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Merlin's Dragon (Merlin Saga) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0399247505
LANGUAGE:English

" Great book. Amazing writing. It had it all: imagery, characterization, you name it. As you're reading it, you can basically hear the characters speak and can imagine the scene they are in perfectly. I honestly have not invested myself into one book for a very long time and I'm really happy I chose to read it. " said.

" I thought Barron's Lost Years of Merlin series was a fun YA fantasy read, but I didn't like Merlin's Dragon as much as I thought I would. I know it's meant for kids from 8-12, but the story seemed very simple and predictable, without as much of the character depth I saw in the Lost Years of Merlin series. I read the other two books after this as well, and they weren't horrible, but I was still left feeling kind of disappointed. " said.

" This was a spectacular book. I am a huge fan of his Merlin books (both Lost Years and Great Tree of Avalon). His environments are rich and diverse. His take on Merlin's life, his side of some of my absolute favorite myths and legends, is one of my favorites.But I also loved this story, filling in the gap between those two series. The tale was sweet and inspiring, just like the other two. It took a while for the plot to take flight, but once it did, it was quite engaging. " said.

" I really, really wanted to like this book. However interesting the premise was, the story was slow to develop and not terribly interesting. At 3/4 of the way through it, I have decided not to finish it because I really don't care. At that point in the book, I was still waiting for it to get good. "Good" to me is when I can't wait to pick up the book again or I don't want to stop reading it. I pretty much was forcing myself to read it. Oh well. " said.

" This book had SUCH a satisfying outcome! I remember being so disappointed when the Lost Years of Merlin series ended. This book fills the missing piece between Lost Years of Merlin and Great Tree of Avalon. Parts of the book were so lyrical I felt like I was right there in the story. Now I'm going back to Lost Years of Merlin to start reading them again. This book reminded me how much I loved that series! " said.

" Basil has a very modest beginning and remains a very tiny figure that seems to be part lizard and part bat throughout most of his adventures through the lands surrounding the Great Tree of Avalon but he eventually begins to grow into his destiny as he strives to save Merlin from a dreaded evil. Lots of interesting characters that will intrigue children as they work through this ongoing trilogy. " said.

"This book was ok, but not nearly as good as the lost years of Merlin. It has a very slow start, I mean a very slow start, which makes it hard to get into, even when you are reading quickly. The characters were good, and it is interesting to see things from the lost years in another light. The ending seemed rushed, we spent 27 years doing nothing, and another 3 sitting on a rock, and then all the sudden we have to see the world in a week? I dunno seemed a little backward to me. I would have liked more at the end and less at the beginning." said.

"Tiny little green lizard/bat/thingy Basil lives in Avalon, the magical tree-realm created by Merlin. All Basil wants to do is avoid being eaten by all the larger creatures in Avalon, like the dragons. Oh, and find out what kind of creature he is and whether or not there are any others of his kind out there. But he also gets caught up in a search to find the wizard Merlin to warn him of impending danger. And along the way he travels literally on the wind and learns lessons about friendship and self-worth. " said.

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