I love the stories and legends of King Arthur and his knights. So when Merlin’s Blade was given to me as a birthday present by a good friend, I was so excited to dive in. Robert took the story of Arthur and Merlin and created an epic story world rich with history and a touch of fantasy.
Merlin’s Blade had a strong plot. There was no contradiction and everything flowed smoothly and made sense.
The characters were strong–I felt a connection with Merlin, and Garth grew from when we first met him. However, I felt like more could have been built upon them and other characters, though this might happen as the series continues.
Robert’s writing was amazing. The descriptions were well done and simple, and nothing was overdone.
The dialogue was well done and was realistic for the time period.
Bad Language: None
Inappropriate Content: None
Want to read/ability: 4/5
Around the middle, the book got a little slow, but it picked up speed and I flew through the rest.
Warnings: This book had druids. The druids are mentioned drawing circles, chanting, and casting spells. There is an enchanted stone with “power” that the druids control.
Overall, I loved the book. Merlin is a Christian and the worldview of the whole book is Christian, despite the druids. Robert is an extremely talented writer and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series in the Merlin Spiral Trilogy turns out.
You can find Merlin’s Blade here.