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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This could be very promising. I loved the plot idea , Arthur reincarnated, and the world building. The rhythm is fast and we are immediately in the centre of what is happening. It's really good and to give us more insight of what happened to put them in the present troubles we travel among Merlin and Arthur memories at the same time they rediscover them.
Emma is very dedicated, after so many centuries of failure it's amazing that she doesn't plan to give up....also a bit sad she doesn't learn from her mistake either. The fact she is determined to do it alone is frustrating even if we can partly understand it. She is attracted to Darton because in reality he is Arthur and she will do anything to protect him . Trying at first to do it in secret wasn't the most subtle way though.
Darton is intrigued by Emma and not happy with his life but he doesn't really understand why as he is always the last of the two to remember their past lives. Even without knowing it though he is still the same: determined, loyal, protective.
We see and learn a bit about the fae in this first book but i really warmed to Sunki , she is young but more open minded and curious than some others.
Darton 's friends Keevan and Izzy i loved them a lot less.... they want to protect him and doesn't understand or trust Emma that i can understand but sometimes they reaction were really too stupid for me.
In fact, the only thing i didn't like was Merlin and Arthur relation.....at first i enjoyed it seeing how they met , what they did etc but the fact it started to hint they were more than friendship feeling between them broke the magic. I mean why couldn't two boy be best friend trust each other above everything else without them being or becoming gay. Why should Merlin had love feeling for Arthur at the time: friendship, admiration , respect all that i could easily envision.. love definitively a NO. The fact he often reincarnate in a female form help but i mean the love feeling could have started at those time no need to say it was there before....that's the only detail that really bothered me in this book but it did bothers me a lot.
If that point isn't a matter for you then it's a perfectly good retelling of Arthur legend. 3,5 stars
Emmaline (Emma) is the reincarnation of Merlin. Her quest is to find her king in his incarnation, and try to save him from death. AGAIN. Her quest also includes finding a way to defeat the dark fae she had sealed away long ago without killing their current incarnations.
Since this is a modernization of myths most people know, Eva Chase could have completely ignored characterization. But I'm so glad she didn't. Emma is her own person, even if she is the reincarnation of Merlin. She has her own wants, needs, emotions. Are they tied to her past selves? Yes, but at the same time its all new.
Plus we have Darton who is a cocky jock that does not even know who he really is. But once he starts learning, his eagerness is infectious. Eva Chase also did an amazing job on her secondary characters. It would have been easy to ignore them and not flesh them out. But they were so... human and lively that I wanted more.
I have not read many modernizations of King Arthur, but most of them have one thing in common: They pretty much are retellings of the original myth with Arthur, Gwenivere, and Lancelot. But Eva went a new route. Lancelot and Gwen never existed. It was just Merlin and Arthur. And her story is unique since it focuses on a different aspect than the betrayal of Lancelot.
This novel kept me invested throughout every chapter. And that ending?? Ack I need more. I need to know what happens and if they are able to complete their quest completely.
Usually Emma only has to fight off the dark shadows that will consume them if allowed close enough. So far she has not even been able to even do that for long, This time though, a dark Fae has gotten wind of her liege, and he has made the shadows even harder to fight. He wants Arthur's soul and she is determined to stop him from getting it.
Emma and Darton will need all the help they can get. When Darren's friends, Keegan and Izzy insist that they want to help, and Emma's roommate Priya reveals that she has fae connections, Emma starts to hope that this time she might just be able to win.
I can't wait to see what adventures await this group in the future . I have a feeling the war has just begun. I hope the secondary characters get fleshed out more in future books. Right now they seem very two-dimensional and I want to know more of their stories. I received a free copy of this book from the author. My review is my own.
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