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The Obsidian Quest
by Laraine Anne Barker

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
163 pages; ISBN: 0759904987

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Obsidian Quest
Laraine Anne Barker
Hard Shell Word Factory, Jan 2004, 163 pp.
ISBN: 0759904987

While his stepfather is away on business in Australia, twelve years old Peter FitzArthur visits his Uncle Paul and Aunt Angela Merrilyn in New Zealand. Angela’s twin sister Marian was Peter’s deceased mother so they share their grief though several years have passed since the car accident took her life.

Peter and Paul’s dog Dreyfus wander around the land exploring as lads often do. However, someone abducts Peter, trying to determine if the youngster is the one. Peter manages to escape, going back to Paul’s home, but says nothing about his ordeal to his relative. When Dreyfus is injured while fighting the three headed Cerberus, Peter is forced to reveal his secret to Paul so that he can help the canine. On the trek to the spot where the canines battled, Peter and Paul find a stone wall blocking their passage. Informing his nephew that he is Merlin the Magician and persuading the lad that they have a world to save, Paul and Peter risk their lives seeking the Chosen and to reconstruct the Obsidian Orb to accomplish their quest.

Though obviously aimed at the Potter crowd, this exciting Merlin tale is a solid fantasy that does Camelot proud so that adults will want to join the intrepid twosome on their adventure. The story line is non stop action from the moment Peter is abducted to the final confrontation with stops in between on the globe and in time. Readers of the Arthurian sagas will welcome this fabulous entry and look forward to the remaining two novels in what looks like a triumphant return of Merlin.

Harriet Klausner


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