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Publisher's Summary

He was born to greatness, the son of a Druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors - a land ravaged by the brutal greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders. Respected, feared and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer. This is the second book of The Pendragon Cycle.
©1988 by Stephen R. Lawhead (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A fine storyteller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasures of the legends." (Omaha World Herald)
"Highly recommended... Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Philana on 12-02-03

Excellent Book (Ten Stars)

First this the the 2nd book in the Pendragon, not the 3rd, there are in fact 5 books in this series and even a sequel (Avalon). This is a great book, and tells the story of Merlin, who is both a warrior and a prophet. Stephen Lawhead is a wonderful Chrisitian Fiction/Fantasy writer. He hails on the tradition of George MacDonald (who inspired C.S. Lewis and Tolkien) and Lewis and Tolkien. Don't just read this series, read "The Song of Albion" and the "Dragon King Saga". Should get ten stars if it was possible. **********

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2 out of 5 stars
By KarenH on 12-16-11


What would have made Merlin better?

In the past, I have never bad-mouthed a reader, but I cannot abide this reader at all. His voice is like fingernails on the chalkboard. I have always enjoyed Stephen Lawhead books,and I liked Taliesen. But I am done with this series.Maybe I'll just read the books instead.If I could have given him no stars, I would have.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Possibly the autobiography of Mark Twain.I just finished Elijah Woods reading of Huckleberry Finn,( now he is a fantastic reader!) and was reminded what a brilliant writer he was.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?


Any additional comments?

I have listened to Audible books for years and really enjoy them. This is the first time I have felt compelled to write so strongly about the quality of the recording.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 07-24-12

A good book spoilt by a bad reader

I bought this book without listening to the preview which I have to report was a mistake. I bought the book after listening to Taliesin: Pendragon Cyckle Book 1 read by Nadia May. I am afraid Frederick Davidson was a mistake as a narrator. He would be better suited to commenting on a game of Polo. He does not read with sympathy, more he reads as one who likes the sound of his own voice, thus spoiling the story.

If I could get a credit and give this book back, I would

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3 out of 5 stars
By zinck on 12-07-10


Having read the first book as a paper back and then listening to the second i find the mispronunciation of Welsh words by the narrator hard work. So much so i am considering ditching the audio and getting hold of the book.

If mispronunciation of Welsh words by English speakers annoys you then this audio book is not for you.

I'm sure this isn't a reflection on the actual story its self as i thoroughly enjoyed the first.

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