The Merlin Saga tells the complete story of Merlin’s life and times spanning 12 exciting novels. The saga includes The Lost Years of Merlin epic (books 1 – 5), which chronicle the origins of the greatest of all wizards; Merlin’s Dragon trilogy (books 6 – 8), where you meet the powerful dragon in the universe – who is also Merlin’s best friend; The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy (books 9 – 11), which take place in Merlin’s world a thousand years after the wizard’s youth; and The Book of Magic, an illustrated companion volume that reveals the secrets of many characters and places in Merlin’s worlds.
Enjoy your adventures with Merlin in these books of the Merlin Saga!
BOOK 1: THE LOST YEARS
The tale begins when a young boy washes ashore, nearly drowned, on page one of Book 1 of The Lost Years of Merlin
. His determination to find out who he is — to learn the truth about his mysterious powers — leads him to a strange and enchanted land. And it is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his personal quest are strangely entwined.
BOOK 2: THE SEVEN SONGS
The saga continues in Book 2, The Seven Songs
. Though Merlin has brought hope to Fincayra, the enchanted isle is still in great danger—and its first victim is Merlin’s mother. Merlin’s only hope to save her is to master the Seven Songs of Wisdom, but to do that he must defeat an ogre whose merest glance could mean death.
BOOK 3: THE RAGING FIRES
Wings of Fire, the sleeping dragon, has awakened, threatening all of Fincayra. Only Merlin, whose magical powers are new and untested, can stop him. But before he can face the dragon’s fires, Merlin needs to face other fires, including those within himself. Most importantly, he must discover the power—as well as the source—of his own magic.
BOOK 4: THE MIRROR OF FATE
Strange wickedness is rising up on the magical isle of Fincayra. To save his homeland, and his destiny, Merlin is forced to travel to frightening places—both on the land and within himself. Joined by Hallia, the deer-woman he has grown to love, and by his own mischievous shadow, Merlin discovers a magical mirror that can alter anyone’s fate. But when he looks into it, the person he sees is the person he least expects to find.
BOOK 5: A WIZARDS WINGS
As winter’s longest night approaches, Merlin faces the most difficult challenge of his life—to unite all of Fincayra against the evil warlord Rhita Gawr. But in the midst of this comes the mysterious Sword Arms, who is hunting and attacking Fincayra’s children. With tensions high, can Merlin unite the battling forces deep within himself to save the children, unify the Fincayrans, and regain the long lost wings that will enable him—and his people—to choose their true destiny?
BOOK 6: THE DRAGON OF AVALON
Long ago, at the dawn of Merlin’s world, a strange little creature named Basil appeared. Part lizard, part bat, his eyes glow with a mysterious light. When Basil discovers a threat to his world and to Merlin, he begins an epic journey that takes him from the Great Tree of Avalon to the outermost edges of the spirit realm. But his boldest journey will be to face his own deepest fears. And only if he survives can he save Merlin—and find his future.
BOOK 7: DOOMRAGA’S REVENGE
No longer an unknown little lizard, Basil is now a powerful dragon. His majestic wings, gigantic tail, and jewel-bright eyes fill the sky as he and his loyal friend, Merlin, defend Avalon and strive to save their world. But Avalon is falling into chaos as battles erupt among the dwarves, the fire dragons, and the normally peaceful faeries. Basil suspects these troubles are all linked, but he must find out how. Unfortunately, the answer lies deep within the haunted marsh where Doomraga, a shadowy beast, plots his revenge.
BOOK 8: ULTIMATE MAGIC
Merlin’s world of Avalon faces destruction, and Merlin himself has disappeared. Only one possible savior remains―Basil, the once-tiny lizard who has become the greatest dragon of all time. But even as he enters into battle, Basil knows his struggles have only begun. He must find the source of this chaos―a dark being hidden deep in the Haunted Marsh―before it finally gains ultimate power. To triumph, Basil must risk losing everything.
BOOK 9: THE GREAT TREE OF AVALON
Long ago, Merlin planted a magical seed that grew into the Great Tree of Avalon. And for centuries, Avalon flourished. But now Avalon reels from brutal attacks, mysterious droughts, and strange evils. And then one night, all the stars in the sky suddenly go dark. Now the fate of Avalon rests with three young people: Tamwyn, a homeless wilderness guide; Elli, an escaped slave turned priestess; and Scree, an eagleman with a secret. One is the true heir of Merlin—the only person who can save Avalon—and one is fated to destroy it.
BOOK 10: SHADOWS ON THE STARS
As peace returns to Avalon, Tamwyn, Elli, and Scree discover a terrifying new threat: The warlord Rhita Gawr has set out to conquer Avalon as well as mortal Earth. Racing against time, the friends embark on three separate quests. To succeed, they must solve Avalon’s most elusive mysteries. And they will need to travel vast distances—both in their world and in their own hearts.
BOOK 11: THE ETERNAL FLAME
Avalon is under seige by the warlord Rhita Gawr, now a wrathful dragon, who is bent on destroying it. Three unlikely heroes—Tamwyn, Elli, and Scree—are Avalon’s only hope. To succeed they must overcome enormous obstacles, both in the world around them and deep within themselves. But once they do, their success is only the beginning. Everything culminates in three great battles: one deep underground, one on the muddy plains, and one high among the stars. But will there be triumph for Avalon’s survival?
BOOK 12: THE BOOK OF MAGIC
To cap everything off is a beautifully illustrated companion volume, MERLIN: The Book of Magic
— with the secret backstories of more than 150 characters, magical objects, and enchanted places from Merlin’s world.
T. A. Barron talks about Merlin and creating his mythical world.