Merlin Book 1: The Lost Years

A Merlin Saga Book

Merlin Saga Book 1 The Lost Years by T. A. Barron Cover

The Saga begins …

A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious powers—that 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.

Previously published as The Lost Years of Merlin.

978-0-14-241889-5 | 326 Pages | Ages 10+


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“A novel rich with magic.”
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