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Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy Paperback – February 8, 2008
"A well-written tale of the magical, dangerous and shocking journey through the mysterious childhood and adolescence of Merlin. The story kept me riveted in anticipation."
~ Lillian Hawkins
"I highly recommend this fascinating work of historical fiction, based on intense research. The exciting tale kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next." ~ Paula Sanders-- www.perpetualvisions.com
"Instantly engrossing! Bear witness to young Merlin's inner struggles as he grows into his role as visionary of Britain's destiny. Dee Marie breathes new life into an ancient legend.You are in for an incredible journey."~ Nick C. Sorbin -- www.renderosity.com
About the Author
Dee Marie is an award-winning author, photographer and artist. She has a vast knowledge of Arthurian Legends, with a reference library that is overflowing with British, Celtic, and Druid history.
Research for her Sons of Avalon series also included a visit to Britain, where she was privileged to walk within the inner circle of Stonehenge, embracing the Dancing Stones on the Salisbury Plain. While in Cornwall, she explored the moors surrounding Bodmin, and ambled upon the ancient ruins of Tintagel.
Former Managing Editor, and later Editor-in-Chief, of an internationally published computer graphic magazine, when not writing novels, she supplements her time working as a freelance journalist. Dee Marie currently lives in Upstate New York, and is completing her second novel in the Sons of Avalon series.
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I only mention that as after reading so many books there tends to be a same-old, same-old feeling. How many times can you cover a well known story which has certain basic features that have become universally accepted? To do so with style and to keep your full attention takes something that has to be extremely well done. That is true in the case of this novel by Dee Marie. I do not know what all her sources were or what her background studies may have been, but the story is superlatively handled by her. There is a special insight into characters who we thought we knew before. It is doubtful that anyone really knows all the facts about the life of Merlin or Arthur, however she obviously knows the time period and I cannot, as an old retired history teacher, fault her on any point. If I were still in the classroom this would be suggested reading and I look forward to sequels.
I also noticed something I don't believe I have seen in reviews before with Amazon. The author kindly makes comments to each reviewer and I almost regret not opting to have comments sent to me by email. I have reviewed hundreds of books for Amazon and, sadly, when doing political ones have had scathing attacks. Hey, a review is just one person's opinion and that is something Amazon invites us to do. I can't help it if I am a conservative tea party type. If it is a good book, it is fun to encourage others to read it as I am doing here. So dear author, I guess I will miss any comments you may make, but do know that you and your work are very much appreciated.
Dee Marie's solid grasp of the wondrous medieval time period; Arthurian, is highly evident as she takes us (readers) on a non-stop exciting tale. From the mystifying birth of Merlin, I was drawn into the magic. Dee Marie is successful in combining both early British history and mythical characters, masterfully weaved and brought to life.
Merlin is no ordinary child, and throughout the tale he uncovers his life's purpose, while coming to terms with his special powers. I experienced the bloodiness of the battlefields, love, and humor infused in this captivating story.
Sons of Avalon is not just a thrilling page turner, it is, a journey which is guaranteed to leave you anxiously awaiting the second book in the series - Absolutely Outstanding!
If ever a book is worthy of a six star review, Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy is the book! Highly recommended.
Set in a post Roman Britain, this recovering nation was still fraught with turmoil and war. The reader is transported to a time long ago with sights, and smells of the era. The scenery unfolds in the mind with each word until you are there with the characters in peace or in battle.
The characters are rich and complex. The mysterious Merlin, Lionel, Lot, Ambrosious, and Uther take us through their journeys and struggles. Our characters, sometimes misunderstood, seem to make the wrong choices until the bigger picture is revealed with a life lesson intertwined. The difficulties and hardship of the time are clear, but not without humor throughout to remind us of the characters' youthfulness and humanity. We watch Merlin grow from infancy and become the leader and prophet he is meant to become.
Merlin's Prophecy isn't only filled with beautifully written folklore, there are lessons woven throughout that relate to readers of all ages. Just because the characters lived long ago doesn't mean that they weren't facing challenges we can relate to. My favorite moment from the story comes from a scene when Merlin was speaking to Ambrosious. This conversation came to me at a time when I needed it: " ...'Peace or discontentment comes from within. Man may not rule his destiny, but he does rule his soul. Your reaction to life comes from within you, not from the world around you.'" (Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy, p.199)
Dee Marie's novel is not just for fans of Arthurian legends, but for anyone who enjoys good literature. Personally, Merlin's Prophecy has been a great introduction into a genre and world I had previously not visited. I hold a new respect and interest in Merlin, and plan to look into reading other Arthurian tales. I anxiously await her sequel to Merlin's Prophecy.