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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Merlin must battle against unthinkable foes as he prepares teen Arthur to take on the role of High King. When the young warrior disappears and Mórgana unleashes a horde of werewolves, Britain's fate hangs in the balance in this last title of the fantasy series.


"I was completely spellbound--I couldn't stop reading ... It was everything a book should be: gripping, epic, and just a lot of fun."
- Writer & blogger Deborah O'Carroll

"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."
- Amazon Vine Reviewer N. Porter

"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!"
- Book blogger Laurin Boyle


"A sweeping, deeply detailed fantasy that re-imagines the adventures of Arthurian legend ... The author skillfully crafts intense action scenes and vivid settings."

- Publishers Weekly

"Treskillard crafts a new and unique prequel to the King Arthur legend, one that is rich in atmosphere and detail. Fantasy readers will find themselves beguiled by the young Merlin's story."
- School Library Journal

"A fresh approach to an ancient genre ... an absolute must-read."

- Award winning author Douglas Bond

"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 fabulous re-imagining of the legends."
- Fantasy author Scott Appleton

"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."
- Fantasy & sci-fi reviewer Rebecca Luella Miller

"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."
- Best selling author Wayne Thomas Batson

"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."


"Treskillard builds a real person in Merlin ... whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for."

- Award winning author Jill Williamson

Robert Treskillard breathes new life into the often-told tale of King Arthur and his faithful mentor, Merlin. Treskillard has managed to put a new spin on the story in this three-volume series called Merlin’s Spiral by focusing on Merlin’s story. In Merlin’s Nightmare, Arthur is now eighteen, and Merlin wants nothing more than to enjoy his family. But when Arthur disappears, Merlin stops at nothing to rescue him before one of their enemies finds him. Together they face the Saxenow in the south, the Picts in the north, and a new enemy rising in the east. And Merlin’s half-sister has unleashed werewolves–Merlin’s biggest fear since being attacked by wolves as a child. Will they survive? Merlin’s Shadow and Merlin’s Nightmare are difficult to read as standalone novels, although the author tries to give the reader enough background in the glossary to permit this. Kudos to Treskillard, who not only identifies the characters but describes what happened in the previous books that is significant to the overall storyline. His attempt to recreate the Arthurian legend from a Christian perspective is to be applauded. Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. (Christian Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Series: The Merlin Spiral (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310735092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310735090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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 children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country near 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 series was forged--THE MERLIN SPIRAL, published by BLINK Young Adult Books.

Book 1: Merlin's Blade - winner of the Silver Moonbeam Award
Book 2: Merlin's Shadow
Book 3: Merlin's Nightmare

Robert is currently working on a new series, THE PENDRAGON SPIRAL, which continues the story.

Customer Reviews

The characters are endearing, the action exciting and the fantasy fantastic.
Elaine Nothum
Robert Treskillard in his new book “Merlin’s Nightmare” Book Three in The Merlin Spiral series published by Blink gives us another adventure with Merlin.
Even if you haven't read the first two books, this one will pull you into the series.
Jennifer Miller

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Forest Dweller on August 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
I've never had such a case of review-writer's-block before, because I couldn't figure out how to express how much I enjoyed this book.

The Story:
Merlin's Nightmare, book 3 of the Merlin Spiral, takes place about 16 years after the first two books. It follows an older, 30-something year old Merlin, and a now-grown Arthur, who at 18 is full of liveliness and is ready to take on the whole world, seemingly. Together with various other characters, both new ones and re-imagined figures of legend, they must face overwhelming odds and perils from all sides in a desperate fight to save Britain from destruction.

Here is the Arthurian legend reborn.

I'm not sure how Treskillard managed to make it so original and fresh while simultaneously drawing so many parts of the old King Arthur stories into it so well, but he did.

General Review:
I enjoyed this book SO MUCH. From the very beginning I was completely spellbound - I couldn't stop reading and finished it in a few days. It was basically everything a book should be: gripping, epic, and just a lot of fun. I kept coming across bits of hilarity and general awesomeness that I would excitedly quote aloud to whatever family member happened to be around. I found myself laughing several times, and the action, adventure, journeying and battles were all awesome.

A lot of things near the end had me nearly squealing with excitement, and it's killing me I can't talk about them due to spoilers. Let's just say it does NOT disappoint in the realm of epic Arthurian-ness. *SQUEAL*

I feel like Merlin's Nightmare forms the core of Treskillard's retelling of the Arthurian story.
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Merlin has kept Arthur by safe by hiding both his and Arthur's true identity. Arthur is now a young man of eighteen who is reckless and takes many unnecessary risks. He is also unaware of his destiny. They have lived in security in a hidden valley but the time of safety are at an end. Once again the Picts are advancing and fearing that their valley will be discovered Merlin has convinced his uncle to join in the fight to stop them. Meanwhile, Vortipern has called for men to stop the Saxons who are advancing from the south and his enjoy has approached the valley asking for help and is ordered to leave.

Morgana has been waiting or years for Arthur to become a man so the sword can be removed from the stone. She is manipulating both Merlin and Arthur so that will return and release the sword freeing something much worse than the demons that she has created to do her bidding. Her hatred has only grown and she's determined to see Merlin, Natalenya and their two young children destroyed along with anyone who dares to help them. She will not be satisfied until Brittan is returned back to the dark religion of the druids with her as it's Queen.

**4 STARS: * Receiving this book through Amazon's Vine Program did not influence my rating or review of this book; all opinions are my own**
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By Audrey on September 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
When it comes to Merlin’s Nightmare and the Merlin Spiral as a whole, it’s fairly easy to say what I like about this series. The characters are great, the suspense is high, and the story world is amazing. (Or, shall I say, fantastic?)

For me, the biggest attraction is how Robert Treskillard plays with Arthurian legends. While the first two books show Merlin’s special calling as a champion of his faith and his struggle to protect Arthur, Merlin’s Nightmare jumps ahead in time to show Arthur on the brink of manhood. Merlin still wants to keep the impetuous boy in check, but also has to guide the man when the time comes to rescue Briton from here enemies. Throughout all three books, Treskillard weaves in well-known characters. I had a small thrill when I realized who Launcelot was, and another when Guinevere appeared.

There should be an asterisk after ‘as it might have happened,’ though. People don’t usually stumble across magical blue stones or get attacked by wolf-men. Nor do they typically find the Holy Grail, however much they might search for it. In Merlin’s world, magic, dark powers, and visions are real. The struggle to walk in faith is also real, since sometimes the Sangraal heals, and sometimes it does not.

The books do have a few issues—mostly minor with a bit of clunky writing here and there. I felt Merlin didn’t actually sound older in Merlin’s Nightmare, even though the book is set sixteen years after the others. The books also tend to be episodic, with a dominate storyline to tie the pieces together. That’s not to say things are haphazard. Even minor characters show up for a reason, and backstory becomes very important along the way, but the details can feel jumbled or rushed together at times.
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Some months ago, I had the privilege to read Robert Treskillard's "Merlin's Shadow" which is book 2 of The Merlin Spiral. I want to kick myself that I didn't pick up book 1 of the series when I had the chance, because if I liked Shadow enough to select "Merlin's Nightmare" as soon as I saw it available, then Nightmare has convinced me that this is a series worth collecting because I really enjoyed "Merlin's Nightmare."

Nightmare is about 18 years after the events of Shadow. Arthur is coming of age and Merlin is ready to settle with his family. Then Arthur goes missing and Merlin is back on the road again, so to speak, to find him. During that time, Arthur becomes aware of his destiny and for him, he must figure out if he can embrace it. Then there is Merlin, who isn't wise old sage of traditional lore, but a man who has fears and hopes that sometimes clash and must be overcome.

As an author, Treskillard is improving rapidly. I felt like there was a jump in quality between this book and the previous installment and the previous installment was already very good. But the pacing, the language use, the plot machinations, the characterizations are just tighter than before. He has a solid handle on what he wants from his story and that bodes well for the next installment to come.

So now I need to find "Merlin's Blade" because that's the only book so far in the The Merlin Spiral series that I haven't read and after reading "Merlin's Nightmare", I'm bonafide hooked on this series. I don't think one needs to read all the books to jump into this one because just as with "Shadow", the author does bring new readers up to speed at the beginning so new readers aren't lost, but I think once you are hooked on a series, then reading all the books (even if they vary in quality) give an appreciation of the story as a whole. So I recommend not just this book but the series as well.
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