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Passager: Young Merlin Trilogy: Book One Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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This book follows the early life of a young boy abandoned in the forest, who rapidly forgets who he is and where he has come from. He adjusts rapidly, though, living in the glory of nature, outside of contact with other humans. His one fear, however, is dogs.
He is found and adopted by a kind woodsman named Robin, the boy's fatherly reintroduction to the human race. The scenes in which Merlin encounters such "marvels" as glass are wonderfully done, as is the scene where he remembers his name. We are never told fully where he comes from -- there are only hints at beginning and end.
The writing style is lovely. Yolen is one of the few writers of our time who can captivate with almost no dialogue -- through a good portion of the book, people are not talking. Yet it never grows overdescriptive nor too stark. It's like a very long poem at times, with the descriptions of the forest where Merlin lives and of the things that he sees.
If you want to introduce your kids to Arthurian fiction, start with this. A wonderful book, a must-read! (On to the next two books)
The worst part of the book was that it wasn't that exciting. The whole story was about a wild boywho got a name and a home. The book wasn't long enough to have to have enough excitment. That was the only bad thing about the book.
The setting and the characters were the most vivid to me. The author gave detail to make the setting appear real in my mind. The characters that lived in these settings seemed as real as their home. It was as if you were watching a movie with subtitles.