- 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: #249,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Science fiction meets fantasy in a thrilling clash of knights and dragons as we are drawn into an alternative version of the Arthurian mythos. Gripping and thrilling, Shadow Over Avalon will take you on a whirlwind of a ride enriched by vivid and captivating characters. C.N. Lesley's book crosses timelines to bring a tale of past and present, carefully woven and structured so the roots of one affect the other. This is a must for lovers of the genre. An action packed, character driven tale that will leave you wanting more.
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.
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.
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