Merlin’s Dragon by T.A. Barron (name on the cover)
The Dragon of Avalon by T.T. Barron (name on the internet)
I’m confused. I feel like this is unfair. Now I have to be able to figure out what this book is when a kid says “Well, Merlin was there and there was a dragon on the cover and I think maybe he wasn’t breathing fire” with two different potential titles.
When I was a child I read the Lost Years of Merlin which I thought, at the time, was 5 books. Apparently I was wrong, or they had a spin-off series, which I think was probably how it started, but in a recent move by the publishers to sell more books/confuse me, they merged them.
Feel free to clarify, if I’ve miss read this situation.
So this is the story of a tiny, tiny, tiny little dragon like but not quite dragon creature. He hatches at the birth of Avalon and, after discovering his only apparent talent of creating smells, is called Basil. Basil spends more of his time trying not to get eaten by anything bigger than him, but, through his bravery and curiosity his destiny unfolds and he and Merlin find their fates linked.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s kind of slow and a little wordy, so I’m not sure it’s for all kids, but as a grown up with a slightly longer attention span then a ten year old, I thought the long, windy, nature reverent build up was beautiful.
The best part was the delightful cast of characters, ranging from Merlin to all the creatures Basil encounters on his quest and the most beautiful descriptions of the natural world and all of the different fantasy worlds Basil explores. The ending might not have been as shocking as I would have liked, but it was definitely lovely, warm and led into the next one.
In conclusion: beautiful for children who like fantasy and strong readers and not looking for anything that moves super fast.
Last movie I watched:
I really don’t know. Frozen maybe? Hope so, ’cause it’s a great movie!
Last TV show I watched:
Angel! Season 3. My favourite!