Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Henge by Realm Lovejoy
Publisher: Self
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (350 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

I love all things Camelot, so was both excited and a little apprehensive to read Henge. I’m so glad I did! Both familiar (Merlin, Morgan, Arthur, Mordred and so on) and utterly different (the “round” isn’t for knights of the realm, but for magic users, and the knights that are in the book don’t carry swords).

Morgan is a vivid, strong character from the moment the book starts. The author has a way with character description that really thrusts you into the story. The setting was a bit hazier for me, and I struggled with picturing the city as it is now versus how it was described in the book. The mix of commonly known place names but used in an alternate reality was a bit confusing at first, as was the mix of recent technology and more archaic feeling items and behaviors.  Also, the first several scenes pass by in a bit of a rush, so it’s a little hard to really understand what’s happening. However, it didn’t take long to get past that and to become quite engrossed in the story.

It was a lot of fun to see the characters as youths. Merlin seemed so quiet and vulnerable at first, and it took a bit for me to get used to hearing “Prince” Arthur.  But seeing nearly everyone as they’re just starting their lives as young adults was fascinating.  Also, while knowing the Arthurian legend helped some to understand the characters, the storyline is twisted enough from the norm that I was still kept guessing.  In fact, the author really turned legend on its ear and made the story her own.

Overall, a worthwhile read, but definitely book one in a series … which is fine with me, because I really enjoyed the read and will happily look for book two!  Lovers of King Arthur or fantasy should really enjoy this story.  Definitely worth your time.

Comments

  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Nice graphic cover!

  3. Really enjoyed reading your review!

  4. Thank you so much for reading Henge and reviewing it! I’m very glad to hear that you liked it and hope you’ll also enjoy the next book coming out later this year.

    I will be back later in the eve to revisit the blog in case anyone has any questions for me. Thanks again!

  5. I like the cover; thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. sounds fun

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