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Teaser Tuesday – Merlin’s Ring

Good day! Time for another Tuesday Teaser. This is the famous exercise in which we take our current read, open to a random page, and pull two¬† sentences from it, to use as teasers. This will help our readers decide if the book sounds interesting enough to read themselves. But we don’t take sentences that give too much of the essential plot away. In other words, NO SPOILERS!

This meme is hosted by MizB at the Should be Reading blog. Head over there today and leave a link to your own Teaser.

For mine, today I’m flying totally blind. I’m about two pages into Merlin’s ring, a book published in 1974 by Ballantine Books, as a part of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. H. Warner Munn was a writer who had begun writing science fiction in 1925, and this book was the culmination and crown of his career.

It features the travels through time and history of Gwalchmai, the godson of Merlin, and Gwalchmai’s encounters with Corenice, an immortal sorceress from Atlantis, who was his beloved.

In this case, I’m going to cheat and do two small paragraphs instead of sentences.

Durandal passed through the body of the dark man like a wisp of vapor and clanged upon the throne. As it made contact, everything changed. Like a bursting bubble, the surrounding phantasms passed away.

The pillars of the hall were once more broad-branched trees. Mist hung again above them and the furnishings were gone. All this in the time in which the sword continued on and struck sparks once more from the boulder upon which dying Roland had sought to shatter it.

Merlin’s ring, p. 170

Already this appears to be in a sort of old-style type of fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading more, and getting back into that older view.

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