Merlin's Charge Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
- File size : 788 KB
- ASIN : B00G2C37X2
- Print length : 224 pages
- Publication date : October 20, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1493545213
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,775 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story takes place in the 5th Century when he Roman Empire is fallen. A terrible drought has taken hold of Britain. Mother Hubbard is looking after a group of children, using her magic to lay eggs for them after their magic cauldron was stolen. Meanwhile, teenage Arthur is under the tutelage of the grumpy old wizard Merlin, learning what it's going to take to become king after he pulled the sword from the stone.
Eventually Mother Hubbard is arrested by the Church for being a witch and set to be burned at the stake. Arthur pleads with Merlin to save her, which he does, though he has another purpose in mind--making Mother Hubbard his wife because even wizards need some company in bed.
When they compare notes, Mother Hubbard and Merlin decide they should try to find the cauldron, otherwise known as the grail. Joining them in the quest are Parsifal, son of a Roman general, and a corrupt abbot of the Church, whose primarily function is to go around declaring everything evil.
The book isn't very long; it only took me a few hours to read it on my Kindle. A lot of it is spent talking, which is good in some ways because it means no windy passages of description, although a few more descriptions might have been helpful sometimes. I think what surprised me the most was that despite being called MERLIN'S Charge, Merlin is largely absent from the grand finale.
Still, if you're a fan of Arthurian legend, especially "The Sword in the Stone" then you'll enjoy this hilarious new take on the subject.
That is all.
Readers will have to judge for themselves if Swanson has found the holy grail. In the process, they'll have a good deal of fun at the expense of the concept itself. In Merlin's Charge, a young Arthur, goes on a burlesqued quest for the grail, egged on by Merlin, who must prepare his callow but promising charge to become king. He is accompanied by representatives of the Church, knighthood, the common folk, and witchery.
Each component is rendered smaller than legend as a sort of expose' of some of the Sixth Century reality behind it. The exception is magic and witchery, which are presented as quite functional. This provides much of the fun as fantasy, or it could be looked at as the way people of the time thought the world worked.
In the course of the quest, the reader can see both the essential character of the future king and how it will play out in the establishment of Camelot. One of the joys of the book is picking out things that allude to specific aspects of that future. An example is when Merlin is explains how he has taught Arthur to be realistic. "I hope I have at least taught him to not trust anybody, not if he's to be the King. Not even his wife or best friend." The irony here and throughout is that Arthur is far less cynical and far more fatally idealistic than Merlin wants him to be, with predictable results.
Swanson clearly has done his homework on Arthurian legend. He drops us unceremoniously into the time and story, and it's entirely credible within the sphere of Arthurian legend. Merlin's Charge is smartly written and fun to read.
Reflecting the modern upheaval in politics and culture we see today, Merlin's Charge is set in an era of change. The old ways of Merlin steeped in a close relationship with the Earth versus the new-fangled ways of the Romans' version of Christianity focusing on atonement with an unseen spiritual presence and the words of men.
Merlin is challenged with bringing up adolescent Arthur and teaching him to think for himself so he can be a fair and wise ruler with a foot in the past and a foot in the future. The country is in desperate times due to drought and in-fighting, so they set upon a mission to try to bring relief to a desperate, starving town that lost its communal cauldron and its ability to provide for the people. His duty is complicated by the company of Parisfal, a young proud man who is trying to define himself. Nimm and Mother Hubbard join in to complicate Merlin's love life and to lend their witchcraft skills in the quest. Abbott Babble Blaise is a constant reminder that the church is on the rise, inflicting guilt where none before existed, and gaining influence
Arthur has so many things to consider as he prepares himself to be king of a troubled land. How to unite the feuding knights and landowners? How to bring together people on both sides of the religious fronts? How to end the suffering? How to resolve the conflicts in his own mind over the absence of a proper father?
I enjoyed Merlin's Charge with its squabbling characters and moral conflicts and found more than a few similarities between the then and the now. How difficult it must be to be a new leader!
Top reviews from other countries
Do recommend at all
Leave alone as waste of your time