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Dawn of Avalon [Kindle Edition]

Anna Elliott
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99

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Book Description

He would become the most powerful wizard in the history of Britain--Merlin. She would become Britain's most storied sorceress--Morgan le Fay. But before they were legends, they were young. And they were lovers. Together, in the sunlight of one day long ago, they saved a kingdom. Dawn of Avalon is a stand-alone novella from the universe of Anna Elliott's Twilight of Avalon.  (Approximately 25,000 words or 80 pages.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anna Elliott (September 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042P5CXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Lyrical May 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Anna Elliot molds a well-known legend into something unique and beautiful. Her voice sweeps you into the plot and keeps you there. After finishing this short story, I wasn't sure if I was thrilled that someone came up with the idea of Merlin & Morgana as lovers, or sad that it wasn't turned into a full novel. This is the first work of Ms. Elliot's I've read, and I know that with this marvelous prequel, it won't be the last.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful short story! May 13, 2011
By L.B.D.
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read Twilight of Avalon, if I could have chosen another story to have Anna Elliott tell, this would have been it. It is a perfect prequel to her novels, telling of the brief love between Morgan and Merlin. Here's hoping she expands it to a full-length book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me February 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tried reading this book and simply got lost on who was speaking and what was happening. First person narratives in fiction can be quite cumbersome unless done well and this was not well done. I was unable to finish this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Mists of Avvalon ... June 22, 2011
By Donna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Short and sweet. This writer gets alot said without a lot of uninspiring information. This one hooked me. Her next installment, The Witch Queen's Secret sealed my fate. I will read more by Anna Elliott.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is November 27, 2011
By Allie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As far as free romance novels go, this one is fine. Morgan is sympathetic overall, though I found her oddly moody and unnatural at moments (eg kicking a battered man in the ribs then immediately apologizing for losing her temper). The allusions to later points in the Camelot story line seemed a bit forced to me. The author had a lot of ideas that could have worked, but many of those ideas weren't developed which left me feeling cheated.

I had some serious issues identifying with the characters, mostly because none of the characters grow throughout the story. The story spans about a week so this is partially understandable, but there are ways around that. I also enjoy a villain I can identify with and the author left all villain development to lore.

The editing on this, while not perfect, is much better than other free novels for Kindle. The story flows in a satisfying way and is self consistent. You're definitely in this one for the plot, not the inner struggles of the characters, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I had to give it a 2 because, for me, it didn't deliver what I wanted. I wasn't transported and I didn't get enough emotion from the characters. Having said that, the plot is interesting enough and it is edited well, so it could easily be enjoyable to others. Just consider what you want before downloading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing glimpse into Aurthurian tale July 3, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Before they were famous, Merlin and Morgan le Fay were young. This is the story of the day they met and saved the kingdom they knew.

This was a short little action story with a bit of romance. Based on the description, I expected more emphasis on the relationship between Merlin and Morgan, but was content with the action-based plot.

This was a great glimpse in Arthurian tales, and left me wanting to dive into the author's full length novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of Avalon March 3, 2014
By Merissa
Format:Kindle Edition
Most people, if they have any interest in King Arthur or Avalon, have heard at least one story about Morgan(a) le Fay and Merlin being lovers. Most of the stories also start the same way, with Morgan being the daughter of Ygraine of Cornwall. This story takes a different stance.

In this story, Morgan is the daughter of Uther's first wife, who he killed on the charge of adultery once he had seen Ygraine. She meets Merlin as he is being tortured by Vortigern and helps him to escape. They have one night together with the hope of more.

This is a SHORT story/novella with plenty of "history" to back up the story. It only took me about half an hour to read it but it left me wanting more.

To a healer, compassion is neither gentle nor tender, but hard and keen as a blade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! December 4, 2013
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I loved this book. An imaginary historical era with a captivating love story. I only wished it were longer or had a sequel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
picked this up when it was free for a quick read. it is a great little cheap romance novel. but i am glad i got it for free because i wouldnt have actually bought this with my hard... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Got this book as I was heading for Afghanistan several years ago to read on the plane. I just couldn't get into the story. Starts too slowly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Raymond Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but too short
I have read Anna Elliott's Avalon trilogy and I loved it, therefore I was intrigued to read this prequel. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jennifer Rothwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and impossible to read
This is a poor attempt at first person fiction. I simply could not get into this book at all. I kept re-reading parts to figure how who was being talked about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Loree
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe more later
This is my first time reading Anna Elliot and I would like to read more after awhile. This was a bit of a teaser.
Published 20 months ago by Su Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time
Nice short story about Morgan and Merlin. I liked it. I read it because I like the Bbc Tv show Merlin.
Published 21 months ago by evangeline
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of Avalon
A nice, short read. It offers a much closer and personal look at Morgan than I've come across before. Also, the depiction of Merlin is really refreshing. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by R.Morrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Special Read
I gave this book a four rating, although it certainly could be worth a five if only it were longer. This story portrays Morganna the way I've alwys wanted to see her; open, honest,... Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by S.H. David
2.0 out of 5 stars too short
i bought this book for my kindle fire. its the first book i read by this author. i like reading arthurian legends stuff. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by mt.jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick Read
This was a very good quick read. This was a very interesting more action based short story than I thought. I expected it to be a lot more romance based than it was. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Damon163
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More About the Author

The daughter of two English literature PhDs, Anna Elliott grew up in Connecticut in a house filled with books. She is a longtime devotee of historical fantasy and fell especially in love with Arthurian legend and Celtic history while at university. Anna now lives in the Washington, DC, Metro area with her husband and two daughters. She likes Jane Austen, British TV, Castle, Firefly, The Big Bang Theory, sewing toys for her children, and rainbows and unicorns, especially those drawn by her daughters. Mosquitos love her.

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