CSFF Blog Tour Review: Merlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard

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After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself to be a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.

But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.


Compared to the first book, Merlin’s Shadow was even more of an intricately woven cord. It took unexpected twists and turns, showing loss of hope…and hope regained. Over and over again. No one was immune to this relentless struggle against faith and confidence.

My son and I began to think of Bedwir as a forgotten and well abused rag doll.

Merlin’s struggles in this book were mirrored with his sister, Ganieda. Each character grappled against seen (or unseen) demons which battled for their favor…or their death. Both brother and sister are hunted, enslaved, and given choices which will determine the course of each life, as well as the fate of all Briton.

Both my son and I are huge fans of this series now, and impatiently await the next installment! *BTW most people in this blog tour received the book in exchange for their review, but I paid for my copy because I was impatient to get my hands on it*

About The Author:

Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who holds a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, Minnesota. He has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country outside St. Louis, Missouri.

It all began when Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a book was forged—Merlin’s Blade, book one of The Merlin Spiral.

To join the battle, visit the author’s website dedicated to the series: KingArthur.org.uk.

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