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This is a true short story- less than half an hour to read, and it is important that you have read Dawn's Flight first if you intend avoid spoilers. That being said, this was another wonderful addition to the Dragon's Dove Chronicles universe, and a great showcase of Gyan's determination to do what's right, even when she isn't totally sure what "right" may be.
With Headlee's signature attention to detail and period accuracy, The Challenge thrusts you into a whole new type of Arthurian legend- one where the woman are not mere fodder for men's distractions and rivalries, but the true story tellers and bearers of the weight of their world. 4.5 stars for this action packed tale!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review when I signed up for the release blitz tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review.
I love reading Arthurian legends so I just had to sign up to host the tour and I am very pleased that I did. My only regret is that it was way to short. The story line moves flawlessly and the author takes the time to ensnare you within her web. The characters are well written and engaging. The fighting sequence was simply amazing and I felt like I was right there cheering Gyan on as she battled Camilla. I also enjoyed the fact that this wasn't a romantic retelling; not that there would have been anything wrong with that but it just would have thrown the story of course.
This was the first book I've read written by this author and I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next and how the story will continue.
While Gyan has many reasons to abandon King Arthur and return to her former home, instead she decides to fight the Sorceress who has taken her king, even when he declares even if she wins against the Sorcerss, she will die this day.
The battle is riveting and the conclusion unexpected but heartwarming. The only complaint I had, is it ended way too soon. I wanted more. The good news is that Kim is writing an 8 book Arthurian series. I for one can't wait!
I received an ARC for an honest review.
I am also a big fan of the way the author writes her books. It flows and you can just absorb it. It feels very organic. The story is a decent one but I guess I have been reading fantasy for so long that I tire of fantasy this feels a bit more traditional.
But as far as traditional go this is as good as any.
As a fellow ebook author this book, series and her get my deepest respect.
Inside you can find all kinds of feelings and situations.. disappointment, hate, anger, mystery, fights, wizards and most of all, LOVE.
The Challenge is another pearl from Kim Headlee! It is a short story that succeeded to bring tears into my eyes and… peace. Finally, love still exist!
Recently I read Kim Iverson Headlee’s, Liberty, a book set in ancient Rome and Britain and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I was offered a chance to read and review The Challenge, I eagerly agreed to participate in the tour. This book is very short but packs a lot of riveting action from start to finish.
Gyan, queen to the high king, Arthur of Breatein, must fight the evil Saxon warrior queen, Camilla, to the death or forfeit her kingdom, her husband and her twin daughters. She is placed in a heart-wrenching situation. Does she walk away from all she holds dear, or does she accept the challenge and fight?
Of course she accepts, but when her opponent arrives, she finds out that if she kills Camilla, Arthur decrees that she will still lose her life, which will she choose, to fight or give their kingdom to the sorceress, Camilla?
The challenge is very fast-paced and is over almost before it has started. I enjoyed the battle a great deal. The fight scene is executed with precision and pulled me in. I was rooting for Gyan, even though she will face her husband’s wrath if she wins.
Kim Iverson Headlee has penned an expertly executed short story. Her writing style is smooth and her editing is meticulous. Her ability to set the scene is incredible. I found The Challenge a highly entertaining read.
My only complaint is that the book is so short, 22 pages, it was over before I had a chance to fully understand why the fight was necessary. However, if you are looking for a riveting very short read, then you will enjoy The Challenge. This book would be interesting to men as well as women. Happy reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed in the brief tale. Unaware of the core of the story, I am wondering about the fantasy of this conflict. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. M. Wolfenden
The Challenge by Kim Iverson Headlee is a short story which is part of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, an Arthurian series which is slated to comprise of eight books in total. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BooksChatter
There is something to be said for really good high fantasy fiction and how can you go wrong with a twist on an Aurthurian Legend? Read morePublished 10 months ago by MichelleLP
This short story (very short, like 6,000 words) is enjoyable and well-written. However, I don't know why the main character is "Gyan" and not Guinevere. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leigh Anderson
Another of my favorite things are tales of knights and fair maidens, especially the tales of King Arthur and his Court. Read more
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