Merlin Book 1: The Lost Years

full_merlinbook01The 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.

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“The Lost Years of Merlin changed my life in a way that I didn’t think another series could after Harry Potter. These books are a sweeping epic fantasy that taught me the true value of nature and all of its creatures.” (Printer-friendly review.)
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“A novel rich with magic.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant first volume … an intense and profoundly spiritual adventure.”
—Lloyd Alexander

“An extraordinary journey of mind, body, and spirit—for both Merlin and ourselves.”
—Madeleine L’Engle

“5.0 out of 5 stars – No way to describe how much I love these books!!! Like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Barron’s Merlin Saga totally changed how I see the world. It’s a great fun ride, and it’s also packed with magic and meaning and characters who will stay with you forever.”
—Guenevere, Review


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