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Merlin's Dragon by T.A. Barron
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Feb 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult-fantasy
Read in February, 2011

Utterly uninspiring. I don't know if this was meant to be an adult novel, but I would classify it as young YA, if that makes sense.

Everything was c-l-e-a-r-l-y spelled out for you, in case you didn't understand. Also, I don't know much about Avalon, but although the different lands (e.g. Woodoot, Fireroot, etc.) all sounded kind of interesting, Barron went a little overboard on the whole fantasy-land theme. There was a bit where he talked about somewhere that was covered in rainbows or made of rainbows or something, and it just sounded like something you would make up for a 3-year-old wanting a bedtime story. But, again, if this was one of the myths of Avalon, then kudos to the author for really going with it...

Barron's characters/language/dialogue were also extremely cliched, which I found quite annoying. All-in-all, a pretty lame book, and I would definitely not pick up the others in the series.

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Alex It's shelved as a YA novel in my library, which I think is accurate.

Alex Though I think it might be closer to Junior Fiction. It seems on the same level as the Guardians of Ga'Hoole books, which are Junior Fiction.

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