The novel is divided into five parts to portray the progression of Merlin's
story from boyhood to prophet and each one is entitled with important
symbols. Book I - the Dove is symbolic of Merlin's need to run away until
he is old enough to fight his battles; Book II - The Falcon symbolizes
Merlin's step towards manhood and the strength he must.........
The rising action begins with Merlin's discovery of his Sight and his
destiny at the hand of the gods. We see him grow into a strong young man
in the court of Ambrosius in Less Britain where he.........
The falling action is seen in the final pages of the novel. Merlin comes
down to the shore, wounded and heartsick at the death of Britnael. There
he finds Cadal who he believes is dead. He carefully covers his body with
his cloak and then watches as Uther comes down from Ygraine's bedchamber.
Uther blames the deaths of the four men on Merlin and then goes on to
blame all the..............
The entire point of view is first person. Merlin is the narrator, so
we see all the action from his perspective. All the characters are fleshed
This novel overlaps several genres and is difficult to classify. It
can be classified as: Historical Fiction, Arthurian Legend, Fantasy, Science
Fiction, Supernatural, and others.
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