Padraic Colum is one of the most acclaimed storytellers of all time. Author of The King of Ireland's Son, The Children of Odin and The Children's Homer, his stories are bigger than life, sparking children's imagination and carrying them through the world of myths and legends.
The Boy apprenticed to an Enchanter is filled with intrigue, mystery and adventure. It tells the tale of Eean, the fisherman's son, who vanquishes the evil Zabulun with the aide of Merlin the Magician, Bird-of-Gold and the King's horses. His quest takes Eean to the Tower of Babylon where he defies his master, and he and Bird-of-Gold flee to Chiron the Centaur and Hermes Trismegistus in a desperate search of a helpmeet. Finally they come to the magical Island of the White Tower which rises into sight out of the western ocean on midsummer’s day, there to meet Merlin and to confront Zabulun in a final battle.
As an assist for grade school children, this edition has been freshly typeset in a contemporary font and complemented with footnotes for rare words, references to mythological personalities, and countries past and present. Included in the addendum is a map showing the cities and countries referred to, a brief biography of the author, Padraic Colum, and an illustration of an uncommon bird mentioned in the text.
PB, 120 pages. Suitable for 9-13 years.