“About Our Man on Earth: The Swithen Book 1:
Behind every great wizard is a strong mother. Discover the REAL origin story of Merlin, and the incredible, unknown story of his wise, fearless, indomitable mother.
“I’m still in the first volume, but I wish I could find more time to read! This is absolutely engrossing! It brings me into the medieval world as other versions of the Arthurian legend haven’t. I’m really glad there are a couple more volumes!”
—Starborne, Amazon Review
The devil wants a mortal woman to bring his child into the world. Young, sweet Meylinde finds her life turned into a nightmare as her family is picked off one by one. Soon the demon’s work is done—in a time when an illegitimate child incurs the punishment of death. But the demon didn’t count on her strength, her faith—or the unique gifts of her incredible son… a child that will become Merlin, the greatest wizard of all time.
“Despite all Merlin’s wisdom, his mother Meylinde proves herself wiser in teaching him the secrets of the human heart, and the true will of God.”
—Tyler Tichelaar, Author, “Children of Arthur”
Based on the oldest known accounts of Merlin, the Lancelot-Grail and Prose Merlin romances from around 1215 and 1450, this is Merlin’s ACTUAL origin story, not some made-up tale, thoroughly reimagined to be compelling to today’s readers. It is also the starting point of one of the grandest retellings of the Arthurian legends, which begins here, a generation before Arthur is born.
“Merlin had a mother! And she’s a PERSON in her own right. And somewhere along the line, the tale of Meylinde’s stalking, tragedies, triumphs and trials becomes an unexpected page turner.”
—Escribir, Barnes & Noble Review
Targeted Age Group: 14 and up
Written by: Scott Telek
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Scott Telek has been writing professionally for 25 years. His obsession with the Arthurian legend–and his revelation that people actually DON’T know the real story hidden there in the Middle English sources–led him to create The Swithen, which aims to take 25 novels to tell the actual Arthurian legend in ways that make the stakes and emotions relatable to readers in the present day. Telek has always been drawn to folklore, myth and legend and reads difficult material voraciously. He also paints in oils and creates short films and documentaries.
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