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Title: The Raging Fires
Author: T.A. Barron
Publisher: Published May 12th 2011 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1998)
ISBN: 9780142419212
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THE THREAT OF FIRE... Wings of Fire, the sleeping dragon, has awakened, threatening all of Fincayra. Only Merlin, whose magical powers are new and untested, can stop him. But before he can face the dragon's fires, Merlin needs to face other fires, including those within himself. Most importantly, he must discover the power - as well as the source - of his own magic.

30 review for The Raging Fires

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Another solid five star novel. I wish I had started counting in book one how many times Merlin has been knocked unconscious. By the end of book three we are over ten for sure. I love that this series has many strong female characters and is not centred around romantic interests.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SIMON Karine

    Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier, une nouvelle fois, les éditions Nathan, pour m’avoir permis de découvrir ce roman, en avant-première. Je me suis une nouvelle fois régalée, avec les aventures du jeune merlin, sur l’Ile de Fincayra. Merlin qui manque encore de confiance en lui, et doute encore de pouvoir devenir un puissant enchanteur, va devoir dans ce tome, affronter un terrible dragon. En effet, Valdearg qui avait été plongé dans un sommeil profond depuis de longues années. Mais pourquoi s’es Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier, une nouvelle fois, les éditions Nathan, pour m’avoir permis de découvrir ce roman, en avant-première. Je me suis une nouvelle fois régalée, avec les aventures du jeune merlin, sur l’Ile de Fincayra. Merlin qui manque encore de confiance en lui, et doute encore de pouvoir devenir un puissant enchanteur, va devoir dans ce tome, affronter un terrible dragon. En effet, Valdearg qui avait été plongé dans un sommeil profond depuis de longues années. Mais pourquoi s’est il réveillé ? Apparemment, le dragon est persuadé que ses petits ont été assassiné par Merlin. Comment va-t-il pouvoir lui prouver son innocence, ou dans le cas contraire le combattre et survivre alors, que quelqu’un lui a dérobé ses pouvoirs avec un terrible sortilège. La première partie de ce roman concerne le voyage de Merlin, accompagné de Rhya, vers la cité des nains. Merlin doit s’y rendre rapidement pour aider ce peuple, qui est menacé par Valdearg. J’ai trouvé cette première partie, un peu longue, et je dois dire que je m’y suis un peu ennuyée. Il ne s’y passe pas grand chose, et Merlin m’a quelque peu agacé, par son ignorance, ou ce qu’il ne voyait pas, alors que moi, lectrice, je le voyais comme le nez au milieu de visage. Je l’ai trouvé un peu trop naïf. Par contre, à partir de la deuxième partie, les choses se corsent pour lui, et l’histoire commence réellement à s’étoffer, j’ai tout simplement adoré ! Il y a de nouveaux personnages, dont font partis Hallia et son frère. Ils sont très proche, et vont aider Merlin dans sa quête. On y retrouve certains personnages des précédents tomes. Il y a de l’aventure, des péripéties, du suspens, de la magie, bien sur ! Il ne s’agit plus simplement d’un voyage, mais bel et bien d’une vraie quête, pour notre apprenti enchanteur. J’ai aimé ce livre, même si la recette reste quelque peu identique au roman précédent. J’espère voir évoluer rapidement le personnage de Merlin, vers un personnage gagnant en assurance, et un peu plus attentif à ce qui l’entoure. Voilà pour les points négatifs. Par contre l’auteur a su réinventer un autre scénario, en créant d’autres créatures magiques, de nouveaux personnages. L’écriture de ce livre est toujours aussi agréable, et c’est avec un plaisir certain que je lirai la suite, qui est prévue pour février 2014. Ce livre a été publié aux Editions Nathan en Août 2013. http://milleetunepages.com/2013/08/19...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Really enjoyed the third installment in this series, and I love that they've added another strong female character - Hallia was lovely in every sense of the word, but also not someone I would want to be on the wrong side of! Excited to continue and see what else is in store for Merlin!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jf Li

    Brilliantly written. I loved this book a lot. If you liked the Lord of the Rings or the Inheritance Cycle, than you must read it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    Bk. 15 The book started with Merlin and his family in their home in the forest. Merlin, as he tries to play the magical instrument he created is interrupted by a message from the dwarf leader Urnalda, instructing him to repay his debt by helping them with the dragon that had awoken. Merlin is forced to travel there and assist, but when he gets there he is ambushed and the dwarves still his powers. He is rescued by the deer-people, and they explore the area, then run into the hag Domnu. But as he Bk. 15 The book started with Merlin and his family in their home in the forest. Merlin, as he tries to play the magical instrument he created is interrupted by a message from the dwarf leader Urnalda, instructing him to repay his debt by helping them with the dragon that had awoken. Merlin is forced to travel there and assist, but when he gets there he is ambushed and the dwarves still his powers. He is rescued by the deer-people, and they explore the area, then run into the hag Domnu. But as he continues, he discovers the reason for the rage of the dragon, and he is forced to continue on and confront the terrorizing "wings of fire". These are the examples of literature: "While her air draped her shoulders like a mantle of sunlight." This is talking about Merlin's mother, as she steps out of there tree to hear him play. "Slowly, slowly, it lifted, like the head of a worm edging out of an apple." This is describing his magical psaltery as it is beginning to tune itself. "Spinning slowly, they floated toward us, like a vast flock of butterflies returning home." This is describing the leaves of many trees, soaring toward his instrument. "His face had hardened, like a craggy cliff, yet it showed the shadowed lines of his fear." This is speaking of Cairpre's expression after they are warned of the dragon. "We stood as still as the charred scraps of my musical instrument." This describes Merlin and his friends reaction after they are told the prophecy of Merlin and the dragon. Once again, I really liked this book. The series is continuing really well, with a great plot line like the others. It leads well off of the last to, and also connecting to the story of King Arthur. It had a great set of characters, with amazing descriptions that really made them come to life. I think it really is an amazing series, I would definitely suggest it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Giraldo

    When the long sleeping dragon, Wings of Fire, is awakened and threatens to destroy the entire land of Fincarya, Merlin is tasked with defeating him to restore peace and order. Merlin is still developing and learning his skills and talents with magic and an ancient prophecy predicts his demise if he faces the dragon in battle. Filled with trepidation, Merlin sets off to locate the dragon and defend the land he now calls home. Along the way Merlin encounter other lethal foes, fiercely determined t When the long sleeping dragon, Wings of Fire, is awakened and threatens to destroy the entire land of Fincarya, Merlin is tasked with defeating him to restore peace and order. Merlin is still developing and learning his skills and talents with magic and an ancient prophecy predicts his demise if he faces the dragon in battle. Filled with trepidation, Merlin sets off to locate the dragon and defend the land he now calls home. Along the way Merlin encounter other lethal foes, fiercely determined to provide him with a disadvantage against the dragon, and some worse, kill him outright.  Merlin must face not only formidable foes, but an inner struggle with his own mortality and magic. Can Merlin defeat Wings of Fire and save Fincayra, or will the dragon be the death of both Merlin and the land? Another captivating read from Mr. T.A. Barron! This one takes us on so many twists and turns in Merlins quest to defeat Wings of Fire (because of course it does, does ANYTHING ever go straightforward and smooth for Merlin?). There was plenty of trickery, sabotage, and deceit to keep me guessing. One thing I really have come to expect and love with these books is the vast array of unusual and exciting new characters, and this one was no different. The deer people were fascinating to read about (I hope to see more of them in the future). Barron has a way of writing these characters that leaves me longing to roam the lands of Fincayra to meet and befriend them; to maybe be given a piece of magical antler and dash across the meadows and leap up mountains myself as a deer. *sigh* For now I suppose I will be content to be swept up in the words and pages of his books. 

  7. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Ich liebe es mir die Bücher von T. a. Barron aufzuheben, es ist immer wieder wahrlich eine Freude. Er beherrscht es wie kein anderer den Menschen mit der Natur und den Lebewesen die diese Bevölkern, zu verbinden. Das ganze geschieht jedoch so unterschwellig liebevoll, so das man die Liebe zur Natur in jeder Zeile und jedem Satz liest. Auch was seine Figuren angeht, so sind sie spürbar mit viel Vorsicht und Liebe gestaltet. Keiner von ihnen ist ein Held wie man ihn erwartet, gerade Merlin ist es Ich liebe es mir die Bücher von T. a. Barron aufzuheben, es ist immer wieder wahrlich eine Freude. Er beherrscht es wie kein anderer den Menschen mit der Natur und den Lebewesen die diese Bevölkern, zu verbinden. Das ganze geschieht jedoch so unterschwellig liebevoll, so das man die Liebe zur Natur in jeder Zeile und jedem Satz liest. Auch was seine Figuren angeht, so sind sie spürbar mit viel Vorsicht und Liebe gestaltet. Keiner von ihnen ist ein Held wie man ihn erwartet, gerade Merlin ist es nicht. In seinem handeln und denken, bekommt man das Gefühl einer wirklich Person gegenüber zu stehen, gebeutelt von Schuldgefühlen und so menschlich, aber gleichzeitig so weise wie ein alter Mann. Jede Seiner Prüfungen ziehen ihre Verbindungen zu seiner Umwelt und zur Natur. Es handelt sich hier nicht, um ein Kinderbuch, sondern viel mehr um ein Tief philosophisches Werk. Es ist mir somit immer wieder eine Freude diese Reihe weiterzulesen und ich bin gespannt auf die weiteren Teile.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Masyn Archie

    "The Fires of Merlin" by T.A. Barron set in the magical land of Fincayra is a story about Merlin and his journey to defeat Valdearg, a dragon. I found this book from reading the earlier books in the series and plan on finishing the series. Merlin is on a journey to defeat Valdearg in order to restore peace to the lands of Fincayra. Not only does he have to deal with a dragon he also has to worry about an organization who hates and tries to kill wizards. These wizards use creatures called Kreelixe "The Fires of Merlin" by T.A. Barron set in the magical land of Fincayra is a story about Merlin and his journey to defeat Valdearg, a dragon. I found this book from reading the earlier books in the series and plan on finishing the series. Merlin is on a journey to defeat Valdearg in order to restore peace to the lands of Fincayra. Not only does he have to deal with a dragon he also has to worry about an organization who hates and tries to kill wizards. These wizards use creatures called Kreelixes to steal a wizards power and leave them vulnerable. I thought how the book ended was rather sad but joyous for Merlin lost a newly found friend but regained something he lost. My favorite part of this book was when Merlin transformed into a deer and told how differently things were as a deer. I thought the book was good. Similar books are the other books of this series or any other fantasy type book. Readers who would enjoy this book are those who love magic and fantasy books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna Mari

    Merlin must face the evils of Fincayra without his magical powers. The Kreelix have been awakened and are not only seeking to destroy all magic but magical creatures including the dragon eggs of Wings of Fire. Merlin feels as though he is the only one who can defeat the now awake dragon just as his Grandfather did, but wonders how he will do it since he has lost the Galator, his staff, his liar, and his powers. Rating: PG Like the others so far in the series, I feel like we spend alot of time on M Merlin must face the evils of Fincayra without his magical powers. The Kreelix have been awakened and are not only seeking to destroy all magic but magical creatures including the dragon eggs of Wings of Fire. Merlin feels as though he is the only one who can defeat the now awake dragon just as his Grandfather did, but wonders how he will do it since he has lost the Galator, his staff, his liar, and his powers. Rating: PG Like the others so far in the series, I feel like we spend alot of time on Merlin's angst. We know that he has many things to overcome, but often the story gets bogged down in his feeling sorry for himself or the hopelessness of it all. In the end, I enjoy the story line am happy with filling in a childhood that would explain such a powerful wizard as Merlin. But sometimes.... ps. Enjoy Kevin Isola as a narrator. He brings the characters to life. (Including a very large dragon whose voice left me hoarse just listening to him!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Wade

    "A dragon craves life, devours it. Swallows it in great, heaping mouthfuls. He is not slain easily--and does not die tranquilly. He resists..."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    In the Fires of Merlin, Merlin has to face many challenges that all lead up to his greatest challenge of defeating the dragon, Valdearg. These challenges include avoiding the magic-eating Kreelixes, recovering the Galator from Damnu, and discovering the secrets of the Wheel of Wye. After facing many challenges in this novel, Merlin learns a couple things about himself and others. He learns that magic is within himself, and that he cannot judge other people or creatures as evil just because they In the Fires of Merlin, Merlin has to face many challenges that all lead up to his greatest challenge of defeating the dragon, Valdearg. These challenges include avoiding the magic-eating Kreelixes, recovering the Galator from Damnu, and discovering the secrets of the Wheel of Wye. After facing many challenges in this novel, Merlin learns a couple things about himself and others. He learns that magic is within himself, and that he cannot judge other people or creatures as evil just because they are related to someone who is. I thought these were great lessons for Merlin to learn as he grows into the wizard he will become. I enjoyed this book about as much as I enjoyed the others. Again, it seems that I liked certain aspects from this book as I did in the others. The Fires of Merlin moves quite a bit slower than the previous novel, though a lot still happens within a short amount of time; however, it is still entertaining and interesting. Merlin discovers new creatures and people as he travels around Fincayra, which kept me entertained because they were all intriguing. I was also engrossed by the descriptiveness of this novel. T.A Barron does a marvelous job of describing the places, people, and feeling of everything and everyone throughout this book. You can really picture yourself being right next to your favorite characters and feel exactly what they are feeling. I liked Merlin a lot more in this novel than I did in the previous book. He learns that he can still accomplish tasks even without his magic, and he doesn’t make as many bad decisions like he did in the second novel. I was happy to see Merlin becoming more mature. I was a little upset that Rhia didn’t play a larger role in this story. She was only in it for a quarter of the book. However, Merlin meets Hallia and Eremon, who are interesting traveling companions. Their culture and magic are awesome! I was glad that these companions were not annoying like Bumbelwy and actually served a purpose. They helped him find his way to the Wheel of Wye and found a way for him to get where he needed to go in a timely manner. Hallia is a fairly developed character especially for being introduced later in the novel. I’m guessing we will be seeing more of her in other novels and her character will become more developed as the series continues. The dragon in this book has a minor role towards the end, though he is discussed throughout the story. It was sad to see all his eggs destroyed, which causes all his anger, but there is still hope for the father dragon. Overall, the plot was interesting, I loved the characters, and the detail was engrossing. I liked the sad, yet happy ending that may lead to greater things in the future. The Fires of Merlin was a great addition to the series! Anyone who liked the previous books will like this one. Don’t forget to read the previous two books before starting this one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ea Solinas

    The ancient dragon Valdearg was briefly introduced in T.A. Barron's "Seven Songs." So guess what the antagonist of "The Raging Fires" is! The third volume of this Arthurian fantasy epic introduces some nasty new beasties, magical threats and some explosive dragon action. Barron seems to have overcome his initial roughness, and allows the plot to flow as smoothly as his nature-based writing, as well as the introduction of some interesting new characters. After barely saving his mother's life, Emrys The ancient dragon Valdearg was briefly introduced in T.A. Barron's "Seven Songs." So guess what the antagonist of "The Raging Fires" is! The third volume of this Arthurian fantasy epic introduces some nasty new beasties, magical threats and some explosive dragon action. Barron seems to have overcome his initial roughness, and allows the plot to flow as smoothly as his nature-based writing, as well as the introduction of some interesting new characters. After barely saving his mother's life, Emrys Merlin is relaxing with his family... only to have their peace destroyed when a monstrous magic-sucking monster called a kreelix appears. They were supposedly extinct, but have somehow reappeared -- and to make matters worse, Valdearg (aka "Wings of Fire") has awakened from his slumber, and is on the warpath for whoever killed his hatchlings. The problem is that there is a prophecy that Wings of Fire's clash with his old enemy (presumed to be a wizard) will result in both of them dying. So Merlin sets out to discover what is happening on "Fincayra's darkest day," and finds himself enmeshed with strange sorceresses, a magical conspiracy, a pair of deer-people, and eventually with the ancient dragon himself... "The Raging Fires" sets aside the foresty Celtic symbolism of the previous two books, in favor of fire -- harps burn, lava burns, dragons blast fire, and homicidal anger rages out of control. He also seems to have exhausted his mythological store for the moment, because most of the magical goings-on in this book are pretty original creations. Barron's writing sometimes gets a bit overlush, but it's loaded down with haunting, detailed moments (the deer-people's transformations), eerie threats, and the occasional moment of comic relief (the baby dragon). But the story is overall very grim, particularly since this is the first of Merlin's stories in which his death seems to be assured. Whether or not he will actually die, there's a dark cloud hanging over everything he does. The biggest problem is perhaps the kreelixes -- they're an interesting idea, but they sound more like something out of Star Trek than Arthurian legend. I'm just saying. Merlin is a little older and wiser in this one, and he seems to be feeling the first stirrings of romantic feelings for the bland deer-woman Hallia. And Valdearg is a wonderful antagonist -- he'a an aggressive killer, but he's not evil and at times he even shows signs of dignity and endearing sentiment. "The Raging Fires" temporarily ditches the Celtic myth'n'legend, in favor of dragons and a few new inventions of the author's. A solid, richly-written fantasy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    The "Lost Years of Merlin" series is not a must-read series of books for Arthurian scholars nor for fans of Merlin, in general. It is not part of any 'canon' nor does it purport to be the definitive story of Merlin's youth. What it is, however, is a nicely done story, told in a pleasing way and aimed at the YA market. The author does do a good job of recycling some Welsh history and legend as well as tell a fine story. I had read the first two books quite a few years ago, back when my children we The "Lost Years of Merlin" series is not a must-read series of books for Arthurian scholars nor for fans of Merlin, in general. It is not part of any 'canon' nor does it purport to be the definitive story of Merlin's youth. What it is, however, is a nicely done story, told in a pleasing way and aimed at the YA market. The author does do a good job of recycling some Welsh history and legend as well as tell a fine story. I had read the first two books quite a few years ago, back when my children were the target audience for this series. But I never did finish up the set and so when I was perusing my shelves for a quick weekend read, I remembered them fondly and chose to dive into this third book. This is the middle book of a 5-book series but I didn't get any of that "filler" feeling that sometimes accompanies middle books. This is a nicely-paced fantasy adventure, featuring a 14-year-old boy in the land of Fincayra, an "in-between" place before Avalon and a land shrouded in a veil of mist. Lots of traditional fantasy tropes are at play, including a prophecy that would lead you to believe there is just no way out for the hero other than to fight the good fight and die, thereby saving the rest. Just how that prophecy actually plays out, of course, is the basis for the plot. But there are also dwarves and dragons and taverns and forests, and deer-people (weredeer?) and all kinds of assorted fantasy characters and settings. That probably sounds a bit saccharin for most readers...and it is. There is danger and peril, and some good characters don't make it out alive so it's not exactly a fairly tale for 6-year olds. (Although I do remember some Brothers' Grimm stories that were rather...grim). This story, like the others in the series, is a Nice story. By that I mean the good guys are completely good and noble and forgiving, etc. while the bad guys are pretty much just bad. Now we all know that there is good and evil in everybody and quality literature for adults usually involves characters who are a good mix of the two. I had the chance to meet the author several years ago at a book signing and he is just about as nice a person that there can be. I'm not sure he would have it in him to write a conflicted main character that has a little bad mixed in with the good. But that's all right because this series is aimed at younger readers so I think it is just right for that audience. And this old timer quite enjoyed it as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Zander

    Merlin book number 3 is the best book in the Merlin Saga yet! It is action packed and kept you engaged until the end. There was never a moment in the book where it got so boring you just wanted to skip those pages. Although my favorite character, Rhia, did not show up in this book very much, the new characters introduced had the same amount of personality Rhia had and still managed to make the book exciting. This book showed that you write your own stories and make your own paths. This message i Merlin book number 3 is the best book in the Merlin Saga yet! It is action packed and kept you engaged until the end. There was never a moment in the book where it got so boring you just wanted to skip those pages. Although my favorite character, Rhia, did not show up in this book very much, the new characters introduced had the same amount of personality Rhia had and still managed to make the book exciting. This book showed that you write your own stories and make your own paths. This message is shown several times especially when the prophecy turns out to be something totally different than what everyone expected. Another lesson learned from this book is always believe in yourself. This is shown when Merlin, thinking all his powers have been stolen from him, believes enough in himself to bring the powers back to him. The whole book people have been telling him about how special he is and how they can sense magic in him, but Merlin keeps denying it. In the end, he embraces the thoughts of others and combines it with the belief in himself to pull off using his magic to save the life of someone who once was an enemy. This story is heartwarming because there are many instances where someone in the book risks their lives to save the lives of others. It sounds cliche, but it is really a beautiful thing that proves the true love of someone for someone or something else. Many times in this story there was someone who had the best intentions at heart that died because they wanted to save someone worth saving. This book taught very meaningful lessons, was heartwarming, and should be rated five out of five stars. Everybody should read this book because it would change the way they look at the world and help them understand the true meaning of love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I loved this book. I happened upon 3 of the 5 book series at the DI. This is the second book in the series and so far the best. It covers family devotion, pride vs. humility and the true power of humility versus the false power of pride, life lessons, loyalty to mission, a willingness to sacrifice for a greater good. I thought men's and women's role were exemplified beautifully in this book. Merlin sets out on a quest to save his mother who is dying as a consequence of his pride. His friend, Rhi I loved this book. I happened upon 3 of the 5 book series at the DI. This is the second book in the series and so far the best. It covers family devotion, pride vs. humility and the true power of humility versus the false power of pride, life lessons, loyalty to mission, a willingness to sacrifice for a greater good. I thought men's and women's role were exemplified beautifully in this book. Merlin sets out on a quest to save his mother who is dying as a consequence of his pride. His friend, Rhia, comes with him as a "guide". She is constantly sharing her "instinct" with him but when he chooses not to follow, she does not berate or belittle him. She lets him choose but supports and defends him despite his errors. She has an inner power that connects with all living things and can communicate with trees and nature. She has an ability to see below the surface of people to understand what they are really feeling. She uses this for good and to support Merlin in his quest. She believes in him even when he doesn't believe in himself. He goes to the ends of the land to save his mother. He is strong and willing to fight for his family if necessary. He also over time comes to recognize his faults and tries to overcome them and become better. He begins to recognize that although questing often feels lonely, there is a vast support network around you and lessons to be learned from the beginning until the end. Ultimately, he recognizes that each person has individual gifts that collectively make lives better but that an individual gift can't help and bless others in the face of pride. LOVED IT!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    Being the third book of the story of Merlin’s young years of growth we begin to expect more out of the fledgling wizard. As usual things don’t go exactly as planned, but that doesn’t mean that we’re let down, either. For a time during this adventure, Merlin is left without the use of his powers, but that doesn’t mean that he is completely hopeless. In fact, it is because of this that we see some important growth in him. Merlin doesn’t make as many mistakes this time, which is a relief for me aft Being the third book of the story of Merlin’s young years of growth we begin to expect more out of the fledgling wizard. As usual things don’t go exactly as planned, but that doesn’t mean that we’re let down, either. For a time during this adventure, Merlin is left without the use of his powers, but that doesn’t mean that he is completely hopeless. In fact, it is because of this that we see some important growth in him. Merlin doesn’t make as many mistakes this time, which is a relief for me after the last book. In fact, I actually feel proud by the way Merlin acted and the decisions he made in this one. You can really see more maturity out of him. I can’t really see anything wrong with this one. It’s a bit shorter than the other two, but it doesn’t suffer too much. As I said with the first book, the pacing is very fast because a lot needs to happen in a short time. With the first book, months went by, and so it was hard to feel the pass of time. It’s easier with this book because everything that transpires only takes a week. A couple new characters are introduced in this one. I like their characters a lot, because they feel very real to me, and I felt I cared about them in the end, which is good. I have a feeling they will be important later and this adventure was very necessary for their progression. Other than that there is not much new to say about this book. Read the reviews for the first two books to see what else I had to say. One thing, I like how Merlin is maturing and now he feels like someone I really could depend on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ptitelfe

    Ici, on voit Merlin s'engager dans une vraie quête, celle d'affronter un dragon enragé, Valdearg, qui est persuadé qu'un des ascendants de Merlin, voire l'enchanteur lui même, a tué ses oeufs. Comme dans les autres romans, ce livre est découpé en trois parties. Il va devoir faire route seul pendant un moment mais fera vite la rencontre de deux personnages qui vont devenir important dans sa quête et dans la recherche de soi. Il devient plus humble, et donc plus supportable. Les quelques pertes qui Ici, on voit Merlin s'engager dans une vraie quête, celle d'affronter un dragon enragé, Valdearg, qui est persuadé qu'un des ascendants de Merlin, voire l'enchanteur lui même, a tué ses oeufs. Comme dans les autres romans, ce livre est découpé en trois parties. Il va devoir faire route seul pendant un moment mais fera vite la rencontre de deux personnages qui vont devenir important dans sa quête et dans la recherche de soi. Il devient plus humble, et donc plus supportable. Les quelques pertes qui vont se produire le rende un peu plus attachant. On voit qu'il commence à prendre en maturité et à mieux comprendre les évènements qui se produisent autour de lui, même si il reste quand même têtu. Il y a quelques trahisons dans ce tome, mais également un peu de tension dans la partie finale. Je reste tout de même sur mon idée que cette série s'adresse aux plus jeunes. Je continue donc à lire cette série avec détachement et sans prise de tête. Après, je me pose quand même des questions sur la légende de Merlin que veut nous présenter l'auteur par rapport à celle que l'on connait. Il parle de la roue de Wye, mais existe-t-elle vraiment dans nos légendes? En tout cas, je n'ai rien trouvé sur ce sujet. Et voilà le point négatif de cette saga, que je reproche depuis le début, ce côté un peu trop fantastique et éloigné du Merlin que l'on connait... En bref, un tome meilleur que les autres, une histoire qui se rend un peu plus immersive grace aux personnages secondaires et à un Merlin moins prétentieux.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This was the third book out of twelve in T.A. Barron's Merlin saga. I have to say I really enjoy Barron's writing style. He is so descriptive and makes me feel the emotion of the scene quite easily. The book moved fast for me. Merlin is still young and still has his same characteristics and flaws as before. He is prideful and stubborn but also caring and understanding. He leaps into problems with little information. While this might annoy me in another book, this series is about how Merlin BECOME This was the third book out of twelve in T.A. Barron's Merlin saga. I have to say I really enjoy Barron's writing style. He is so descriptive and makes me feel the emotion of the scene quite easily. The book moved fast for me. Merlin is still young and still has his same characteristics and flaws as before. He is prideful and stubborn but also caring and understanding. He leaps into problems with little information. While this might annoy me in another book, this series is about how Merlin BECOMES the great wizard, not the great wizard he already is. So I feel these flaws open him up a bit and give him humanity and remind others us he is still a boy. I enjoyed the new characters this book brought. Wings of Fire is every bit dragon, consumed with anger for the loss of his children. The Wheel of Wye I quite liked, very different approach to an oracle. The deer people were very interesting to me. I enjoyed how they saw life and their traditions - I love meeting new cultures and even through the span of less. than half the book I learned much about them. I look forward to seeing more of Hallia. My only qualm is that in this book I don't see as much growth from Merlin as I had expected. He has moments of revelation about life and how one looks at life, but mostly this book was just him trying to escape another impossible situation, having a few friends and dare I say luck on his side more than magic. I am eagerly awaiting more growth in the next books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Slager

    The stakes are higher than ever before in The Fires of Merlin, the third book in The Lost Years of Merlin epic. Merlin must save Fincayra once again, but this time it may cost him his life. With Wings of Fire awakening, Merlin and Rhia must go on a dangerous adventure that will take them across Fincayra once more, meeting all kinds of interesting people and creatures. What I really love about T. A. Barron’s writing is that he uses a variety of fantasy creatures, rather than just sticking with all The stakes are higher than ever before in The Fires of Merlin, the third book in The Lost Years of Merlin epic. Merlin must save Fincayra once again, but this time it may cost him his life. With Wings of Fire awakening, Merlin and Rhia must go on a dangerous adventure that will take them across Fincayra once more, meeting all kinds of interesting people and creatures. What I really love about T. A. Barron’s writing is that he uses a variety of fantasy creatures, rather than just sticking with all of the familiar ones. I mean, in what other series are you going to find living carnivorous rocks and endangered deer people? Barron uses his imagination and because of my rant about the lack of diversity in fantasy, I really appreciate the effort he put into his series. More fantasy writers should follow his lead. In addition to his excellent world-building, Barron really pays attention to his character development. Merlin has changed slowly over the past two books and his development continues in this book. We are finally seeing a bit of a transition from awkward teenage boy to slightly less awkward, more mature teenage boy. I give this book 4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads rating purposes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nshslibrary

    Even the great wizard Merlin had a childhood. Merlin begins his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from when in a fit of rage he accidentally set a fire using magic, and while trying to save someone from the fire he lost his eyesight. The book that I am reviewing is Merlin the Raging Fires by T.A. Barron. In this book Merlin must fight a dragon that threatens the magical island of Fincayra, but the dragon isn't the only thing that wants him dead. This book and the rest of the Even the great wizard Merlin had a childhood. Merlin begins his journey to discover who he really is and where he came from when in a fit of rage he accidentally set a fire using magic, and while trying to save someone from the fire he lost his eyesight. The book that I am reviewing is Merlin the Raging Fires by T.A. Barron. In this book Merlin must fight a dragon that threatens the magical island of Fincayra, but the dragon isn't the only thing that wants him dead. This book and the rest of the series are about the childhood of the wizard Merlin. The writing is very descriptive and the fact that the author imagined all of it and made good books out of it is amazing. The books could be a little more specific about some things but besides that they are pretty good. This book is the third in the series so if you decide to read it read the first two before you do. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or is interested in the original legend of Merlin. These books are a believable interpretation of the background of the wizard Merlin and I Highly recommend reading them. ~ Student: Andrew K.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kami

    - This wasn't as good as the first two. It suffered from middle book syndrome. - Not a lot happened in the story. If all the fluff and traveling was taken out, this would be a very short book. - Merlin is so dumb. - I really liked Hallia and Eremon. They were fun new characters, and I just like the whole idea of deer people. - I don't think the dragon was evil, and I'm glad that was addressed. - There was a lot of traveling back and forth, and I just felt like if Merlin had done things in order, he - This wasn't as good as the first two. It suffered from middle book syndrome. - Not a lot happened in the story. If all the fluff and traveling was taken out, this would be a very short book. - Merlin is so dumb. - I really liked Hallia and Eremon. They were fun new characters, and I just like the whole idea of deer people. - I don't think the dragon was evil, and I'm glad that was addressed. - There was a lot of traveling back and forth, and I just felt like if Merlin had done things in order, he wouldn't have had to travel as much. It would have saved time. He should have gone after the Galator first, like people told him too! - I want a horse like Ionn! - I wish there had been more dragon parts. - I just don't have much to say about this one. I hope the last 2 books are better!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beau

    For a lovely rant on the issue of the contrivance of occurrences that just so happen to move the story go here . As to the rest of the book, I found it to be particularly less episodic in comparison to the other books, however I believe it does lack some progression that the other books have. The first part seems to move slowly, while the second part seems to be kind of useless, beyond the introduction of Eremon and Hallia. I wanted more Rhia and Cairpre. Perhaps it's my own love of those charac For a lovely rant on the issue of the contrivance of occurrences that just so happen to move the story go here . As to the rest of the book, I found it to be particularly less episodic in comparison to the other books, however I believe it does lack some progression that the other books have. The first part seems to move slowly, while the second part seems to be kind of useless, beyond the introduction of Eremon and Hallia. I wanted more Rhia and Cairpre. Perhaps it's my own love of those characters, but I feel the story deserved more past character involvement and less new characters. Although I love that we get a glimpse of Cairpre's adventurous side. It's not a bad series so far. It's written solidly, plenty of figurative language (although the word rivulet is getting old), and in all, worth a read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Chang

    *CHARACTER CHANGE* In the book Merlin: The Raging Fires, Valdearg changes from a dragon full of rage and vengeance to one who is full of fear. "...has done much recently to punish the dwarves"(110). This quote shows me of what Valdearg has done for his vengeance. Also, later in the book it states hat Valdearg had become full of rage because his young had been murdered and he accused the dwarves of doing so since they lived near his cave/lair/home. Towards the end of the book, Valdearg states ".. *CHARACTER CHANGE* In the book Merlin: The Raging Fires, Valdearg changes from a dragon full of rage and vengeance to one who is full of fear. "...has done much recently to punish the dwarves"(110). This quote shows me of what Valdearg has done for his vengeance. Also, later in the book it states hat Valdearg had become full of rage because his young had been murdered and he accused the dwarves of doing so since they lived near his cave/lair/home. Towards the end of the book, Valdearg states "...I find myself fearing something else...Death..."(253). This quote shows me that he felt neither rage nor vengeance but fear...for his life. In the book, Valdearg changed from a dragon full of anger and seeking revenge to one that fears for his life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lire-une-passion

    "En résumé, c'est un troisième tome qui m'a beaucoup plu, contrairement au précédent. J'ai apprécié l'évolution des personnages, ce qu'ils subissent et vivent, et qui les aide à grandir mentalement. Les choix qu'ils ont à faire ne sont pas toujours simple, mais Merlin est rusé et intelligent. Le suspense et les actions sont très bien dosés, et on arrive même à s'attacher à ce dragon, qui est pourtant le grand méchant de l'histoire. Il me tarde donc de lire la suite (que je n'ai malheureusement p "En résumé, c'est un troisième tome qui m'a beaucoup plu, contrairement au précédent. J'ai apprécié l'évolution des personnages, ce qu'ils subissent et vivent, et qui les aide à grandir mentalement. Les choix qu'ils ont à faire ne sont pas toujours simple, mais Merlin est rusé et intelligent. Le suspense et les actions sont très bien dosés, et on arrive même à s'attacher à ce dragon, qui est pourtant le grand méchant de l'histoire. Il me tarde donc de lire la suite (que je n'ai malheureusement pas encore)." Chronique complète: http://lireunepassion.blogspot.fr/201...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marie Danielle

    Fabulous! Took me long to finish because i was distracted by other books but overall it was an outstanding book. Theme: Things are usually not as bad as you think they will be. Theme: It is impossible to be certain about things. Theme: It is possible to survive against all odds. Theme: Act kindly without seeking ultimate reasons. Practice random acts of kindness. Theme: Look before you leap. Theme: Accepting a challenge leads to positive results. Theme: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather th Fabulous! Took me long to finish because i was distracted by other books but overall it was an outstanding book. Theme: Things are usually not as bad as you think they will be. Theme: It is impossible to be certain about things. Theme: It is possible to survive against all odds. Theme: Act kindly without seeking ultimate reasons. Practice random acts of kindness. Theme: Look before you leap. Theme: Accepting a challenge leads to positive results. Theme: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Theme: Friends are a person’s most valuable possession.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kyler Place

    Merlin is minding his own business when, for the first time not his fault, problems arise in Fincayra. The emperor dragon Valdearg has awoken, and he is not pleased. Merlin must stop him, but how can he do so with his powers lost to him? This is perhaps my favorite book in the series so far. The story has changed pace, but I feel that it does a much better job than the first two. The dialogue has lost some of its wooden character, which is fortunate. My biggest concern is that T. A. Barron seems Merlin is minding his own business when, for the first time not his fault, problems arise in Fincayra. The emperor dragon Valdearg has awoken, and he is not pleased. Merlin must stop him, but how can he do so with his powers lost to him? This is perhaps my favorite book in the series so far. The story has changed pace, but I feel that it does a much better job than the first two. The dialogue has lost some of its wooden character, which is fortunate. My biggest concern is that T. A. Barron seems to have a difficult time sticking with his characters for more than a book. Merlin is always getting new sidekicks, and the old ones fade to the background or simple cease to exist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine

    Here we go again. Yet again Merlin overcomes remarkable challenges. Proves he is a true wizard and displats remarkable courage. He makes new friends and keeps the old and everything is silver and gold! YAY! Only he has to defeat a dragon and some nasty, magic-sucking beasts called kreelixes and the loss of his powers. Some serious Placebo going on there.... And he has to deal with the trials of love. Love between himself and his sister, love between his mother and his mentor. To add to his troub Here we go again. Yet again Merlin overcomes remarkable challenges. Proves he is a true wizard and displats remarkable courage. He makes new friends and keeps the old and everything is silver and gold! YAY! Only he has to defeat a dragon and some nasty, magic-sucking beasts called kreelixes and the loss of his powers. Some serious Placebo going on there.... And he has to deal with the trials of love. Love between himself and his sister, love between his mother and his mentor. To add to his trouble he needs to deal with that haughty, oh-so attractive deer-woman Hallia... Can't wit for the next one..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karolinde (Kari)

    My only real complaint with any of The Lost Years of Merlin books is that they seem to short. The stories seem to want to be developed more. I know that it is in part a problem of level, but the great stories seem stunted at times. The plus of this book is the look at Merlin as a boy finding his first love and his first step at looking at the world through different eyes. A mighty dragon has come to wreak revenge on the killer of his offspring. Only Merlin has the ability to save his new world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Like the two books before this, I loved following Merlin through his development, though it isn't as apparent as the rest of the series. While he still matures as a wizard, his learning in this book is directed more toward his humanity. Despite the overwhelming hopelessness of his responsibility, he works through death to face it, along the way winning the trust of valuable friends. In style, this book is identical to the others, but for me, it just doesn't get old. I loved the entire series thr Like the two books before this, I loved following Merlin through his development, though it isn't as apparent as the rest of the series. While he still matures as a wizard, his learning in this book is directed more toward his humanity. Despite the overwhelming hopelessness of his responsibility, he works through death to face it, along the way winning the trust of valuable friends. In style, this book is identical to the others, but for me, it just doesn't get old. I loved the entire series through to this book and I imagine I will love it to the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gala

    Leí este libro hace ya bastantes años y, aunque apenas recuerde detalles de la historia, guardo un muy buen recuerdo de este libro. Me sorprendió, me enganchó y me dejó con ganas de más. En su momento, al terminarlo, lo único que lamenté fue que el libro no fuera más largo. Además, lo leí sin haber leído anteriormente los primeros dos libros de Las aventuras del joven Merlín, y aun así lo disfruté mucho.

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