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Lords of Avalon - Kinley MacGregor

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Kinley MacGregor / Mass Market Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2006-04 by Avon Books / Alternative title: Sword of Darkness: Lords of Avalon

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      12.12.2008 11:02
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      Very enjoyable read

      -Plot-
      This is the first book in the Lords of Avalon Series.

      Seren is an apprentice in the middle ages in London. Her ambition is to own her own shop and on the way back from presenting her work to the council when she is cornered by some knights who tell her that she is going to birth the next Merlin. Fearing that they plan to rape her she runs and is rescued by another handsome knight, Kerrigan, who takes her to Camelot.
      The problem is that Camelot fell to Morgen and Kerrigan is an evil King, not a noble knight. Now Seren is trapped in Camelot.

      This is a romance novel so of course there is a romance between Seren and Kerrigan.

      -Characters-
      Seren- The heroine of the novel. The thing that I liked best about Seren was that she wasn't beautiful. She was described as being very plain looking. In romance novels the heroines tend to be very beautiful with curves in all the rights places, basically perfect and I liked that Seren was plain and thin. Sherrilyn Kenyon (who writes as Kinley MacGregor for this book) is wonderful for writing all kinds of women, not just those with perfect bodies and faces. I think that a lot of women reading romance novels want to be able to put themselves in the heroines shoes so making her very ordinary in the way she looks and still able to attract a really hot man is a good thing in my opinion.

      Kerrigan- I really liked Kerrigan. Kerrigan was not a good man, he was a cruel ruler and throughout the book although he softens towards Seren and obviously becomes less evil and more good his character never really changes. He's never your average noble knight. I'm glad that he wasn't changed too much because that just wouldn't have been realistic. I think it's quite difficult to pull off a man like that as a hero in a romance novel but Kinley MacGregor does is very well and I found that he was a very easy character to empathise with.

      Blaise- Blaise is Kerrigan's servant, an albino who is blind in human form and a mandrake (man who can turn into a dragon). Throughout the novel he shows himself to be more noble than the other people of Camelot and is very loyal to Seren and Kerrigan. I hope that we see more of him in future books.

      -My Opinion-
      I know nothing about the legends of Arthur and Camelot so I can't really comment on if these books fit in with the legends, I'm sure that if I knew the legends then my opinion of the book would change slightly because Sherrilyn Kenyon tends to have very little regard for accuracy when it comes to these things but as I said, I don't know the legends so I don't know how well these books fit in with it.

      This book gripped me from the beginning. I was hooked from the very first chapter which is obviously a very good thing. However, within the first few chapters it became clear the whole plot would be based around pregnancy. Now, there's nothign wrong with that if that's not what you're into so that's not going to effect my rating but personally I don't like plots based around pregnancy.
      By the time I realised that the story was going to be about pregnancy I was already hooked on it and there was no way I was going to put it down.

      I thought that the storyline had a good balance of romance (it is a romance novel) and action which kept me interested in it throughout.

      The writing was wonderful, perfect for an easy read but descriptive enough to really bring the world to life.

      I honestly can't think of a single bad thing about this book. The plot was enjoyable, the romance was very well written but didn't completely take over the plot, and the characters were well written and developed throughout the novel. There really is nothing to complain about here.

      I think this series has amazing potential. There were a number of characters introduced throughout the book that I hope to see again in future books. I'm looking forward to getting the next book in this series.

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