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Young Merlin has brought new hope to Fincayra, the enchanted isle that lies between earth and sky. Having finally freed it from the terrible Blight, Merlin and the forest girl Rhia set out to heal the land using the magical Flowering Harp. But Fincayra remains in great danger still, and the first victim of the renewed tide of evil is Merlin's own mother. Merlin's sole hope of saving his mother's life is to master the Seven Songs of Wisdom passed down from the greatest wizard Fincayra has ever known, Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha. Only then can he voyage to the Otherworld of the spirits and obtain the precious Elixir of Dagda. Yet to do that, he must first succeed where even Tuatha failed, by defeating Balor, the ogre whose merest glance means death. Even more difficult, Merlin must discover the secret of seeing not with his eyes, but with his heart.
©1997 Thomas Archibald Barron; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"Spellbinding...readers will relish not only the action and the well-crafted setting but also Merlin's growth from a callow youth to a wiser, more caring wizard-in-training." (Booklist)
"Merlin is a combination of pride, bravery, and recklessness, qualities narrator Kevin Isola conveys in every nuance of his voice....A fine performance." (AudioFile)
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By Fiona Jallings on 06-04-17

A Book for 12 Year Olds

I loved this book when I was young, but listening to it now.... I found the main character to be insufferably whiny and arrogant, and stupid. It was a 180 from his character in the first book. That boy wouldn't have made these foolish choices, and it felt like he was dumbed down in the service of the plot. Also, the "comic relief" was neither comic nor relief. It felt like we were supposed to laugh at his expense, and that made me feel uncomfortable. Merlin spent much of the story humiliating and teasing the guy. It was a bit mean-spirited, so I found myself unable to enjoy it.

One thing I liked was Rhea's character, and that she didn't end up being a love interest. That was a nice break from the otherwise clichéd story. I was young when I first read it, and the clichés didn't bother me then. Now, I'm too experienced to not wince when I see them.

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By Jon Greenfield on 05-23-17

The Story and the Narrator are AMAZING!

I know that a few of the other reviewers are not fans of Kevin Isola's performance, but I thought he was fantastic. He breathed life into this story that the previous narrator did not in the first book. The story itself is rich with wonder, emotion, and humor. I have owned this series for many years, and have read it many times over. I love T.A. Barron's ability to weave a story. I have loved these and his other books since childhood, and will far into old age.

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