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Air: Merlin's Chalice (The Children of Avalon Book 1) by [Bond, Meredith]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Children of Avalon (3 Book Series)
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 "Air by Meredith Bond is not only fast-paced, action-packed and magical, it's also as addictive as the air that you breathe." Joyce Lamb, curator of USA Today's Happy Ever After blog.

"Meredith Bond creates a delicious twist on the Arthurian legends with Air: Merlin's Chalice, first in her New Adult trilogy.  Young Scai flees her home village in fear for her life, and must swiftly learn how to use her unwelcome magical powers--and how to navigate the treacherous waters of first love.  I look forward to reading Water: Excalibur's Return and Fire: Nimue's Destiny!" -Best selling author, Mary Jo Putney

About the Author

Meredith Bond is an award–winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie–published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir and A Dandy In Disguise have recently been republished. Meredith teaches writing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e–retailer. Want to know more? Come visit Meredith at her website or chat with her on Facebookor Twitter @merrybond. If you’d like to be one of the first to know of Meredith’s new releases and get a free vignette four times a year sign up for Meredith’s newsletter here.

Product Details

  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anessa Books (March 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J11KTWI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Intelligently written with a good editing job as well. I love the premis for the story and feel it was handled quite well. The world building and research into this is done very well. The characters are well fleshed out and have well thought out flaws and layers. The dialogue feels realistic adding to the overal feel of the book. I enjoyed reading this book and plan to read the rest in the series. I would recommend this to all fantasy readers. I received an evaluation copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. No additional compensation was (or will be) received.
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The story was a fascinating concept. The magic tied into the elements was great. But I never bonded with the characters. The whole time, I'm thinking I picked up a book written for a ten year old. The writing was too simplistic with everything wrong with it. Everything that I was taught not to include in my writing was in this. Use of adverbs, similes, empty words like really, very, so, etc., even cliches. I almost considered letting my daughter read it, until I got to page 216 where their was a sex scene. Which was completely ridiculous. The emotional connection between the characters just was not there. Not only did the characters lack in depth, but the whole story lacked in tension. Take out the two sex scenes, and this is a story for a child. Anticlimactic at the end, but I could have just been so put off by the whole thing. What can I say that was positive? It was a bit humorous, with an annoying knight that kept repeating, wot,wot? I mean, what does that mean? And Nimue was wishy-washy. I thought she was a bad arse villain, but at one point, during her thoughts, she mentioned that she had never killed and was uncomfortable with killing the children of Avalon. I mean come on? Kill! The main characters were supposed to be in their twenties, but the way they talked to each other, I kept thinking of them as fifteen year olds. Oh, sorry I could not have said anything more positive. Okay, I will say, I don't read that many romances, are they all like this? Shallow, shallow, shallow, sex, shallow, sex, anticlimactic and then, the end. Sorry.
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My favorite stories, whether they are told through movies or books, are most often inspired by Arthurian legends. Meredith Bond has skillfully woven those threads into a new series about the descendants of those well-loved characters from Camelot, and called it, Children of Avalon.

Book One is "Air: Merlin’s Chalice". Set in medieval times, a magical race of people is threatened by witch hunts, and a 200 year old prophecy that foretells of a threat to all humanity and, specifically, to the Children of Avalon. A young woman, who was left on the doorstep of a church as a baby, is driven from the only home she has ever known for being a witch. She begins a quest to find her true identity, only to discover she is one of the trio mentioned in Merlin’s prophecy. On her journey, she encounters risks to her life and her heart, knights in shining armor, and a powerful mortal enemy who will stop at nothing to kill her. Fortunately, she also finds several allies, two of whom are the other Children of Avalon.

Romance, intrigue, magic–what’s not to love about this book! It’s wonderful and I’m definitely going to pick up the next book in the series.
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Yes, this is one of my favorite genres, but I also love the premise of this series. The Children of Avalon? Awesome! What fantasy fan hasn't been fascinated by The Lady of the Lake? Just hearing the label brings visions of that sword slicing the surface of the water as she delivers it to Arthur. And yes, you will get your Arthur fix on too!

Tense with young love and the uncertainty of life at any age, this story doesn't smash into you like a sunami, it washes over you in a warm, gentle stream. The current is strong enough to carry you along, to make you anticipate and relish the uninterrupted flow of a magical story.

This is a fast and quite easy read that except that there are a couple intimate moments could easily have been a YA . It will definately appeal to the twentyish fantasy fans, as well as adults of all ages.

BOOK BLING give this story 4 stars!
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Captures the attention right off. But the stunted emotional intelligence and development of the main heroine, and the violence and abuse she suffers from the second main character all for the sake of drama is not my idea of entertainment. By the 26th chapter the only thing I was completely sure of was the author's definite need of psychiatric help.
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I loved Air! I have to be honest and say I have never read a book like that before. The genre never really interested me. But after reading Air, I will definitely think twice. I was hooked from the first page. While reading the book I felt like I was transferred right into the book. I liked that the characters read like real people instead of just characters in a book. The chapters flowed very well. I didn't want the book to end and can't wait to read the next one. I can seriously see this book being turned into a movie!!!! I didn't find anything I didn't like about Air.
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