Merlin/Myrddin is a great main character, so real, so believable, and so relateable. His struggles, pain and trials are perfectly written, and how he responds is--agh, just so good.

The Pendragon Cycle is the most epic Arthurian retelling ever. No arguments. It is so very real, and amazing and I can totally see every single part happening. Every page kept me hooked, reading...a little later at nigh
Matt Darby
Sep 24, 2016 Matt Darby rated it really liked it
some of the best Arthur stories in modern times.
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
Brad McKenna
Aug 07, 2013 Brad McKenna rated it liked it
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
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).
Jefferson Coombs
Sep 15, 2016 Jefferson Coombs rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't really like the first 5 books of the Pendragon Cycle. I found them to be confusing and convoluted. I kept reading them hoping they would get better and wasn't rewarded until book #6.
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
Dec 31, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing
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
Tori Wade
Jun 12, 2010 Tori Wade rated it liked it
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
Apr 03, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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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
Paul  Perry
Aug 09, 2010 Paul Perry rated it did not like it
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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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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“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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