Reviews for Wings of Merlin


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 2000
Gr. 7^-10. Barron brings his Lost Years of Merlin saga to a resounding, satisfying close with this fifth volume. Although Merlin's mastery of his powers continues to grow, he now faces a particularly daunting challenge: Fincayra and the Otherworld will soon come together and Rhita Gawr, warlord of the spirit world, and his evil forces will invade. Merlin's only hope is to get Fincayran creatures and races to put aside their distrust of one another and do battle together. This formidable task is complicated by the emergence of a masked warrior who is attacking children throughout the land in an effort to lure Merlin into a battle to the death. As the fast-paced story winds to a conclusion, Merlin faces his most difficult decision yet. A love of the natural world and sense of spirituality infuse the saga as a whole, and we see Merlin, who has come to understand his dark side as well as his strengths and ideals, finally ready to become the legendary magician and mentor to King Arthur. --Sally Estes Copyright 2000 Booklist 2000

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
Young Merlin faces his greatest challenge yet in the fifth and final book in the series. With only two weeks to spare, he has to convince all the creatures of Fincayra to band together to battle Rhita Gawr's evil army. But he is distracted from this task by a fearsome enemy from his past, who is terrorizing the island's children. Barron brings his epic story to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 November
Gr 6-9-In this fifth and final volume of the series, Slayer, a monstrous creature with swords for arms, is preying on the orphans of Fincayra, and the spirit lord Dagda brings tidings of peril and destruction to everyone and everything that young Merlin holds dear. Thus, he and his companions must convince the various creatures of Fincayra to work together to save their world. Friends and enemies from past volumes return (in sometimes surprising guises) and the themes of sacrifice, forgiveness, and destiny are played out on a mist-shrouded stage. Followers of the well-written fantasy series will find plenty of action and drama, with familiar touches of humor. This conclusion is painful yet satisfying and will serve to propel interested readers further into Arthurian lore. Knowledge of events and characters from previous books is critical.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2000 December
While J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter enchanted a nation, Barron has quietly finished his excellent contribution to the mythology surrounding Merlin. This final title in The Lost Years of Merlin series is a worthy successor to the wonderfully craftedbooks about Merlin's years before mentoring King Arthur. Barron handles a difficult task effortlessly, tying up loose ends while providing enough information and action so that someone who has not read the previous books can follow the characters andbecome engrossed in the story. Since Merlin first washed ashore on Fincayra, he experienced and accomplished much while making friends and enemies of different creatures on the isle. Nothing, however, compares to the task ahead. Merlin must uniteFincayra to fight Rhita Gawr's army. The creatures of Fincayra will not listen, much less fight. Merlin also must contend with the mysterious Swordarms, face the father he despises, discover the secret of lost wings, and make a choice about his andFincayra's destinies. Mythical and magical, Barron's creations are part Celtic lore, part imagination-trees that walk, giants that save children, rocks that talk, and people who become deer are just a few examples. The writing is striking, with touches of humor andtangible emotion. This book is a must-read for Merlin or Arthur fans. For Harry Potter fans, this series, which tells of another young man discovering his powers and his fate, will be more accessible than Jane Yolen's Young Merlin Trilogy (HarcourtBrace, 1995-1997).-Susan Smith. Copyright 2000 Voya Reviews

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