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review 2018-06-04 10:00
Release Week Review! Saving the King (A King’s Tale #1) Leilani Love!
Saving the King - Leilani Love

 

 

The fate of Camelot rest on Katrina being able to save the newborn Prince Arthur. 

Katrina would do anything for her long-time friend and Queen, so when the newborn Prince is thrust into her arms she promises to protect him as she is rushed with Arthur to Merlin’s. When Morgana’s Demon Army attacks her carriage, Katrina is outnumbered and outmatched as she finds herself surrounded with nowhere to run. 

 

On his way home Bryan stumbled upon a turned carriage. His wolves take off following after the trail of what looks to be a small army of men. When he sees a giant painted man about to kill a small woman he rushes to help without thinking about the consequences. 

 

Riding his horse as fast as he dares, the woman in his arms lips are blue from the cold, the baby cries getting softer Bryan feels his panic rising. Who is she and how did she come to be traveling along with a baby that wasn’t hers? Will he be able to figure out before those men come back to try and finish the job? 

A fantasy King Arthur retelling.

 


A King’s Tale is off to a fascinating start with Saving the King! The characters are strong, captivating and easily draw readers along on their thrilling adventure. Bryan and Katrina’s romance is full of excitement and emotional turmoil while they strive to protect each other and the prince. The story is fast paced and full of exciting and adrenaline pumping thrills as Morgana sets her henchmen after the prince and there is surprising twists.

 

I was completely caught up in Leilani Love’s new book, she brought it to vivid life and painted vibrant images that made it easy for me to picture each and every scene and I love the way she is bring one my favorite character’s (King Arthur) world to life but there is definitely a cliffhanger and it’s way too short so be prepared to have to anxiously await the next book to find out what happens but so far this A King’s Tale is an adventure worth joining.

 


Saving the King


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39310336-saving-the-king

 

The 1st book in the A King’s Tale series.

 

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review 2018-02-05 10:00
New Release Review! White Knight (Camelot Rising #1) by Nicole Flockton & Abigail Owen
White Knight - Nicole Flockton

 

 

Modern-day King Arthur meets Snow White for a surprising happily ever after in this magical mash-up of legends and fairy tales.

The victim of an ancient curse, Sasha White has wandered the world alone for centuries. The only way out of this endless, lonely cycle is to break the fabled Immortality Stone, which she’s finally located. Infiltrating Chevalier Jewels as an expert diamond cutter, she’s determined to steal the stone from her employers—the same seven men her wizard father was once sworn to shield.

Security expert Derek Arthur has gone undercover in order to catch a jewel thief for his latest, and greatest, client. But all his military training didn’t prepare him to deal with Sasha, the woman Chevalier Jewels assigned as his boss to complete the disguise. The need she ignites within him catches him off guard. Meanwhile, his own powerful secrets are attracting mysterious visions and dangers at every turn.

Can an immortal jewel thief and the man hunting her down find trust a way to trust? Or will the evil that separated them long ago continue to deny them their true destiny?

Sensuality Level: Sensual 

 

 

 

White Knight is a magical beginning to a new Camelot Rising series. It is full of strong, fascinating characters that reach and grab readers’ attention and holds them hostage until the very end. 

 

Sasha and Derek are star crossed soul mates that’s relationship is way past due and their chemistry is off the charts electrifying. They draw readers into this magical story with rocky romance that is in no way clear cut and keeps readers in suspense until the very end.

 

The plot is fast paced and keeps suspense building throughout with twists and turns that ensures readers are kept guessing and the magical elements add spice and a sense of wonder to the story.

 

The authors has a created a fascinating world that combines elements of the  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table legend and fairy tale elements along with unique elements that make the story charming and appealing. I will admit that at first, I wasn’t so sure about this book, but it quickly ensnared me and I had to know how the story played out and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the Camelot Rising series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Knight is the 1st book in the Camelot Rising series.

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review 2015-05-26 05:41
King Arthur: The Bloody Cup by M.K. Hume
King Arthur: The Bloody Cup: Book Three (King Arthur Trilogy) - M.K Hume

Synopsis

For many years, the people of Briton have enjoyed peace and prosperity under the reign of King Artor and the Union of Kings. Having spurned the despotism of his predecessor, Uther Pendragon, Arthur has ruled with a strong sense of duty, goodness and honour. 

 

Artor is now weakening with age, however, and the seeds of discontent are being sown. Seeking to cleanse the land of Christian belief, dissenters need a symbol with which to legitimise their pagan claim and gather malcontents together into a cohesive weapon. These shadowy, subversive elements seize upon the ancient cup of Bishop Lucius of Glastonbury as a way of fragmenting Artor’s hard-fought-for kingdom. But first, they must lay their hands on the relic and, in doing so, unleash a force for evil from which murder and violent mayhem ensue. 

 

But it emerges that the ultimate threat to Artor’s rule lies far closer to home; Artor is betrayed by kin. Celt will slay Celt and the river will run with blood.

 

 

Review

 

What a brilliant conclusion to an amazing trilogy. I will try my best not to spoil anything for you if you have not yet read this series. Which by the way you should.

 

It took me a while to finally pick up the final book, and it took me even longer to finish. I knew it was going to end up in tears with most, if not all, of my favourite characters dead. So in my mind, if I prolonged it then it wouldn't be as painful....how wrong I was.

King Artor is now in his 60s, and if you are familiar with Arthurian folklore, then you will know what is about to happen. Last battle, everyone killed, tears, etc.

There were too many occasions when I had to put this book down after a character died. Not another one was all I was thinking. 

 

I enjoyed reading the journey of Artor from childhood to old age, the things he has seen and what he needed to do to keep the peace with his people. I couldn't do what he did.

I've never read a character development like this before, been with him from start to end. 

 

I wish I could say more on this book and how much I love it. But like I said earlier, I don't want to give any spoilers away.

Please, if you have not yet picked this trilogy up, do it. There are only a few books out there that I highly recommend and this is one of them.

 

I will definitely be picking up more of M.K. Hume in the future. Which I heard recently there is a sequel series to King Arthur, now that would be very interesting to read.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-04-09 04:37
King Arthur: Warrior Of The West by M.K. Hume
Warrior of the West - M.K. Hume

Synopsis

Twelve long, blood-soaked years, have passed since Artor fulfilled his destiny and was crowned the High King of the Britons. Against all odds, Artor has united Celtic Britain and with a last great campaign, has banished the Saxon scourge. The legend of Camlann has begun. But even as Artor's kingdom is at its zenith, even as he has succeeded in conquering all external threats to his rule, his kingdom is being undermined from within.

 

 

For Artor has chosen Wenhaver (Guenevere) as a second wife. Queen of the Britons, Wenhaver will always love what she cannot have and have what she cannot love, and her bitterness threatens to bring down all those around her. Not only is Artor betrayed by the one person he should be able to trust, he has also learned of appalling perversion at the heart of his kingdom. He must make a terrible choice. Does he commit a deed that leaves him open to comparison with the despotic Uther Pendragon, or does he let evil go unchecked? The burden of leadership, of power, now rests solely - and heavily - on Artor's shoulders for Myrddion Merlinus, master tactician, guiding light for so many years, has left Artor to his fate. Could all that Artor has fought for, the destiny of Britain, be lost? Will Britain be torn apart?

 

 

 

Review

 

The second book in the King Arthur trilogy is just as good, if not better, then it's predecessor.

I was instantly hooked, especially the first half when we got to witness one of the greatest war scenes. M.K. Hume kept me on the edge of my seat throughout every bloody murder.

It's not until the second half when you start seeing the real change of King Artor, no longer the young boy called Artorex, he is now faced with the problems of court life. Especially when he takes a second wife, Wenhaver.

 

I've always had a fascination with the Arthurian times, especially everyone's different take of what "really" happened. And finally I have come across an author who wasn't afraid to create the beautiful Guenevere (known as Wenhaver in this story), as the evil cow that she is.

I've always had this odd feeling about her whenever she is mentioned in a story, like we are supposed to feel sorry for her because she "fell" in love with Lancelot. We are to forgive her for cheating on her husband and bringing the kingdom to ruin. I don't think so. So when M.K. Hume portrayed her as a selfish young woman, a spoiled beauty who is cruel and stupid, all I could think of was, "Finally, someone is on the same page as me."

If you are a fan of hers don't let this ruin it for you. It's just M.K. Hume's take on a fictional character, and you never know, this might give you a different view on Guenevere/Wenhaver.

 

I was still in love with the same old characters as the first book, Dragon's Child, Targo, Merlinus, Artor, and so on, but the one person who I fell in love with was Nimue. If you have read the first book (and so you should have), you will remember her as the infant that was saved by Gruffydd and given the protection tattoo from King Artor.

Now we see her all grown up, and even though she was brought up in the kitchens, she is smart, caring, Nimue is what every female character should be, not afraid to speak her mind, and isn't one to be easily pushed over by people higher than her.

The only problem/issue that I have is the relationship between Nimue and Merlinus. I'm not one to discriminate against age differences, I think there is nothing wrong with it actually. With these two characters though, for me it felt a little bit wrong. If you have read this book I would love to hear your opinion on this, and hopefully I'm not the only one with this problem.

 

Overall I really loved this book; the bloody war scenes, the political games played out in court. Not one part was boring to read. Like I said with Dragon's Child, it's great to read a different take on a great classic.

Even though I don't want this to end, I'm looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, the Bloody Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-03-24 03:57
King Arthur: Dragon's Child by M.K. Hume
Dragon's Child - M.K. Hume

Synopsis

Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain, is dying. As he weakens, Britain is being torn apart by the squabbling of kings. Only one man can bring them together. This is the legend of Artorex, the man destined to be King Arthur. Artorex, tall for his years, is growing up in the household of Lord Ector. Artorex was sent here by the Bishop of Glastonbury when he was but a babe in arms and, although his parentage is unknown, life has been unremarkable. That is, until the arrival of three men who arrange for him to be trained in the skills of the warrior; blade and shield, horse and fire; pain and bravery. By the time the men return, Artorex is both a father and a warrior -- and married to Lady Gallia. The country is in a desperate state -- Londinium is about to fall to the Saxons and Artorex is needed to help fight their advance. But to do so, he must leave his wife and family in the care of others. In an act of appalling treachery, they are slaughtered. But despite his terrible grief, Artorex's destiny is set. He launches into a campaign of battle against the Saxon hordes, earning himself the trust of all men, and proving himself to be the only worthy successor to Uther.But Uther cannot accept Artorex's role and hides his sword and crown. If Artorex is to unite the kings and fulfil his destiny, he needs the weapon destined to be worn by the High King of the Britons. Can he find the embittered Uther's hiding place? The future of Britain is at stake...

 

 

Review

 

 

If you are obsessed with anything about King Arthur then this book will interest you. Like many authors before, M.K. Hume put her take on a timeless classic. And did you know she has a PhD in Arthurian history.

But unlike the others, this one takes place through Arthur's childhood to adulthood, and how Arthur becomes the man we know so well and what makes him do the things he does.

 

Dragon's Child is a novel for adult readers, because it contains all kinds of brutality from child mutilation and domestic violence (wife beating) to sexual violence and bloody murders. The scene involving the dark god worship and the altar was a brilliantly brutal and disturbing scene and it may be a shocking reading experience to readers who aren't used to reading dark and disturbing material. Even though reading these types of scenes makes me sick to the stomach, it makes me want to read it to the end, hoping the good guy wins in the end.

 

I think it's good to mention that in this novel bad things happen to good people. This is not a bad concept, because it shows that the author doesn't shy away from difficult material and isn't afraid of shocking her readers. I've always respected authors who are willing to take risks with their stories and make readers move away from their comfort zones. Let's look at A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin as an example. When you think you have everything worked out, you get slapped in the face with a major plot twist.

 

M. K. Hume has an interesting way of avoiding typical clichés associated with Arthurian legends and historical fantasy novels. She hasn't made easy choices and writes unflinchingly about brutal scenes, which is very nice. She has taken quite a lot of liberties with the legend of King Arthur, but that's a good thing, because it was nice to read a new retelling of the famous legend. She has made many changes to the story, but these changes are interesting.

 

I have to admit that I was impressed by how easily the author wrote about the life and the customs of the people at the Villa Poppinidii. She pays attention to small details and makes everything feel realistic and believable. Her descriptions of the people and their lives were interesting. She has plenty of imagination, because she has created a believable vision of Celtic Britain in the Dark Ages (she has had courage to write about what life was really like during the time of King Arthur).

 

The author's detailed descriptions of the ancient life are so believable that at times it felt like I was reading a history book. This didn't bother me at all, because I'm interested in ancient history, and more importantly you want to read a book that is authentic as possible to that time period.

Let's all be honest here, do you really want to read a historical novel with characters who act like they are from the present? I don't think so.

I think it's also great that the author has used old words and terms in this novel, because it adds a bit of realism to the storyline. I also have to mention that the maps makes me love this book much more. I always appreciate any type of book where there is a map, that way I can see where our main characters are and where they are traveling to.

 

It's possible that Dragon's Child may split readers to those who like it and to those who don't like it, because it isn't your usual kind of King Arthur story. There's plenty of morality in this novel and the author also shows that the actions of the characters have consequences and it's up to them to either learn about their mistakes or ignore them. I personally enjoyed reading this novel, because it was something a bit different.

 

I'll soon read and review The Warrior of the West, which is the second novel of The King Arthur Trilogy. It'll be interesting to see how the author continues the story, because this novel laid a good foundation for the sequels.

 

I recommend Dragon's Child to readers who love Arthurian stories, because it's an interesting reading experience. It's an entertaining piece of historical fiction that tells the legend of King Arthur in a totally different kind of way, because the author concentrates on writing about King Arthur, his life and his feelings. It's not an easy novel, because it contains brutal scenes, but it's interesting entertainment. I think that Dragon's Child will be of interest to readers of historical fiction and epic fantasy, because it contains an epic story arc and vivid descriptions of life in ancient Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

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