Merlin’s Shadow is another sweet treat in Robert Treskillard’s series, The Merlin Spiral. After breaking the power of the Druid Stone, Merlin and his friends – Natalenya, Colvarth, Garth, and the young Arthur – are being pursued by Uther’s betrayer, Vortigern. But he isn’t the only one who wants Merlin out of the picture – the ard-dre isn’t exactly happy that Merlin and his friends destroyed his big chance at taking control of the Britons and thwarted his attempt to annihilate Uther’s entire family. While Vortigern chases behind them, Morganthu and his granddaughter, Merlin’s half-sister Ganieda, use every trick they know to bring Merlin down, including driving them right into the hands of the Picti. Denied sanctuary in Dintaga, driven into slavery in the far north, held captive by Merlin’s grandfather, tortured by tempests at sea, through all Merlin must learn to trust in God and the true reward he has in store for all who believe in Him.
Just when I thought the story couldn’t possibly get any better, Treskillard upped the ante again. Merlin’s Shadow is overflowing with adventure, excitement, beautiful imagery, and faith in the only One who is worthy. Merlin’s character is so well-written, so human, that any reader can find themselves in him, can connect to him. This brings such a rich depth to the story, knowing that, sure it’s a fantasy story, but there is a beautiful thread of Truth running through the whole. My favorite line applies, not just to Merlin, but to us all – “If God could use such an imperfect servant, than God was great indeed.” Very well done, Mr. Treskillard!
I received a free copy of this book from the BookSneeze Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!