Guardian of the Balance by Irene Radford
(Merlin's Descendants, Vol. 1)

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In volume one of Irene Radford's magnificent new saga, Merlin's Descendants, Merlin's daughter, Wren, is more powerful than even The Merlin can perceive. And she must learn to master these talents, for soon she will be called upon to serve as both sword and shield for The Merlin, for Arthur, and for the people who would be put in her charge...
 

About Irene Radford

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Irene Radford, author of the Dragon Nimbus (The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Loneliest Magician, The Wizard's Treasure) and the Dragon Nimbus History (The Dragon's Touchstone, The Last Battlemage, The Renegade Dragon) series, often appears at conventions in the Oregon-California area. She is the author of the Stargods and Merlin's Descendants series as well, and is also one of the founder of the Book View Cafe. She can be contacted via her website, www.ireneradford.com.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by DAW Hardcover. 448 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The protagonist of this first novel in a fantasy series of the tales of King Arthur is Arylwren, nicknamed Wren, daughter of Myrddin Emrys, The Merlin, and Deirdre, high priestess of the Druids. Raise

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("The Master of Wolves nearly chortled as he turned his wicked blade and hook to butchering Helwriaeth.") Years later, Donovan's daughter Betsy starts to embrace the darker side of magic in an effort to cement her claim to the title Pendragon.

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In this third installment (after Guardian of the Balance and Guardian of the Trust), telepathically linked twins Griffin and Donovan Kirkwood are the stars, but the other main character, Roanna, a witch who suffers at the hand of the twins early in the story, steals the show.

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The protagonist of this first novel in a fantasy series of the tales of King Arthur is Arylwren, nicknamed Wren, daughter of Myrddin Emrys, The Merlin, and Deirdre, high priestess of the Druids.

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This makes sense, and creates the illusion that perhaps not all the truths are listed in the history books, and if you read a little closer perhaps you would discover Griffin's name in the text.

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