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Guardian of the Vision: Merlin's Descendants #3 [Mass Market Paperback]

Irene Radford


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; First Printing edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756400716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400712
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,227,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and exciting saga 9 May 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Since the time of King Arthur, a Pendragon has always guarded England and its shores. The descendants of Merlin also try to keep the peace, but when war occurs they react quickly to end the conflict as soon as possible. In 1553, Raven is the current Pendragon and will soon name her grandson Griffin, the older twin brother of Donovan as her heir.

During a border skirmish with the Scotts, Griffin has a religious epiphany that leads him to the abandonment of his powers, his titles, and his birthright. He becomes a Catholic priest. Donovan picks up the mantle of the Pendragon, but though he understands the role he does not have the power to perform the job. Roanna, descendent of the Sorceress Nimue, has called forth a demon, but her summons fails as the demon of chaos Tryblith controls her. Only a Pendragon can stand in their way of spreading chaos throughout the world.

The third installment in the Merlin's Descendents series places a magical spin to true historic events. Irene Radford enchantingly brings to life the early Elizabethan era so that the audience will think that the author contains Merlin's genes. The battles on the mundane and mystical planes propel the story line forward, but the characters make the novel so fascinating that the good, the bad, and the ugly compel the reader into a one sitting session.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take on Arthurian Mythology 5 Jun 2012
By Alyssa Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a story mainly about Griffin, though it does switch viewpoints. He is a descendant of Merlin and is studying to be the next Pendragon, a person who looks over the well-being of Britain. However, he goes against his family's wishes and goes away from his home to become a Catholic priest. When Elizabeth I takes the throne and Mary Stuart makes plans to take the English throne for herself, Griffin sees that he must reconcile his beliefs of faith and his need to stop Tryblith, the Demon of Chaos, who wants to start war in Britain.

The main complaint I have with this book is that it relies heavily on stereotypes. There is nothing exciting or surprising about the characters. Griffin is a devoted priest who worries constantly about being damned, Roanna is the seductress harboring (and being tricked by) a demon, the old characters are generally wise, the high-ranking characters are generally manipulative and power-hungry. It is all black and white with these characters, which I didn't especially like. There were also times in the plot where things happen just a little too conveniently. It was ridiculously easy for Roanna to work her way up to become the adviser of high-ranking nobles, as it was for Griffin to find Queen Elizabeth I's illegitimate child. (She put a note in her own hand by her son's birthing record. I'm so sure a queen intent on hiding a child would slip up like that.) In short, there were some serious believability issues.

Despite that, I actually did enjoy reading this story. It was surprisingly easy to follow, even though it's the third in the series and I haven't read the other two. It easily could have been a stand-alone. And I like Radford's take on the Merlin story. The history is well-researched and so well integrated with the mythology, that I felt like I was reading a long-established myth instead of Radford's version of the Merlin/King Arthur story. There is a good deal of action and intrigue and I was kept interested in the story, even if I felt annoyed by the writing style. I think fans of fantasy and especially of Arthurian legends will enjoy Guardian of the Vision.

*I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.*
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing, Uncomfortable Genre/subject Blend. 15 Jun 2013
By E. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fan of most things to do with the Arthuriad, in respect of that I found the book somewhat disappointing. The characters felt too fussy to me, and it took until I was a long way into the book to actually manage to put that aside and start to enjoy the story for what it was. Mind you, thereby hangs the story's main problem as I also felt that, for a long way into the book, it remained unclear just what the narrative was trying to be.

Whilst I am aware that there are many successful blend of historical and fantasy novels, it felt as though there was something either lacking or forced in this particular blend that rendered it ineffective for most of the time. It was only toward the last part of the book, when historical aspect of the book settled into the background, as a setting rather than as part of the action, (as it had been when the focus was on the political intrigue of Queen Elizabeth, and Mary Queen of Scots courts), that the book became more enjoyable to read.

The journey of, and questioning of, what constitutes faith and the difference between faith and religion was, in my opinion, the most interesting aspect of the book, and is as pertinent now, if not more so, than the time in which the action of the book is set. Does it truly matter what we call god? Even in this however, I felt that at times the point was belaboured, and the impact thereby somewhat lessened.

The overall impression of the book, although I enjoyed it well enough, was that it was perhaps overly long, and could have been a story that was more tightly held together. It tried to fit in way too much, in too many genre styles.
4.0 out of 5 stars History with a touch of frantasy 26 May 2012
By Mirrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not the first of Irene Radford's books that I have read, however it is the first I have picked up in this particular series. As someone familiar with her work I was happy to see a hint of fantasy mingled in with the historical fiction of the legend of the Merlin. I was also happy to find that the book itself was a journey in faith. Not only Christian or Pagan faith, but faith in general. Seeing how a Merlin turned priest would be accepted among his peers in either group was an interesting aspect of the story. My only one complaint was that Griffin's love interest tends to go on and on and on about how he has left her when really it was a matter of being drunk and not remembering the night at all. Hearing her moan about their time together and how she knew him intimately as often as she did was a little over the top for me.

Not really a fan of the Arthur legend, but I may end up changing my mind after reading this book. I might just go and read the rest of the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guardian of The Vision 14 April 2012
By Athenajewel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of this series I have read and hopefully not the last. I really enjoyed the story, full of good vs evil, magic, intrigue, all of the things that make for a fantastic read. The characters were likeable, the imagery was rich and the story flowed seamlessly. I also liked the fact that there were real life kings and queens used, you can almost imagine this as a true story with a little bit of myth thrown in. I can't wait to read more!!!!
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