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The fourth book in T. A. Barron’s award-winning Merlin epic.
What is the nature of fate? Is young Merlin destined to be a powerful wizard, or does he have a choice?
These are the questions Merlin must answer as he travels with the deer woman Hallia to the Haunted Marsh, where the marsh ghouls have begun a campaign of destruction. Or are the ghouls being manipulated by an even greater source of evil? An evil that seeks to destroy not the marsh, but Merlin himself.
Here, in the fourth installment of the Lost Years of Merlin epic, master storyteller T. A. Barron weaves a tale of humor, adventure, and surprise. Merlin unravels the mystery of the Haunted Marsh, meets a boy named Arthur, and travels through a mirror of mist that brings him face-to-face with his destiny.
“Lost Crater is like no other place on the planet…stranger than you can imagine.” A log collapsed in the fireplace, sending up a shower of sparks. “The Ancient One lives there.”
When Kate travels to Blade, Oregon, for a quiet week at Aunt Melanie’s cottage, her plans are dashed by the discovery of grove of giant redwood trees in nearby Lost Crater. For thousands of years, no humans have entered the fog-filled crater—except possibly the Halami people who lived in the region centuries ago before vanishing without a trace. Long a source of deep mystery, the crater is now a source of conflict, pitting those who see it as the dying mill town’s last hope against those who see it as a rare sanctuary that should be protected.
Caught up in this struggle, Kate follows an old Halami trail into the crater, and suddenly is thrown back in time five…[more]