The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron: With the exception of Mary Stewart’s novels, almost none of the Arthurian canon documents Merlin’s life prior to advising King Vortigern as an adult. This novel attempts to fill that gap. Our story begins with Emrys and a woman who claims to be his mother washing onto the shores of Wales. Emrys remembers absolutely nothing before this event, though it is clear that he is very different from the other boys of the village. Slowly he discovers magical powers that both tantalize and terrify him. It’s a pleasant, fairly light read, with interesting characters and legends. There isn’t much in the way of unexpected plot twists, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment.

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