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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Review: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Le Fay #1
Realm Lovejoy
Publication Date: November 13, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
Review copy provided by the author originally for the blog tour

If I weren't so allergic to classics, I may have read the original stories just to see how Morgan became bitter in the first place. In all of the retellings I've come across so far, Merlin and Morgan are always connected in some sort of way, but everyone fails to tell how Morgan became so bitter and cold in the first place (or maybe it just doesn't pertain to the plot and no one cares too much about Morgan aside from making her an integral part of all things magically evil).
Keeping that thought in mind may prepare me to read Camelot Burning's sequel.

Henge doesn't start out terribly interesting – Lovejoy has Morgan competing in a magical competition to join Arthur's Round without her father's knowledge (then getting in trouble), meeting Merlin at the competition, and giving readers flashbacks to Morgan's past that have little to do with the entire competition aside from setting us up for the overall plot of the entire story.

For awhile in the beginning, the writing was a bit impassive and the book didn't seem like something I would end up liking in the long run, despite the idea and the mere fact Morgan IS the main character – when has that happened? Morgan's typically depicted as someone who's cold, bitter, ambitious, and has a major vendetta against the world (and Merlin). The only thing I did keep in mind from early on is how Lovejoy integrated the magical world of Camelot into the modern world with its technology while keeping Camelot's traditional medieval ways – lords, ladies, knights, oh my!

As Arthur's Round continues on toward the end and we get closer to finding out who the Maven will be, Henge gets better – Lovejoy's writing becomes more interesting, Morgan becomes more bitter as she finds out the real reason why her mother was executed a decade ago (thus becoming more like the Morgan Le Fay highly known as today), and us readers are left hanging precariously on a cliff at the very end until the next book in the series graces the world with its presence.

(I'll even battle Rundus for it if I have to. And most likely lose in the process.)

4 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.