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Merlin by Stephen R. Lawhead
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Jan 18, 2011

liked it

All in all it's not bad. I was really skeptical of the concept of Merlin being a Christian. Arthur, I have no problem being a Christian King, that's part of who he's always been. But Merlin always struck me as a tie to the paganism of old. However, Lawhead seemed to pull it off. I was entertained at the very least.

Beyond the christian aspects there was a nice blend of myth and history. I get annoyed when someone tries to tell an overly realistic Arthurian legend or one that seems it might as well be from Lord of the Rings. This one found a nice medium. The the fantastical elements of the story didn't outweigh the historicity that was also needed.

So in the balance, while not perfect, Merlin was still a good read.

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