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The Fires of Merlin

(Merlin #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,934 ratings  ·  115 reviews
There has never been a magic like Merlin’s, and T. A. Barron reveals how the legend was born in his adventure-loving five-book epic featuring the heroic young wizard and his unforgettable band.

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

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Philomel (first published September 28th 1998)
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another solid five star novel.

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.
Lindsey (Bring My Books)
Really enjoyed the third installment in this series, and I love that they've added another strong female character - Hallia was lovely in every sense of the word, but also not someone I would want to be on the wrong side of!

Excited to continue and see what else is in store for Merlin!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Raging Fires is the third book in T. A. Barron’s Merlin series. This is a good book, though it is a short read. I would recommend it to tweens and younger teens. It may get boring to older teens. Barron did a good job introducing new and unique characters in different ways. The ending is nice and concludes the book well. The plot is sort of boring, and the main character gets knocked out a lot. Other than that, it is a great book and very well written.
Benjamin Thomas
The "Lost Years of Merlin" series is not a must-read series of books for Arthurian scholars nor for fans of Merlin, in general. It is not part of any 'canon' nor does it purport to be the definitive story of Merlin's youth. What it is, however, is a nicely done story, told in a pleasing way and aimed at the YA market. The author does do a good job of recycling some Welsh history and legend as well as tell a fine story.

I had read the first two books quite a few years ago, back when my children we
Jf Li
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written. I loved this book a lot. If you liked the Lord of the Rings or the Inheritance Cycle, than you must read it.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bk. 15
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
Courtney Giraldo
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the long sleeping dragon, Wings of Fire, is awakened and threatens to destroy the entire land of Fincarya, Merlin is tasked with defeating him to restore peace and order. Merlin is still developing and learning his skills and talents with magic and an ancient prophecy predicts his demise if he faces the dragon in battle. Filled with trepidation, Merlin sets off to locate the dragon and defend the land he now calls home. Along the way Merlin encounter other lethal foes, fiercely determined t ...more
Anna Mari
Merlin must face the evils of Fincayra without his magical powers. The Kreelix have been awakened and are not only seeking to destroy all magic but magical creatures including the dragon eggs of Wings of Fire. Merlin feels as though he is the only one who can defeat the now awake dragon just as his Grandfather did, but wonders how he will do it since he has lost the Galator, his staff, his liar, and his powers.

Rating: PG

Like the others so far in the series, I feel like we spend alot of time on M
Masyn Archie
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Fires of Merlin" by T.A. Barron set in the magical land of Fincayra is a story about Merlin and his journey to defeat Valdearg, a dragon. I found this book from reading the earlier books in the series and plan on finishing the series.

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
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, fiction
Well I might have to eat my boot. Not only was the plot relatively well-paced (now that I've gotten used to every book starting with a prophecy that will be completely explained by the end, this one wasn't so jarring), the character development was—well there actually was character development, for one thing, and it was consistent. The "romance" (age-appropriate) subplot was not nearly as intrusive and dumb as I expected it to be; I'd even go so far as to say it was almost tasteful, at least for ...more
Lynn Wallace
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I can think of two great examples of backstories in the literary world. One is T. A. Barron’s Merlin series. These five books trace the origin of the great wizard Merlin – made so famous in the stories of King Arthur – starting from his early life as a young man. For me, it was fascinating to discover a version of Merlin without a long white beard or wizard’s robes. I loved watching the various skills he acquired, his romance with the deer woman Hallia, his relationship with his sister, etc. In
Jay Wright
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give a 5. This is a heartwarming story where Merlin comes into his own. His Grandfather's archenemy has returned and has attacked the dwarves. It is an old dragon. Merlin is afraid to face him, but controls those fears. Then he loses his magic and discovers the everyday magic of the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the book. Simply, if you want a good coming of age story, this is one. It is teen friendly. ...more
My nine year-old would give this all the stars. As the out loud reader of this, the third Merlin series we've read together in recent months, I am weary of the format. But I shall persist because said nine year-old is raring for #4. It is already on request from the school library. ...more
Bethany Wade
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A dragon craves life, devours it. Swallows it in great, heaping mouthfuls. He is not slain easily--and does not die tranquilly. He resists..." ...more
Sean R_C2
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really interested in this book so I decided to abandon it. ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The big dragon dies
Elliot Kelly
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good 3rd book of series.
Melissa Bristow
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When did the name change?
Chris Seltzer
Easily the most forgettable of this first 5 book arc. Seemed like mostly a transitional book.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series of books. Shame about the Dragon but not that the baby survived
Kayla Squire
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still loving the series!
Judith Chelekis
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There be dragons! Merlin continues his educational journey (man, he crisscrosses Fincayra a LOT!).
Jason Prodoehl
This was the third in the series about Merlin as.a youth. There are life lessons along the way about our inter-connenctedness with all living things, and respecting the lives of all living creatures. A good story, and fun read.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Fires of Merlin, Merlin has to face many challenges that all lead up to his greatest challenge of defeating the dragon, Valdearg. These challenges include avoiding the magic-eating Kreelixes, recovering the Galator from Damnu, and discovering the secrets of the Wheel of Wye. After facing many challenges in this novel, Merlin learns a couple things about himself and others. He learns that magic is within himself, and that he cannot judge other people or creatures as evil just because they ...more
EA Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ancient dragon Valdearg was briefly introduced in T.A. Barron's "Seven Songs." So guess what the antagonist of "The Raging Fires" is!

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
Charlotte yeet
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merlin book number 3 is the best book in the Merlin Saga yet! It is action packed and kept you engaged until the end. There was never a moment in the book where it got so boring you just wanted to skip those pages. Although my favorite character, Rhia, did not show up in this book very much, the new characters introduced had the same amount of personality Rhia had and still managed to make the book exciting. This book showed that you write your own stories and make your own paths. This message i ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I happened upon 3 of the 5 book series at the DI. This is the second book in the series and so far the best. It covers family devotion, pride vs. humility and the true power of humility versus the false power of pride, life lessons, loyalty to mission, a willingness to sacrifice for a greater good. I thought men's and women's role were exemplified beautifully in this book. Merlin sets out on a quest to save his mother who is dying as a consequence of his pride. His friend, Rhi ...more
Devin Milliron
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being the third book of the story of Merlin’s young years of growth we begin to expect more out of the fledgling wizard. As usual things don’t go exactly as planned, but that doesn’t mean that we’re let down, either. For a time during this adventure, Merlin is left without the use of his powers, but that doesn’t mean that he is completely hopeless. In fact, it is because of this that we see some important growth in him. Merlin doesn’t make as many mistakes this time, which is a relief for me aft ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the third book out of twelve in T.A. Barron's Merlin saga. I have to say I really enjoy Barron's writing style. He is so descriptive and makes me feel the emotion of the scene quite easily. The book moved fast for me.

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
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stakes are higher than ever before in The Fires of Merlin, the third book in The Lost Years of Merlin epic. Merlin must save Fincayra once again, but this time it may cost him his life. With Wings of Fire awakening, Merlin and Rhia must go on a dangerous adventure that will take them across Fincayra once more, meeting all kinds of interesting people and creatures.

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
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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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