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Searching for Arthur (The Return to Camelot Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Hosie
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Legend tells of King Arthur, mortally wounded at the hand of the traitorous Mordred in the final battle of Camlann. Before he was taken to the magical Vale of Avalon, Arthur declared that one day he would return, when the kingdom of Logres was once more in need of his leadership.

That day has now come.

It is hard to make friends when you’re constantly on the move. Seventeen-year-old Natasha Roth’s father is a diplomat, and so her mother – who is paranoid about terrorists – has moved Natasha and her brother, Arthur, to their eighteenth house in seventeen years: Avalon Cottage, deep in the heart of a Welsh forest.

Yet the terrorists are closer than they realize.

While out running, Natasha falls into a hidden tomb and awakens the legendary knights of Camelot: young warriors who have been in an enchanted sleep for a thousand years. All have been waiting patiently for the return of Arthur from the mysterious land of Avalon.

And now the knights are awake, they intend to reclaim their king.

When Arthur goes missing, Natasha joins forces with his girlfriend, “Slurpy” Samantha, in order to look for him. Natasha believes Samantha has fewer brain cells than an amoeba; Samantha believes Natasha is a freak. Retracing Natasha’s original steps to the hidden tomb, they bicker their way into a Welsh mountain and beyond, to the realm of Logres where the Knights of the Round Table are rallying once more.

Natasha falls in love with Sir Bedivere, the most loyal of knights to Arthur. He may be in dire need of a 21st Century razor, but he still possesses a set of lime-green eyes that can melt the soul. Yet just as Natasha starts to find confidence in this mystical land, Samantha deserts her. People who play by the rules are of no use to “Slurpy”. Samantha will take her own path to Arthur, aided and abetted by the dark arts which she willingly absorbs from a hot young stranger called Mordred.

A race across magical yet deadly lands is on. Natasha battles dwarf-riders, dragons, and eventually “Slurpy” to reach Camelot, where Arthur is held captive by the barbarian Saxon, Balvidore.

Natasha’s woes become numerous. What will happen to her and Arthur when the knights realise the eighteen-year-old boy they thought was their king, is in fact a math student with appalling taste in girls? Can two people with a one thousand year age gap really have a relationship? And for the love of all things holy, how is a girl supposed to ride bareback in a pair of skinny jeans?


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It June 27, 2012
By P. Urry
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always been a big fan of King Arthur. Read as much Camelot as I could get my hands on when I was younger. This was an interesting twist on the story and I found it difficult to put down. I will be checking out the next book in the series to see what happens. What I didn't like: the profanity and the teenage sex, and while it wasn't descriptive or necessary, I'm not OK with it. (it lost a star for those...). Also had some difficulty with mistaking the bad guy, Balvidore, for the amazing Knight in Shining Armor, Bedivere (liked him a lot). The names were just too close in spelling and so a few times I had to stop until I realized my mistake. I also thought Ms. Hosie did a nice job with Natasha's character growth. Would have liked to have seen the parents a little more sympathetic and am still confused by the reference to 'terrorists'. The modern term didn't fit for me.

Disclaimer: a copy of this book was provided for review, no other compensation was given
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Searching for Arthur" June 24, 2012
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Book Description:
Legend tells of King Arthur, mortally wounded at the hand of the traitorous Mordred in the final battle of Camlann. Before he was taken to the magical Vale of Avalon, Arthur declared that one day he would return, when the kingdom of Logres was once more in need of his leadership.

That day has now come.

It is hard to make friends when you're constantly on the move. Seventeen-year-old Natasha Roth's father is a diplomat, and so her mother - who is paranoid about terrorists - has moved Natasha and her brother, Arthur, to their eighteenth house in seventeen years: Avalon Cottage, deep in the heart of a Welsh forest.

Yet the terrorists are closer than they realize.

While out running, Natasha falls into a hidden tomb and awakens the legendary knights of Camelot: young warriors who have been in an enchanted sleep for a thousand years. All have been waiting patiently for the return of Arthur from the mysterious land of Avalon.

And now the knights are awake, they intend to reclaim their king.

When Arthur goes missing, Natasha joins forces with his girlfriend, "Slurpy" Samantha, in order to look for him. Natasha believes Samantha has fewer brain cells than an amoeba; Samantha believes Natasha is a freak. Retracing Natasha's original steps to the hidden tomb, they bicker their way into a Welsh mountain and beyond, to the realm of Logres where the Knights of the Round Table are rallying once more.

Natasha falls in love with Sir Bedivere, the most loyal of knights to Arthur. He may be in dire need of a 21st Century razor, but he still possesses a set of lime-green eyes that can melt the soul. Yet just as Natasha starts to find confidence in this mystical land, Samantha deserts her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Exciting introductory novel, Ms. Hosie!
If you're an action fan, an Arthurian-legend fan, a fantasy fan, a time-travel fan??? You'll love this first book of a trilogy. (don't you love it when you know there'll be more of characters you love??)

The teen heroes are an interesting mix of modern Brit kids and the young knights of the round table. I'd not thought before how young they all must have been, given the period and cultural standards of those legendary times! We've been told Arthur would awaken when Britain needed him, but how? when?

Great fun. Lead me to yearn for the next one after I'd finished this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read June 17, 2013
By Marie
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I enjoyed this first novel in Donna Hosie's The Return to Camelot Trilogy. It was a full on fantasy with time travel, Knights in shining armor, and a perfect quest for the heroine - searching for her brother! It's a well written, fast-paced book that is packed with romance as well as battles. It's the type of read that is great for summertime. Pick it up and I'm sure you will enjoy it! I only bought the first of the three books but as I enjoyed this one so much, I am now on a quest to seek out the next two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read March 6, 2013
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this is a great well written book and a excellent start to the series was hooked from the first page to the last ,highly recommend this book and author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A YA author to watch! March 5, 2013
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Donna Hosie is a exciting upcoming talent. This series is well written, engaging and well imagined with a fully fleshed out world and clever characterization. Can't wait for the finale!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable reading experience! January 4, 2013
By JenniB.
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This book is, to sum it up in one word, WONDERFUL! At the very beginning I was worried. The start of the book was somewhat similar to the recent Disney Channel movie "Avalon High". By the end of the first chapter I was very pleased to be wrong. There is action, mystery, romance, intrigue. There are knights, insanity - though I've yet to determine whether said insanity is factual or perceived by the sufferer - , dragon attacks, and time travel. The pacing is such that I can easily see even the reluctant readers among us having no problems keeping the pages turning. The characters are well-developed, and the fact that the author manages to allow the reader to feel as if they know the character without bogging them down with drawn out back stories is quite enjoyable. To put it simply? I felt that I got to know the characters much as I would had I met them in real life, adding a "chapter" - so to speak - every time a new kernel of information was granted.

I was also delighted to find that this book deviated from one of my pet peeves of stereotypical self-published works - rampant grammatical errors. There were some questionable spellings; however, that could be attributed to the book being written from a Welsh perspective, rather than an English or American one. As much as I sang the praises of Ms. Hosie's unique method of character development in the last paragraph, I found myself feeling a bit empty in regards to the heroine's character. I just wanted to feel a little closer to her, I think. Perhaps have been given a bit more insight into what makes her tick.

All in all this book is a must buy, worth much more than the paltry $3.99 price on it. Immediately after finishing it I purchased the second book in the series and am now a little over the halfway point with it. I now find myself hoping that the wait for the third book isn't very long - I'm not sure I could bear it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Intense!
"Searching For Arthur" is an excellent read. It was funny and intense at the same time. The main character, Natasha, had a sarcastic sense of humor perfect for the YA... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ingrid Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally, something that could compete with Harry Potter and the Sword of Truth Series. Buying this book was worth every single cent. This is for keeps. Kudos to Donna Hosie!
Published 4 months ago by Mango
4.0 out of 5 stars Now and Then
It's rare to find a book about time travel that stays true to the characters in two very different times. No matter when Natasha is, she is still clearly Natasha. Read more
Published 22 months ago by weirdsis
4.0 out of 5 stars Macht Lust auf mehr!
Zum Inhalt:
König Artus/King Arthur lebt, doch die Rückkehr in sein einstiges Königreich steht unter keinem guten Vorzeichen. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Erna B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly Awaiting "The Fire of Merlin"!
This was a very fun read that pushed a lot of the right buttons for me, a great mix of modern characters and a fantasy world, complete with prophecy, romance, and tons of action. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jason Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read
I thoroughly enjoyed Searching for Arthur and found it a fast and enjoyable read. I really enjoy Young Adult books but so often the heroine is a complete flop, either she has no... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mad
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of YA and swashbuckling
I'm an avid reader, and historical fiction and young adult are my favorite genres. This book has both! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A deft weaving of the mythic and modern
Searching for Arthur is an entertaining read. I am choosy when it comes to fantasy, as it's not a genre I generally enjoy. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stuart C
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Donna Hosie is a hybrid YA author (repped by Beth Phelan, The Bent Agency, NY) and full time geek. Part Potterhead, Ringer, Whovian and Sherlockian with sprinkles of Whedonite on top. If it's fantastical, she's in. Originally from England, Donna currently resides in Australia with her husband, three children, and a crazy Golden Retriever named Harry (after a certain boy wizard, of course)!

Donna's first foray into writing came about from her time working on a Harry Potter website. Warner Bros and EA Games asked her to be a fan consultant on the Order of the Phoenix computer game. Her reports and podcasts were relayed around the world as fans of the books patiently awaited the next installment. From writing reports, she turned to fan fiction, eventually writing her own time-traveling novels while studying for an BA(Hons) in Modern Languages.

Donna is the author of the RETURN TO CAMELOT trilogy, THE RING OF MORGANA (May 2014), THE DEVIL'S INTERN (Holiday House, October 2014) and THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER (Holiday House, Fall 2015).

Donna is a member of the SCBWI.

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