This epic series is truly THE BEST OF THE BEST of what children's literature has in store for us out there. We follow the path of a young boy who finds out he is the great wizard Merlin. You will b...


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T.A. Barron

If someone asked me what makes a Chinaberry book a Chinaberry book, I would hand them a book by T. A. Barron and say this author is a living example of the essence of Chinaberry.

To me, T.A. Barron's writing is like a lighthouse on a stormy night, sending out its steady beacon of light and hope into the restless seas. He is an author who speaks right to the core of our being, speaking of truth, of beauty and of honor. And today more than ever, our children need this.

All too often the children of today are battered by a brutal world, a world which assaults them with too many visions of not enough beauty, kindness or love. Our children are crying out for substance, for deeper meanings and spiritual truths. They hunger for stories that speak to their souls of the goodness of humanity and of the individual's struggle to be whole in an imperfect world. T.A. Barron is a master of writing about just these things all carefully concealed in one of the most imaginative adventure stories you will ever read.

In this epic series of Merlin's coming of age, Barron reaches deep into the recesses of our mythic imagination to reveal a Merlin we do not know in other stories. A Merlin proud and powerful, yet who is repeatedly humbled by the consequences of his actions when he lets his pride get in the way of his inner knowing.

The series begins in The Lost Years of Merlin, when Merlin is washed up on the shore of a strange land with an unknown woman named Branwen. Branwen tells him stories of magical lands where the immortals live and sometimes mortals may visit. Blind and alone, he sets out on an epic journey across the sea to the land of Branwen's stories. Here, Emrys learns the truth of his past. The truth leads him to use his magic to heal instead of harm. It teaches him to open his heart and reclaim the power that is uniquely his.

The Lost Years of Merlin is a magical book. Metaphorically, his words talk about healing the anger we all carry, the anger of forgetting who we are, of forgetting the essential light that fills our being. Each of us must make Emrys' journey. We must journey deep into that magical place that holds our own understanding of our soul's knowing, our own soul's magic. We live in a world where it is so easy to forget that we, too, are a child of the heavens, a child with magnificent gifts if only we choose to remember and use them with love.

In The Seven Songs of Merlin we watch Merlin's desperate attempts to save his mother from dying. He must journey to the Otherworld, the realm of spirit, and meet the all-powerful Dagda to beg for the elixir of life. To complete this epic task, Merlin must understand the "essential soul" of each of the seven songs of Tuatha, Merlin's Wizard Grandfather. In the course of learning the essence of each song, Merlin also learns about his essential self. Each song holds a truth that must live inside of Merlin for him to master his destiny. Merlin symbolically shows the reader the way of the wizard, that magical archetype that speaks of the right use of power and the sense of personal sovereignty that is gained when we become the wizard of our own lives.

The epic continues in book three, The Fires of Merlin, where Merlin is fighting for his life and the life of all Fincarya. Valdearg, the greatest dragon of all time, has awakened from a magic sleep when his children are murdered. Determined to seek revenge for their deaths, Valdearg ravages the land, leaving death and destruction in his fiery wake. Merlin, tricked by Urnalda, the leader of the dwarves, allows himself to be stripped of his magic powers. Merlin must fight the dragon unarmed unless he can learn the true source of his power, that is his to claim unless he unknowingly gives it away. Somehow Merlin must learn to see the truth inside himself, to listen to the voice of his heart and know the true nature of power, for it is in this knowing that Merlin will be able save Fincarya.

Profound and exciting, The Fires of Merlin feeds our very souls. Young Merlin's journey continues, as he must travel through time to meet himself as an old man. Merlin can only solve his struggles in the present by confronting himself in the future and bringing back a key from the sage's wisdom. The story just seems to grow richer and deeper with each volume.

The Mirror of Merlin wrestles yet again with the angst of listening and acting from one's own sense of destiny and strength. Merlin is tested again and again, proving his powers both to the world and to himself. And it is in his own view of himself that the hardest tests lie, just as with most of us. Knowing our own true worth, we are all magicians.

In The Wings of Merlin, Barron's spectacular conclusion to this epic series, Merlin steps fully into his power as the great magician he is and comes to know the miraculous power of forgiveness. A finer end could not be found to this remarkable series.

Taken as a whole, these books are like a course in living. All the deepest lessons in life are found between the pages of these five books, books any child would be blessed to read. Any of these books would make an excellent gift. So memorable, children will probably keep them to share with their children. I would be amazed if these don't prove to be some of your child's favorite books ever!

This set consists of the following items:
  The Lost Years of Merlin (1)
  The Mirror of Merlin (1)
  The Seven Songs of Merlin (1)
  The Fires of Merlin (1)
  The Wings of Merlin (1)

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