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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848773900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848773905
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katherine Roberts is a part English, part Welsh fantasy author with a unicorn for a muse! She studied mathematics and computing at the University of Bath, and then worked with racehorses while she wrote her first short stories for SF/Fantasy/Horror magazines.

Her debut novel "Song Quest" won the 2000 Branford Boase Award in the UK, launching her career as a children's author. Her published titles so far include fantasy and historical fantasy for middle grade/teen readers, and an epic historical novel about Alexander the Great's horse for all ages (also available as an ebook serial with bonus material).

Katherine's books have been published by HarperCollins, Chicken House/Scholastic US, Carlton, and Templar, and have been translated into 14 languages worldwide. Her backlist is now available in ebook format (or second-hand in paperback), and she is currently working on a parnormal romance for older readers.

Katherine's website with full details of her books can be found at www.katherineroberts.co.uk

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Her official blog is written by her unicorn at http://reclusivemuse.blogspot.com

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About the Author

Katherine Roberts is an award-winning author of over 12 fantasy stories including the Enchorium Sequence and the Seven Wonders of the World. Her first novel Song Quest was published by Chicken House and won the Branford Boase award for an outstanding debut novel for children. Katherine has also been published by HarperCollins and Scholastic US.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rhianna Pendragon is the secret child of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, so secret that even she doesn't know who her parents are. She has been raised in the fairy realm of Avalon but has always dreamt of visiting the world of men. When Merlin arrives in Avalon with Arthur's body it looks like Rhianna will get her wish. Arthur was killed by his nephew Mordred but there is a chance he can be saved - if Rhianna can find the Sword of Light and bring it back to Avalon.

Rhianna sets out for the human realm to search for the sword with her friend Prince Elphin and their magical horses. They aren't the only ones searching for it though and Mordred is determined to do whatever it takes to stop them. He can't risk Rhianna taking control of the Knights of the round table and becoming accepted as King Arthur's heir. Mordred will stop at nothing to claim Camelot and it is up to Rhianna to make sure that doesn't happen.

Although I don't read many children's books I couldn't resist Sword of Light, I've always loved the legend of King Arthur so was looking forward to reading Katherine Roberts' take on it. It was great to see characters we already know and love alongside new ones like Rhianna. She is a strong heroine and I loved the friendship between her and Elphin. It's nice to see how much they care for each other and how they always stand together to fight.

Add in magical horses, knights and a dragon and you have a magical tale full of adventure that is hard to put down. This is the kind of story I would have absolutely loved as a child and still thoroughly enjoyed even as an adult. I'd definitely recommend Sword of Light and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment of the Pendragon Legacy when it comes out later this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. S. Kemp on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this one. Katherine Roberts has created a world that it's a great pleasure to get lost in. Familiar elements of the Arthur stories are woven seamlessly with the new inventions and children will delight in Rhianna's adventures. It's a treat to see a female protagonist in this kind of novel and, as you can see from the cover, this is not a 'girly' book. I would happily give it to a boy or girl to enjoy.

Rhianna is a fabulous character. At the opening of the book, she doesn't know who she is - she's simply the only human in Avalon, allowing for some 'odd one out' feelings to be explored. As a girl, she faces difficulties in persuading others that she can play an active role in protecting her heritage. She's feisty and determined, in keeping with her unruly red hair, and this can lead her into rashness but she also - sometimes - shows signs of wisdom and cunning in dealing with her enemies.

Her best friend, Prince Elphin of Avalon, accompanies her on her journey into the mortal realm. He is calm and gentle and, as a fairy prince, has magical abilities. He makes a good contrast to Rhianna and allows her a young friend and ally in the uncertain world of mortals, in which she mostly has to deal with adults who (of course) assume they know best.

No review of this book is complete without a mention of the fairy horses ridden by Elphin and Rhianna. These are a brilliant addition, increasing the magic and enchantment in the story, as well as providing the Avalonian pair with more allies. Child readers will love them and dream of their own magical friends, I'm sure.

Overall, this is a tightly-written, classic quest tale with engaging characters and a well thought out premise. There are going to be four in this series, and I will definitely be looking out for the others as they are released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book in a new series called The Pendragon Legacy. I'm a massive fan of stories which are set in Arthurian England and I absolutely adore all the legends and tales about King Arthur and his court. I'm always on the lookout for new books on this subject so I was thrilled when I discovered this title.

Katherine Roberts expertly weaves Arthur's story and that of the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, Mordred and co with a new character, Rhianna Pendragon. Rhianna is the secret child of Arthur and Guinevere who was taken to Avalon by Merlin when she was a baby to protect her from those who don't wish to see an heir to the throne. She also happens to be the only hope against the evil Mordred who is being helped by the wicked Morgan Le Fay. Rhianna isn't alone though, she has her best friend Elphin by her side who is the Prince of Avalon and has a fair share of magic of his own to help guard her. I loved the friendship between Rhianna and Elphin and the fact that they would do anything for each other. I wonder whether the friendship they share will blossom into love later in the series.

The story is tremendously exciting and follows Rhianna's quest to find the Sword Excalibur, the Lance of Truth, the Crown of Dreams and the Holy Grail. Rhianna meets innumerable obstacles along the way but she never gives into defeat and makes a worthy heroine. I would have liked to have seen Rhianna meet Guinevere, but I assume this is being saved for the next book, as is our first encounter with Lancelot who is mentioned but never actually seen in person.

Set in a lost age of chivalry and magic, 'Sword of Light' combines wonderful storytelling with an engrossing tale of Knights, Kings, Queens and Princesses.
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