The Merlin of the Oak Wood
By Ann Chamberlin
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312872847, 333pp.)
Publication Date: June 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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The year is 1425. France lies in bloody fragments, torn apart by decades of war. Merlin's ancient prophecy foretells that a maid will come to unite the kingdom and heal the land. But the land can't wait much longer. . .
Ann Chamberlin is the author of such acclaimed historical novels Sofia, The Sultan's Daughter, and The Reign of the Favored Women. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Superior blend of gutsy action and dreamy magic in a well-wrought, darkly sinister medieval setting."-Kirkus Reviews
"Chamberlin is making a familiar tale even more memorable in her retelling. . . . The scene in which (Joan) first dons armor is hair-raising."-Booklist (starred review)
"Smoothly blending the real and the magical, Chamberlin puts fresh history to masterly use in another appealing chapter in her medieval saga. . . . The author is particularly good at adumbrating the paganism lurking beneath the Christian surface of the fifteenth century. . . . Chamberlin deserves an honorable place in the company of such writers as Twian, Shaw, and Anouilh."-Publishers Weekly