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Prophecy: Death of an Empire (Prophecy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  300 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Merlin's epic quest continues as he journeys to Constantinople in search of his father.

Myrddion Emrys of Segontium is the product of a brutal rape, but when King Vortigern hints at his father's identity, Myrddion embarks on a journey across France and Italy to Constantinople. It is a voyage that is to turn the young healer into a man of great renown. Serving under General
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Headline Review (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sud666
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was truly surprised by this book. It started out slowly, the prologue, but the book ended up being amazing. I am very impressed at M.K. Hume's scholarly research. It shows.

I listed this book as both a fantasy and a historical fiction since it is both. Fantasy , since the tale it told through the eyes of Merlin. Historical Fiction because everything he describes, save his involvement, is real.

This covers the years when Merlin was a young man and traveling in the continental Roman Empire. Throu
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Unai
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aprovechando que esta semana se publicaba el tercer volumen que cierra esta saga precuela de la saga artúrica de la misma autora, me he puesto con la segunda parte para poder leerlos seguidos. Y es que tengo que reconocer que es muy satisfactoria de leer esta saga.

Es bastante diferente, como es lógico, este segundo libro y es que Myrddion ha decidido junto con sus ayudantes, iniciar viaje hacia el corazón del imperio con el doble objetivo de adquirir conocimientos para mejorar su trabajo como sa
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Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Reseña de mi blog Nanny Books

Impresionante continuación de Batalla de reyes, Muerte de un imperio sigue dándolo todo en esta trilogía que apunta a ser de lo mejor: buenas portadas, una épica de las viejas y un personaje principal místico. Todo esto sumado a una gran narrativa, da como resultado la saga del año.
Seguimos con la narración en tercera persona, pero focalizada principalmente en Merlín, que no aburre en ningún momento, a pesar de sus más de quinientas páginas. Con escenas de batallas,
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Dianne
M. K. Hume’s Death of an Empire has mixed stark historical facts with the tale of Merlin, a gifted healer who becomes a legend in his own time and beyond. The result of his mother’s rape, Myrddion Merlinus is determined to find the name of the man who is his father. Setting sail on a journey that will take both him and his men across Europe to Constantinople, they risk life and limb in search of the truth. Throughout their perilous journey, Merlin is compelled to fulfill his oath to heal, servin ...more
Gavin Gates
In parts genuine brilliance but in others very much a let down, the novel itself feels like it is meant to be split into three parts as it continues on the tale of Merlins search for his father. The biggest problem there is with this is that Hume starts off with a massive setting and delivers brilliantly in the build up and pulls you through epic battle and very well delivered dialogue making for an easy read considering how much is going on, there are inconsistencies throughout but then around ...more
Juan Ortiz
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un libro muy interesante de un imperio en decadencia visto desde los ojos de un joven sabio, que ca creciendo y que mira como el amor se va desarrollando en su interior y es que " nunca me casare, porque supone demasiado dolor. Es mejor estar solo"
Yesenia
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ya se que llevaba siglos con este libro, bueno no siglos, mas bien ya casi 2 años, pero no fue porque el libro fuera malo, fue cuestion mia.

Yo realmente disfruto est tipo de libros, donde la fantasia se vuelve realidad, en terminos reales, la manera en que MK Hume mezcla a Myrddion en la historia es espectacular, realmente te puedes imaginar a un joven Merlin caminando por el Imperio Romano como un simple sanador que se ve envuelto en las guerras y la caida de Occidente, aumentando sus conocimie
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Dark Matter
This review was written by Lauren Schroder for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine. http://www.darkmatterzine.com.

Death of an Empire is the second book in M.K. Hume‘s Prophecy series. Myrddion Emrys (later Merlinus) desires to find his parentage and leaves Cymru and travels through the crumbling Roman Empire of Gaul and Italia. His journey of discovery places him and his band of loyal companions in great danger. His healing trade i
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Sub_zero
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2014
Después de lo mucho que me gustó 'Batalla de reyes', no quería dejar pasar demasiado tiempo antes de comenzar con la siguiente entrega de esta interesante trilogía centrada en la figura histórica de Merlín. Eso sí, olvidaos de larguísimas barbas blancas y espectaculares trucos de magia porque la descripción que ofrece M.K. Hume del legendario personaje es radicalmente distinta a lo que seguramente tengáis en la cabeza. 'Muerte de un imperio' narra el arduo proceso de aprendizaje emprendido por e ...more
Ana Elena Romero
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saga, histórica
Ansioso por incrementar sus conocimientos de sanación y azuzado por la posibilidad de encontrar a su padre, Myrddion Merlinus abandona su tribu y la isla que le vio nacer. Desembarca en un continente sumido en el caos, donde las distintas facciones que estaban disputándose los restos del Imperio romano de Occidente se han visto obligadas a unirse contra el invasor procedente del este.
Flavio Aecio, el general romano que luchó en la batalla de los Campos Cataláunicos, Atila el Huno, el caudillo fr
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Dianne
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
The Merlin Prophecy
DEATH OF AN EMPIRE— THE LEGEND OF MERLIN CONTINUES
Release date: May 21, 2013 | Series: The Merlin Prophecy

If you are looking for something that really delves into ancient history (mostly Roman history), the horrors of war, pestilence, death, treachery and little else –this will be the book for you.

I found the first book in this trilogy to be very intriguing and I enjoyed it very much. This second book in the trilogy just made my stomach curdle. The author has such a way with
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Micaela
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
Este libro arranca, donde culminó Batalla de Reyes, con un Myrddion Merlinus adolescente dispuesto a viajar hacia el continente en busca de conocimientos de medicina, pero también de sus orígenes.

Nuestro protagonista una vez más debe jurar lealtad a nuevos gobernantes, y por ello sus habilidades para la medicina serán requeridas en la batalla de los campos Cataláunicos, donde una alianza de visigodos y romanos busca frenar el avance de Atila el Huno. El relato del enfrentamiento cautivó mi atenc
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Linda
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An aged escapist...I fell in love with Merlin over 50 years ago with the reading of a children's book about King Arthur and Knights of the Round Table. In the interim between then and now, I have consumed every novel that even vaguely references him. I've read the great ones, the not so great ones, and the downright awful ones. I have a broad base of different takes on my hero (Mary Stewart's take still the best) and I can honestly say I enjoyed Ms. Hume's trilogy Merlin Prophecy. I read all thr ...more
Sara Herreras Castel
Muerte de un imperio sigue los pasos de Merlín en su juventud, como el mago más famoso de todos los tiempos evolucionaba y se forjaba su carácter y sabiduría. M.K.Hume vuelve a hacer un trabajo espectacular con su trilogía de ficción histórica sobre las leyendas del rey Arturo, transportándonos al Imperio Romano y formando parte del duro y largo viaje de Merlín.
Es una trilogía que merece ser leída, tanto por su calidad narrativa como ambientación o diálogos, situándonos perfectamente en aquella
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Lorena
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sheilalayoli
Más pesado que el primero, se centra más en explicar la historia parte como fue, parte como debería haber sido de la época desde UK hasta Estambul, sobre el 400 500dc creo. Supongo que en el tercer libro qveamos al Merlín que conocemos de las leyendas artúricas y sus acciones sean más comprensibles debido a su infancia que vimos en el primer libro y a sus años de viajes que hemos visto en este segundo.
Kelly
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not enough character development. The first book in this series was good, so I wanted to get past this one in case the third was too. But, after 15 hours of the 18 hour audiobook I was just so bored I quit.

Update: did go back and finish. Think if I was more of a history buff and knew these characters from history I might have enjoyed it more. I did really like the first book so I wanted to finish in order to read the third.
Marianne Kwiatkowski-Yee
The reasons why I didn't like this book as well as the first include spoilers, so I don't want to say too much. I am glad though, that I didn't read this one first, because I probably would not have continued reading to the end, and I did enjoy learning a bit about my dear (ahem) ancestor, Attilla the Hun. I am excited for the next book, though, because Myrddion is on his way back to Cymru, and I really want to see what happens once Arthur makes his entrance into Myrddion's life.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
Steph Bader
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Merlin trilogy and just as compelling as the first. The historical detail is splendid, as is the writing. Hume has managed to bring the characters to life in a whole new way so that all is fresh, even for the most avid Arthurian. A wonderful read and I can't wait for the 3rd book in the trilogy to arrive.
Juan Carlos
Buuufff que decepción, el primero me gustó mucho pero este se me ha hecho eterno. Es muy lento, no pasa nada en la mayoría de capítulos, más allá de seguir a Myriddion, Cadoc, Finn y las viudas y su peregrinaje hasta Constantinopla. En fin, a ver si el tercero recupera el nivel.
Kate
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick review from the phone: I enjoyed this book although a lot felt let down. I will say that it's definitely not plot-driven, so be prepared for a slow, meandering journey through Myrrdion's life. I really enjoyed the world and character building, the lack of urgency and attention to detail.
Steven
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, historical
Better than the first book as it didn't have such a long build up, was able to get straight on with the story. It's really set up the third book nicely and I can't wait til it comes up. I really enjoyed this all the way through.
Holly Lewis
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous book. The continuing tale of Merlin and his travels to Rome and Constantinople kept me completely immersed. Love M.K. Hume's writing style.
Laura
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book.
Emmerson Brand
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will not regret picking up this book!
Rick Mules
Not really impressed bogged down with to much unneeded information that was contradicted later in the book
Jeanne
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
great
Lissa
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book. There are a couple of slow parts. Not bad but a little slow.
Paf Alcoc
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mucho + convincente tener 1 Merlín educado y con experiencia del mundo y del imperio Romano.
El aprendizaje como hombre y el enfrentamiento a sus orígenes justifican por si solos la historia
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Marilyn K. Hume is an Australian author, born in 1948, and based in Brisbane, Australia.

Hume graduated as a teacher in 1967, specializing in Art and Ancient History before commencing teaching high school students. While teaching, she studied university courses as an external student in English and Ancient History. Along the way, Hume obtained a BA, an MA, a Master of Literary Studies degree and a
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