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Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot. Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible misunderstanding, and nothing is going according to plan. Then Arthur accidentally pulls the sword from the stone (in his defense, he was drunk and mostly kidding), and now everyone’s convin Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot. Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible misunderstanding, and nothing is going according to plan. Then Arthur accidentally pulls the sword from the stone (in his defense, he was drunk and mostly kidding), and now everyone’s convinced he’s some prophesied hero. Emry Merlin is stuck in her small town. Her father, the legendary court wizard, disappeared years ago, and Emry’s been peddling theater tricks to make ends meet. When a royal messenger arrives summoning her far less talented twin brother to serve as Prince Arthur's right-hand wizard, Emry is understandably upset. But after Emmett becomes indisposed thanks to a bad spell, Emry disguises herself as her brother and travels to the royal court to impersonate him until they can switch. Studying magic at the castle is everything Emry hoped for. But life in King Uther’s court is full of scandals, lies, and backstabbing courtiers. What’s a teen wizard masquerading as her twin brother to do? Other than fall for the handsome prince, stir trouble with the foppish Lord Gawain, offend Princess Guinevere, and make herself indispensable to the future of Camelot? When the truth comes out with disastrous consequences, Emry has to decide whether she'll risk everything for the boy she loves, or give up her potential to become the greatest wizard Camelot has ever known. Channeling the modern humor of A Knight's Tale, bestselling author Robyn Schneider creates a Camelot that becomes the ultimate teen rom-com hotspot in this ultra-fresh take on the Arthurian legend.


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Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot. Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible misunderstanding, and nothing is going according to plan. Then Arthur accidentally pulls the sword from the stone (in his defense, he was drunk and mostly kidding), and now everyone’s convin Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot. Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible misunderstanding, and nothing is going according to plan. Then Arthur accidentally pulls the sword from the stone (in his defense, he was drunk and mostly kidding), and now everyone’s convinced he’s some prophesied hero. Emry Merlin is stuck in her small town. Her father, the legendary court wizard, disappeared years ago, and Emry’s been peddling theater tricks to make ends meet. When a royal messenger arrives summoning her far less talented twin brother to serve as Prince Arthur's right-hand wizard, Emry is understandably upset. But after Emmett becomes indisposed thanks to a bad spell, Emry disguises herself as her brother and travels to the royal court to impersonate him until they can switch. Studying magic at the castle is everything Emry hoped for. But life in King Uther’s court is full of scandals, lies, and backstabbing courtiers. What’s a teen wizard masquerading as her twin brother to do? Other than fall for the handsome prince, stir trouble with the foppish Lord Gawain, offend Princess Guinevere, and make herself indispensable to the future of Camelot? When the truth comes out with disastrous consequences, Emry has to decide whether she'll risk everything for the boy she loves, or give up her potential to become the greatest wizard Camelot has ever known. Channeling the modern humor of A Knight's Tale, bestselling author Robyn Schneider creates a Camelot that becomes the ultimate teen rom-com hotspot in this ultra-fresh take on the Arthurian legend.

30 review for The Other Merlin

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    not a fan of the cover and it honestly had me not expecting the best. but im grateful that im incapable of turning down an arthurian retelling because this is honestly a really entertaining story. its fun, lighthearted, and such a unique retelling. obviously a lot of liberties are taken regarding the original myths and historical time period, but i highly doubt any reader picking this up is looking for faithful accuracy. even with the character changes and modernised feel, this story still oozes not a fan of the cover and it honestly had me not expecting the best. but im grateful that im incapable of turning down an arthurian retelling because this is honestly a really entertaining story. its fun, lighthearted, and such a unique retelling. obviously a lot of liberties are taken regarding the original myths and historical time period, but i highly doubt any reader picking this up is looking for faithful accuracy. even with the character changes and modernised feel, this story still oozes the chivalrous charm of camelot with the magic, knights, and court politics. the characters are amazing - i loved every single one of them. the banter and friendship between arthur, lance, and emry is so adorable. and im glad the plot doesnt exactly follow a particular myth/storyline, and it allows the characters to create their own story. it was really refreshing to see them as they are, each coming of age in court and navigating the world together. im so excited to see where this series will go but, if this first book is any indication, its going to be a favourite. ↠ 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    4.5 stars Okay, it’s 5 am and I am VIBRATING with excitement. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I randomly started the first chapter at midnight and never stopped reading. Recommended for fans of Galavant and A Knight’s Tale. Think sly, anachronistic, compulsively readable, and medieval-set YA fantasy with satirical elements. Not recommended for Arthurian purists, lol. Let's just say it diverges from the source material quite a bit. We need more fun, frothy, and easy-to-read fant 4.5 stars Okay, it’s 5 am and I am VIBRATING with excitement. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I randomly started the first chapter at midnight and never stopped reading. Recommended for fans of Galavant and A Knight’s Tale. Think sly, anachronistic, compulsively readable, and medieval-set YA fantasy with satirical elements. Not recommended for Arthurian purists, lol. Let's just say it diverges from the source material quite a bit. We need more fun, frothy, and easy-to-read fantasy. I love SFF, YA and adult. But complex worldbuilding gives me a headache when I'm not in the mood to process so much information. Even if it's not grimdark, it's usually stressful and epic in nature. Sometimes I don't want to concentrate and struggle to retain random details. I want to laugh! I want to breeze through a fantasy novel in four hours and declare it a rollicking ride. THE OTHER MERLIN is a breath of fresh air (lewd jokes! Levity in the face of life-ending stakes!) in comparison to my other reads. And hey, maybe I'm the problem and these books do exist in droves (if so: please recommend them to me because I am ignorant and must have them). I know “girl disguises herself as a man” is problematic for valid reasons, but this book avoids many of the common pitfalls of the trope execution. Emry is bi and lots of secondary characters are queer (super excited to see the Lancelot/Percival ship become official in the next book). Arthur does lust after Emry when he thinks Emry is a boy, but he's fine with that possibility. Arthur's not like “eww, what’s wrong with me that I’m lusting after men?” (he’s into the idea, and is hurt when he mistakenly believes that his feelings are unreciprocated). Which is not to say that the trope execution is perfect. There are no genderqueer/non-binary characters in the book. Some gender descriptions felt a tinge cisheteronormative. There are likely things I missed, as this is not my field-of-expertise. I imprinted on Song of the Lioness and Mulan retellings as a child, so I'm not unbiased wrt this trope (I love it while fully acknowledging its many missteps). But in my opinion, THE OTHER MERLIN doesn’t drown in cisheteronormativity the way most "girl disguises herself as a man" books do. One thing I didn't super love -- I wish Emry had more on-page female friendships. We know that her BFF Marion is back at home, but she's not relevant to the plot. Guinevere is a foil until the very end. There's Elaine, the Lady of the Lake, and some spoilery villains... but they aren't friends! For most of the book, Emry is friendly with Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, her brother Emmett, and her wizard instructor Ambrosius. To be fair, this all-masculine group makes sense because Emry only hangs around people she's forced to talk to (the less people she has to lie to, the easier it is to conceal her identity). Still, I want more female friendships. I would love to see Emry forming a closer bond with Guin and other women in the sequel. tldr: I super enjoyed myself and forgave any annoyances because I was having so much fun. If you try it, I hope it works for you! Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    This is everything I’ve ever wanted? Minus the fact that I wish it was gay but I’m always in for comedy, especially if it’s an Arthurian retelling <3

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    all i want is a gay merlin x arthur retelling why can't we get that. oh well i'll settle for a comedy and i'll read merthur fanfiction :3 all i want is a gay merlin x arthur retelling why can't we get that. oh well i'll settle for a comedy and i'll read merthur fanfiction :3

  5. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    it’s a shame the cover is so ugly because the book was really good. it dropped off a bit during the last quarter and I wish it was more romance heavy which is just my personal preference for books, but overall 4.25-4.5!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    I loved this with my whole stupid heart. I needed a good, fun YA fantasy comedy and I fucken got it. Cannot wait to read future installments, cannot believe what a fucken good time this one was. A lovely reminder of how fun and joyful YA is. Plus, it's a kissing book. I loved this with my whole stupid heart. I needed a good, fun YA fantasy comedy and I fucken got it. Cannot wait to read future installments, cannot believe what a fucken good time this one was. A lovely reminder of how fun and joyful YA is. Plus, it's a kissing book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    I liked this twist on the classic more than I expected to. While it might take too many liberties for an Arthurian purist I liked the fresh angles that were explored. I also loved the heavy dose of feminism and splashes of queer characters. The timelines are a little shifted but Arthur’s wizard isn’t going to be Merlin he’s long gone but luckily he left behind two twin children. Only the king sends for Emmett who is indisposed so Emery goes dressed as her brother until they can switch places. Of I liked this twist on the classic more than I expected to. While it might take too many liberties for an Arthurian purist I liked the fresh angles that were explored. I also loved the heavy dose of feminism and splashes of queer characters. The timelines are a little shifted but Arthur’s wizard isn’t going to be Merlin he’s long gone but luckily he left behind two twin children. Only the king sends for Emmett who is indisposed so Emery goes dressed as her brother until they can switch places. Of course Emery also has more skill with magic and more dedication to learning. This part reminded me of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series, but I liked it the same. Emery is a great main character and I found myself really rooting for her. I also liked this version of Arthur a lot more than I typically do. Despite pulling the sword from the stone he prefers the library to battle. I am definitely going to be reading the rest of this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I am a simp for Arthurian retellings. It's just a fact now. The Other Merlin is a reimaging of Arthurian Legend where Merlin's twin children are the Merlin to Arthur Pendragon. Emry Merlin has only every wanted to learn more about magic, but as a girl her father gave more attention to her twin brother Emmett. Years after Merlin's disappearance, King Uther demands that his son come to co Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I am a simp for Arthurian retellings. It's just a fact now. The Other Merlin is a reimaging of Arthurian Legend where Merlin's twin children are the Merlin to Arthur Pendragon. Emry Merlin has only every wanted to learn more about magic, but as a girl her father gave more attention to her twin brother Emmett. Years after Merlin's disappearance, King Uther demands that his son come to court to become Arthur's wizard. But Emmett becomes indisposed after a bad spell, so Emry agrees to go in his place for a week. Studying magic at court is everything Emry has ever wanted and as she continues to learn more about Arthur, and Gawain, she finds herself making a home for herself at court. But when her secret gets out, she knows it will spell trouble. I absolutely loved this retelling so much! I loved the added mystery around Excalibur, Nimue and Morgana. I feel like I was finally able to get a good grasp on who all the characters are in the original Arthur canon, but with way more queer people. I loved seeing Emry learn more about magic and making her own little family at court. I wish we would've gotten to see more friendship between Guinevere and Emry, but I'll keep my hopes up for the sequel! Rep: Pansexual female MC (possibly demisexual as well), bisexual male side character, gay male side character, questioning love interest, BIPOC side character. CWs: Abandonment/suspected death of parent, alcohol consumption, blood, misogyny, outing, sexism, violence, sexual content (not graphic).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathreadya

    Really enjoyed this genderbent King Arthur YA fantasy novel! Emry is such a fun herione, I love her guts and ambition, and the way she keeps fighting agains't the kingdom's outdated views on traditional gender roles. Her relationship with Arthur is a joy to read, their banter and friendship slowing turning into romance was really fun. And Lancelot is so great! I love the bisexual rep in this book, the way they just don't care about someone's gender is fabulous. Princess Guinevere took a while to Really enjoyed this genderbent King Arthur YA fantasy novel! Emry is such a fun herione, I love her guts and ambition, and the way she keeps fighting agains't the kingdom's outdated views on traditional gender roles. Her relationship with Arthur is a joy to read, their banter and friendship slowing turning into romance was really fun. And Lancelot is so great! I love the bisexual rep in this book, the way they just don't care about someone's gender is fabulous. Princess Guinevere took a while to grow on me, but I liked how her character developed, and the found family that formed with everyone by the end of the book. I did think Morganna could have been given a better role- I really thought she would have sympathized with Emry more, and cared about her child more. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    WELL. KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE meets TWELFTH NIGHT. Yes. Give me all the (k)night mashups. This book is amazing. Fast paced plot, character driven narrative. Some of the best witty and clever dialogue you will ever read with full and satisfying character arcs. YOU HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN AUTHUR LIKE THIS. EVER. Robyn has a natural fantasy voice that is compulsive and has you FLYING THROUGH THE PAGES.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This was such a fun book! I love Robyn Schneider’s voice--she’s so funny and is great at picking up on the best aspects of teen rom-coms. I only know the basics of Arthurian legend from reading other Arthurian retellings, but I loved how she integrated the classic story into Emry’s story. Even though this book takes place during a medieval era in London, it still felt so modern and fresh in so many ways. I al Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This was such a fun book! I love Robyn Schneider’s voice--she’s so funny and is great at picking up on the best aspects of teen rom-coms. I only know the basics of Arthurian legend from reading other Arthurian retellings, but I loved how she integrated the classic story into Emry’s story. Even though this book takes place during a medieval era in London, it still felt so modern and fresh in so many ways. I also adored these characters. Arthur and Lance’s friendship is so pure and adorable. I love how fiercely they love each other and how obvious it is that they would defend and protect each other to their death. Arthur and Emry’s relationship was also really sweet and I loved Robyn Schneider’s take on this “She’s The Man” concept of the male love interest falling in love with the female main character disguised as a boy and accepting the fact that he’s queer instead of trying to queerbait the audience. The ending also definitely brought up so many questions that I hope will be answered in Book 2, which I have so many hopes for. I hope Emry & Arthur and Emmett & Guin are able to be happy and I hope Lance finds someone who loves him as much as he loves them, and I’m (surprisingly) excited to see Gawain return too. Overall I’d give this 4 stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Having only the synopsis so far... this sounds like my new favourite book :| Having only the synopsis so far... this sounds like my new favourite book :|

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sienna

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! To preface, I did receive an ARC of The Other Merlin but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. When I say I rarely read fantasy, I mean it. I typically find it difficult to get through the first 50-150 pages and begin a new book instead. However, that was absolutely not the case with this book! Even though it still took me longer to read than most contemporary novels, I was consistently picking up this book. No week-long breaks in between, no reading slump as a LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! To preface, I did receive an ARC of The Other Merlin but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. When I say I rarely read fantasy, I mean it. I typically find it difficult to get through the first 50-150 pages and begin a new book instead. However, that was absolutely not the case with this book! Even though it still took me longer to read than most contemporary novels, I was consistently picking up this book. No week-long breaks in between, no reading slump as a result. I am so so happy that this is a series and we will be seeing more of these characters! (Also, if anyone from Penguin Teen is reading this, please let me know when the ARCs for the sequel are available, I beg of you.) This historical fiction retelling of King Arthur was everything I could have hoped for and more. For one, I was not expecting to enjoy the multiple perspectives as much as I did! Dual POV in romance books is always amazing, but this book provides the POV of other side characters at times as well. It was incredibly well-done and I was never bored during any of the perspectives. The characters were just so interesting and fun. I especially loved the witty banter. Also, the queer representation?! Can I hear you say BI VISIBILITY?? Basically I love this book and want everyone I know to read it. Historical fantasy, romance, queer rep, magic—this book has it all!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Disclaimer. I have a soft spot for Aruthian legends. It's the typical cast, but with two Merlin kids and a very "She's the Man" vibe. Many a hookup to be had here. Lots of blushing about it since it's medieval England and there's decorum and all that. Disclaimer. I have a soft spot for Aruthian legends. It's the typical cast, but with two Merlin kids and a very "She's the Man" vibe. Many a hookup to be had here. Lots of blushing about it since it's medieval England and there's decorum and all that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Buchanan

    I LOVED this genderbent Merlin YA retelling! Emry is one badass female "Merlin" and I absolutely loved her character. This book is for you if you love witty banter, lasting friendships, LGBT rep, and Camelot retellings! I LOVED this genderbent Merlin YA retelling! Emry is one badass female "Merlin" and I absolutely loved her character. This book is for you if you love witty banter, lasting friendships, LGBT rep, and Camelot retellings!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chi-Chi

    There's been a number of YA Arthurian retellings in the past couple of years and I would say this is, hands down, the best. Each of the major characters was well developed with their own desires and challenges. The world was fun and modern. There was a fresh take on the romances. And Emry Merlin was an interesting, engaging heroine. This book actually reminded me a lot of Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness with the twin swap, sword fights, magic lessons, a lovable prince and a roguish friend. I There's been a number of YA Arthurian retellings in the past couple of years and I would say this is, hands down, the best. Each of the major characters was well developed with their own desires and challenges. The world was fun and modern. There was a fresh take on the romances. And Emry Merlin was an interesting, engaging heroine. This book actually reminded me a lot of Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness with the twin swap, sword fights, magic lessons, a lovable prince and a roguish friend. I can't wait to read more of this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deja

    I went back and forth on my rating for this one before I realized I was comparing it to more serious, high-fantasy stories unfairly. This is a fun, quick, comedic rom-com which happens to be a contemporary Arthurian retelling, and judging it on those parameters, it's a wonderful fun story. Emry is a feminist leading lady without it being too preachy or in-your-face, and her natural talent for magic compared to her brother is handled incredibly well. Arthur is an awkward bumbling boy who never ex I went back and forth on my rating for this one before I realized I was comparing it to more serious, high-fantasy stories unfairly. This is a fun, quick, comedic rom-com which happens to be a contemporary Arthurian retelling, and judging it on those parameters, it's a wonderful fun story. Emry is a feminist leading lady without it being too preachy or in-your-face, and her natural talent for magic compared to her brother is handled incredibly well. Arthur is an awkward bumbling boy who never expected to be king and has no idea what to do with his newfound glory, which is the best possible way to write him. Lancelot is a flirty bisexual disaster in the best way, which was unexpected and also wonderful. Gawain and Guinevere are more minor but equally enjoyable familiar characters whose roles in the story I was pleased to see. With all the casual queer representation in the book, the cis-heteronormativity of Arthur questioning his attraction to Emry while she was disguised as a boy was a little disappointing, but not egregious enough to really dampen the story, especially when we're given Emry's own bisexuality as prominently as we are. The humor of this book was crass and at times almost childish, but remembering that this is a story about teens written for teens makes it justifiable. The sex jokes and nearly constant drunken debauchery may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it fits the setting and tone of the story excellently. Of course, the main draw of this book is the inevitable romance between Arthur and Merlin, and it happens just as clumsily and awkwardly as you'd hope. One downside of this book is the length and pacing - if this were simply a rom-com and nothing more, the story may have started and ended much quicker. But instead, we get a few moments of exposition and info-dump to set up for what ultimately becomes a villain reveal towards the final 1/4th of the book, which seemed late in the story until you realize this is the start of a series. Overall, a funny and romantic read, and the start of a potentially great series for those looking for fantasy but not wanting a super serious story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me a finished copy of The Other Merlin! All opinions are my own! 4.5 out of 5 stars "It shouldn't matter that you're a girl," said Lance. "Things like that-- your gender, or who you love, or where you come from--they shouldn't matter." "Yet somehow, they matter the most to the wrong people," Emry said. "And I'm out of time. I can't keep waiting on the world to change." "Which is why we're going to change it ourselves," said Lance. I was sold the minute Ayu Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me a finished copy of The Other Merlin! All opinions are my own! 4.5 out of 5 stars "It shouldn't matter that you're a girl," said Lance. "Things like that-- your gender, or who you love, or where you come from--they shouldn't matter." "Yet somehow, they matter the most to the wrong people," Emry said. "And I'm out of time. I can't keep waiting on the world to change." "Which is why we're going to change it ourselves," said Lance. I was sold the minute Ayushi (@bookwormbullet) told me this was She's The Man x Arthurian legend. I absolutely loved this book! I am a sucker for arthurian retellings and The Other Merlin gave us a fun, new story while still keeping the familiar elements of the legend we all know. Emry is the daughter of Merlin and is able to do magic in a way that is different than most wizards but she is never given a chance due to her being a woman! Emmett is Emry's less magically talented twin brother who is invited to the castle to learn more magic and become Arthur's wizard. Right before the trip to the castle is supposed to happen, Emmett gets into some trouble and isn't able to leave right away. Emry comes up with the plan to pose as her brother at the castle until Emmett is able to switch back with her. The adventure doesn't stop there and I found myself unable to stop reading about this hilarious group of characters. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!!! Here's a list of things I loved about it: -a cast of queer characters including the MCs -magical quests + the magic in general -the banter between Emry, Lance, and Arthur -multiple POVs -the romance moments (m/f) -easy to read with a medium pace The characters save each other in this one and everything is equally a give/take. With medieval London comes medieval misogyny, but that won't stop Emry with friends by her side. I had such a fun time with this book. I can't wait to keep reading about these characters and their adventures in the rest of the series. CWs: Misogyny, Sexism, Homophobia, Outing (past), Death of a Parent (past), Detailed battle scenes with descriptions of blood and injury, Parental Abuse (present).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Torrey

    Pick this book up right now! This is an adorable King Arthur/Merlin retelling. Now if you are purist this might not be for you, as the story is quite different from the original. However it is such a sweet book that was just so amazing to read. We follow Arther, obviously, and Emry Merlin. Emry's twin brother Emmett has been summoned instead of her to be an apprentice to become the court wizard. However when Emmett becomes indisposed, Emry decides to go in her brother's place and pretend to be hi Pick this book up right now! This is an adorable King Arthur/Merlin retelling. Now if you are purist this might not be for you, as the story is quite different from the original. However it is such a sweet book that was just so amazing to read. We follow Arther, obviously, and Emry Merlin. Emry's twin brother Emmett has been summoned instead of her to be an apprentice to become the court wizard. However when Emmett becomes indisposed, Emry decides to go in her brother's place and pretend to be him for a week until they can switch back. Emry, Arthur, and Lance are all such loveable characters and the relationship between them was so fun to read about. The love story is absolutely adorable. Emry is bisexual and while Arthur's sexuality is never explicitly discussed, when he realizes he is starting to have feelings for a guy, he accepts that. Lancelot is also gay, and there is hints for a relationship that will happen between him and another character from the original legends. I was worried about how the whole "disguising as a guy" thing would go, however it was written very well. I think the author handled things very well in the story as well. I do hope to see some genderqueer characters in the future books though. The story is paced quite well. It is mostly told from the perspectives of Emry and Arthur, but there are chapters that are told from the perspectives of other characters. This creates a higher stakes feel to the story as the reader is aware of what other characters know, or think they know. I loved what this brought to book and the dynamics it created between the characters. I liked the way the book built up to the cliffhanger. There were many hints and events that led up to what would happen. Maybe it's because I'm not super familiar with the original legend, but I loved the way the book ended and the implications of what is going to happen in the next book. Anyways now I will be going to binge all of Merlin on Netflix

  20. 4 out of 5

    daphnereads

    4.5 I was super excited to get my hands on a galley of The Other Merlin, and this novel somehow managed to surpass ALL of my expectations. The characters, the romance, the banter, and just about everything was top tier. This definitely deserves more hype! The most enjoyable part of The Other Merlin for me was the characters and their interactions. Schneider is able to write really fun back and forth dialogue that’s extremely natural, and she played to each character’s strengths really well. Each c 4.5 I was super excited to get my hands on a galley of The Other Merlin, and this novel somehow managed to surpass ALL of my expectations. The characters, the romance, the banter, and just about everything was top tier. This definitely deserves more hype! The most enjoyable part of The Other Merlin for me was the characters and their interactions. Schneider is able to write really fun back and forth dialogue that’s extremely natural, and she played to each character’s strengths really well. Each character that we follow throughout the novel has developments and they all have their own problems and conflicts to deal with. Looking back, The Other Merlin doesn’t have much plot, but since the characters were so well written, I didn’t even notice. Due to the formatting of the e-galley, I couldn't tell if there were indicators for where the author had switched POV, but even then, each character had an extremely distinct voice. I don’t think I’ve read a book with multiple POVs that was done quite like this, it was almost like a no-brainer while I was reading. I could start reading at any point in the book and be able to tell which perspective we’re reading from. And I can’t write a review without mentioning all the gays in this book. I'm not gonna lie, when I found out that multiple MCs were part of the LGBTQ community, I knew that I needed to read this book. Overall, this was a really light and easy fantasy novel that I was addicted to. Everyone was super loveable and there was a great balance of humor and some more serious topics. Now I’m going to sit here and wait patiently for the sequel to come out because I really want to see this cast of characters again! Thank you Penguin Teen for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really didn't know what to expect from this book; Rom Com Fantasy sounded intriguing but I don't think I've ever read a book in that category. I was pleasantly surprised to have devoured this book in 2 days and am already ready for the next one (when does it come out??)! The Other Merlin gives me a strong She's the Man vibe with a medieval take. this book starts out with the classic trope of girl disguised as a guy but quickly becomes about more than that. This book was surprisingly more emoti I really didn't know what to expect from this book; Rom Com Fantasy sounded intriguing but I don't think I've ever read a book in that category. I was pleasantly surprised to have devoured this book in 2 days and am already ready for the next one (when does it come out??)! The Other Merlin gives me a strong She's the Man vibe with a medieval take. this book starts out with the classic trope of girl disguised as a guy but quickly becomes about more than that. This book was surprisingly more emotional than I was expecting. it made me laugh but also pulled at my heart strings a bit. also the twists and turns in this book were so good! I had no idea where this book was trying to lead at first and the twist ending was great without being too much of a cliffhanger. the characters are probably the best part of this book. I loved Arthur, Merlin and Lance. They all were unique but kind hearted good people and you wanted to root for all of them throughout the book. even some of the characters i disliked at first grew on me. also there is great LQBTQA+ representation in this book and I appreciated that Merlin and Lance were both queer as 2 of the main characters. The world building isn't much in this book so if youre looking for heavy world building and complex political intrigue this book probably isn't for you. I found The Other Merlin to be a great book hangover cure; its cute, gripping, has loveable characters, a strong storyline with mild politics, a fast read and emotional as it is funny. I definitely recommend this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Lew

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing an arc copy of this book. I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK!!! Everything from the plot to the characters had be addicted from the start. Honestly while I think this book was the perfect length, I wanted more, because I did not want to leave the world. One of my favorite things about this book was how fleshed out all the characters were. Even the ones that are just side or supporting characters. As the book went the author did a great job of showing why each c Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing an arc copy of this book. I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK!!! Everything from the plot to the characters had be addicted from the start. Honestly while I think this book was the perfect length, I wanted more, because I did not want to leave the world. One of my favorite things about this book was how fleshed out all the characters were. Even the ones that are just side or supporting characters. As the book went the author did a great job of showing why each character was acting they way they were and how they were growing from they actions. Seeing each characters struggles and thoughts, definitely allowed me to care about them all more and want to see all of them get their own happy ending. I also felt that none of the characters were tokenized and that the representation felt natural. The plot was definitely faced paced, which kept me invested. I felt that the twists were interesting and big reveals all played out at the right times. While there were a lot of subplots and romances I never felt they took over the story but instead added to the plot and the characters. This book reminded me why I love to read and brought back those emotions of falling in love with a book for the first time. The writing style and characters are the type I find addicting and exciting. I was constantly torn between not leaving the world, but also putting it down so it wouldn’t end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is the type of book I’m especially grateful to BookishFirst for turning me on to. I wouldn’t have found this one myself because it’s not a genre I’d be likely to check out. I think you’d call this fantasy. I read the excerpt and I was immediately sold. In this story, there are two Merlins. Emry and Emmett Merlin are twins, they’re around 18 and they’re both wizards. But Emry is a girl and society doesn’t easily accept a girl wizard, her own father didn’t even want to train her. But Emry is a This is the type of book I’m especially grateful to BookishFirst for turning me on to. I wouldn’t have found this one myself because it’s not a genre I’d be likely to check out. I think you’d call this fantasy. I read the excerpt and I was immediately sold. In this story, there are two Merlins. Emry and Emmett Merlin are twins, they’re around 18 and they’re both wizards. But Emry is a girl and society doesn’t easily accept a girl wizard, her own father didn’t even want to train her. But Emry is a way better than her brother. Emmett is offered a position as the wizard for Arthur, the young future king. But Emmett messes up and Emry has to go to the castle in his place. She pretends to be Emmett. She was never expecting the complication of falling for Arthur. Not only does Arthur think Emry is Emmett, but he’s spent his entire life trying to make his dad happy. Nothing ever seems good enough. Their path to happiness seems like a rocky one. I absolutely loved the characters and the story, I’m so excited that this will be a series. I got an early copy of this book from Bookish First. Thank you!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Corbett

    The legends of Arthur, Merlin & Camelot become part of our very existence - yet in The Other Merlin, we are introduced to Emry - the daughter of Merlin who not only lives up to the epic saga of Merlin & Uther - she surpasses it. Emry is the champion doing right even when it hurts; cutting through the divides of gender, class and education. This is the Merlin we didn't know we wanted - but - absolutely do need. Robyn Schneider takes her readers through a beautifully woven tale introducing a female The legends of Arthur, Merlin & Camelot become part of our very existence - yet in The Other Merlin, we are introduced to Emry - the daughter of Merlin who not only lives up to the epic saga of Merlin & Uther - she surpasses it. Emry is the champion doing right even when it hurts; cutting through the divides of gender, class and education. This is the Merlin we didn't know we wanted - but - absolutely do need. Robyn Schneider takes her readers through a beautifully woven tale introducing a female Merlin amongst LGBTQA+ characters to create a story relevant to modern day. Seeing her main characters, whose names evoked wonder and fascination in our very childhood, grow from the mundane to the mythical is deeply satisfying as a reader. As I put down this book, my singular thought is 'where will the next chapter take me?' I am not ready to leave The Other Merlin quite yet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizbeth

    This was a complete surprise. I loved this book. It was funny, it was heartfelt. It was a comedic genderbend retelling of the myth of Arthur where Merlin's daughter must assume the identity of her brother to be trained as a mage. The characters were well developped, balanced and likable. This book is really just the start of the quest, but I can't wait for more. Seriously, in what other book does the great wizard teacher say that he had to remove gerbils from someone's orifices or turn nipples int This was a complete surprise. I loved this book. It was funny, it was heartfelt. It was a comedic genderbend retelling of the myth of Arthur where Merlin's daughter must assume the identity of her brother to be trained as a mage. The characters were well developped, balanced and likable. This book is really just the start of the quest, but I can't wait for more. Seriously, in what other book does the great wizard teacher say that he had to remove gerbils from someone's orifices or turn nipples into garden slugs? This book was special and magical. Totally worth my time

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    4.5 What a great way to do a King Arthur retelling! I love that Merlin is a girl defying expectations and making a name for herself. This book had so many queer characters and it was so refreshing! I cannot wait to see what else this ragtag group gets up to in the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Baker

    I absolutely devoured this book. I adore Emry so so much. The concept of Merlin's daughter becoming the court wizard, was well executed. The on!y thing I didn't like were the modern catch phrases riddled throughout. It took away some of the fantasy atmosphere. I absolutely devoured this book. I adore Emry so so much. The concept of Merlin's daughter becoming the court wizard, was well executed. The on!y thing I didn't like were the modern catch phrases riddled throughout. It took away some of the fantasy atmosphere.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    I am obsessed with Camelot retellings and was unsure about the premise of this one going in. A female teenage Merlin? I have to say that it absolutely blew me out of the water. It is an incredible reimagining of the King Arthur story. I love everything about it and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. Highly recommended for grades 8 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sami

    Huge thank you to Robyn herself for sending me a copy of The Other Merlin in exchange for an honest review Let me start off by saying if it wasn't for school starting again, I would've finished this in one sitting and I cant remember the last time I finished a fantasy book in one sitting. I'm also simultaneously pissed (bc I didn't know) and excited (bc more of Emry, Arthur, and Lance) that this is going to be a series!!! This book is immaculate. The banter between all of the characters, found fam Huge thank you to Robyn herself for sending me a copy of The Other Merlin in exchange for an honest review Let me start off by saying if it wasn't for school starting again, I would've finished this in one sitting and I cant remember the last time I finished a fantasy book in one sitting. I'm also simultaneously pissed (bc I didn't know) and excited (bc more of Emry, Arthur, and Lance) that this is going to be a series!!! This book is immaculate. The banter between all of the characters, found family, magic, gays. I just had such a wonderful time reading this book. If you're a fan of retellings, the "girl disguises herself as a boy" trope, and have always headcannoned Li Shang from Mulan as bi, then THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Dyer • bookishly.vintage

    What a stunning novel!! When does book two come out? This was my first book by this author, and I loved every moment of it. It has more humor than I expected, and so many quotable lines (like seriously, I have a list written down of my favorite ones). There is adventure, and magic, and romance (queer romance!), and scandal, and all the good things in between. I actually started doing reaction stories on my Instagram because the book had me feeling all the feelings, and I needed to tell someone abo What a stunning novel!! When does book two come out? This was my first book by this author, and I loved every moment of it. It has more humor than I expected, and so many quotable lines (like seriously, I have a list written down of my favorite ones). There is adventure, and magic, and romance (queer romance!), and scandal, and all the good things in between. I actually started doing reaction stories on my Instagram because the book had me feeling all the feelings, and I needed to tell someone about them! At one point my husband even asked if I was okay because I kept making so many noises because of the story. I want to say that if you're going into this book expecting the Big Bad to be revealed early, and have the rest of the book spent with the characters trying to defeat them: you will be wrong. This is the first book in a series, anyway! But the majority of this book was Arthur and Emery coming into their own, both on their own and with each other, and the adventures they are sharing. I feel like this was very character oriented, but that is okay! There was also a magical quest and other, smaller, events woven throughout as well. In a nutshell, not a boring moment. The Big Bad does get introduced mid-story, but even then I was not sure if it would be them or King Yuric, who was talked about since the start because he was threatening to wage war. But, if you pay attention to details and certain scenes you get a better idea of who the villain is, and in the end there is a smaller action scene with the villain....that does not get resolved. Ugh for cliffhangers! The characters in this are all likeable and goofy in their own way. Like I said before, they have some great, quotable one-liners! And, with my base knowledge of Arthurian legend, I squealed every time a known character came into play. But, since this is a retelling, each character has a different role in this book than they do historically. I mean, Merlin had twins?! BUT it works and the author did such an amazing job writing out this story. I mean, I might be partial just because I love Arthurian centered stories (like Legendborn and The Guinevere Deception), but this was a damn good book . If you like legendary story retellings, or fantasy books, or even anything medieval, then I suggest picking this up as your next read. Overall, I was excited when I first spotted this book and it did not disappoint. From my story reactions, people I follow on Instagram were interested too (and I tried staying spoiler-free!). The characters are amazing, the one-liners are funny, the plot is well written without being bogged down for details or lacking information, and I am really looking forward to future installments in the series. Huzzah! CW: Loss of a parent, blood, death, poisoning, misogyny/sexism, violence

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