I love fantasy stories and I enjoy a good romance. This book has a bit of both, although I will state at the beginning that any Christian reader wanting to avoid magic or somewhat heavy romance scenes might want to move onto another review here on the blog to find a better fit.
Thirty hundred years ago, Arthur Pendragon, High King of the United Kingdoms, was betrayed and the royal city of Caer Lon became a myth. Fifteen years ago, the sorcerer Wolfryth killed King William Pendragon in his quest for power and usurped the throne of Camelot. Queen Ylianor and her five year old son fled the kingdom to take refuge in Haven at Duke Geraint’s court. Today, Prince Derek follows Geraint’s beautiful daughter into a reckless mission to save her brother from Wolfryth. He will need to embrace his heritage and to trust magic if he wants to find his way back to Caer Lon and unlock its secrets before the sorcerer kills them all.
About the author:
Claude Dancourt lives in Montreal, and wherever her job as an engineer takes her. She is fascinated by books and museums. To discover more about RETURN TO CAER LON, Claude Dancourt’s work or simply drop a word, visit her website: www.claudedancourt.webs.com
I really enjoyed this particular story. While there are ties to Arthurian legend, it really is nothing like a tale from the middle ages. Instead, I see it as part fantasy novel and part romance. Actually, things get a bit steamy near the end of the book when Derek and Sasha ultimately yield to the attraction that had been building between them for a while. Given that mix, it was a nice book to read without having to do any ‘heavy lifting’ in my brain.
Overall, the story had a decent plot, descriptions that help the reader paint an image of the world, and characterizations to make the main characters come to life. However, I did find the final conflict between Derek and Wolfryth to fee almost abrupt. I suspected it might be that way when I realized there was just a short amount of pages left when Derek returns on his own to dispatch Wolfryth from the lives of all. But, from the romance novel angle, that scene was almost a detail that just needed to be cleared so the reader could be glad that Derek and Sasha finally realized that they belonged together.
As I mentioned in my brief intro statement, this book has 2 aspects that may deter some of my Christian readers from checking it out. There is frequent use of magic, not only by the evil wizard, Wolfryth, but by other main characters. Caer Lon seems to bring it out even more for the characters as well indicating a belief in a place actually being magical. The other topic that would deter some is that the later scenes with Derek and Sasha have not only a heightened attraction, but ultimately a complete surrender of their selves.
The story reads like an independent novel, but hints at the possibility of more to come at the end of the story. After all, the end of one story is often the beginning of another! (And, a peek at the author’s site indicates one is already planned.)
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