Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral)

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Betrayal.

After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.

But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin's destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.

(Book 1 of The Merlin Spiral, MERLIN'S BLADE, is the winner of the 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.)

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Robert Treskillard has been crafting stories from his early youth, and is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith.  He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country near St. Louis, Missouri.

 

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"Merlin's Shadow marks a gigantic leap forward ... the characters are sharper, the setting broader, and scope larger ... The novel's action is precise and thrilling, and its conflicts are cosmic. But what allows [the book] to resonate is the development of the central characters..."
- Glenn McCarty, book reviewer at Crosswalk.com

"...fast moving, engaging, filled with tension and intrigue. I highly recommend the book to readers, especially fantasy fans. It's a must read for those who love the Arthurian legend."
- Fantasy & sci-fi reviewer
Rebecca Luella Miller

PRAISE FOR THE MERLIN SPIRAL:

"A sweeping, deeply detailed fantasy that re-imagines the adventures of Arthurian legend ... The author skillfully crafts intense action scenes and vivid settings."

- Publishers Weekly

"Treskillard crafts a new and unique prequel to the King Arthur legend, one that is rich in atmosphere and detail. Fantasy readers will find themselves beguiled by the young Merlin's story."
- School Library Journal


"A fresh approach to an ancient genre ... an absolute must-read."

- Award winning author Douglas Bond

"Trekillard has achieved one of the most difficult feats to master in high fantasy epics like this - weaving together a handful of storylines into a cohesive, expertly-paced narrative."
- Crosswalk.com

"A fabulous re-imagining of the legends."
- Fantasy author Scott Appleton

"Merlin's Blade is a masterful story, well told ... a must read for fans of the Arthurian legend and for fantasy fans of all stripes ... the book easily spans the gap between twelve and adult."
- Fantasy & sci-fi reviewer Rebecca Luella Miller

"Turn the pages, and you can almost feel the fog rolling in off the moors, smell the low heather, and catch a glint off a blade."
- Best selling author Wayne Thomas Batson

"I love the setting of this book!  Robert Treskillard has done an excellent job bringing early Britain to life.  The adventure is exciting, the characters are interesting, and the suspense, which remains until the end, is very well done."

- RedeemedReader.com


"Treskillard builds a real person in Merlin ... whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for."

- Award winning author Jill Williamson

Robert Treskillard breathes new life into the often-told tale of King Arthur and his faithful mentor, Merlin. Treskillard has managed to put a new spin on the story in this three-volume series called Merlin’s Spiral by focusing on Merlin’s story. In Merlin’s Shadow, Merlin’s story continues. He finds himself adrift–an advisor to the uncrowned king, Arthur. On the run with his beloved and his faithful friend, Merlin faces adversaries on every side. Even his half-sister is bent on his destruction. Having plunged the sword into the druids’ stone, will Merlin be able to keep the young king safe when enemies surround them on every side? Merlin’s Shadow and Merlin’s Nightmare are difficult to read as standalone novels, although the author tries to give the reader enough background in the glossary to permit this. Kudos to Treskillard, who not only identifies the characters but describes what happened in the previous books that is significant to the overall storyline. His attempt to recreate the Arthurian legend from a Christian perspective is to be applauded. Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. (Christian Library Journal)

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