The Great Tree of Avalon, Book One: Child of the Dark Prophecy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-10-07
  • Publisher: Philomel

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Long ago, the great wizard Merlin planted the seed that would become the peaceful world of Avalon. Now, though, Avalon is suffering from mysterious droughts. Then the very stars begin to lose their light, and it seems that the Lady of the Lake's dire predictions are about to come true. The fate of Avalon now rests with Tamwyn, a wandering wilderness guide; Elli, an apprentice priestess; and Scree, a young eagleman. One of them is the true heir of Merlin, the only person who can save Avalon . . . and one of them is the dreaded child of the Dark Prophecy, fated to destroy it. As in his acclaimed epic The Lost Years of Merlin, T. A. Barron has created a radiant, richly imagined world, full of high adventure and un-forgettable characters.

Author Biography

T. A. Barron wrote his first stories as a child under an old ponderosa pine on his family's Colorado ranch. His passion for writing, and for nature's patterns and mysteries, only grew during his years as a Rhodes scholar and his treks through the Himalayas, east Africa, Alaska, and Patagonia. During his wanderings in Scotland and Wales, he felt especially drawn to the ancient tales of Merlin. He serves on a variety of environmental and educational boards, but is happiest when on the mountain trails with his wife, Currie, and their five children

Table of Contents

A Word from the Authorp. V
Map of Avalonp. X
Born of a Seed That Beats Like a Heartp. XIII
The Dark Prophecyp. XIV
Prologue: One Dark Nightp. 1
Land of Bellsp. 21
Banishedp. 30
A Pale Hand Beckonsp. 40
Hot Waxp. 47
Green with Envyp. 65
A Dead Torch and a Heap of Dungp. 80
The Ballad of Avalon's Birthp. 90
Out of the Shadowsp. 100
A Dangerous Journeyp. 114
The Staff of Merlinp. 125
Tracksp. 136
Song of the Voyagerp. 145
Hands of Bloodp. 157
Baby Brotherp. 165
Skunkweedp. 175
Emissaries of the Godsp. 183
Hoofprintsp. 197
Absolutelyp. 206
The Smell of Resinsp. 217
Something Marvelousp. 220
The Child of Krystallusp. 224
Death Trapp. 239
The Rugged Pathp. 244
Just Listenp. 254
Shrunkelled and Stingdedp. 260
Master of the Skiesp. 267
Prosperityp. 270
Illusionp. 282
The Hand of Greetingp. 291
A Pure Crystalp. 296
The Lady Revealedp. 308
Scree's Plungep. 323
A Hornet's Nestp. 328
The Mudmakersp. 334
The Secret Springp. 343
Something Stupidp. 350
Musical Meadp. 357
Death on Wingsp. 367
Strange Meetingsp. 376
Just the Faintest Heartbeatp. 385
A Gaping Holep. 391
Water and Firep. 400
Dark Flamep. 406
Epilogue: The Encircling Shadowp. 417
A Brief History of Avalonp. 421
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