Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard—and a Giveaway!

merlins-bladeReview by Jill Williamson

Merlin is the blind son of a blacksmith. When his friends and family become interested in the miracle stone that the druids are using to draw people away from King Uthur and his infant son Arthur, Merlin tries to stop them. He can sense that there is something evil about the stone. But can he destroy it before it’s too late? 

I’m a big fan of epic fantasy, and there’s a lot in this book that’s praiseworthy. The setting and characters offer a vivid picture of the past. And Merlin is a tremendous protagonist—a half-blind young man whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for. He will sacrifice his life rather than compromise his word. Treskillard takes the skeletal bones of the Arthurian legend and builds a real person in Merlin. This was an engaging story that I didn’t want to put down. Treskillard can be proud of Merlin’s Blade. It’s a most absorbing and epic adventure. I can’t wait for the next volume in this new series. 

Age Range: 12-16
Genre: fantasy
Part of a Series: Book one in the Merlin’s Blade series
Pages: 432
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: 2013

Support an Author

To support Robert, I’m going to purchase a B&N paperback copy of Merlin’s Blade and give it to one lucky commenter. International entries are welcome. Giveaway ends May 10th, 2013. To enter to win, tell me what is your favorite re-telling of the Arthur or Merlin story. I must confess, I love the Disney version. 

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28 Responses to “Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard—and a Giveaway!”

  1. Ronie says:

    I’ve been wondering about this book. Thanks for posting your review! I think my twins would enjoy this story, too!

  2. Aaron DeMott says:

    Steven Lawhead’s version is my favorite so far.
    (The Disney one wasn’t too bad, either.)

  3. Cheri Schueller says:

    I’ve read many different series of “Merlin” stories and enjoyed all of them. I am enjoying the BBC tv series Merlin, too! I would love to read this new one–sounds intriguing! =)

  4. David Tooley says:

    Having not read R. Treskillard’s offering yet, I have to say that Stephen R. Lawhead’s series, The Pendragon Cycle are my favorite written version. Disney does hold my favorite visual presentation simply because I can share it with my kids and not fear for what they might see or hear, not to mention, it’s fun.

  5. Lacee says:

    I love the Disney version, too, but I also enjoyed the recent BBC tv series that finished last year. It’s a little repetitive but I liked the added element of Merlin trying to keep his magic a secret.

  6. Rachel says:

    It’s not my favorite, but Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve is what got me first interested in Arthur and Merlin and the legends. I love the Sword in the Stone, but also love A Kid in King Arthur’s Court and A Knight in Camelot.

  7. Zachary Hardin says:

    Looks Good! I’ll have to check it out.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What’s a blind some?

  9. Scott says:

    I thought the movie King Arthur with Clive Owen did a really good job with the portrayal of loyalty and bravery.

  10. Lindsay Vernor says:

    I have really enjoyed BBC’s version of Merlin on TV. I was very sad that they ended it. Although I never though the actress that played Guinevere was quite right.

  11. Deborah S. Dahnim says:

    My favorite Arthurian tales have to be Prince Valiant, especially the older stories. True, Arthur/Merlin etc. are not always present in it, but following Prince Val (one of the knights) is the most epic presentation of the Arthurian legends I’ve yet come across yet! It’s really sad that not many people know about it… 🙁

    I can’t wait to read Merlin’s blade! 😀 So excited it’s out. 🙂

  12. Michael-Ellen Walden says:

    Sounds like a really neat retelling!

  13. Hope C. says:

    My daughter and I loved watching the BBC Merlin television show. We have recently been reading about the Arthurian legend in homeschool literature. This book looks like it might be good. My daughter really enjoys fantasy fiction.

  14. Joy C. says:

    I like the BBC TV show version. I just studied Arthurian Legend in my lit. for school!

  15. Julie Dick says:

    I love the Squire’s Tales series by Gerald Morris. One of the most heartwarming takes on the Arthurian legend that I’ve ever read

  16. Charlotte says:

    I like the Disney version also. I would like to read Merlin’s Blade.

  17. I haven’t read many Arthurian books, except Stephen Lawhead’s The Pendragon Cycle, so I can’t compare much as far as favorites… Though I did really like it!
    I love BBC’s Merlin and am super sad that they ended it! The Disney version is a favorite since I was really little! I love Disney!

  18. Sarah says:

    Oh my pumpernickel. I love the Arthurian legends in themselves, but my favorite retelling . . . I’m not quite sure it counts, but if it does, Bryin Davis’s Dragons in Our Midst series would have to be my favorite. It’s ridiculously awesome.

  19. Georgina says:

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway, Jill! This series looks very interesting.

    It’s not really a re-telling of the stories themselves, but I was fascinated with the way C. S. LEWIS incorporated the legends of Arthur and Merlin in his SPACE TRILOGY. I’d not realized how big the legends of England’s “once and future king” were until then.

    I’d really like to read Stephen Lawhead’s series, especially now! I’m loving his Bright Empires series. And what little I’ve seen of BBC’s Merlinlooks really neat! So much to see and read, so little time…

  20. Nettie says:

    I have really enjoyed the tv series Merlin, but I know I’ve enjoyed other Arthur books as well.

  21. Layla says:

    So excited for this!!!!!!!!! My favorite retellings… The Once and Future King by T. H. White, The Lost Years of Merlin epic by T. A. Barron and the BBC production of Merlin. Hope to death I win this=D


  22. Layla says:

    Ooo… really hope I win this!!!!!!!! I’m obsessed with Merlin/ Arthurian Legend:) That is actually what my book is based off:) Anyways… The Once and Future King- T. H. White, The Lost Years of Merlin epic- T. A. Barron. And I also LOVE the BBC production of Merlin:)<3 <3


  23. Brianna.D says:

    My favorite retelling would have to be from Bryan Davis’ Dragons in our Midst series. That one was really good.

  24. Thanks everyone for entering Jill’s giveaway of Merlin’s Blade! It’s been really fun to read all of your comments!

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