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Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral) Paperback – May 13, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Merlin Spiral Series

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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.

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"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

PRAISE FOR THE MERLIN SPIRAL:

"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 (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stone Dog VINE VOICE on May 16, 2015
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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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First I want to say that this was really well written. Good description but not too much, I could see the whole story. Intense, lots of action, never a dull moment. I really, really wanted to love this book because I love the first and second books in the series. However, I had two issues with this story.

1. Too creepy. I read the first two books with my 12 yr old. This book is YA and typically YA is for age 12 and up. The first two books of this series we were able to enjoy together. But this book, my daughter couldn't get past chapter 6 because she was getting freaked out 2 nights in a row and having trouble falling asleep. She opted to stop reading it because in her words, "it's too demonic". For myself, I did find it a little dark and especially the parts which were from the perspective of the witch, I skimmed/skipped those parts. It did make me feel uncomfortable too. So just a warning, not a great book for 12 yr. olds or anyone sensitive to that sort of thing.

2. Not a satisfying ending. The ending left me tense, not knowing whether the main character was really going to be okay. Things were left in a place of tension and dread. I don't like that :(
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The third in a series of Arthurian novels, Merlin's nightmare finishes the trilogy off with a bang. This entire series has been a hit for me; I actually purchased this third book way before I was offered it through Vine because I was so impatient to read it! It has a perfect blend of suspense and drama and a little romance thrown in. Definitely a classic along the lines of Stephen R. Lawhead.

I am extremely picky about what I give to my pre-teen daughter; but this whole series I was able to pass off to her (with a tad bit of editing of the second book, see my review there.) So I love that the author respected the fact that it was young adult fiction (unlike many authors!) and kept it clean. But he also didn't dumb it down and make it juvenile; it really is a novel that, as an adult, was enjoyed just as much by me. My 12 year old daughter has read this whole series a good three times in the last half year; so I know it's a good one!
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While Merlin's Blade remains my favorite of the series, I enjoyed Merlin's Nightmare, and it serves as a good set-up for The Pendragon Spiral, the next series of Treskillard's Arthurian tales. There is a lot of action, and I love when a book has multiple POVs. We see Merlin and Arthur's POV then switch to Merlin's family and the enemy. This makes the story spin together at the end.
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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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