Young Merlin

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Review

Merlin has always felt different from other boys. Firstly, he has dreadful nightmares full of fighting and death. Secondly, he and his mother are treated as outcasts because Merlin has no father.

One day some of king Vortigern’s soldiers fetch Merlin from his village and take him to the king. He discovers that the king is building a fortress that keeps falling down, so he wants to make a human sacrifice of a fatherless boy to appease his pagan gods. Luckily, Merlin escapes - and then meets a dragon who shows him the meaning of his nightmares and the important destiny that awaits him.

The first of a trilogy, this action-packed story is ideal for reluctant and dyslexic readers who enjoy magic and fantasy.

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