Merlin’s Nightmare – Tour Wrap

Merlin SpiralThis week the CSFF Blog Tour featured Merlin’s Nightmare, book three of the Merlin Spiral by Robert Treskillard. For the group, I think the tour was a huge success. For me individually, not so much. Because of a confluence of events, I was not able to post the last two days, including the last day of the tour. Suffice it to say, my review of Merlin’s Nightmare is forthcoming.

Apart from me, however, the tour carried on in fine fashion. Many participants stopped by other blogs to read and comment. There were also many thoughtful observations along with critical reviews.

The most oft repeated criticism was that the ending of this trilogy was not actually an ending but more nearly an introduction to the next trilogy, the Pendragon Spiral. Not that readers mind more Merlin and Arthur stories from author Robert Treskillard. Rather, it seems some wanted, even expected, more closure.

A couple things surfaced repeatedly in the “this is great” camp. One was the historical connection and the research that went into giving the book and series such an authentic feel. Another was the action that drew readers into the story and kept them turning pages.

I may have missed someone, but I didn’t see a single participant who was disappointed with the book or sorry they’d read it or recommended others not bother with it. Positive consensus like that isn’t easy to come by. Perhaps the fact that these readers, reacting thoughtful with the story and even criticizing aspects of it, nevertheless agreed that this book and series was worthwhile, says more than anything about how good it really is.

In the end, twenty-four bloggers posted thirty-nine articles discussing Merlin’s Nightmare this week. That doesn’t count the article I wrote at Spec Faith or the handful of reviews (my own included) still to be posted.

One of the more interesting posts, I thought, was Megan @ Blooming with Books, Day 2 post examining fealty and its application to today.

A must-read post, from my perspective, is Elizabeth William’s day two post about the fantasy elements of the story. Here is the meat of her article:

First, in this version, Merlin is not the last of the old, but the start of something new – a Christian, united Britain, which breaks down the tribal barriers and becomes a thing larger than the sum of its parts. With his scars, his history, and his harp, Merlin also has the traditional links to the past. But this book is not so much about saving the past as it is ensuring the future.

Secondly – power, magic, and awe belong not just to the druids and the devil-linked deals with demons, but also to the people of God. The miracles of God are less flashy than the “power” displayed by the various antagonists of the ‘bad guys’ – but there is distinct, overt magic there. More importantly, the magic and miracles are shown to be linked to the use of prayer, but not in a directive way.

The difference, as I see it, is thus: Morgana draws in the dark power and stabs at things with her fang. Merlin prays for strength and deliverance. (And God delivers, natch.)

CSFFTopBloggerAug14In the end, despite a number of top notch posts from a number of tour participants, I’m going to award this month’s CSFF Top Tour Blogger Award to Audrey Sauble for her three excellent articles at The Lore Mistress. I especially enjoyed her day three post about how the Merlin Spiral books fit into the Arthurian legends.

If you haven’t taken time to see what tour participants are saying about Merlin’s Nightmare, I hope you do so this weekend. The book is worth your consideration, and you have a wealth of insight at your disposal. Links to the tour articles are available at the end of my day one post.

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8 Comments

  1. Hey glad to see your post was a little worried when I didn’t see anything from you!
    I agree there were some really great posts and reviews this tour!

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    • Yeah, it was an unfortunate time. The tour went so well, and I really wanted to be part of it. Glad everyone carried on without me. 😉

      Becky

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  2. Thanks so much for coordinating the tour, Becky! I’ve had those “confluence of events” happen to me, too, so hopefully things are settling down again. Looking forward to your review.

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    • It was a good tour, Robert, because you gave us a lot to think about and talk about. Some excellent articles, for which I was especially grateful since I couldn’t post on Day 3 myself.

      Becky

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  3. Thanks for the kind words, Becky! I got to take a class on Western Myth in college, so it was fun to revisit the stories and some of the history.

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    • Your articles were well worth the read, Audrey. So glad you delved into the book as you did.

      Ah, a class on myth! Now that would be a writer’s dream!

      Becky

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  4. HI Rebecca! So glad to find you at the CWGI. I have bookmarked the Speculative Faith website – my own writing falls into that category. Been concentrating on my art and photography but will get back to fiction writing very soon

    Also – my middle name is Luella, although I never thought of spelling it as LuElla – brilliant.

    What is CSFF Blog Tour? Merlin’s Nightmare sounds very intriguing. I haven’t read it yet… Purrz, Katie.

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  5. Katie, thanks for stopping by. Always nice to get to know another Luella. Yes, I think my mom for the unique spelling. She was ahead of her time in many ways!

    The blog tour is a group of bloggers all posting about the same book during a set period of time. The Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour features genre specific books once a month. It’s a lot of fun. Next up we’re doing Rebels by Jill Williamson. I’m looking forward to reading that one a lot.

    Becky

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