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Avalon High: Coronation Volume 1: The Merlin Prophecy Paperback – June 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427801061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427801067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,713,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This manga adaptation of Cabot's 2005 novel tells the story of a perfectly ordinary high school girl—who happens to be dating the reincarnation of King Arthur. Ellie Harrison moves to a new town and a new school, and soon finds herself drawn to Will Wagner, the football star. Her history professor Mr. Morton—or is that Merlin?—believes that Will is the reincarnation of England's legendary king and Ellie is the newborn Lady of the Lake. He enlists her help to persuade Will to accept his duty and conquer evil. The rest of the Arthurian cast is here as well—Lance, Will's best friend; Jennifer, Will's ex-girlfriend; Morgan, the high school's queen bee and Marco, Will's half-brother—and they play out the classic story with a high school twist. The vivid manga style brings the novel to life, with all the characters svelte and beautifully drawn. Unfortunately, a third of the volume is spent recapping the story so far, making this feel like a later book in a series, rather than the first. The story turns are predictable to anyone familiar with Arthurian myth, and the characters one-dimensional, but this adaptation should appeal to fans of the original work. (July)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up—The Merlin Prophecy brings to illustrated life the first bit of Cabot's Avalon High (HarperCollins, 2006). When King Arthur fell, the Order of the Bear rose to track each generation's incarnation of him. Now Merlin, otherwise known as Mr. Morton, has found a modern Arthur in Will, the captain of the football team at Avalon High. And it's up to new girl Ellie, otherwise known as the Lady of the Lake, to make sure that he survives an attack by his half-brother Marco, otherwise known as Mordred. Throw in Lance, his girlfriend Jennifer, and mean Morgan, and the round table is nearly complete. Coronado uses more of a traditional black-and-white comic-book format than a true Japanese-style manga (think Archie, not Oh My Goddess!). Though covering just a small bit of the novel, this book is a must for libraries with the usual wealth of Cabot fans.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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I write! Books for you, your sister, your best friend, your mother . . . . even for men with good taste!

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Customer Reviews

The art style is also this hybrid of American comics and Japanese manga style that I don't really like.
Cassandra Richoux
The Merlin Prophecy is a continuation of Avalon High in manga form, but even if you haven't read the book, it's doubtful that you'll get lost.
Heather
This wasn't too entirely horrible... I just didn't like the fact that it was so short and didn't really add much to the story.
Chelsie Lacny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy E. Gideon on October 7, 2007
Format: Comic
I wish she would continue this series in actual novel format. The illustrations didn't go with the original descriptions in the book and the story was kind of weak. It could be so much better. There was such potential with Avalon High and it's being wasted in the graphic novel format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Richoux on August 11, 2007
Format: Comic
The manga sequel to Avalon High has finally hit the shelves. Ellie's adventures continue (but not until after explaining everything that happened in Avalon High for a third of the book) as she meets our dear Morgana Le Fay, reincarnated as Morgan, Will's (Arthur's) bad half-brother Marco's (Mordred's) girlfriend. Really, what seems to be about all that happens is she sets up the intro of Morgan and at the very end (not really a spoiler because we all knew it had to happen), Marco breaks out of the institute where he was getting "help" after he tried to kill Will in the last book.

I was really disappointed in the size of the book. It sits at just barely 110 pages, yet still cost me $8 to buy. And it really didn't give a lot of new story or plot. I did feel that we got to know Jen and Lance better, and the visuals can be pretty nice. But I think Will's character design is lacking (he does not look like a king, or even a high school class president), and his haircut is horrid. Now, I like shaggy hair on guys, but Will just looks like nobody's bothered to give him a trim in the last few years.

The art style is also this hybrid of American comics and Japanese manga style that I don't really like. As I read it, I'm very aware that this is not a Japanese manga, yet is trying to look like one. TokyoPop is trying to sell this as a manga, implying that it is Japanese in style, yet it doesn't really follow any of the standards. There are no silly places (like when the characters go chibi or you see humorous background images, elements that even "serious" manga tend to have), the lines are very dark, the panel set up is traditional American comic, and it just doesn't have a manga to feel to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chelsie Lacny on July 16, 2007
Format: Comic
This wasn't too entirely horrible... I just didn't like the fact that it was so short and didn't really add much to the story. It would be way more worth it if there was more to it...

Still, it was interesting and easy and quick to read, I just wouldn't recommend buying it unless you really like manga. Or really like Meg Cabot. I really like Meg Cabot, but I would suggest you spend your money on her other full novels instead of the short manga. They're good to read, though. Interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim on August 7, 2007
Format: Comic
I was a little disappointed when I heard that the "sequel" to Avalon High was going to be in manga format. I loved the original story: girl moves to new town and finds that she and other students are actually reincarnations of characters from Camelot who are destined to play out the story over and over again. That said, this wasn't a bad beginning. The artwork is beautiful and although much of the book is a re-telling of the original, there are some added plot lines and the ending is quite a cliffhanger. Meg Cabot has stated that the rest of the series will be done in manga format. This first entry kept my attention enough that I will keep my eye out for future books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By just_me on July 22, 2007
Format: Comic
I absolutely loved the original book, but this manga literally took me half an hour to read, which I thought was too short. The pictures were ok, but I didn't really like the style. The entire book just set up questions, and the end was really sudden and a total cliffhanger. It was a good idea, and the writing, as always for Meg, was good, but I thought it would have been better if she had just done a regular book for a sequel. I don't regret buying the book (it was only $5 for me) but I wish it had been a bit better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By logophile on July 9, 2007
Format: Comic
"... this adaptation should appeal to fans of the original work." I strongly disagree with whoever wrote the Publishers Weekly review. I _loved_ the original novel, I had the release date for this on my calendar, and I made a special trip to another bookstore because the one I usually shop at didn't have it.

Now I'm hating myself for having paid the price of an entire novel for something that had less content than a 1000-word short story. "Chapter One" is a sketchy recap of the original novel, and the rest of the "book" had one new character, virtually no plot, and no ending. "To be continued" works only if there's something to continue. Unless you really like the illustrations, don't waste your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate B. VINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
Format: Comic
Avalon High was a joy to read, yet frustrating at the same time. This is a continuation of the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot. While I really enjoyed the novel, the first volume of the manga series is almost blah. The beginning was really well done. The back story was given, and all the characters were nicely introduced. Yet for the rest of the first volume, it just seemed a little too repetitive. Ellie is constantly trying to find ways to tell or convince Will of the prophecy. While I understand this is not an easy task, I found the dialogue to be stale. Thankfully, my interest was recaptured by the introduction of the "evil" characters.

All in all, this was not the worst manga I have ever read, but it also was not close to the best. The drawings were pretty well done. I really loved the Arthurian outfits that were included. It gave a nice authentic feeling to it. While I am not too sure, if that is enough to make everyone keep reading, I think that I am willing to give the series another chance and attempt Vol. 2. I honestly hope that the second novel picks this series up a little bit because I really do want to like it, but it just hasn't given me much of a reason to yet.
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