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Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon Series #1)

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The writing is lovely and whimsical. The plot is distinctive and

The writing is lovely and whimsical. The plot is distinctive and interesting. The biggest problem is the characters. I think that the heroine was too good and too bland. The hero didn’t develop enough to change sides from evil to good. The secondary characters were flat...
The writing is lovely and whimsical. The plot is distinctive and interesting. The biggest problem is the characters. I think that the heroine was too good and too bland. The hero didn’t develop enough to change sides from evil to good. The secondary characters were flat, too. I did find the switching of speech patterns from modern day slang to medieval speech distracting. I understand the point with the time travel, but it interrupted the dialogue flow. Ok, ok, I did really like the reference to Comic Con. Camelot has fallen. Arthur isn’t king. Evil has won and ruled for three hundred years. Now, there’s a potential game changer. A peasant woman is foretold to be the future mother of a powerful penmerlin. Whichever side holds the future penmerlin, wins all the power. The winner has the power over Camelot, Avalon, and the mortal world, past and present. The problem is that the evil king of Camelot has possession of the peasant woman. The king, who only wants to kill, isn’t so willing to kill this woman. I enjoyed this book. It's a twist on Arthur, Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. The idea behind this is creative and most enjoyable. Seren is lever headed likable. I liked Kerrigan too, I think he grew the most out of the couple. Seren and Kerrigan have a true connection and it comes across to the reader wonderfully. The pace is fast and kept my attention. The plot is complex and interesting. I look forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend anything from Kinely MacGregor (Sherrilyn Kenyon).   

posted by XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX on September 2, 2014

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Early work, Needs Work

I'm sorry; this one just didn't do it for me. I'm a fan of Arthurian legend, but this one just felt a little contrived. I absolutely hated that they'd almost all traveled to the future, and thus felt comfortable with 21st century colloquialisms. I couldn't get my hea...
I'm sorry; this one just didn't do it for me. I'm a fan of Arthurian legend, but this one just felt a little contrived. I absolutely hated that they'd almost all traveled to the future, and thus felt comfortable with 21st century colloquialisms. I couldn't get my head around Merlin being a group of people instead of just one person.

What kept me reading was the main character, Kerrigan. So often the bad guy goes all good, I liked that this one ended a little differently. If you're going to read it, I don't want to ruin the ending, but I don't think I'm going to bother with the next one. There's just better stuff out there.

posted by Xedra77 on April 26, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Different and enjoyable

    I really enjoyed the book & read it very quickly. I'm a big fan of the Dark Hunter series (written under Sherrilyn Kenyon), but this one was different & I thought, quite good. Actually, it contained a very dark, but very deep & likeable hero that you sympathized with - much like the DH books (at least they used to be that way - her last 2 weren't that good). The two main characters are likeable & the chemistry between them is good, altho I think she could have made it sizzle a bit more. Give it a try - I think you'll enjoy it.

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  • Posted February 4, 2015

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    The current three-story arch in the Dark Hunter series is tied i

    The current three-story arch in the Dark Hunter series is tied into Ms. Kenyon’s Lord of Avalon series penned under the name Kinley MacGregor. Being such a huge fan of Ms. Kenyon’s work, I decided to go back and give this series a try to get the back story for the other series. If you are wondering if you need to read this to enjoy Son of No One (SONO), no you don’t. I read and enjoyed SONO first and didn’t feel lost. Will you enjoy this earlier book in a different series, probably. I did.




    First off I want to point out the clever little author quote on the cover, you can see it on the picture above if you missed it. This feels very much like a Dark Hunter book. The writing style is the same and I was delighted to find the same complex and almost tortured characters as are in Ms. Kenyon’s other books. The book had the feel of being an early book in an author’s career, one where the writer is still working on finding a voice. Still enjoyable though, even if there are more cliches. Her quick-witted/smart-ass side kicks are present and delivered some of my favorite lines as scenes in the book.




    I liked Kerrigan and Seren. He was a pretty typical hero for this author; tortured past, poor destitute youth, parent that didn’t love him. Seren also came from a simple beginning, but had the love of a mother and a group of friends to make her life more bearable. Probably my favorite character in the whole book was Blaise and I so hope he shows up in future books.




    The world was interesting and I can see the groundwork for her later series the Dark Hunters being created here. I think there may even be some character and world cross-over with that series. The only issue I took with book was the integration of twentieth century terms, ideas and references. Kenyon explained them away, but I don’t think the story needed it. At times it was funny and cleverly done, but got a bit old and dragged down the story near the end.




    I look forward to the second and last book available in this series, Knight of Darkness. The last book it looks like has been pushed back in publication several times and is now due to come out in 2016. If I had read this series when it came out, I would be plenty pissed, but as it stand I am just going to enjoy the story now and hope it is eventually finished. 

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