If you’re interested in the beginning of the Legend of King Arthur, Merlin’s Blade is an excellent novel to start. Mr. Treskillard weaves a tale of danger and intrigue as he digs into the origins of King Arthur’s Court beginning with Merlin. Treskillard’s ability to keep an oft-told tale fresh and crisp is a skill to behold.
The tale of Merlin begins where a youthful misadventure ends: with the tallying of transgressions, a verdict, and punishments. Merlin’s friend Garth “borrowed” a wagon and convinced Merlin to come along for the ride by saying the daughter of the owner gave them permission as her two bully brothers had broken Garth’s. Merlin is mostly blind, so he believed Garth and spent the day with him delivering various items. At the end of the day, Merlin and Garth are judged. Garth was to be whipped and his bagpipes (the only item he had of his dad) were to be sold. Merlin took Garth’s whipping.
Because Garth was heartsick and bitter from the loss of his bagpipes, he eventually turns from the Church and Merlin by turning to the Druid community. Merlin is initially the only one aware of the dangers of a meteorite the Druid community utilizes in ensnaring the villagers to their beliefs. With each day Merlin realizes how evil the meteorite is, and if left unchecked, could bring down England. Things start to heat up when the abbey burns down and the king passes through the area. Soon the king shares Merlin’s beliefs; both work toward getting rid of the evil rock, but at what cost?
While Merlin’s Blade appears to be written for young adult readers, this shouldn’t limit a reader’s desire for revisiting Merlin’s childhood. Mr. Treskillard has taken the time to weave a tale with all the characters and establish how their adult attitudes were formed. This novel is refreshing and honest in a possible reason for how the people’s destinies of Camelot’s were shaped by circumstances beyond most of their control.
Merlin's Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest Strength
When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur's kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith's son named Merlin.
As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role God ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, armed only by a sword he helped forge, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?
Book includes location map and detailed character index.