Synopses & Reviews
This ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Colorado Book Award is the first in Barron's bestselling series, now issued in digest size. The early years of Merlin's boyhood are explored in this story where Merlin discovers his identity--and the secret to his own powers.
Reading Group Guide
- Like all fantasies, The Lost of Years of Merlin books carry you into other worlds, allowing the reader to go "outside" his or her life. However, the Merlin books also explore many inner worlds, such as the meaning of life and who you are as a person. Are there lessons you take from the series that may help you learn more about yourself and your dreams?
- When Rhia and Emyrs talk about home in The Lost Years of Merlin, she asks him, "Where then is your home?" He doesn't know; he has no memory of his past. "Isn't your home wherever you are?" she asks. "You aren't serious. Home is the place you come from. The place where your parents live, where your past is hidden," Merlin answers. Why is he so intent on finding what he calls "home" and how does this influence him throughout his adventures? How does your home affect your life and personality? Does it influence your relationship with other people?
- What does the blight that threatens to destroy Fincayra in The Lost Years of Merlin represent? How might you relate it to our own world?