Released: 11th November, 2014
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.
Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.
What I liked: There’s a big mystery aspect to the story, and Morgan has many forces out to get her in the story. Morgan is a fiercely determined to become Maven, and the determination inside her was so palpable that I felt like I was right there. Morgan’s character is so fierce and determined but kind and caring at the same time, it’s mixed in excellently. Even the side characters like Merlin and Guinevere were really intricate and important to the story. With all the other candidates who are trying to be Maven (something akin to a magical version of a king’s advisor) trying their best Morgan has to do her best to stand out and become that Maven like she’s promised. Only, there’s quite a few people she’s sure are out to get her and keep her from becoming Maven. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and questioning who’s really behind what’s happening. Morgan has great instincts about most people who are around her, even the ones who she wants to be friends with are sometimes the one who she needs to stay away from. As the story moves on we also learn more and more about her mother who we learn from early on was killed because of an incident involving fire magic resulting in murder. Only, what we learn shifts our opinion about her mother that we had in the beginning. There’s so much subtle worldbuilding done by Lovejoy that everything falls into place naturally. Little by little we learn about the world Morgan has grown up in and the lengths she has to go just to join Arthur’s Round, but in the end Morgan has a secret even she didn’t know she had. Oh, and the ending? Yeah the ending gave me chills because of what it promises to have in the future.
What I didn’t like: Sometimes Morgan’s temper shot off so far and so fast at certain moments she won’t listen, but sometimes her anger is so well controlled that she seems even more dangerous. The difference is always the person who her unbridled anger is pointed towards. I’m not certain why, but later on her anger at them makes some sense but I still didn’t see the reason for her to accuse him so much in the beginning.
Overall Review: Henge is a fantastic beginning to a new series that shows so much promise. With the future of what’s going to happen in the series in question and the end potentially leaving readers in a state of wondering what could possibly happen next, the review from Kirkus Reviews is certain to let you know this is a book worth your time to read. With all the suspense and twist woven in to the series, don’t let the cover fool you on the content this book contains. Yes, it’s kinda dark, but it’s full of so much fantasy elements that weave their own magic and pull you in that you will keep turning the pages to know what’s about to happen! The story of Camelot, Merlin, and King Arthur has never seemed so interesting as it is being set in modern times!
Recommend?: Yes! Another fantastic book of fantasy that I’ve had the amazing chance to read and spread the word about!
My Rating: 4.8/5
About the Author:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
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Review by Bri