What an interesting backstory for Merlyn! Not that I’m a huge Merlyn scholar or anything, but I think we always get the snapshot of the mythical wizard’s life from when he was with King Arthur. Oxford has created an upbringing that shows him becoming the powerful magician we all know him to be.
This is the second book in the The Sorcer’s Saga which follows Aiden, a boy with light and dark magic. He lives in a world where sorcerers only have dark magic and wizards only have light magic. There are also a handful of other magic users like necromancers, seers, magicians, and mages. Aiden is unique and struggles with accepting himself and finding his place in society. I recommend starting with the first book and then pushing on with number two as the events take place directly afterward.
The theme of good and bad is applied toward magic in this series in a way that I think readers can use to contemplate the trappings of our world. As Aiden tries to use only his good wizard powers he finds that sometimes his bad sorcerer powers are the only means of achieving good deeds.
I can imagine plenty of situations where readers of this middle grade adventure would contemplate this concept in their lives. Perhaps someone gets into a fight to defend a classmate from bullies, for example (don’t fist fight, kids, it’s bad for your knuckles).
I have heard plenty of audiobooks narrated by J Scott Bennett and I love the voice he uses to narrate this series. I found myself listening carefully while driving down country backroads on a road trip, trying to pick out proof that the voice was the same as the one from some southwestern novels. The character Gamork is close, but all the others are from another world entirely. Great job, Bennett!
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I’ve already got my copy of book 3 and I’m going to listen to it with my 9 year old son. He’s going to love it! If you enjoy all ages sword and sorcery and elaborate world building, the Sorcer’s Saga is a good series for you.