The Fires of Merlin
To celebrate the epic, which has sold over a million copies, Philomel has created a stunning paperover-board edition with fantastical new cover art by Justin Sweet to enchant and en...more
I wish I had started counting in book one how many times Merlin has been knocked unconscious. By the end of book three we are over ten for sure.
I love that this series has many strong female characters and is not centred around romantic interests.
Excited to continue and see what else is in store for Merlin!
The book started with Merlin and his family in their home in the forest. Merlin, as he tries to play the magical instrument he created is interrupted by a message from the dwarf leader Urnalda, instructing him to repay his debt by helping them with the dragon that had awoken. Merlin is forced to travel there and assist, but when he gets there he is ambushed and the dwarves still his powers. He is rescued by the deer-people, and they explore the area, then run into the hag Domnu. But as he ...more
Like the others so far in the series, I feel like we spend alot of time on M ...more
Merlin is on a journey to defeat Valdearg in order to restore peace to the lands of Fincayra. Not only does he have to deal with a dragon he also has to worry about an organization who hates and tries to kill wizards. These wizards use creatures called Kreelixe ...more
The third volume of this Arthurian fantasy epic introduces some nasty new beasties, magical threats and some explosive dragon action. Barron seems to have overcome his initial roughness, and allows the plot to flow as smoothly as his nature-based writing, as well as the introduction of some interesting new characters.
After barely saving his mother's life, Emrys ...more
I had read the first two books quite a few years ago, back when my children we ...more
Merlin is still young and still has his same characteristics and flaws as before. He is prideful and stubborn but also caring and understanding. He leaps into problems with little information. While this might annoy me in another book, this series is about how Merlin BECOME ...more
What I really love about T. A. Barron’s writing is that he uses a variety of fantasy creatures, rather than just sticking with all ...more
- Not a lot happened in the story. If all the fluff and traveling was taken out, this would be a very short book.
- Merlin is so dumb.
- I really liked Hallia and Eremon. They were fun new characters, and I just like the whole idea of deer people.
- I don't think the dragon was evil, and I'm glad that was addressed.
- There was a lot of traveling back and forth, and I just felt like if Merlin had done things in order, he ...more
As to the rest of the book, I found it to be particularly less episodic in comparison to the other books, however I believe it does lack some progression that the other books have. The first part seems to move slowly, while the second part seems to be kind of useless, beyond the introduction of Eremon and Hallia.
I wanted more Rhia and Cairpre. Perhaps it's my own love of those charac ...more
Theme: Things are usually not as bad as you think they will be.
Theme: It is impossible to be certain about things.
Theme: It is possible to survive against all odds.
Theme: Act kindly without seeking ultimate reasons. Practice random acts of kindness.
Theme: Look before you leap.
Theme: Accepting a challenge leads to positive results.
Theme: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather th ...more