Once I began reading Merlin’s Blade for this tour, I knew immediately it would be right up my son’s alley. He’s 12-years-old, homeschooled, and an avid reader. His favorite books of all time? Presently it’s the Artemis Fowl series. It’s the only series of books that he has offered to pay for to get the next read…at least, it used to be the only series. Now my son wants to buy the books for Merlin’s Spiral for himself as well.
So what does a twelve-year-old ask when given the opportunity to interview one of his new favorite authors? Five simple questions. And thank you to Robert for humoring us.
1. If you were in a zombie apocalypse, which character from Merlin’s Blade would you choose as your survival partner? why?
Robert: I would choose Bedwir. He is fairly unflappable, principled, and quite dogged, and you’ll get to see much more of him in book two!
2. If Garth were in our time period, what would be his favorite fast food place?
Robert: Probalby Panera (known locally to us Missourians as “St. Louis Bread Co.”). SOUP! BREAD! Well … I suppose he might go for a fish joint… hmmm?! Then again, Kentucky Fried Chicken might be quite a temptation.
3. There is a scene in Merlin’s Blade where cats are a malevolent creature. Is there a reason you chose cats?
I am allergic to cats, and everyone that I meet is christened with the name of “Achoo”. I considered having Merlin sneeze, but thought better of it.
4. Where did the marsh man get a torc?
Well, he was eating his breakfast of worms fried in eel fat, and decided to stick his fork into the bog … and out popped a torc! Well, okay, that’s not exactly how it happened. I think he was fishing using a cork as a bobber, and then…No, really. He found it buried in a bog on the body of “a great chief of men” and Muscarvel “wrenched it from his leathern neck”.
5. Is there a specific legend/law that restricts villains from hurting a bard? Explain?
There actually was an Irish law that if you injured a bard, you had to pay an honor price. You could beat him in tennis and golf, yes, but you couldn’t hurt him. The highest bard had the same honor price as the high king. Bards were also feared because if they sang a satirical song about you, it was believed that it might come true. As well, bards were highly valued as bearers of news, as a source of cultural knowledge, as well as for their entertainment.
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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Come back tomorrow for our review of this awesome book!
Check out the rest of the blogs in the tour:
Emma or Audrey Engel
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller