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Shadow Over Avalon by [Lesley, C.N]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am relatively new to this genre. Usually the futuristics books I have read have been dated 2800 circa. This is my first about a world so far forward it's difficult to contemplate. C N Lesley links the old with the new in such an interesting way .I thought Shadows Over Avalon would be too complex for me to follow. Quite the opposite, the authors writing style and narrative kept me hooked throughout.
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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I love books set around old legends and myths and this book didn't disappoint. The story is imaginative and we'll thought, which is also unquie compared to other books I have read about Arthur. A great read! Would definitely recommend
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I haven't finished this yet, but... It started well with an intriguing mix of Arthurian legend and sci-fi. I was a bit worried when it seemed to develop into a romance novel - but then the Nestine 'priest' struck and I was amazed by the power of the writing! Looking forward to how the story develops with Ector, Arthur and Shadow...
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Shadow Over Avalon, by C. N. Lesley, is an amazing Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, with a range of multi-faceted humanoid races.Told from a third person perspective, we follow the story of Arthur, an eighteen year old Seer Acolyte who has never known his parents. While seers attempt to breed from him, Arthur searches desperately for clues in the memory files of the notorious Shadow. The question most on my mind was this; 'How will Arthur react when he finally gets his wish?'

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.
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Shadows over Avalon is a curious beast. Scoop up a handful of Arthurian myth and recast it in a future world - a fine enough idea, and one done in scintillating fashion in Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's Keltiad series or the fabulous Camelot 3000 graphic novel.
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.
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A very complex tale about life in the 3800's. Common occurences are assigned breeders and sires in a genetics experimental lab, and a warrior girl who married a Duke. Paths cross as she discovers she is not the species she thought, and nearly dies as a result. Separated from her husband by a battle, maimed by a dragon's venom, she nevertheless finds herself in favor as she uses her mental powers to get what she wants. A thrilling fantasy.
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