The Merlin of St. Gilles' Well Book Summary and Study Guide

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While this book is easily compared to the Mary Stewart Merlin series (“The Crystal Cave,”
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etc.), Ann Chamberlin's “The Merlin of St. Gilles' Well” is an exciting new historical
fantasy fiction entry. And it is a welcomed one! It is the story of young Yann, who is
wounded by an arrow from Gilles de Rais. Yann, infected, begins to have fits and see
visions--among them the prophecy that a young Joan of Arc will deliver France's salvation.
This is a story that combines the social, political, and religious struggles of early 15th
century France, and Chamberlin, while taking liberties (after all, it is historical fantasy!),
creates an intriguing read. Gilles himself is destined to become the infamous Bluebeard;
and Yann, naturally, will grow up--but in a later book, of course--to accompany the Maid
of Orleans on her own Quest. An exciting read!

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   can see into the future    -   can read emotions


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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