Merlin's Harp

Summary: When I was yet a very young woman I threw my heart away. Ever since then I have lived heartless, or almost heartless, the way Humans think all Fey live.

Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Niviene’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love… — Sourcebooks Fire

I love Arthurian legend. I love Arthurian books.  I love the story, the mystery, the myth, the legend.  I wanted to love this book, but sadly, I did not.  When I read the summary I was just sure it was going to be another amazing entry into the canon of Arthurian literature and this time for teens! Not to mention being from the point of view of the Lady of the Lake, I can’t say I’ve seen that very much in the genre (not that I am like extremely well read!).  However, when I started reading the book, my excitement waned.  It’s not that the book is badly written.  It’s more like it is, well, excessively written.  The words are so flowery, so descriptive, that I kept getting lost within the text.  I had to reread whole paragraphs to make sense of what I had just read.   Finally I had to set the book aside unfinished as I just couldn’t get into the story at all.  It is quite possible it was a mood thing with me, I am normally a moody reader and here lately, well, I’ve been moodier than usual.

Sourcebooks Fire has set up a website website devoted to MERLIN’S HARP and you can read an excerpt of the writing so you can see what you think of it here: Merlin’s Harp Chapter 1 Excerpt.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a review copy of this novel.

Merlin’s Harp
Young Adult Fantasy
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: March 1, 2010
ISBN: 1402237839

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4 thoughts on “Merlin's Harp

  1. Sorry to hear you didn't love this book, at least not for now. I read part of the first chapter from where you linked to it. While I thought it was interesting, I agree with you that there does seem to be a lack of good editing or something there. I can't exactly put my finger on what it was that seemed overdone.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Favorite Childhood Books on the Book List =-.

  2. Sadly, I wasn't a fan of this one either. Many times I felt lost in time within the story. Were we reading the present or was it a flashback. I think the writing added to that confusion. It just kept jumping around and talking in circles it seemed.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Reading Our Own Books Challenge =-.

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