YA REWIND: The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Today on YA Rewind I revisit T.A. Barron‘s YA fantasy The Lost Years of Merlin, which has been repackaged as ‘The Lost Years: Merlin, Book 1,’ and is scheduled to hit movie theatres in 2013 – though there’s no word on whether or not there’s even a finished script. I toss out a few casting suggestions for the Casting Couch, and of course, no episode would be complete without Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

Washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, the boy had no home, no memory and no name… he was determined to find all three. 

This best-selling series follows the adventures and training of young Merlin on the mist-shrouded isle of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight. With this land’s inhabitants to guide him, the boy will learn that Fincayra’s fate and his own quest are strangely interwined. 

He is destined to become the greatest wizard of all time–known to all as Merlin.

– Puffin, Kindle edition

The poorly summarized paranormal teen romance featured in this episode’s Book Jacket Theatre can be found on Amazon: Dark Kiss, Nightwatchers: Book 1.

If you have stories to share about your own favorite books from young adulthood or future suggestions for Book Jacket Theatre, e-mail  YARewindPodcast@meganchristopher.net. Next time I’ll be revisiting Edward Eager‘s Tales of Magic.

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