Irene Radford’s master-work series Merlin’s Descendants starts with the premise that Merlin had a daughter, a simple idea that takes root in the opening passages of Guardian of the Balance, the single time when Merlin breaks his vows of celibacy.
The book follows Wren through the political, magical and religious intricacies of an age when the great shift between the old ways and new was happening amidst passion, blood and betrayal. It’s a book steeped in legend and mythology, exceedingly well-researched, yet striking off into new territory, taking the threads of Arthurian history as recorded and knotting them into new directions.
I was thoroughly captivated by this epic fantasy and its strong love story/subplot. I recommend it.