"True value -and yes, true greatness-lies not in what we take, but what we give." Thus speaks Basilgarrad, the great dragon who sides with Merlin against evil. He has grown into himself and is no longer the small lizard searching for an identity but his questions are far from answered. There is an evil stirring in Avalon. Basil finds himself defending one victim after another against greedy and ambitious creatures who are upsetting the harmony of this wondrous land.
Basil will stand beside Merlin as the two defend all that is good. Along the way Basil will stumble upon love and Merlin will suffer the greatest possible loss and will struggle to mend the tears in the bond with his own beloved son, Krystallus. The challenge is great.
What is this dark leech that poisons? Will the power of Basil and Merlin be enough? For those who have read The Lost Years of Merlin and the Great Tree of Avalon series, the wonderful imagery and the roller coaster quest await you but this time they are done even more masterfully with unexpected humor and the subtle yearning of a first love.
978-0142419250 256 pages Ages 9 and up
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