by Daniel Diehl is book one of The Merlin Chronicles. Archeological,
Arthurian figures and magic all come to play in this outstanding
novel. Tintagel, the home of Arthurian legend is where we first meet
Jason. His professor offers him a chance to be in charge of his own
dig, the middens. Most people would rather not be digging around in
that type of area, however, for an archeologist it offers a wealth of
information. His team finds a hollow glass sphere, something that
shouldn't be able exist.
Undisturbed for over 1,500 years Merlin has secreted himself away to research how to save the world from certain total annihilation. Through his dreams with Jason he starts to learn about the new modern world he suddenly finds himself in. Morgana le Fay through magic learned by the world's enemies still exists. She has also been researching for centuries with.one vital difference, she is in league with those who wish to destroy earth. Morgana believes that the enemies will let her rule over a small portion. I deeply enjoyed reading this novel by Mr. Diehl. The combinations of well developed characters as well as his description writing make it very easy to immerse yourself in his world. The sequel will be available in Spring 2014. This novel has a full 5 stars from me.
I'm mildly obsessed with the Holy Grail so I'm familiar with Arthurian literature and have read a lot of books on the history surrounding both the Dark Age and Medieval takes on the legends. I'm very fond of the subject matter so I was a little wary of reading this book, but having been impressed by some of the author's non-fiction work I wasn't going to let that stop me.
It's a great story, brimming with outrageously brilliant ideas, but firmly rooted in the real world in a way which makes even the wildest fantasy elements perfectly believable. It's a lot of fun, well paced, well written,clever, thought provoking, and completely engaging. Best of all it manges to work its magic without taking any liberties with the various Merlins of myth and history, and actually brings many of them together in a way I'd not considered possible. I think the wait for book two may kill me.
First i have to confess, i have NEVER read a Merlin book......Ever.....Much to the shock and amusement of my friend and fellow reviewer Laura.So i can honestly say, hand on heart, I went into this book with open eyes, And let me say what a book!!
If you are a Merlin fan you have, no NEED to get this book.
Merlin (and yes i mean the wizard) is a totally kiss-ass guy who i must say shocked me a couple of times :) As for poor Jason Carpenter who "finds" Merlin (dont want to give anything away) I think he thought he was loosing his marbles at one point!! (And he's now on my fictional boyfriend list ;) )
As for Morgana Le Fay i have never wanted to slap a book character (well maybe one or two) as much as i wanted to slap her.
To sum it up this book is awesome. I was gripped from the start and can't wait for MORE. I will now be stalking Daniel Diehl for book 2 (you have been warned Daniel) ~Nicola~
Not just another Merlin Story - You would think that the story of Arthur and his sidekick wizard Merlin has been done or overplayed. And perhaps Daniel Diehl would agree with you in regards to Merlin's relationship with King Arthur. But in this series he's focusing on another one of Merlin's relationships from the time of Arthur - the one between him and Morgan LeFey, the daughter of Uther, who never saw the throne thanks to the appearance of her half-brother.
Can Merlin turn the up-tight, nerdy archaeology student into his next Arthur? Will Merlin ever discover the way in which to defeat Morgan?
Don't look for all these to be answered in this book. This is only book one. I think Diehl did a great job at giving some hope and closure at the end of this story without foretelling too much of what's about to unfold in the subsequent books to come. I'm looking forward to continuing the series so I can find out the answer to these questions.
Just finished reading Revelations and I have to say I was very impressed. I really enjoyed it. I would best describe it as an action packed contemporary fantasy with a lead character that's a thinking man's Indiana Jones. I'm very much looking forward to further installments of this exciting and fun read.
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Boy meets orb. Orb contains Merlin. Boy falls down the rabbit hole into a world of magic, spells and dragons. Jason's life certainly got interesting. The story is fantastic and oddly plausible which kept me turning pages to see where we would go and if good would triumph over evil.
I had some problems warming up to Jason, I never felt like I knew him, He is just an average American student at a UK university. Being average I never got a picture of the kid in my head. However the story is bigger than individuals, so really knowing the individual isn't crucial to enjoying the story. The best part is that this is just the beginning of the story. I can't wait to see what happens next.
I love how the author wove history throughout the adventure and I can hardly wait to find out what happens in the next book.
A totally awesome read and I highly recommend you get your hands on this too. I really think it has the potential to be a huge hit and will make an awesome movie. LRS
Read it and pass the news along... Its not very often that you can jump in before its already become a blockbuster so jump in now and say you were part of the phenomenom this Fantasy series is going to become.