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Gods of Merlin
by Priya Ardis
GENRE: YA Fantasy Paranormal
GREAT GREEK GODS. THEY ARE COMING.
Foster kid and occasional shoplifter Eowlyn Patience just wants to fit into her Boston high school. When the Sword In The Stone falls out of the sky like a meteor into the middle of London’s Trafalgar Square, everything changes. Then, an enigmatic golden-eyed man arranges for her to attend a school for the gifted in England, and the irritatingly perfect Matt Emrys from science class turns out to be Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur’s greatest wizard. Frozen in a cave for fifteen hundred years, Merlin has woken to find the next Arthur. Eowlyn Patience’s mysterious admittance to Avalon Preparatory was not something he foresaw…a disturbing aberration when his most powerful gift happens to be visions of the future. The race to find the rightful heir rages between deadly gargoyles, wizards, and Regulars, but figuring out the troubled Eowlyn might be by-the-book Merlin’s hardest job yet. She’s altogether the wrong girl. Torn between what is right and what saves lives, will Eowlyn do what it takes to win—even if it means sacrificing Merlin to a god?
“You are my Gwenhwyfar,” he said. “Or how do you say her name in your time? Guinevere.” I stood, wanting to run but knowing it would do no good. Because I was not in reality. I was in a dream. I played along. “Wasn’t Guinevere King Arthur’s wife? I’m a little young. I belong to no one.” “I did not come seeking a wife. My former love is the reason we are in this mess. I have chosen you to be my champion, my right hand. You will go where I cannot.” I growled in disbelief. “What makes you think I would do anything for you?” Golden eyes glowed as he considered me. Power radiated from his gaze. The power burned so bright, like the sun, that I would be burned if I looked too long. Then, golden eyes blinked. The light dimmed and I could breathe again. He peered at me. I dropped to my knees on the ground. He touched my cheek. “You will do it, Eowlyn Patience, because you crave what I do. You would do anything to leave this small life behind. You would do anything for a bit of power.” His thumb traced the line of my jaw. “Seize the day, my champion.”
Wow! My mind is reeling after reading this book. I do love a good retelling of a fairytale or myth and that is what we have here ladies and gents. A pretty amazing retelling of the story of King Arthur and Camelot! We have olde English names, Excalibur, magic, Merlin, training, battles, gargoyles, trials, the Lady of the Lake, threats and the ever-present question of just who is the rightful heir? How could this not be exciting, I ask you? And it was, it was. The only thing I found it lacking was that special umph, that "it" factor, that one thing to take it right on into a solid five. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it was just me. I enjoyed the book and would encourage you to add it to your TBR list for sure.
I received this requested book free of charge and am voluntarily leaving my review. All opinions are my own.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds--but especially the ones which make your nose leak and let your chai go cold. Her novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. Her bestselling series, My Boyfriend Merlin, about Merlin going to high school, is a YA contemporary fantasy and romance for those like road trips, wizards, Greek gods, and gender-bent quests. Talk to me!
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Priya Ardis will offer a $25 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly drawn winner, and an autographed copy of the book to a second randomly drawn winner.