- Paperback: 410 pages
- Publisher: Diadem Books (9 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956239277
- ISBN-13: 978-0956239273
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,253,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Merlin's Crystal: Complete Trilogy Paperback – 9 Aug 2009
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From the Author
A COMPLETE TRILOGY of three books:
Secrets of Manor Parsley and
Old Ghosts of Manor Parsley
I hope you enjoy the book.
About the Author
Frances Pawley was born in Leicester in 1948, she has been writing since an early age. Her first payment for writing came at age 13 when she received the princely sum of 10/- (50p) for a short story.
Although winning a number of competitions she was never able to get into the 'adult' market with a novel. In 1998 she entered a competition run by The Academy of Children's Writers with a story called 'Tommy's Magic Plot' about three children who devise a way of growing square tomatoes. She won third prize for that story, out of nearly 3,000 entries, and then decided that the children's market might just be the genre for her.
Using the same three characters and increasing their ages she decided to write Merlin's Crystal in 1999/2000, Secrets of Manor Parsley in 2001/2 and Old Ghosts of Manor Parsley after the death of her son in 2006.
All three books are combined into this one book to tell the complete story.
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Of the teenage protagonists, my favourite characters were Josh, the heroine's brother, and Tom, his best friend. I suppose that this is because I am 'a woman of a certain age': the heroine Sylvie and love interest Harry will probably be more appealing to a teenage audience, but to me they were a bit two-dimensional and too good to be true. Josh and Tom are more lifelike because they have their faults.Josh is not the sharpest tool in the box (although he has his moments, e.g. when he wonders how tapers are lit in the first place!), but he plunges himself into everything with childlike enthusiasm. Tom - whose difficulty with awkward words I found very endearing - is an intelligent, caring and thoroughly likeable boy. Sylvie is like a fairy tale princess: kind, beautiful and loved by all, while young Harry is Prince Charming personified (I pictured him as a young Rob Lowe).
The most interesting character for me was Bryoney, Harry's sister. Although she is a nasty piece of work with a dark secret, I also felt intensely sorry for her. Just imagine: born from a loveless marriage, she loses her father at an early age and has to share her mother's affection with the Captain and, soon afterwards, Harry (and I suspect there was very little affection left for Bryoney once Harry had been born). While her mother plays happy families with the Captain, Sarah and Harry, Bryoney is not wanted by the Captain and left out in the cold. No wonder she feels lonely and rejected, and has become embittered and spiteful! I realise that the author needed a villain who was 100% bad as a foil to Sylvie, who is 100% good, but I kept hoping that Bryoney would redeem herself in the end. Well, I suppose she did in a way by giving a statement to the police, but for me that was not enough.
Set in beautiful Cornwall, and with each book ending with a truly spectacular scene, I think this story would make an excellent film or television series, which would appeal to the same audience that enjoyed the Harry Potter films and the adaptations of Tolkien's books. My only regret is that I had to leave the characters when I finished the trilogy, and I dearly hope that Frances Pawley will publish a sequel.
They tell the story of Sylvie, her brother Josh and friend Tom, who get drawn into amazing adventures when they stay with their Aunt and Uncle by the sea.
Frances cleverly weaves together lots of exciting elements - the myths of Merlin, magical jewel-encrusted books, a mysterious sea captain, a wild beast whom only Sylvie can tame, and much more.
The characters are likeable and fun to be with, their relationships believable and compelling. The books are highly enjoyable, full of atmosphere and life.
In short, a page-turner which leaves you wanting more.
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