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Spat out by the sea, the boy lay on the rocks, as still as death. Even if he survived the day, he had no home. No memory. And no name. So begins the tale of the strange young boy, who having washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, is determined to find his real home and his true name. One day he will become the greatest wizard of all time, but he knows nothing of this now.
At the knee of the mysterious Branwen, who claims to be his mother, the boy learns lore of the Celts, Druids, and people even more ancient. Yet the secret of his identity seems always to escape him. To discover the truth, and the secret of his own powers, he runs away, voyaging to the mist-shrouded side of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. It is there he discovers that the fate of this land and his quest are strangely entwined.
Combining all the passion, power and spiritual depth that are T.A. Barron's hallmarks, this book adds a thrilling new dimension to the legend of Merlin.
©1996 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"A novel rich with magic." (The New York Times Book Review)
"An extraordinary journey of mind, body, and spirit." (Madeline L'Engle)
"Listen and be wondrously transported to the mist-covered land of the ancients!" (AudioFile)
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By Janet on 04-28-09

annoying voice

i never finished this book as the readers accent annoyed me. probably would have enjoyed it if the reader had the right accent

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By Audiobook Addict on 07-26-14

Good Start to a Great Series

T.A. Baron writes like the classics of previous generations like Tolkien. So the series starts off rather slow, but once Merlin starts his journey there are lots of adventures in store.

The first book in the Lost Years of Merlin series has lots of action and adventure once you get to about the halfway point in the book, but even then a lot of the book is still just building the world and setting the stage for the rest of the series.

I love Shim! He is such a fun character, and of course there is the ever present Trouble is a lot of fun too.

Also a lot of people complain about the narration, but I rather liked it.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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