What Others Are Saying:
“A sweeping, deeply detailed fantasy that re-imagines the adventures of Arthurian legend … The author skillfully crafts intense action scenes and vivid settings.”
“Trekillard has achieved one of the most difficult feats to master in high fantasy epics like this – weaving together a handful of storylines into a cohesive, expertly-paced narrative.”
“A fresh approach to an ancient genre … an absolute must-read.”
“Merlin’s Blade is a masterful story, well told … a must read for fans of the Arthurian legend and for fantasy fans of all stripes … the book easily spans the gap between twelve and adult.”
“A fabulous re-imagining of the legends.”
“Treskillard’s prose is beautifully woven with detail, inspiration, and heart, creating a spectacular tapestry of images … packed with action from the first page to the last … Extraordinary!”
“Treskillard builds a real person in Merlin … whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for.”
“I love the setting of this book! Robert Treskillard has done an excellent job bringing early Britain to life. The adventure is exciting, the characters are interesting, and the suspense, which remains until the end, is very well done.”
“I was completely spellbound–I couldn’t stop reading … It was everything a book should be: gripping, epic, and just a lot of fun.”
“A perfect blend of suspense and drama and a little romance thrown in … My 12 year old daughter has read this whole series a good three times.”
“A wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.”
“Turn the pages, and you can almost feel the fog rolling in off the moors, smell the low heather, and catch a glint off a blade.”
Merlin’s Blade has won two awards: THE 2014 SILVER MOONBEAM AWARD in YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi, as well as THE 2013 GRACE AWARD in Speculative Fiction.
|“Did you ever care about something enough to risk your life for it?” asks Merlin, the half-blind young hero in debut author Robert Treskillard’s MERLIN’S BLADE (BLINK YA Books; $9.99; April 2013).
That is the question that propels Merlin on a remarkable journey through fifth-century Britain as he attempts to lead his village away from the fantastic yet dangerous allure of a gorgeous stone with amazing powers.
Inspired by the renowned Arthurian legends, MERLIN’S BLADE tells the story of Merlin’s battle to save his family, friends, and king from the druids’ treacherous plan to reclaim Britain by using a strange meteorite that has the power to ensnare anyone who looks at it.
Only young Merlin, who lost his vision in a wolf attack, can steer his friends and family away from the object’s deadly influence. His lack of sight is his secret weapon.
While the villagers, including Merlin’s father and his best friend, Garth, are under the stone’s spell, Merlin takes on the evils that live beneath its surface, facing off against despicable creatures and fearless villains that aim to turn Britons against each other.
Surrounded by adversaries and armed only with a sword, Merlin must rid his country of this deadly evil, even if it means losing his own life. He sets out on his mission with the help of the beautiful Natalenya, who gives him the confidence—and assistance—he needs.
Will Merlin be able to save the people of Britain?
Two other books have been released to complete THE MERLIN SPIRAL trilogy: MERLIN’S SHADOW, and MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE. With vivid scenery, touching flashbacks, and distinct characters, the action-packed MERLIN SPIRAL is poised to catapult Treskillard to the top of the list of favorite YA and fantasy fiction authors.
Each book includes maps and a complete character index to guide readers as they embark on this epic adventure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. He and his wife have three adult children and live in the country outside St. Louis, Missouri. It all began when Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a book was forged—Merlin’s Blade, book one of The Merlin Spiral, now published by BLINK Young Adult Books and available wherever books are sold. www.KingArthur.org.uk
To schedule an interview with Robert Treskillard or to receive review copies of his novels, please contact his publicist, Liane Worthington at Liane.Worthington@harpercollins.com.
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