In this third and final book of The Merlin Spiral series, we catch up with Merlin, Natalenya, and Arthur sixteen years after the end of book two (Merlin’s Shadow). They’ve been living in relative quiet in the north of Britain, until a herald brings a request from the usurper, Vortigern, to send men to help fight the Saxenow invasion in the south, at the same time that word arrives of a Picti incursion from the north. When Arthur disappears, Merlin must leave his family in God’s hands as he fulfills his vow to watch over the only heir of the true High King of the Britons. Through attacks on the road to full-scale battles against men and monsters, Merlin must remember that he ultimately serves the Most High, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and that Merlin’s faith will give him the strength he needs, for God alone holds the future in His hands.
Treskillard has once again done a spectacular job of bringing the Arthurian legend to new life and reimagining the motives and power behind the fabled Merlin and King Arthur. And please don’t think that because it is categorized as Teen Fiction that it will be childish or unsophisticated. Treskillard’s prose is beautifully woven with detail, inspiration, and heart, creating a spectacular tapestry of images that any fan of King Arthur or the fantasy genre will certainly enjoy. And it is packed with action from the first page to the last.
The research that Treskillard has put into writing this series must be mind-bogglingly extensive. Each of the novels includes both maps of ancient Britain and a pronunciation guide for the character and place names. And all of the characters and places are based on, if not directly from, actual Roman, Celtic, and Arthurian literature, legends, and history. Extraordinary!
I highly, highly recommend reading Merlin’s Nightmare, which you can read without having read the first two novels of the series, since Treskillard very thoughtfully included a recap of the first two-thirds of the series before plunging into the action, but I would suggest reading Merlin’s Blade and Merlin’s Shadow for the sheer pleasure anyway! This series has been such a fabulous read – I’m sad to see it end!
[SPOILER ALERT (kind of):] So excited to see, however, that there will be yet another series – The Pendragon Spiral – to follow!!
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