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. I learned that sometimes the tiniest beings have the biggest hearts. I realized that even if we have the power to rule over others, it doesn’t mean we should. And, most importantly, it showed me that you can’t control where you come from, but you can control where you go.

The possibilities in life are endless, if we’re only brave enough to take a chance. And even when everything appears to be stacked against you, you’ll find at least one person (or animal!) who will always believe in you.” (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
Powerful, original new take on Merlin!

“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. By revealing the secrets of Merlin’s youth, the original wizard really comes alive! Lots of richly imagined adventures with real struggles and honest triumphs. 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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