Lost Years Of Merlin Special Value Price

by T A Barron

Berkley Mass Market | July 1, 2002 | Mass Market Paperbound

Lost Years Of Merlin Special Value Price is rated 4.1304 out of 5 by 23.
Born Thomas Archibald Barron in 1952, author T. A. Barron grew up in Colorado's "ranch country". He graduated from Princeton University and also attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before writing, Barron had a successful career as a venture capitalist manager in New York City. In 1989, Barron became a full time writer and conservationist. Many of his books incorporate nature and ecological concern into their themes, garnering him two Nautilus Visionary Book Awards in 2005 and 2007. He has also received International Reading Association and American Library Association awards for his works. He resides in Colorado with his wife, Currie and their children.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1 pages, 7 × 4.3 × 0.85 in

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Berkley Mass Market

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441010288

ISBN - 13: 9780441010288

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too simplistic with unconvincing characters The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron was not an impressive book. It was a story of Merlin’s childhood and how he came to acquire the name Merlin. The world was not convincing and the characters were not realistic – I did not feel any connection towards them. The story wasn’t complex enough that it felt like a straight line, because everything was given to the protagonist Emrys with very little struggle. It might be a satisfying story for a younger audience, but not adults. I felt like Emrys was not at all clever. He was given so many clear answers to what he was supposed to do, yet he never even pondered upon them. In fact, he seemed to forget them all together, making him even less convincing. He kept talking to strangers even though he was in dangerous territory and most of the time the strangers turned out to be friendly. Some of the strangers had no purpose, others had little purpose. Emrys washes up shore, where he encounters a boar. He realises that the boar is trying to attack an unconscious woman and tries to save her. A stag appears from the forests and fights off the boar. Emrys and the woman, who calls herself Branwen, start living together in a hut. She has the ability to heal people through mixtures of different plants. Some years later, Emrys discovers that he has magical powers. There are rumours in the town that Branwen is a witch. One day while trying to protect Branwen, Emrys sets the bully on fire, and at once regrets it. He runs into the fire to save the burning man, and fails. Emrys, as a result, loses his eyesight. He later discovers that he has a second sight, that he can see without his eyes, and with that discovery, he swears that he will never use his powers again. Branwen tells Emrys many Greek myths and sings about a land named Fincayra that stands somewhere between heaven and earth. Emrys cannot understand why Branwen won’t tell him about his past since he cannot remember anything from before he washed up on shore. Who is his mother? Where did he come from? Contains spoilers: Emrys tells Branwen that he is leaving to discover his home. She tries to dissuade him but it’s futile. Then she hands him her necklace, which is called the Galator. Emrys builds a raft and sets out. Eventually he reaches land – the Isle of Fincayra. He encounters giant rats and saves a merlin bird that is fighting them. Then, Emrys journeys into the Druma Woods he meets a girl named Rhia who can talk to rivers and trees. Rhia tells him that the forest is dying and asks Emrys to help her save it. She tells him that giants once lived in Fincayra, but have been killed by the King Stangmar. The forest that was once green died and the sky darkened. Now, goblins roam the land and kill for enjoyment, and ghouliants, warriors that cannot die, guard King Stangmar’s Shrouded Castle that’s always spinning so fast in the darkness that no one can attack it. King Stangmar has burned villages, silenced trees and rivers, and killed birds and animals. Emrys discovers that Stangmar is in search of one of the treasures of Fincayra, the last one that he doesn’t yet possess – the necklace called the Galator. Will Emrys be able to save all of Fincayra from the evil King Stangmar? Is someone else controlling the king? 3/5
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some good moments, but mostly flat I enjoyed this book at lost at first, but it became difficult to read as I got through. I began to realize that I was just tired of meeting Charming Characters. The middle section is full of them--old folk who are gardeners, book worms, diminutive giants (no kidding). And Emrys doesn't really seem to struggle to discover his identity. There's a big build-up, with his inner turmoil about not knowing who he is. Then he trips over a tree stump, and a Charming Character just TELLS HIM. No struggle, no sacrifice. That's just it. Ultimately, I just couldn't really care about Fincayra, the kingdom Emrys is supposed to be saving. The friend who gave me this book tells me the sequels are better. I imagien they are. One day, perhaps, I'll read them. But I won't rush to the bookstore for them.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from meh It's a typical fantasy book, but who said that was a bad thing?! It is pretty predictable, but the only fantasy storyline that there seems to be, has been recycled so many times, it's almost impossible to write an original story. The author does put in some original ideas though, and describes certain scenes well, while leaving others out. Overall it's worth a read, and I want to read the others in the series...now if only i could find them!!
Date published: 2002-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superbe! The Lost Years of Merlin is an amazing fantasy about a boy named Emrys who ventures out to the Lenendary Island of Fincayra. Join Emrys as he battles with the evil Rhita Gawr, makes friends with gentle Rhia and finds his long lost father. The Lost Years of Merlin is one of the best fantasies that you can read.
Date published: 2002-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent , excellent A book filled with lots of adventure and an exciting plot and characters. Makes for a great book report novel. Lots of details and is really well put together. Be sure to read the other books to this series.
Date published: 2001-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great novel this novel, the lost years of merlin, was the beginning of a majestic series of books that tell the tale of the famous wizard, merlin, in his lost years. the adventures are amazing and creative; the vocabulary is immense; and the plot is action-packed, never ending. the twists and surprises in the story are for sure to catch the reader of guard. a strong 4 out of 5 for hte lost years of merlin.
Date published: 2001-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An epic tale The Lost Years of Merlin is a fantastic tale that is masterfully written by T.A. Barron. This story opens a whole new dimension for anyone who likes to read about Merlin or Arthurian history. By introducing new characters and a mysterious setting (the island of Fincayra) the author keeps you reading this speelbinding tale. An excellent read for anyone who enjoys fantasy stories.
Date published: 2001-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Its onre of the best books that I have read. Meril is good and exciting. You don't know what cooms next. Be shure to read it I have read 5 of his books
Date published: 2000-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh... Im my opinion, the Lost Years Of Merlin was not a good book. I believe this because in my view, the author had a bad combination of fantasy and reality in the book. There were also some events in the story that were realistic, but had elements of fantasy-which made it hard to comprehend. I found it a bit confusting and hard to follow. Some readers may enjoy this book-however, i didnt.
Date published: 2000-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The lost years of merlin I thought this book was very well written by the way the author described the events in this book! Although in my personal opinion I found it quite boring! If you enjoy adventure stories, and reading about giants, goblins, and magic, then this book is for you! Laura*
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I thought this was a great book and i would definitly recomend it to people who would like a challenging read.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read in a long time This book I believe to be absoloutely magnifecent. It started out as an English assignment but i't has inspired me to read the whole series. T.A.Barron is an excellent writer with one of the most active imaginations I have seen.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent! I read this book and it was amazeing! I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys fun, magical, suspensful books. Follow Emrys journey through love hate and the mystical island of Faycayra.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent! I read this book and it was amazeing! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fun, magical, suspensful books. Follow Emry's journey through love hate and the mystical island of Faycayra.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh... I think that this book had a bad combination of fantasy and reality. For people who enjoy fairytale type stories or for people who thrive on fantasy, this book may be a good pick. However, in my opinion the author often combined the realistic elements of the story with fantasy, which confused the reader and didnt leave the reader with a good impression. Also, the text is quite hard to understand. Just my opinion.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh... I think that this book had a bad combination of fantasy and reality. For people who enjoy fairytale type stories or for people who thrive on fantasy, this book may be a good pick. However, in my opinion the author often combined the realistic elements of the story with fantasy, which confused the reader and didn't leave the reader with a good impression. Also, the text is quite hard to understand. Just my opinion.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nifty! very cool book! its nifty! read it! read it now! NOW!! GO READ IT!! -caitlin-
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!! This book was an outstounding book with an incredible amount of magic,passion and emotion. This book is suitible and recommended for everyone. Read this wonderful book to experience the magic yourself!
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome If you love history and myth you will love this book. Full of Greek legends and myths it just makes you feel like your glued to the book. I ended up reading it in 1 and a half days i loved it so much, so i highly recomend it.
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Good Book!!! I'm not much of a reader, but when I first picked this book up, I knew I would like it! I was amazed at how well this book was written! T.A Barron has a gift for writing these types of books, I hope when you pick it up you realize that like myself and many others. Its a great book and I hope this has helped you notice that.
Date published: 2000-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #1! MAGICAL! GREAT! It's A #1 Book! The Characters, The Tale Of Magic, Mystery, And Excitement, It All Made It 1 Of The GREATEST THINGS WRITTEN! I'd Say To All, READ IT!
Date published: 2000-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK!! This book is fill with magic and wonder, it is an excellant book and I would recommend it to anyone. As soon as I started reading, i could not put it down. This book is one of the best books i have ever read and I hope that you may enjoy it as much as i did. p.s could someone tell me if the other books he wrote are tied to this one?(besides the seven songs of merlin)
Date published: 2000-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Years of Merlin I don't know much about good books but when I read this book I found myself staying up till 1:00 am just to find out what happened next. It is an excellent book. Anyone who wants adventure, Mystery and action should read this book.
Date published: 2000-01-07

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Lost Years Of Merlin Special Value Price

by T A Barron

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1 pages, 7 × 4.3 × 0.85 in

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Berkley Mass Market

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441010288

ISBN - 13: 9780441010288

About the Author

Born Thomas Archibald Barron in 1952, author T. A. Barron grew up in Colorado's "ranch country". He graduated from Princeton University and also attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before writing, Barron had a successful career as a venture capitalist manager in New York City. In 1989, Barron became a full time writer and conservationist. Many of his books incorporate nature and ecological concern into their themes, garnering him two Nautilus Visionary Book Awards in 2005 and 2007. He has also received International Reading Association and American Library Association awards for his works. He resides in Colorado with his wife, Currie and their children.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12