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Merlin's Wood

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  5 reviews
All his life Reece has ignored the strange stories told by his grandmother about his namesake, Merlin the magician. And about the castle he's going to inherit one day. He's got no interest in fairy tales, just in facts. Fortunately his sister, Holly, has been paying more attention. Because when the pair of them are caught up in a mysterious explosion and catapulted right o ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published 2003 by Evergreen Books
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Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been intending to read Anne Hamilton's fantasy books for some time as I've heard some great things about her writing. Merlin's Wood did not disappoint. This YA portal fantasy novel is not long but it swept me away into a new, colourful and highly imaginative world that combines fantasy with science-fiction.

Twins Holly and Reece have grown up with their Gran's wild tales of Merlin. Reece is cynical of her claims that one day he will inherit a castle though Holly loves listening to Gran's st
Mazzy Adams
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For twins, Reece and Holly, an argument over who does the washing up lands them in soapy bubbles and hot water - on the other side of time and space. All of a sudden, their decisions and responses are weighted with life-and-death consequences, and they have absolutely no clue who they can trust. They're not even sure they can trust their own eyes, let alone their feelings. The strange creatures they encounter seem real, but are they friends, or foes?

I received a copy of this early edition of An
Ray Woodrow
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it an enjoyable read though with, what I consider, a few minor grammatical/punctuational anomalies; nothing to throw me out of the story. I found it difficult to put an age to the twins; I believe they are teens, but seem/act more like twenty-somethings.
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Maybe Reece should have paid closer attention to his grandmother’s ramblings about his namesake.and the inheritance she’s always gone on about. Lucky for him someone was listening though, namely his twin sister Holly. Because when the two find themselves catapulted into a different time and space they find themselves ill-prepared for what they are about to encounter. The twins soon learn they must work together, it’s a matter of life and death; and not just their own lives. It would appear billi ...more
Anne Hamilton
Dec 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Rather than write a review of my own, I thought I'd just share one sent to me some time ago:

I just finished reading Merlin’s Wood by Anne Hamilton. Merlin’s Wood was a really interesting book. It’s about a girl called Holly and a boy called Reece. Reece and Holly are brother and sister. Together they accidently travel to another world. They have lots of adventures while trying to get back home. There they meet animals that they trust and become friends.

I love books like these. I liked how the s
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