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Book # 2 in the Lords of Avalon Series, publish 10/31/2006
I own a copy of this book
For countless centuries, I’ve been the assassin for the infamous Merlin, even though the woman who birthed me sits at the right hand of our enemy, Morgen le Fey. Now both my mother and Morgen have decided that it’s time I take my place on their side of this conflict.
Normally, telling them no wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that the good guys I protect think that I’m an even worse demon than the ones we fight. Hmm, maybe they’re right. I have to say that I do enjoy maiming anyone who gets in my way.
At least until my mother gives me a simple choice: join Morgen’s Circle of the Damned or see an innocent woman die. I’m all for saving the innocent, but Merewyn isn’t as innocent as she seems. And she’s none too fond of the fact that her fate is in my dubious hands. Personally I’m all for taking the easy way out, but leaving her to Morgen is rough, even for me. Now the only way to save both our lives is to face the evilest forces ever known—my mother and Morgen. And two people who know nothing of trust must learn to rely on each other or die: provided we don’t kill each other first.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m not sorry I read it, but I wasn’t excited about the story. I almost gave it a two star rating, but after the halfway mark it did have some scenes that really worked for me and ended up boosting my star count for the title.
This was another book written by Ms. Kenyon under a pen name, and while I can see her in the text I can totally understand why they went that way when releasing this book. The last one I read, Sword of Darkness, was more similar to her current Dark Hunter series then this one. Kinda. I think this book just bugged me in spots.
So what didn’t work for me… There was too much reference to pop culture again. Enough, half the characters didn’t get the jokes and it just made the story lose credibility in my opinion. A little is okay, but this was a case of too much of a good thing and it weighed the story down. It died down about half way through the story, just around the time it picked up for me. I also had a tough time bonding with Merewyn. She wasn’t a typical heroine for Ms. Kenyon and I spent much of the book not caring for her much. I liked Varian, but didn’t love him. If Blaise wasn’t in the story it would have been a much more difficult book for me to get through.
It wasn’t a total loss though. The characters did come around and grew in substance. They learned their lessons and became worthy of each other. There was an interesting man, Faran, that was in the last book as well. He had only a few short pages, but I so hope that he comes back in future books and we get to learn his story. We met up with the hero and heroine from the last book at the end and it was nice to see how they have fared.
Over all I’m just not that excited about this little series by Ms. Kenyon. I’ll continue to read the next book and love the direction it is taking in the Dark Hunter world, but I think one reading is going to be plenty. Those that are thinking of reading this because of Son of No One… Not sure the call on that one. On one hand it is nice to have the back story, but you will be fine without it.