eBook Merlin's Gift download

by Ian McDowell

eBook Merlin's Gift download ISBN: 1568654367
Author: Ian McDowell
Publisher: GuildAmerica Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1997)
Language: English
Pages: 251
ePub: 1220 kb
Fb2: 1488 kb
Rating: 4.1
Other formats: txt azw lit doc
Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Fantasy

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. While King Arthur campaigns to conquer all of Europe, his unhappy bastard son, Mordred, forsees the king's downfall and plots with Queen Guinevere to overthrow Arthur.

Merlin's Gift was a great sequel and a logical follow up to the first book. McDowell is very good at painting a picture of the sights, sounds and smells of life in that era (perhaps a little too good for some readers; this is not stuff for the queasy). It's ten years later and Mordred and Guinevere are keeping things on the down low after the climax of the last book. Guinevere's sister is changing and Mordred goes to Merlin for help.

Ian Mcdowell is a wonderful writer. com User, August 20, 2001. I bought these books when they first came out and was delighted in the phrasing and talent of Mr. Mcdowell. Recently I re-read them and am still pleased. These books are keepers and I look forward to more writings by the author. McDowell's Mordred novels are wonderful! By Thriftbooks. com User, June 13, 1999.

Used availability for Ian McDowell's Merlin's Gift. August 1997 : USA Paperback.

Written by. Ian McDowell. Manufacturer: Avon Books (Mm) Release date: 1 August 1997 ISBN-10 : 0380781972 ISBN-13: 9780380781973.

The book itself makes a great children's gift because it has many interactive features and puzzles built into each page. The text is informative insofar as it puts to paper details that were previously passed down as oral history. So Cool! This book is so cool! Even the jewel laden cover is special.

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Avon Books, 251 pages. Merlin's Gift is a sequel to his first novel, Mordred's Curse. He lives in Greensboro, NC. ISFDB Bibliography. Mr. McDowell has put a twist on the Arthurian legend, telling his story from the point-of-view of Mordred, the once-antagonist, now reservedly-trusted son of Arthur.

While King Arthur campaigns to conquer all of Europe, his unhappy bastard son, Mordred, forsees the king's downfall and plots with Queen Guinevere to overthrow Arthur, sparking a civil war and the return of the exiled Merlin. Original."
Comments: (7)
This is in reply to 'worst of catagory', whose review was arrogant. I feel anyone could critique the book however they want it, but to bash the reviewers is pretty low. It is almost ignorant to think your opinion is the only one shared because "Mr. Ian McDowell has had his friends do some work online to help his push his works." People do like his work, and people who are in no way affiliated w/ McDowell-like myself- do like his book(s).
McDowell's angle of the book wasn't a "lack of knowledge", it was a morbid and intriguing twist on the story. I found it great to read because it wasn't the same old predictable tale rehashed over and over again.
What a wonderous spin on the Arthur legend, filled with a wonderous plot and realistic characters. I could not put the book down when I got it. Mordred's narration during the story seems so real, you'd have sworn he was right there dictating to Mr. McDowell. This book is going on my treasured shelf, along with Mordred's Curse. A spectacular read, even if you're not that familiar with Arthurian legend
While I confess to having enjoyed Mary Stewart's "The Wicked Day," I will readily admit that for intelligence, characterization and sheer twisted humor, these books stomp Stewart's novels into the dirt. The refusal to paint this story with the flowery romanticism of typical works in this genre is part of what makes it great. The Dark Ages were full of filth, mud and toothless, disease-ridden peasants (and nobility!), and however unpleasant that reality may be, it makes the story more believable. The voice of Mordred is wry, intelligent and often hilarious, and I thoroughly enjoyed both books. Guinevere is neither relegated to the role of a vacant-headed ornamental piece at King Arthur's side nor a shameless harlot who delights in wreaking the downfall of Camelot. I gleefully enjoyed these novels and recommend them to anyone who will listen.
How can I describe this book to you? The writing style is ponderous, wordy, scatalogical, and that is in the best parts. Other parts are simple drudgery to read. I love this genre so I forced myself to read this book after being extremely disappointed by another book by this same author. Unfortunately, I made the same mistake twice.
This is the worst book of this genre I have ever come across. The author should be ashamed of himself. Not only is it badly planned and written but it is full of childish vulgar language. If this was a work of a high school student, I might say it shows some promise. But as a work from a professional author, it is really an embarrasment.
But if you're not easily offended, and are interested in the brilliant sequel to the unfortunately out of print "Mordred's Curse," you should read this book. It's darkly funny, strangely sad, and a complete original.
Ian McDowell is one of the best writers of this time and I consider Merlin's Gift (his sequal to Mordred's Curse) to be a masterpiece in itself.