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Merlin: Young Merlin Trilogy: Book Three Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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Merlin, now twelve years old, begins to come into his magic while being held captive by a band of wild folk.
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Merlin escapes from angry dogs, pulled to safety by one of the wodewose, wild men and women who have their dwellings out in the forests. Despite the name, they are relatively civilized, but recognize the amazing talents that Merlin possesses. He sometimes dreams (in a weird sort of way) of the future, and in one astounding scene he uses his powers to heal. These events lead both to a shattering conclusion -- and a fateful meeting with a tiny boy named Cub.
Merlin is more mature in this book, having learned about greed and deception and wanting neither of them. There are hints at the end of his future mentoring of Arthur and additionally a twist in his traditional role.
The writing style is as evocative as ever, poetic and almost dreamy, bringing every described image to life. If I can someday write half as well as Ms. Yolen, I will be very happy.
I would recommend this book to young kids ages thirteen and under. This story would not be interesting to adults because it is extremely easy to read and is meant for children. Another reason I recommend this book to kids is that it is written in a way that kids can understand. I think this was an excellent book
This book is the third book in the Merlin Trilogy, there are two other book. This novel covers Melin's childhood. In the time of the 500's it is set in a dark forest in a meadow. Hawk Hobby as a child received a bird as a guide named Dolly. While trapped in the meadow he seemed to had many dreams throughout the long nights, that is how he got his name Dreamer. Rather than having Sir Ector as a guardian in the original story, he had a foster father that took care of him through his childhood in the book. It seems as if nothing may or could tear apart the friendship of Dolly and Merlin.
In my opinion this book would be recommended for middle school and under. To me it wasn't that great of a book, but it was short and sweet. If you are looking for a book to learn about background information on Arthurian History this isn't a good book for that reason.