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Authors: Robert Treskillard

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Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral)

PRAISE FOR THE
MERLIN SPIRAL

 

“A sweeping, deeply detailed fantasy that reimagines the adventures of Arthurian legend . . . The author skillfully crafts intense action scenes and vivid settings.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Treskillard crafts a new and unique prequel to the King Arthur legend, one that is rich in atmosphere and detail. Fantasy readers will find themselves beguiled by the young Merlin’s story.”

— School Library Journal

“Treskillard has achieved one of the most difficult feats to master in high fantasy epics like this — weaving together a handful of storylines into a cohesive, expertly paced narrative.”

— Crosswalk.com

“I love the setting of this book! Robert Treskillard has done an excellent job bringing early Britain to life. The adventure is exciting, the characters are interesting, and the suspense, which remains until the end, is very well done.”

— RedeemedReader.com

“A fresh approach to an ancient genre . . . an absolute must–read.”

— Award-winning author Douglas Bond


Merlin’s Blade
is a masterful story, well told . . . a must–read for fans of the Arthurian legend and for fantasy fans of all stripes . . . The book easily spans the gap between twelve and adult.”

— Fantasy and sci-fi reviewer Rebecca Luella Miller

“A fabulous reimagining of the legends.”

— Fantasy author Scott Appleton

“Turn the pages, and you can almost feel the fog rolling in off the moors, smell the low heather, and catch a glint off a blade.”

— Bestselling author Wayne Thomas Batson

“Treskillard builds a real person in Merlin . . . whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for.”

— Christy Award-winning author Jill Williamson

Other books by Robert Treskillard:

Merlin’s Blade

Merlin’s Shadow

 

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Merlin’s Nightmare

Copyright © 2014 by Robert Treskillard

 

ePub Edition © April 2014: ISBN 978-0-310-73512-0

 

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

 

Treskillard, Robert.

Merlin’s nightmare / Robert Treskillard.

pages cm. — (Merlin’s spiral series ; book 3)

Summary: While Morgana sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain, Merlin and eighteen-year-old Arthur must rally Britain’s warriors against three overwhelming enemies, without unleashing an even greater evil.

ISBN 978-0-310-73509-0 (softcover)

1. Merlin (Legendary character)—Juvenile fiction. 2. Arthur, King—Juvenile fiction. [1. Merlin (Legendary character)—Fiction. 2. Arthur, King—Fiction. 3. Fantasy.] I. Title.

PZ7.T73175Mdp 2014

[Fic]—dc23

2013036903

All Scripture paraphrased by the author to approximate a fifth-century cultural context.

 

The characters and events depicted in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to actual persons real or imagined is coincidental.

 

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For Samantha Adele, Leighton, and Ness

Psalm 5:11 – 12

CONTENTS

 

PROLOGUE: THE PACT

 

PART ONE: FEAR’S GLANCE

 

CHAPTER 1: WOLF KILL

 

CHAPTER 2: A RUMOR OF WAR

 

CHAPTER 3: A SHADOW OF DEATH

 

CHAPTER 4: THE HUNT

 

CHAPTER 5: THE TOMB

 

CHAPTER 6: GRANNOS THE MIGHTY

 

CHAPTER 7: MYSTERIES UNMASKED

 

CHAPTER 8: OATHS TAKEN

 

CHAPTER 9: CHILDREN OF THE GIANT

 

CHAPTER 10: THE BROKEN TREE

 

CHAPTER 11: THE BROKEN PATH

 

CHAPTER 12: THE BROKEN HOUSE

 

CHAPTER 13: THE BROKEN CITY

 

PART TWO: TERROR’S GRASP

 

CHAPTER 14: HORSA

 

CHAPTER 15: VORTIGERN’S SON

 

CHAPTER 16: THE PLACE OF THE DEAD

 

CHAPTER 17: THE FEAST OF THE DEAD

 

CHAPTER 18: THE PROPHECY OF THE DEAD

 

CHAPTER 19: THE PEACE OF THE SAXENOW

 

CHAPTER 20: THE EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN

 

CHAPTER 21: THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF

 

CHAPTER 22: THE EDGE OF THE KNIFE

 

CHAPTER 23: A DESPERATE END

 

CHAPTER 24: A DESPERATE DECISION

 

CHAPTER 25: ASHES OF THE PAST

 

CHAPTER 26: ASHES OF THE PRESENT

 

PART THREE: NIGHTMARE’S GALLOWS

 

CHAPTER 27: THE ABDUCTION

 

CHAPTER 28: OATHS FORSAKEN

 

CHAPTER 29: A SLEEP OF DEATH

 

CHAPTER 30: A SLEEP OF RAVENS

 

CHAPTER 31: A SLEEP OF STONES

 

CHAPTER 32: A SISTER’S WRATH

 

CHAPTER 33: MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE

 

CHAPTER 34: MERLIN’S KING

 

CHAPTER 35: SWORD AND SHADOW

 

CHAPTER 36: REVELATIONS

 

CHAPTER 37: BAPTISM OF FIRE

 

EPILOGUE: THE TORC OF A KING

 

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

 

GLOSSARY

 

EXCERPT FROM BOOK ONE OF THE MERLIN SPIRAL, MERLIN’S BLADE

 

CHAPTER 1: AN ERRAND GONE ASTRAY

 

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