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Title: The legacy of Merlin  
Creatures: Niall Oldman
Niall is the son of Merlin and Nifein (also known as Nimue), the enchantress.
Merlin was Artur's most trusted adviser in the early years and a druid. He was said to have second sight and left a message for his son before he was born.
Nifein sealed Merlin into a castle of air before Niall was born.
After Niall was born she left him and disappeared. Niall believes she went to Merlin.
Niall was raised at Caer Annyl, by a noble family close to Arthur.
He was taken while taking a ship acroos the mouth of the river Severn.

Diana S. Jones
Diana is the high priestess of a group of "druids".
Diana has some powers of her own and wants more. Though Niall has no active powers Diana believes there are powers in his blood.

Diana believes that a child from Niall will have Merlin's power and she could control it. She tried to force Niall to cooperate, so she could conceive. If Niall was not sent back at the strike of midnight on midsummer's day he would have to die.

Maklik, demon
He has a hideous, ridged head, with two small horns spreading from its forehead

Before Arthur banned it every midsummer's day a ritual was practiced. Some call it Beltane nowadays.
It celebrates the union of the Sun God and the Queen of Summer.
A man is chosen to represent the Sun God. A woman represents the Summer Queen. They are prepared with spells and chants for 12 days before. Then on midsummer's day they are anointed with the ritual oils, clad in the ritual robes, and brought to the standing stones.
The purpose of the rite is to make a child. To renew the year at the moment when it starts to wane.
The ritual also calls for a human sacrifice.

Caer Wydyr
In Celtic mythology Caer Wydyr is the name of Merlin's castle
Supposedly he built it out of some magical glass and kept all his book of magic there.

Potions/Rituals: love charm
Daffyd's mallow
star's fire

braid into heart shape form
and say spell
careful: whoever overhears the chant will be affected
Spells: love charm

For constancy, this mallow blue
Shall never give me cause to rue
Bloodred wort makes passions blaze;
Add fire of stars for length of days.
Behold the spell I weave for you!
Lover, to me alone be true

to summon Maklik:

Like calls to like, by this ancient rule;
Dirt to dust and gem to jewel
We call upon thee, O great Maklik
To hear, and show us what we seek

to cleanse the standing stones:

In this place, upon this night
Cleanse these stones, bring them back to light.
By the Power of Three, bring them back to light
Background info: Beltane
Standing Stones
Summary: Prue lands a summer trip to England to buy medieval books for a collector, so Phoebe and Piper tag along to the quaint village of Hay-on-Wye, in the heart of King Arthur country. While Piper reads how to make love charms from flowers, Phoebe meets the darkly handsome Niall. But she's shaken by a desolate vision of him on a windswept heath, holding an infant. Is Niall a warlock?
Then Piper discovers a secret Druid ritual in progress, with Niall at the center of it! She freezes the group, and the Charmed Ones set out to discover Niall's secret. They learn that a local villager is in terrible danger from the Druids, and only a magical spell from centuries past can save her. The Charmed Ones are convinced that only a long journey can win against the Druids - a voyage back in time to Camelot.

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Author/s: Eloise Flood
has written a number of books for children and teens.
She lives in NY city.
Published: Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.)  
ISBN: 0-7434-1236-2  
Timeline: early season 2, before 2x12 Awakened
September 559 - 20/21 June
Prue works for Buckland's
Main characters: Phoebe, Piper, Prue
Leo is not present but mentioned
He's referred to as Piper's boyfriend but obviously he is not around much.
Trivia: Location of this story is Hay-on-Wye  
Bloopers: Why do the girls refer to the demon "great Maklik" and since when does a demon so happily colaborate with witches?

There is a bit blunder with the timeline - Beltane is celebrated in May not at midsummer.
Random quote: Diana stood with her eyes closed and her face turned up to the darkening sky. Three or four women fussed around her, adjusting the robes and scarves.
She is so theatrical! Phoebe thought. Dislike boiled up inside her. "What is with the Stevie Nicks look?" she whispered to Piper.
Rating: humor: 1 out of 3 possible
tension: 3 out of 3 possible
story: 1 out of 3 possible
style: 2 out of 3 possible
Summary: 7 out of 12  
  One might have hoped for a story dealing with the clash of medieval and modern lifestyle or some embedding of Arthurian legends. But no .. even the trip to Camelot lasts about only few pages.
Nevertheless there is enough tension to keep you reading till the end if only to see how the mess is solved.
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