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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Book & Author details:

Henge by Realm Lovejoy 
(Le Fay #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
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“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews



Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qoGAE2s8RE


Purchase:


4 out of 5 (very good)

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Camelot still exists in the UK but now the Knights carry guns instead of swords. Morgan le Fay is a sixteen-year-old entering a magic 'competition' to see if she is eligible to become one of Arthur's Rounds, magic users that will be with him as he grows from Prince to King. But Morgan wants to be his Maven, pretty much all round bad ass who gets to affect the kingdom, politics and policies. She went to the Henge with her mother when she was young and had a vision that that is what she becomes.

The story has so many characters that I recognise and although it was at first strange to read about them in a contemporary setting, this quickly became a non-issue as the story began. This is an intricate and complex world and the author hasn't left any stone unturned as we travel from the political aspects of the world, to the love of her family, making friends and rivals.

Although I really enjoyed this story, a couple of the characters actually made it harder to me to carry on reading and unfortunately for me, they are pretty central to the whole story - Mordred and Morgan. Mordred was supposed to be the big evil but he actually came across as a one-dimensional character. The most depth to him was when he was being a pompous ass! As for Morgan, I wanted to connect with her and at times, I did. I know that she had anger issues (and even had anger counseling!) but at times, it was just too much with little or no reason behind it. Perhaps this is relevant in the later books but it got to the point where I would read Morgan and wonder when she would lose her temper and what it would be over this time.

On the whole, very enjoyable and recommended for anyone who enjoys the Arthurian legends with a twist.

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY - closes 19th February


  • 1 signed copy of Henge + swag (US only)
  • 1 Amazon Giftcard ($20) (INTL)
  • 2 paperbacks of Henge (US only)
  • 4 ebook copies of of Henge (INTL)

AUTHOR BIO:

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com



Tour Organised By:Xpresso Book Tours


4 comments:

  1. Glad you liked it despite your issues with the characters! It sounds like a unique read!

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  2. I love the premise of a contemporary Camelot.
    Good luck, 'Henge'!
    Cheers, Realm!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky.

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  3. I love the idea of this. I might give it a try to see if it would be something my kids would like.

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  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to read Henge and reviewing it on your lovely blog! I'm really glad you liked it! More to come later in the series for Morgan and Mordred! Hope you'll stay tuned for the next book in the series coming out later this year.

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