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review 2018-05-13 09:30
Rezension | Die Gewehre von Avalon von Roger Zelazny
Die Gewehre von Avalon: Die Chroniken vo... Die Gewehre von Avalon: Die Chroniken von Amber 2 - Roger Zelazny,Thomas Schlück

Beschreibung

Corwin ist die Flucht aus dem Verließ Ambers gelungen und macht sich gleich daran auf der Erde eine Armee aufzustellen, um im Kampf gegen seinen verhassten Bruder Eric zu bestehen. In der Schattenwelt trifft er auch auf alte Bekannte und Freunde und er lernt die hübsche Dara kennen. Dara gibt vor die Enkelin von Corwins Bruder Benedict zu sein, doch schnell muss Corwin erkennen, dass die junge Dame eine gefährliche Gegenspielerin ist und sie ihre eigenen Pläne verfolgt. Der spannende Kampf um den Thron Ambers geht nun in die nächste Runde…
Meine Meinung

Nachdem Roger Zelazny mit „Die neun Prinzen von Amber“ einen spannenden und kurzweiligen Auftakt hinlegte, habe ich mich schon sehr auf die weiteren Abenteuer der Prinzen gefreut. Corwin ist der Gefangenschaft in dem Verließ seines Bruders Eric entkommen und schmiedet nun Pläne zur Rückeroberung des Thrones. Dieses Szenario verspricht jede Menge Unterhaltung voller Intrigen und Machtkämpfe!

Hauptprotagonist ist wie bereits im ersten Band Prinz Corwin von Amber. Nach seiner Niederlage muss er sich nun erst einmal Verbündete im Kampf gegen seinen Bruder Eric suchen. Doch wem kann er wirklich vertrauen? Die Beziehungen zu seinen anderen Geschwistern sind ziemlich verzwickt und auch etwas undurchsichtig. Da kommt es sehr gelegen, dass Corwin auf den verwundeten Ritter Lance und einen alten Freund und Gefolgsmann Ganelon trifft denen er zunächst seine wahre Identität vorenthält.

Die Wandlung von Corwin, dem einstmaligen mächtigen Herrscher über Amber hin zu dem heutigen Corwin, der seine Güte gegenüber einem verwundeten Ritter zeigt hat mir ausgesprochen gut gefallen. Außerdem gibt es jede Menge actionreiche Schlachten und diverse Verstrickungen die kaum Langeweile aufkommen lassen.

Corwin muss in „Die Gewehre von Avalon“ nicht nur seinen gewagten Schlachtplan umsetzen, sondern auch noch gegen die von ihm beschworenen übernatürlichen Kreaturen aus dem schwarzen Kreis kämpfen und er sieht sich mit einer manifestierten schwarzen Straße konfrontiert die seiner Welt und allen Schattenwelten zusammen gefährlich werden könnte.

Die phantastische Welt um Amber, die Schattenwelten und das Tarotspiel für die Kommunikation unter den Geschwistern finde ich nach wie vor sehr faszinierend. Für meinen Geschmack hätte der Autor den Blick jedoch etwas mehr hinter die Kulissen und Zusammenhänge schweifen lassen können.

Fazit

Epische Fantasy die Lust auf mehr macht!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-gewehre-von-avalon-von-roger-zelazny
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review 2017-12-07 02:18
Invisible by Sariah Skye
Invisible (The Curse of Avalon Book 1) - Sariah Skye

You can't go wrong with unusual magical gifts, mystery, and a bit of Arthurian lore, albeit a different take on said lore. This first book in the series does a good job of introducing The Curse of Avalon world and its great characters. While I liked Ava's snark and wit, it did take a while for her to grow on me as a heroine. She was just a bit too weak and self-deprecating for my tastes. I did like our male leads with their interesting back stories and determination to protect Ava at all cost. I was a bit surprised at the relatively low steam level in this one, especially for a reverse harem tale, not to mention the type of supernatural beings these people are. Not that its a bad thing - the story doesn't need to rely on steamy times. However, there is a considerable amount of admiration, especially from our heroine, and the number of times that things almost got racy did become a bit tedious. That aside, the premise of the series is good and there were a couple of seriously intriguing twists in this one, so I'll be interested to see where it goes from here.

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review 2017-10-24 21:21
Yeah, not so much...
The Cursing Stones (Avalon Rising) (Volu... The Cursing Stones (Avalon Rising) (Volume 1) - Sonya Bateman

It is always risky to go for a retelling of the most famous legends - like Avalon, Arthurian legends and so on.

 

And this was not really interesting.

 

It felt off and didn't manage to really generate interest in the main characters.

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review 2017-06-06 16:44
Due to Length, Could Not Get Into All Stories Equally
An Avalon Valentine - Darien Gee

If you have read the story "Friendship Bread" you know that story takes place in the fictional town (maybe? I don't know) of Avalon. Author Darien Gee has returned to this location and characters in subsequent books: "The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society", "An Avalon Christmas" and now in "An Avalon Valentine." It is nice to revisit some of these characters we have come to known. But due to the length of this book (176 electronic pages) Gee doesn't have a lot to work with regards to the four main story-lines she decides to follow. 

 

Story-line 1 follows long time character Hannah Wang. She is happy in her relationship with her boyfriend Jamie Linde, but now her ex-husband is back trying to rekindle their former relationship. 

 

Story-line 2 follows another long time character, Connie Colls who is getting a bit bored with her samey relationship with vet Eli. That is until a new vet comes along who has Eli changing his ways.


Story-line 3 and 4 follow two characters that are new, Lucia Blake and Goldie Love (yeah that last name...sigh). Lucia is dealing with having a crush on her mail carrier and Goldie is a retired romance writer who is resistant to celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary. 


There's a little hidden story-line in this one too, Julia Evarts daughter from the first book, Gracie, gets a little part of the Valentine's Day theme, I honestly wish that it had been cut since it just didn't work well with the other 4 story-lines. 

 

I have to say for me this whole book was a wash. The POV jumped around a lot and we don't get to spend much time with any of these characters. I thought that Hannah's story-line had the most potential and could have been it's own stand alone book taking place in Avalon, but shoehorning in Connie, Lucia, and Goldie's stories just made the whole book feel cluttered. Maybe if Gee had decided to make this into a full length novel so some of these stories could have breathed it would have worked better. 

 

The writing was okay, but I was missing the magical sense of this town that I have read about for a few years now. I just thought that the background of Valentine's Day would make it more interesting, but I was honestly bored. Maybe if Gee had shaken things up a bit with regards to some of the longer term romances in this book that would have made for a more compelling read? It just seemed most of the issues were once again adults not talking to each other and everyone just ignoring having a conversation that ended up fixing all in like ten minutes. 

 

The ending fell a little flat. I am happy to get some new Amish friendship bread recipes though. 

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text 2017-06-04 14:28
3rd June 2017
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

Remain true to yourself, child. If you know your own heart, you will always have one friend who does not lie.

 

Marion Zimmer Bradley

 

Best known for The Mists of Avalon, a Camelot retelling, Marion Zimmer Bradley (born June 3, 1930) also wrote LGBT pulp fiction as well as several fantasy series, including the popular Darkover series. She began her writing career by publishing fanzines as a teenager.

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