The Wings 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've had trouble describing the issues with this series, but after five books I might be able to manage. Ahem.
Merlin is not clever. I see answers waaaay before he does, and he never thinks outside the box for his solutions.
The conflicts of the book are made to sound astronomically difficult then are resolved with little to no effort in little to no time.
Despite the flaws, I still enjoyed this story. It has good lessons to teach, and a ...more
I read this series as a young teenager (I think 11-15?) and didn't know that TA Barron had con ...more
My favorite part of this series was when Merlin goes ...more
In Fincayra the longest night is only a few weeks away and on that night terrible things are said to happen. Merlin is part of a prophecy to stop that longest night when his worst enemy Rhita Gawr will appear with an army of undead. Merlin's quest is to gather every creat ...more
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 ...more
After having read my way through this series for the first time after reading the first book many times as a teen I don’t think the series itself is as gripping as the first book. It’s a bit formulaic, but still a good book and worth the read.
I lost count the times that Merlin was saved by deus ex machina. After the 3rd book and the 4th book, I thought that this series is going to end with a high note. It ended in such a cliche and childish way. ...more
And the last volume of T.A. Barron's series about the Arthurian wizard Merlin, "The Wizard's Wings," is a solid conclusion to his first cycle of books (there are two sequel series). It's a fitting if bittersweet ending to this five-book "trilogy," and it sets the stage for other facets of Arthurian legend.
Merlin, Hallia and Rhia are having fun when the Dagda appears in a vision, and warns Merlin that t ...more
Wings of Merlin is the final book in this series by T.A Barron. I was pleased by the ending of the book and felt that all my questions were answered; it had a very satisfying ending, which is good after reading through 5 books.
The story moves pretty quickly and was quite interesting throughout. I never felt bored during any part of this book. I was always eager to find out the story behind the people loosing their wings, and I can say that I was satisfied! I ...more
As usual Merlin still appears to stumble upon the right thing to do, which by the fifth book I guess I expected something a bit more reasoned. He has one reason for a choice, which turns around on him but we find it was a good choice for a different reason. I feel like the only real choice, made by real ...more
The mechanics are rudimentary, as all children oriented books are. However I don't indignantly discriminate literary merit based on the audience, rather on the ideas. This book ...more
The longest night of the year threatens to bring together Fincayra and the Otherworld. At this point Rhita Gawr provides a terrible threat against the land. If this weren't enough, a sword-armed man travles along attacking children.
The story is quick-paced, the writing lively ...more
The ending was bittersweet and though it worked and I certainly saw the necessity of the path Barron had to take with his characters. I suppose if things had to work out in that sense for a particular reason, his choices were the best way to go about that.