05 July 2013

Merlin's Blade; Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1)Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a huge fan of the Arthur/Merlin story, I was excited to read a new series. So what went wrong?

First of all, it took too long to actually figure out what was going on. It's obvious that we're in Dark Ages England, but the blurbage refers to a meteorite that makes a brief appearance and then I'm guessing that it reappears as the Druid Stone but that's never made clear. It's obvious that Merlin is different, but we don't get to see him as a seer/prophet, he's more of a bard who has visions (which may or may not be related to later parts of the series). The whole Druid/Christian culture clash didn't bother me (nor should it bother any fans of, for example, Marion Zimmer Bradley's take on the story), but the way in which it was done, with rather inept monks and bloodthirsty druids? No thanks.

And then... there... were... the ellipses... I haven't seen... this... many since reading... Barbara... Cartland. Unnecessary and distracting.

Copy provided by publisher.

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