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Book 3 of 3 in the Merlin Spiral Series

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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."
- Crosswalk.com

"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."

- RedeemedReader.com

"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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,465 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.

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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I got this book without recognizing that it was third in a series and I hope established fans will bear with me. I was attracted to the book as a Christian YA take on the old Arthurian legends.

I think the author, Robert Treskillard, does a lot of good things with the story - especially the fusion of Celtic and Roman place names, personal names and terminology which sets the stage for the historical post-Roman world in Britain with multiple threats from Picts in the North to the Saxons in the east and south and, in this series, the dark forces led by Morgana, a servant of The Voice.

The story itself does a good job of showing the dangerous situation in the post-Roman world for the Britons and he weaves his Arthurian story through this chaotic time effectively. The author brings out the Christian character of the late-Roman world and combines this time and place with a Christian worldview that would certainly have existed in Britain at this time. The evil forces of Morgana and her master are suitably sinister and embody the ruthless power of evil.

There were things I wasn't impressed with as a reader. I didn't like the major facelift the author gives the old legend. Merlin isn't a wizard, he's a bard. Morgana is Merlin's sister instead of Arthur's half-sister. Merlin is married with children. Arthur's father isn't Uther Pendragon. Merlin pretended to be Arthur's father instead of trusting him to Sir Ector. It's basically been completely rewritten. I have a problem with such an ancient legend being changed so drastically. Better create one's own world and a new story.

I dislike people of any historical era speaking like Bart Simpson and lines like: "Live your life before you puke. That's my motto." are annoying. Yeah, dude! Bogus!
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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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It's not perfect, but a very interesting retelling of King Arthur and Merlin's story. It does a great job of keeping things fresh while still weaving in some of the things we expect while throwing a lot of things we don't expect.

-it tries to be really descriptive. It doesn't always succeed. It sometimes feels like it's just throwing a thesaurus at you or saying something that seems cliched. But for the most part I can "see" what's going on!
-The author goes out of his way to create a whole world. Yes it's based on historic Briton. Yes it's embellished. But it feels like a world.
-The battles are exciting and well written.

-uneven tone with the style. Sometimes the characters use modern slang and sometimes it reads very throwback to medieval writing.
-I know when you write a series of book that some points are going to be more exciting than others, but I'm not really sure what this book accomplishes. I haven't read any of the other books. But my understanding is that the previous book took place years before this one. It seems that this book exists to give Arthur at his start on the path to who he will be before he is King. This part of someone's life is often all about the struggles to adulthood and incidents that later define a man. But instead it just kinda goes along with them doing things--sometimes boring things and sometimes exciting things but without a real purpose or trajectory. It almost feels like this book could be a one chapter prologue in the next book and I wouldn't miss it.

Overall, I find this interesting. I wish I would have started with book one rather than book three. My understanding is that this one isn't quite as good as the other two. But I am glad that the series is continuing and do suggest it--just maybe start with book one...
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