The Lost Years

The Lost Years

Book - 2011
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Having voyaged to the Otherworld in his quest to find himself, the young wizard Merlin must face fire in many different forms and deal with the possibility of losing his own magical power.
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780142418895
0142418897
Characteristics: 326, 18 p. : map ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Merlin. The lost years

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Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

I remember loving this series as a teen: the descriptions of the world are astonishingly good--practically Redwall levels. There's a real lyrical sense to it, and the blending of myth and reality is excellent. But overall it didn't age well from my middle school years. It's drowned beneath the sheer incompetency and jerkiness of its protagonist. He has huge expectations for his life, but does nothing. Everything happens around him, and he's dragged unconscious from scene to scene, and then later we're told something happened. During the few times he's conscious, he dithers and dathers about using his vague "powers," and dithers and dathers so long that deus ex machina must occur or else the characters will literally die from his incompetency and delays. Most of the problems are just solved by someone else. Meh.

yellow_beaver_38 Nov 01, 2016

Great Story. Though a little too much messages of flaws than the good traits.

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yellow_beaver_38 Nov 01, 2016

yellow_beaver_38 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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yellow_beaver_38 Nov 01, 2016

"And I came to understand, in a way I never had before, that books are truly the stuff of miracles. I even dared to dream that someday, somehow, I might surround myself with books from many times and many tongues..."

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