Lancelot Of The Pines by Jennifer Blake is an awesome read. Ms Blake has delivered a well written book. Her characters are fantastic and lovable. Mandy and Lance's story is full of suspense, action, humor and spice. The suspense in this book had me reading well past my bedtime. I enjoyed Lancelot Of The Pines and look forward to reading more from Jennifer Blake. Lancelot Of The Pines is book 1 of the Louisiana Knights Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger.
First of all, it turns out that I really know very little about the Arthurian legends. Here are some things I've learned from The Once and Future King: 1. It's spelled Merlyn. 2. It's spelled Guenever.3. Lancelot is considered quite ugly. 4. This is not the authoritative volume of all things Arthurian. There is actually a series of books by Sir Thomas Malory collectively called Le Morte d'Arthur (I've just ordered the first book so get ready for that in the future) which were referenced more than once in The Once and Future King. This was a beautifully written book and had me so caught up that I actually missed my stop on the train...twice. It's full of damsels in distress, knights in glittering armor, love beyond measure, and above all chivalry. There's a reason that many consider this book to be the best fantasy novel ever written.
"strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for government"- Monty Python
But I suppose our current system isn't much of an improvement...
So Lancelot was grabbed as a baby/child/something by the Lady of the Lake and...
Well, color me confused. The monk/friar/priest/whatever he was, was convinced that Avalon was a real place, closely hidden, and the people were human. And yet... well, SOMEthing weird was going on.
Mordred is Gawain's brother? Eh? Well, there are two others in the series so maybe some clarification will occur, particularly since one of the other two is about Gawain.
Guinevere was ah...not romantically attached to Lancelot - at least in this work. Rather, her attachment was a bit more... Ok, apparently her mother decided to remain with Lancelot's father as his mistress rather than return to her husband. Yeah.
Now to the meat of the story. Lancelot is having issues - caught between Guinevere and Arthur (who didn't know the truth about their relationship), falling for the h, his whole entanglement with the Lady... The book spans several years, though there is some skipping due to circumstances. At least, unlike most medievals I've read, she and her keep weren't handed over to him as an award for him to whip into shape (gag, puke) Rather, they were kept apart by things largely beyond their control, and he treated her as a knight should - in my view anyway. So, the book was a bit confusing but the lack of triggers plus an interesting premise made up for any shortcomings.
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***
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.