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The Merlin Saga

Merlin: Book One: The Lost

Merlin: Book Two: The Seven Songs

Merlin: Book Three: The Raging Fires

Merlin: Book Four: The Mirror of Fate

Merlin: Book Five: A Wizard's Wings

Merlin: Book Six: The Dragon of Avalon

Merlin: Book Seven: Doomraga's Revenge

Merlin: Book Eight: Ultimate Magic

Merlin: Book Nine: The Great Tree of Avalon

Merlin: Book Ten: Shadows on the Stars

Merlin: Book Eleven: The Eternal Flame



The Ancient One

The Merlin Effect

Tree Girl


Picture Books:

Where Is Grandpa?

High as a Hawk

The Day the Stones Walked

Ghost Hands



The Hero's Trail


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A companion volume to The Merlin Saga—including The Lost Years of Merlin epic, The Merlin's Dragon trilogy, and The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy


Patricia Lee Gauch, Editor



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Text copyright © 2011 by Thomas A. Barron. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by August Hall. Maps of Fincayra © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 by Ian Schoenherr. Maps of Avalon copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006 by Thomas A. Barron. All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher, Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. Philomel Books, Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author's rights is appreciated. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.


Published simultaneously in Canada.

Printed in the United States of America.

Text set in ITC Galliard.


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Barron, T. A. Merlin : the book of magic / T. A, Barron ; illustrated by August Hall, p. cm. "The wizard's owl journal of secret treasures, terrible foes, true friends, and magical worlds." "A companion volume to The Lost Years of Merlin epic, Merlin's Dragon trilogy, and The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy." Summary: A compendium of maps, character descriptions, magical terms, timelines, and other tidbits from the author's Merlin saga. 1. Merlin (Legendary character)—Juvenile fiction, [l. Merlin (Legendary character)—Fiction. 2. Magic—Fiction. 3. Wizards—Fiction. 4 Fantasy.] I. Hall, Augast, ill. II. Title. PZ7.B27567Men 2011 [Fic]—dc22 2011013552ISBN 978-0-399-24741-5

To Merlin, who first introduced himself to me under an ancient oak tree near Oxford 35 years ago, and who continues to inspire me and so many others with his magic.—TAB


To Tom Barron, Patricia Gauch, Semadar Megged, and Allen Spiegel for giving me the opportunity to work on a wonderful project—AH

Shim the giant tries to hold up the crumbling Shrouded Castle--certainly, definitely, absolutely.


Merlin's Enchanted Isle

World Between All Worlds

The Spirit Realm

Home of Mortals



Water dragons! Their enormous bodies suddenly burst out of the depths.

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