Title: Merlin’s Shadow- Book 2 of The Merlin Spiral
Author: Robert Treskillard
Publication Date: October 2, 2013
Genre: Christian/Historical Fantasy
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.
But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.
I can imagine this would be a fantasy readers’ dream, especially those interested in King Arthur and the Round Table legends. This series is sort of re-imagined prequel that sets up the well-known stories. These books are excellently written, with vivid imagery and well-developed characters and plot points. Although I am not typically a reader of the Arthurian legend books, and I occasionally found the reading to be tedious at times, I attribute that wholly to my personal interest level, and not to the quality of writing or story development.
Merlin shows a wealth of character evolution from the beginning of the first novel to this point in the series. Although he has some issues with self-image and self-worth early on in this story, he works this out in his own time by the end. His betrothed Natalenya, is a wonderful supporting character to Merlin, and I did enjoy reading about their relationship.
The interwoven aspects of faith and Christianity help bolster the story throughout, and give great illustrations of the never-ending battle between Good and Evil.
Overall, though I would not read again, the quality of this story deserves a 4.
HEAT Rating: None
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More