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Shadow Over Avalon Paperback – October 31, 2013
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The author weaves two seemingly independent storylines. Ashira, a maiden, is sold away into a non-consensual marriage. Meanwhile, Arthur, who lives in the underwater city of Avalon, longs to abandon his current life and become a warrior. The author writes in a vivid style that makes everything - the characters, actions, scenes - leap off the page. The story really does come alive before the reader's eyes, making for a wonderful read.
And as that wouldn’t have been enough, I was spoiled with a magnificent sci-fi meets Arthurian story with a plot that left me breathless. I would give this story many more stars than only five if possible. Amazing!
C. N. Lesley's "Shadow Over Avalon" is nothing short of a masterpiece! The novel is an imaginative and complex re-telling of the Arthurian legend in which Lesley has created a future world full of wonders and perils that slowly and intricately are revealed in a rich and multi-layered plot.
In the beginning, we are immediately sucked into the story of Ashira, a king's daughter in a rather primitive world, ruthlessly traded away in marriage to Uther, The Dragon. Juxtaposed with her tale is the story of Arthur, a young lad living in a futuristic undersea community, who is desperately trying to discover his lineage while, at the same time, trying to evade the suspect agenda of the "seers". Eventually, these two worlds collide as factions from each join forces to defeat an even more menacing foe.
The world that Lesley has created in this retelling of the ancient legend is so layered and complex, this reader was constantly reminded of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece "Dune". This is a must-read for all science fiction/fantasy fans, but will enthrall any who enjoy a fast-paced story with characters you cannot help but come to care about. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Growing up fantasy books to me were Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarks. Then for many years I did not read any fantasy or science fiction. On recommendation from a friend I purchased SHADOW OVER AVALON. That night I went to bed, normally reading for thirty minutes before I turn the lights off.At 4am I finished the book. It is a mesmerizing story, fast paced, with a plot that verges on being beyond imagination - people below the ocean, people on the surface, creatures from space, all woven into the fabric of the future so tightly you are there. For the lovers of fantasy works you SHOULD read this book.
In C.N. Lesley’s re-telling of the Arthurian legend we read two story threads that weave into one.
First, the reader is introduced to Ashira, a king's daughter in the surface-world, traded away in marriage to Uther, The Dragon. She is betrayed, cast out, but as a “War Maid” chooses her own destiny.
Arthur, living in a futuristic undersea community, is trying to discover his lineage while, at the same time, trying to evade the agenda of the "seers." Arthur fights to help the surface-dwellers. While ensuring he not spend his life as servant to the sentient known as the Archive.
Dual story lines woven through time until these two worlds join forces. The reader discovers the connection between them as just enough information is revealed to keep the reader hooked while building toward the ultimate big picture.
Within the pages of Shadow Over Avalon Lesley has created an original and extravagant re-telling of the Arthurian legend. A tale in which an amazing new future world full of uncertain danger and an abundant, multi-layered plot twist into an original read.
Shadow Over Avalon will enthrall not only science fiction/fantasy fans but all who enjoy a fast-paced, action packed story full of adventure, and characters that readers will care about and love. As you close the last page of Shadow Over Avalon you can’t help but think, is there a sequel?
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