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This action-packed new take on Arthurian mythology is a hit

46837211._SY475_.jpgThe Twelfth Knight by Victoria Sue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will state for the record, I am a huge Arthurian mythology nerd, to the extent that I have a website about it and I own around 100 books on the subject.

Having said that, this book takes the legends and gives them a whole new spin. Yes, some elements remain the same, we have Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, the Knights of Camelot, we have Merlin, Morgana and Mordred.

But very little else follows the traditional path and instead Victoria Sue gives the reader a headrush through New York with immortal knights, hideously twisted creatures of evil, and a new set of myths arises.

I’m not going to go into too much detail because it really needs to be experienced to get the full power of the unfolding narrative arcs, there are some obvious directions the road takes and some definite surprises.

The plot is a bit twisty, things move rapidly between action-adventure and a mix of histrom where we get flashbacks into the original lives of Lancelot and his fellow surviving knights Kay, Gawain, Lucan and Ali (the latter two are new creations who I am excited to get to know more about).

It never becomes overwhelming though. Things organically progress from the excitement of the opening scenes when we’re thrown deep into the tale as Lancelot comes across a young man fighting off one of Morgan’s creations.

We end up with a very satisfying opener which has all the elements I love and I’m seriously excited by this series and I can’t wait to find out where Victoria Sue takes these myths next.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

Arthurian mythology nerding is all my own work 😉

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Another fab little snippet into this lovely fantasy world

The Best-Laid Plans (Plans, #2)The Best-Laid Plans by Addison Albright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but super sweet follow up novella to The Contingency Plan which takes place in a mythical fantasy kingdom.

Marcelo finds he has more inner strength and self-determination than he ever though when things go wrong on the way to his husband’s new kingdom.

I hope we get more in this little series of novellas because I really like Efren and Marcelo.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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More fabulous “hexy” fun times

Hexmaker (Hexworld, #2)Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series really is a delightful original, a steampunk dystopian alternative reality set in an America resembling turn of the century Edwardian society.

The hexes which make up the power in this world are intriguing and detailed and the witches and familiars who have the skills to power them are fully fleshed out characters.

I loved both Owen and Malachi, the difference in their respective backgrounds and stations in life worked wonderfully well against the backdrop of more anarchist plotting.

Lovely to see guest appearances from Tom and Cicero as well as Dominic and Rook. I hope there’s a book three on its way soon.

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