“About Our Man on Earth:
Fathered by a demon. Won to good by a strong mother. This is the real origin story of Merlin… faithful to the 800 year old legend, but written for today.
The devil wants a man of his own on Earth to tempt people into sin. He chooses Meylinde to bear his child, killing her family one by one until he gets to her. But he didn’t count on her strength and fortitude. She finds a way for her son—King Arthur’s future wizard Merlin—to retain the devil’s powers, but use them for good. But at that time, an illegitimate child means burning at the stake. Can Meylinde’s baby—who can talk and has been born with all of the world’s knowledge—save his mother from certain death?
Horror and paranormal chills give way to magic, wonder and surprising tenderness in this this unusual and moving tale of how very far a mother will go for her child. Such a tribute to motherhood, the author dedicated the novel to his own mother! Discover the little-known story of Merlin’s origin, the unknown story of his indomitable mother, and the first installment of a bold new telling of the real Arthurian legend.
Targeted Age Group: 14 and up
Written by: Scott Telek
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Scott Telek has been writing professionally for over 30 years. He has written several novels, is the creator of the movie review website Cinema de Merde, and dabbled in oil painting, filmmaking and video production. Scott has always been a voracious reader, and his fascination with the Arthurian legend led him to dig deeper and deeper into the Middle English sources. Realizing that too many Arthurian novels stray so far from the actual legend that they lose what made it so magical in the first place, and also that most people don’t know what is in the actual legend (despite how familiar we feel that we are with it), The Swithen was born. This series is committed to remaining absolutely faithful to the original legend, with a rule that characters and scenes can be added or enhanced, but nothing about the original story can be changed. Books 2 and 3, taking us up to the birth of Arthur, are available now, and Telek is currently at work on the fourth. Telek was born in Michigan, lived in New York and Chicago, and now resides in Toronto.
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