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The Resource Child of the dark prophecy, T.A. Barron

Child of the dark prophecy, T.A. Barron

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Child of the dark prophecy
Title
Child of the dark prophecy
Statement of responsibility
T.A. Barron
Title variation
Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the dark prophecy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In accordance with prophecy, Avalon's existence is threatened in the year that stars stop shining and at the time when both the dark child and Merlin's heir are to be revealed
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 6-12. Barron builds on his popular Lost Years of Merlin saga, creating an elaborate, richly detailed world spread out on the seven roots of the Great Tree of Avalon, which grew from “a seed won by Merlin on his journey through a magical mirror.” The story begins in Avalon’s year 1002, when it appears that the Lady of the Lake’s Dark Prophecy is coming true and the only hope of saving Avalon lies in finding Merlin’s true heir. The fates of two boys born 17 years earlier and raised as brothers are intrinsically bound to the prophecy: Scree, the orphaned eagleboy charged with guarding Merlin’s staff, and Tamwyn, who fears he is the Dark Child destined to destroy Avalon. Liberally laced with humor and wit, the first book in The Great Tree of Avalon series effectively introduces and fleshes out remarkable characters, both human and nonhuman. It also vividly sets the scene through the adventures of various beings who eventually come together in a desperate quest to stop the evil that threatens Avalon and its denizens. Even readers unfamiliar with The Lost Years will relish this fine debut of a promising new fantasy series. -- Sally Estes (BookList, 09-01-2004, p122)
  • Gr 6-9–In this first installment in a new series, Barron reimagines the legendary world of Avalon as a gigantic tree, with a separate realm located on each of its seven roots and stars hanging in the unseen branches far atop its trunk. A crippling drought has brought the realm to the verge of warfare, and 17-year-old Tamwyn and his bickering companions seek the advice of the fabled Lady of the Lake. Tamwyn fears he's the child of the Dark Prophecy, foretold centuries ago as the one who would destroy Avalon, and he wants desperately to change his destiny and save his beloved world. With its mixture of high fantasy and slapstick humor, the tale resembles Barron's "The Lost Years of Merlin" series (Philomel) and Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" (Holt). Despite loads of goofiness and violence, the plot moves rather slowly through lengthy introductions of the large cast and descriptions of the Great Tree. While the characters and setting are interesting, this is clearly the prologue to a much longer saga: all beginning, with no middle or end. The story will appeal most to devoted fantasy readers, particularly fans of the "Merlin" series, who will recognize details from the earlier books and try to guess how the epics will converge.–Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT (Reviewed October 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 10, p154)
  • Barron's (The Lost Year's of Merlin ) new entry in his Arthurian mythos explores the legend of Avalon, "the Great Tree [that] stands as a bridge between Earth and heaven, mortal and immortal." The opening scene lays out the novel's central conflict: a pair of kidnappers attempt to take from its branches "an eagleboy," who in the process becomes orphaned; ensuing events lead Merlin to come to the rescue of the eagleboy as well as a human child and its mother. The magician makes veiled mention of a Dark Prophecy and asks the woman to raise the orphan, Scree, alongside her own son, Tamwyn (meaning "Dark Flame"). In the next chapter, 17 years later, the mother is dead, and the boys, separated, search for each other. The author then introduces Elli, also an orphan, who becomes apprenticed to an arrogant priestess deemed "The Chosen One" for her visions of the Lady of the Lake. Readers meet Elli just as the Dark Prophecy is beginning to come true, and Elli must help the priestess find Merlin's true heir in order to save Avalon before the foretold enemy destroys it. At times the narrative repeats itself, in order to telegraph to readers vital information. But the thickening plot and the three key characters—Tamwyn, Scree and Elli—as well as a captivating supporting cast of sprites, fairies and assorted changelings will keep the pages turning. Arthuriana fans will also delight in Barron's bonus revelations, as he ties in identities of the Lady of the Lake and others with Avalon's history. An epilogue hints at a sequel. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 25, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 43, p48)
  • When they're written well, classic fantasy motifs give a story richness, archetypal depth, and solid scaffolding—but badly done, they cause only wincing. This wretchedly overwritten, haughty attempt at a Tolkien-like epic buckles under the weight of clichÉ, repetition, cringe-worthy dialects, images that alternate between overused and downright cryptic, and a world whose geography is mapped but never metaphysically clear. Barron's touted as an environmentalist, but the environmental philosophy here is no stronger than in much other literature, and often it's painfully forced: for example, it's the evil sorcerer who chops down a forest and enslaves animals. If characterizations were better, this would be fine, but they're not. A prophecy from long ago sets a ragged band of travelers on a quest. A Dark Child born 17 years ago is destined to cause the end of Avalon, and someone is the true heir of Merlin. Who? Who cares? (map, history of Avalon) (Fantasy. 10+) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
130520
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barron, T. A
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • MG
  • MG
LC call number
PS3552.A7817
LC item number
C44 2004
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.6
  • 5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The great tree of Avalon
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Avalon (Legendary place)
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Avalon (Legendary place)
  • Fantasy
  • Avalon (Legendary place)
  • Fantasy
  • Magic
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Child of the dark prophecy, T.A. Barron
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Map of Avalon -- Born of a Seed That Beats Like a Heart -- The Dark Prophecy -- Prologue: One Dark Night -- Land of Bells -- Banished -- A Pale Hand Beckons -- Hot Wax -- Green with Envy -- A Dead Torch and a Heap of Dung -- The Ballad of Avalon's Birth -- Out of the Shadows -- A Dangerous Journey -- The Staff of Merlin -- Tracks -- Song of the Voyager -- Hands of Blood -- Baby Brother -- Skunkweed -- Emissaries of the Gods -- Hoofprints -- Absolutely -- The Smell of Resins -- Something Marvelous -- The Child of Krystallus -- Death Trap -- The Rugged Path -- Just Listen -- Shrunkelled and Stingded -- Master of the Skies -- Prosperity -- Illusion -- The Hand of Greeting -- A Pure Crystal -- The Lady Revealed -- Scree's Plunge -- A Hornet's Nest -- The Mudmakers -- The Secret Spring -- Something Stupid -- Musical Mead -- Death on Wings -- Strange Meetings -- Just the Faintest Heartbeat -- A Gaping Hole -- Water and Fire -- Dark Flame -- Epilogue: The Encircling Shadow -- A Brief History of Avalon --
Control code
490163
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 434 pages
Isbn
9780399237638
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004044427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399237638
  • (OCoLC)54806035
Label
Child of the dark prophecy, T.A. Barron
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Map of Avalon -- Born of a Seed That Beats Like a Heart -- The Dark Prophecy -- Prologue: One Dark Night -- Land of Bells -- Banished -- A Pale Hand Beckons -- Hot Wax -- Green with Envy -- A Dead Torch and a Heap of Dung -- The Ballad of Avalon's Birth -- Out of the Shadows -- A Dangerous Journey -- The Staff of Merlin -- Tracks -- Song of the Voyager -- Hands of Blood -- Baby Brother -- Skunkweed -- Emissaries of the Gods -- Hoofprints -- Absolutely -- The Smell of Resins -- Something Marvelous -- The Child of Krystallus -- Death Trap -- The Rugged Path -- Just Listen -- Shrunkelled and Stingded -- Master of the Skies -- Prosperity -- Illusion -- The Hand of Greeting -- A Pure Crystal -- The Lady Revealed -- Scree's Plunge -- A Hornet's Nest -- The Mudmakers -- The Secret Spring -- Something Stupid -- Musical Mead -- Death on Wings -- Strange Meetings -- Just the Faintest Heartbeat -- A Gaping Hole -- Water and Fire -- Dark Flame -- Epilogue: The Encircling Shadow -- A Brief History of Avalon --
Control code
490163
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 434 pages
Isbn
9780399237638
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004044427
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399237638
  • (OCoLC)54806035

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