Reviews for Wings of Merlin : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2011 October
In this fifth installment, Merlin finds himself needing to unite all the creatures of Fincayra against the threat of Rhita Gawr. An introduction, read by the author, sets the stage for Merlin's story. The American accent employed by Barron contrasts sharply with Kevin Isola's dramatic British, which draws the listener in from the very beginning. Isola also provides unique voices for each character. He handles the male characters and magical creatures well but delivers the female voices in a breathy tone. However, the sheer variety in the tones and pitches utilized--from those of the booming giants to those of the squeaky smaller creatures--will make any deficiencies in the portrayals of Merlin's sister and mother unimportant to listeners caught up in the magic of this epic tale. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 August

Gr 6-10-- T. A. Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin series goes out with bang in this final installment (Philomel, 2007). The action revolves around a young Merlin trying desperately to save his beloved homeland, Fincayra, from the evil Rita Gawr. His time is limited because on the longest night of winter Rita Gawr, warlord of the spirit world, will bring his undead armies from the other side and destroy Fincayra forever. Merlin must convince the other inhabitants of Fincayra to put their differences aside to fight against Rita Gawr and save their home. In addition, Merlin must defeat a deadly warrior with blades for arms before he kills off all of Fincayra's children. Listeners are swept into Merlin's adventure and the action never lets up. Fincayra vividly comes to life through Barron's textual imagery and Kevin Isola's brilliant narration. He gives each character a unique voice--from Merlin to the ornery female leader of the dwarves to his silly but well intentioned giant friend--without skipping a beat. While events from previous volumes are mentioned, this title can easily stand alone. Fantasy fans will gobble up this fast-paced tale that gives yet another possible answer to the question of Merlin's origins before he met Arthur.--Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI

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