Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Fires of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin, #3)” as Want to Read:
The Fires of Merlin (The Lost Years of Merlin, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Fires of Merlin (Merlin #3)

by
4.07  ·  Rating details ·  7,640 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The third audiobook in The Lost Years of Merlin series finds Merlin facing his greatest challenge yet in order to save the realm.

Long ago on the magical island of Fincayra, the last emperor of the dragons took revenge against the realm for the slaughter of his mate and their only offspring. Merlin's grandfather--a mighty wizard--saved the land by casting a sleeping spell o
...more
Audiobook
Published February 10th 2004 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 1998)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Fires of Merlin, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fires of Merlin

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
SIMON Karine
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier, une nouvelle fois, les éditions Nathan, pour m’avoir permis de découvrir ce roman, en avant-première. Je me suis une nouvelle fois régalée, avec les aventures du jeune merlin, sur l’Ile de Fincayra.

Merlin qui manque encore de confiance en lui, et doute encore de pouvoir devenir un puissant enchanteur, va devoir dans ce tome, affronter un terrible dragon. En effet, Valdearg qui avait été plongé dans un sommeil profond depuis de longues années. Mais pourquoi s’es
...more
Lindsey
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ethan
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
...more
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.
Ashley
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
...more
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
...more
Charlotte Zander
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
Heather
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
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
Ptitelfe
Ici, on voit Merlin s'engager dans une vraie quête, celle d'affronter un dragon enragé, Valdearg, qui est persuadé qu'un des ascendants de Merlin, voire l'enchanteur lui même, a tué ses oeufs.

Comme dans les autres romans, ce livre est découpé en trois parties. Il va devoir faire route seul pendant un moment mais fera vite la rencontre de deux personnages qui vont devenir important dans sa quête et dans la recherche de soi.

Il devient plus humble, et donc plus supportable. Les quelques pertes qui
...more
Jen
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
...more
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
...more
Nshslibrary
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even the great wizard Merlin had a childhood. Merlin begins his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from when in a fit of rage he accidentally set a fire using magic, and while trying to save someone from the fire he lost his eyesight. The book that I am reviewing is Merlin the Raging Fires by T.A. Barron. In this book Merlin must fight a dragon that threatens the magical island of Fincayra, but the dragon isn't the only thing that wants him dead. This book and the rest of the ...more
Kami
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
- This wasn't as good as the first two. It suffered from middle book syndrome.

- 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
Beau
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a lovely rant on the issue of the contrivance of occurrences that just so happen to move the story go here .

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
Cheryl Chang
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*CHARACTER CHANGE* In the book Merlin: The Raging Fires, Valdearg changes from a dragon full of rage and vengeance to one who is full of fear. "...has done much recently to punish the dwarves"(110). This quote shows me of what Valdearg has done for his vengeance. Also, later in the book it states hat Valdearg had become full of rage because his young had been murdered and he accused the dwarves of doing so since they lived near his cave/lair/home. Towards the end of the book, Valdearg states ".. ...more
Lire-une-passion
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"En résumé, c'est un troisième tome qui m'a beaucoup plu, contrairement au précédent. J'ai apprécié l'évolution des personnages, ce qu'ils subissent et vivent, et qui les aide à grandir mentalement. Les choix qu'ils ont à faire ne sont pas toujours simple, mais Merlin est rusé et intelligent. Le suspense et les actions sont très bien dosés, et on arrive même à s'attacher à ce dragon, qui est pourtant le grand méchant de l'histoire. Il me tarde donc de lire la suite (que je n'ai malheureusement p ...more
Marie Danielle
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Took me long to finish because i was distracted by other books but overall it was an outstanding book.

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
Kyler Place
Merlin is minding his own business when, for the first time not his fault, problems arise in Fincayra. The emperor dragon Valdearg has awoken, and he is not pleased. Merlin must stop him, but how can he do so with his powers lost to him?

This is perhaps my favorite book in the series so far. The story has changed pace, but I feel that it does a much better job than the first two. The dialogue has lost some of its wooden character, which is fortunate. My biggest concern is that T. A. Barron seems
...more
Madeleine
Here we go again. Yet again Merlin overcomes remarkable challenges. Proves he is a true wizard and displats remarkable courage. He makes new friends and keeps the old and everything is silver and gold! YAY! Only he has to defeat a dragon and some nasty, magic-sucking beasts called kreelixes and the loss of his powers. Some serious Placebo going on there.... And he has to deal with the trials of love. Love between himself and his sister, love between his mother and his mentor. To add to his troub ...more
Karolinde (Kari)
My only real complaint with any of The Lost Years of Merlin books is that they seem to short. The stories seem to want to be developed more. I know that it is in part a problem of level, but the great stories seem stunted at times.

The plus of this book is the look at Merlin as a boy finding his first love and his first step at looking at the world through different eyes. A mighty dragon has come to wreak revenge on the killer of his offspring. Only Merlin has the ability to save his new world.
Emily
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: outside-reading
Like the two books before this, I loved following Merlin through his development, though it isn't as apparent as the rest of the series. While he still matures as a wizard, his learning in this book is directed more toward his humanity. Despite the overwhelming hopelessness of his responsibility, he works through death to face it, along the way winning the trust of valuable friends. In style, this book is identical to the others, but for me, it just doesn't get old. I loved the entire series thr ...more
Gala
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Leí este libro hace ya bastantes años y, aunque apenas recuerde detalles de la historia, guardo un muy buen recuerdo de este libro. Me sorprendió, me enganchó y me dejó con ganas de más. En su momento, al terminarlo, lo único que lamenté fue que el libro no fuera más largo.

Además, lo leí sin haber leído anteriormente los primeros dos libros de Las aventuras del joven Merlín, y aun así lo disfruté mucho.
Sarah
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12+
Shelves: really-enjoyed
I just finished this book, and I must say that I really enjoyed reading this. I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first two books of the saga, and if you haven't- I recommend the first 2! :] I did feel like the protagonist, Merlin, was always on a deadline of some sort. It got old after the first three crises where he 'just made it on time.' Other than that, I loved this novel and I'm ecstatically starting the fourth book today!
Rachel
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of arthurian legend, those who have read earlier books
Shelves: fantasy
For those who already have enjoyed the earlier two books of the series, this novel follows in the same vein, bringing back old friends like Rhia and Carapre, while also introducing new ones. Be sure to read the first two books prior to reading this one.

I enjoyed the book. It's a nice, quick read--perfect for summer reading or as a break between more serious books. At times, the plot was predictable, but it was still enjoyable and had a nice ending.
Pearl Gariano
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Merlin learnt some very important lessons and was able to make some great friends. One of my favourite scenes is where Merlin tells a story with Eremon and Hallia because it reminded me that I used to play that game as a child. I think it is very important that Merlin was open minded enough to change his first opinion on dragons and (trying not to give spoilers) while the ending was sad it also promises hope for the future.
Sheila
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to agree on some of the reviews. I believe it is a great storyline and the obstacles that he goes through is sort of a magical adventure.
My disappointment is with the middle of the story. Where is it? Merlin gets pretty lost. I really wish the author would of stopped with the 2nd book. I will finish the last two books though.
Alex T.
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this book. I liked this book because Merlin must face the dragon alone. He doesn't have his magical staff, his powers or the Galator. So all he has to defeat this dragon with is Excalibar and his friends. I would reccomend this book to fantasy lovers because it has magic, dragons and wizards in it.
Corrine
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book series lumps many religious worldviews into one, so it seemed a spiritually potentially confusing read for a young audience. It was average as far as how well it was written, and I didn't think the character development of Merlin was very well done. But mostly I didn't care for the one-religion-from-all-religions presentation.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • I Am Mordred
  • The Dragon's Boy
  • King Arthur's Daughter
  • King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy, #3)
  • The Broken Sword (Forever King, #2)
  • The Arkadians
  • Grail Prince
  • Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Flying Dutchman, #1)
  • The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere
  • Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom
  • The Well Between The Worlds (Lyonesse, #1)
  • The Battle for the Castle (The Castle in the Attic, #2)
  • Goblins in the Castle
  • The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions
  • The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight (The Squire's Tales, #6)
  • The Stone Light (Dark Reflections, #2)
  • Lancelot Du Lethe
  • Flight of the Dragon Kyn (Dragon Chronicles, #2)
11078
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
More about T.A. Barron...

Other Books in the Series

Merlin (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Lost Years (Merlin Saga, #1)
  • The Seven Songs (Merlin Saga, #2)
  • The Mirror of Fate (Merlin Saga, #4)
  • A Wizard's Wings (Merlin Saga, #5)
  • The Dragon of Avalon (Merlin Saga, #6)
  • Doomraga's Revenge (Merlin Saga, #7)
  • Ultimate Magic (Merlin Saga, #8)
  • The Great Tree of Avalon (Merlin Saga, #9)
  • Shadows on the Stars (Merlin Saga, #10)
  • The Eternal Flame (Merlin Saga, #11)

Share This Book

“Eremon liked to say that hooves can make speed, while hands can make music.” 5 likes
More quotes…