- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 938 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books; First edition (29 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GAN6HMG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The character developement and plot is of a high standard as is the narrative. Lesley has a flair for the written word. 'The cave-sitter gazed deep into a golden chalice brimming with clear water, as if to fathom some mystery beyond human comprehension.' - Pure class.
Through his and Shadows eyes, we learn much about Shadow's heart wrenching life as she faces love, capture, and the most impossible of dangers. Their collective enemy, known as the Nestines, need to be stopped from meddling with human genetics. The use of futuristic technology was well thought out, with terrific world building skills demonstrated throughout the novel. Avalon is without a doubt my favourite location as it reminds me very much of the mythical underwater city of Atlantis.
This inspiring first book of a series held a wide array of characters, my favourite being Ashira, otherwise known as Shadow. She is the most complex character I have ever come across in fiction. Her motivations and desires are unique to her and I especially related to the way in which she shut off her feelings when they became too overwhelming.
The main theme I identified was to 'know thy enemy.' This tale includes some sort of betrayal at every turn, making it difficult to distinguish potential allies from foes. The writing made for a fluid read and had a unique and beautifully descriptive style. Shadow Over Avalon is a real page turner with an intricately crafted plot. For those who enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, I would strongly recommend that you read this series.
Here, we have a story told in two time periods. Arthur lives in an underwater city where he is being used as part of a breeding programme that he tries to withhold from - using his powers to keep his body temperature too high for his sperm to be viable because he doesn't want to bring a child into this strange world. When able, he researches in the city's archive for the history of a War Maid, Ashira, who is in a forced marriage with the warlord Uther. Fans of Arthurian myth will already see where some of the story's connections are going.
Ashira finds herself the victim of all manner of circumstances - without spoiling too much, the forced marriage is just the beginning of her tribulations, as she finds herself caught up in the world of the mysterious Nestines and comes to terms with her own powers.
The world is an imaginative one, but I struggled at times to follow the action, which wasn't always clearly described. More problematic for me was the abusive way in which female characters were treated - Ashira coming to enjoy her abuser's attention, for example. There are shades here of the start of the relationship between Daenerys and Drogo in Game of Thrones, and that was just as troublesome. Daenerys rose after that to take power, but it feels as if Ashira is more often a victim of her circumstance rather than one to take command. If that's an issue for you, then this book won't sit well with you, but if you can bear with it, the story ultimately shows Ashira's strengths.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an epic-like sci fi fantasy crossover in a genre inundated with sci fi and fantasy books.
There is the surface world inhabited by Terrans and terrifying... Read more
I read and enjoyed 'Sword of Shadows' by the same author so I was hoping for another great read and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trypsin
I didn't know what to expect when I started to read this book and I couldn't put it down! It's that good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by randombadger
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this story on the big screen, as a major blockbuster, one of these days. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book is a good read, pleased with purchase and would definitely buy again.Published 8 months ago by Marie
This is a well-written novel about the Arthurian legend with extra and inspired splatters of sci-fi and fantasy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Wizard of Oz
Shadow Over Avalon by C.N. Lesley was a surprisingly good read. Why do I say that? Because the fantasy genre is not usually one I’m drawn to. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luv2read
I enjoyed the interesting twist to this 'knights of the round table' esque fantasy that is intertwined with a sci fi world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Books and Stuff
I've found this a difficult book to review. For starters, though, I should say I enjoyed it. The author has created an intriguing story, and the writing is generally good. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Collyermum
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