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The Wings of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk 5) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2000

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Gr. 7-10. Barron brings his Lost Years of Merlin saga to a resounding, satisfying close with this fifth volume. Although Merlin's mastery of his powers continues to grow, he now faces a particularly daunting challenge: Fincayra and the Otherworld will soon come together and Rhita Gawr, warlord of the spirit world, and his evil forces will invade. Merlin's only hope is to get Fincayran creatures and races to put aside their distrust of one another and do battle together. This formidable task is complicated by the emergence of a masked warrior who is attacking children throughout the land in an effort to lure Merlin into a battle to the death. As the fast-paced story winds to a conclusion, Merlin faces his most difficult decision yet. A love of the natural world and sense of spirituality infuse the saga as a whole, and we see Merlin, who has come to understand his dark side as well as his strengths and ideals, finally ready to become the legendary magician and mentor to King Arthur. Sally Estes
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Young sorcery fans...set aside Harry Potter and pick up Merlin. -- Cincinnati Enquirer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 039923456X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399234569
  • ASIN: B0007D9VF0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,358,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

T. A. Barron is the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of more than 30 books--including the Merlin Saga, currently being developed for film by Disney. Recently he was awarded the de Grummond Medallion for "lifetime contribution to the field of children's and young adult literature." He serves on a variety of environmental and educational NGO boards, and founded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, a national award for outstanding young people. Barron left a successful business career to follow his longstanding dream of writing. He's often found on Colorado mountain trails with his wife and children.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julie Fudge Smith on November 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
All good things must come to an end, and no good thing could come to a better one. The last chapter in the Lost Years of Merlin saga is the best. It is full of everything that makes Barron's books so wonderful- excitement, suspense, surprises, and unexpected twists. It is a tale of love and friendship, of hope and despair, of defeat and triumph, of revenge and forgiveness. Here is a wonderful, heartbreaking story, a story to make you laugh and cry, a jewel of a story to treasure forever, to read again and again. I would recommend this book, this entire series to anyone who wishes for a beautiful, true story. For while the story of Merlin's youth is a fairy tale, in it's fantasy it is truer than the facts in any book- to the spirit at least. I would encourage children to loan it to their parents, and parents to read it with their children. Reading this book is a truly marvelous experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tina McNeil on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
TA Barron does it again! Just when I thought everything was so wonderful in Fincarya - book #5 grabbed me, had me reading, not able to put it down just until I found out what was happening there. I was going to take my time and savor this book BUT, I read straight through it hardly able to keep myself from jumping ahead to find out how it was going to end! It was great to see some of my favorite and least favorite characters from the prior books. This book was great - a must read - especially if you have already read the other Lost Years of Merlin books. It was great reading these and discussing them with my kids and seeing them excited about reading. Magical, emotional, thought provoking and even possibly heart it and experience this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Richardson on October 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
T.A. Barron's final book in the Lost Years series is indeed one of his best. Barron manages to tie up all the loose ends for readers by bringing back the important characters from the past, including a surprise visit from someone you'd least expect.What makes the ending so satisfying for those diehard fans of Arthurian legend is the way the book transitions into the stories that we are all familiar with. It is well done and seamless in its connection. A word of warning: Though none of this series is for young readers, the final book has Merlin a bit more grown up than in the past. He has a serious relationship with Halia that is the center of much of the book, and some close and important characters do not survive. Still, for those who have followed Merlin through his lost years, the book is a must read. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
T.A. Barron first brought this new and original concept of Merlin to life in THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN. That book was a wonderful read that brought new views and old themes into a retelling of the timeless legend. The books that followed definitely kept the reader involved, although the plots themselves became pointless at times, and some of the minor characters were just stupid. Still, the final book in this epic is written with personality and tells a very worthwhile story with a minimum of the meaningless tangents that were seen in some of the other books. I do not mean to criticize this series too much. I enjoyed it very much and I think that Mr. Barron created an excellent conclusion. This book certainly matched the first one in the level of excitement that passes through our young wizard into every reader's imagination. This is definitely worthwhile, especially if you have read the previous books.
p.s. The similarities to the Star Wars films that were found in the first book are definitely not present in the final book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
T.A. Barron is probably the freshest, most outstanding voice in fantasy and Arthurian literature in... well, a very, very long time.

His "Lost Years of Merlin" series is clearly destined to be a modern classic, an exquisitely-written epic saga that reinvents the legendary Merlin. "Wings of Merlin" is no exception -- it's a fitting end to a wonderful five-book trilogy, with its exquisite writing and an epic clash between the legendary wizard and the evil Rhita Gawr.

Merlin and his beloved Hallia are enjoying the peace after "Mirror of Merlin," shapeshifting into deer and romping under the amused gaze of Merlin's sister Rhia. But Merlin's powers aren't quite what they could be. And their peace is shattered by a vision of the Dagda, in which he warns Merlin that the battle against Rhita Gawr is about to come to a head. Dagda can't attack Rhita Gawr directly without unbalancing the world, and so it's up to a wizard -- Merlin -- to rally Fincayra's weird and wonderful array of races against Rhita Gawr.

Merlin meets up with his old friend Shim the Giant, and receives terrible news: His father, the evil Stangmar, has escaped his prison and is going after Merlin's mother Elen of the Sapphire Eyes. To make things worse, a sinister masked man with swords instead of arms is killing children -- and Merlin's spells don't work against him. Merlin must rally together the giants, the dwarves, the marsh ghouls, and everyone else in Fincayra -- but it may not be enough to defeat Rhita Gawr.

Until T.A. Barron's "Merlin" series, there were very few satisfying books about Merlin's early life.
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