Among the towering trees of magical Avalon, where humans dare not tread, lives Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. Her people, the Fey, are folk of the wood and avoid the violence and greed of man. But the strife of King Arthur’s realm threatens even the peace of Avalon. And while Merlin the mage has been training Niviene as his apprentice, he now needs her help to thwart the chaos devouring Camelot. Niviene’s special talents must help save a kingdom and discover the treachery of men and the beauty of love… — Sourcebooks Fire
I love Arthurian legend. I love Arthurian books. I love the story, the mystery, the myth, the legend. I wanted to love this book, but sadly, I did not. When I read the summary I was just sure it was going to be another amazing entry into the canon of Arthurian literature and this time for teens! Not to mention being from the point of view of the Lady of the Lake, I can’t say I’ve seen that very much in the genre (not that I am like extremely well read!). However, when I started reading the book, my excitement waned. It’s not that the book is badly written. It’s more like it is, well, excessively written. The words are so flowery, so descriptive, that I kept getting lost within the text. I had to reread whole paragraphs to make sense of what I had just read. Finally I had to set the book aside unfinished as I just couldn’t get into the story at all. It is quite possible it was a mood thing with me, I am normally a moody reader and here lately, well, I’ve been moodier than usual.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a review copy of this novel.
Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: March 1, 2010
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