- File Size: 4793 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jolly Creative Atelier (September 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0754LDVCX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Magic Awakened: An Arthurian High Fantasy Tale (Interactive Immersive Fantasy Augmented Reality Edition) (Morgana Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Morgana has to tread her path carefully through all these powerful people, and discover whether it's true that she has her own magic.
Thoroughly enjoyable, well-written and fun! Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Before I start my review, I just want to note that the ebook of this novel has all sorts of cool special features, which I am utterly unable to access as my Kindle is practically Arthurian itself! It sounds amazing though, so I thought I’d share the blurb for you here:
Enjoy the added features of this special edition, which allow you to enjoy bonus content right from your reading device. See bonus character artwork. Listen to a siren’s song. Experience behind the scenes like never before, thanks to Augmented Reality technology. Immersive Fantasy™; bringing fantasy worlds to life.
As it is, I will have to stick to reviewing old-school style, as my technology is not so much ‘Augumented Reality’ as it is ‘fancy-looking rock’. Luckily it turns out that Magic Awakened is my favourite of all the Meg Cowley books I have reviewed so far (see the links at the end), even without the enhancements!
The story is set in Arthurian Britain and tells the tale of how a young Morgana (Morgan Le Fey) first came to Camelot, to Uther’s guardianship, and to her magical powers.
Whilst the characters and the general plot direction will be very familiar to any fans of Malory, the BBC series Arthur etc, the focus on Morgana shifts the story to a different perspective and adds a fresh viewpoint that makes the story new and exciting. Seeing Morgana’s motivation through fresh eyes allows the reader to understand and empathise with her actions; even if we believe them to be ultimately misguided.
It is clear that Morgana’s decision-making is based on immature logic and partial knowledge of events, but what is fascinating is that the reader is also left in ambiguity as to which direction she ought to go. As Morgana is pulled between the conflicting loyalties to Morgause and Uther, in their long-standing dispute, the reader is also unsure as to which of them is ‘right’, and also which, if either, of them has Morgana’s wellbeing in mind rather than just their own stake in her fate.
In Morgana we have a strong, female lead who is thoroughly isolated and suppressed (often with kindness and good intentions). She longs to be wild and free, similar to Merida in Disney’s Brave, but is smothered by the opulent life she has been gifted, her despised and dangerous magical abilities, and the complete lack of anyone she can fully trust.
Even Emrys, who initially seems to be the traditional loyal companion and wise advisor turns out to be shrouded in secrets and mystery, so Morgana truly has no one but herself to guide her through what are clearly deep and dangerous times for an innocent young sorceress.
I am really excited for this series, and hope it will be a long-running one. I can thoroughly recommend this novel to any adult or YA readers who are fans of legends and myths told with a twist on tradition.