by Rose Vanden Eynden
Published April 17th 2012 by Soul Mate Publishing
Source: review copy
Falling in love is the ultimate magic. For Gwendydd, a young woman in 5th century Wales, it seems an unobtainable fantasy. She dreads the day her chieftain grandfather will marry her off to increase his allies among the warring tribes of Britain. When she meets the mysterious and handsome druid apprentice Myrddin, Gwendydd realizes just how difficult falling in love can be. The ire of her disapproving grandfather is not her only obstacle. Myrddin’s clairvoyant visions of a king who will unify the battling tribes and bring peace to the land become a dangerous obsession that threatens to obliterate their union. Can Gwendydd support her beloved, the man destined to become the world’s most powerful enchanter, King Arthur’s legendary Merlyn? Or will her devotion destroy her and everything she holds dear?
~ Author Blurb
I went into this read expecting some Arthurian romance story about Merlin (or Merlyn, or however you choose to call him). I’ll start off by saying this read a lot more like epic fantasy then what I was expecting, and as you guys know by now, I’m not really a lot into epic anymore.
The writing is really good in that epic sort of way, the tone and vocabulary of the read fit really well with the Arthurian setting. The prose had a really nice flow, though I’ve become more of a fan for more accessible writing lately. I have great faith in the fact all you epic fantasy lovers out there will find this utterly delicious though, check out the excerpt in the previous post to “sample the goods”.
The characters were interesting and they did draw me in a lot, I was with everything going on even and I felt very involved in the chemistry between Myrddin and Gwendydd. A tiny thing that kept breaking my focus was the names, actually. I have that sort of mind that obsesses over things spurring its interest, and these names were constantly playing in my head in different pronunciations. I get distracted like that with aspects of stories too, though here it didn’t happen – just saying. So I kept playing with the names in my head a lot, I couldn’t help it. It might have helped me get over it if they’d been written as they should be pronounced, you know?
The plot was engaging and eventful, there was emotion, action, some magic going on, it basically had it all. Again, more in that epic sort of way, that’s how it felt to me.
Overall, this was a good read, I enjoyed it and I highly recommend this to epic fantasy lovers, I’m sure this will be a treat.
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