Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy
July 19, 2008 5:55 pm
Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy
Where to begin? Why, at the beginning, of course! Beginning with
the birth of Merlin, this novel traces Merlin's youth and
his growth into his role as visionary of Britain's
destiny, and the complex struggles and events that lead
to the conception of King Arthur. Right from the Prologue in this
retelling of an ancient legend, you catch a sense of great things
to come...a mixture of magic, suspense, and mystery. All the
elements for a great escape are right here in this first novel in a
planned trilogy, written by none other than Renderosity's long-time
member and current Front Page News Columnist, Dee-Marie.
Let's talk first about the characters in this novel. Dee-Marie expertly brings forth complex qualities in each of the main characters to give you the feel that you know them well. Interaction between the characters is also very engaging. Emotion and dialogue are definitely high points in this novel.
Now, I'm not one for heavily detailed battle scenes in novels,
but I felt that the battle passages were touched on in a way that
they were detailed just enough and not overdone. The real struggles
in this novel are with the characters themselves, and the
situations at hand. In fact, what I enjoyed most in this novel
was Merlin's own personal struggles coming to grips with his
destiny, and his feelings about himself and those around him.
Now, as for the reading age, I would have to place this at about
14. This comes partly from seeing the books my own children are
reading at this point. There are a couple of possibly uncomfortable
passages in the book for a younger audience, but also the fact that
certain elements of the story may be harder to grasp.
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Nick C. Sorbin is a digital artist, sculptor, writer, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's Front Page News.
June 23, 2008
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Fantastic book! I read it while in development and couldn't put it down even after a few readings, and I don't usually like to read books more than once. For an insightful look into legendary characters as well as a fast moving plot, the book can't be beat. This is not just a promo; it is the truth. Also, it is a pleasure to read a well written book.
COngrads Dee and thank you Nick for bringing these books to the front page.I look forward to reading these books as I like to read occasionally and this fits right down my alley.I wish you alot of succes on your books and may you prosper in your adventures.
I've been hearing about this novel for the longest time. I am not much into the King Arthur stories either, so I can't talk much about that. I do think that the approach to the book is interesting, though, since Merlin seems to be the one that started it all. Besides, I am always looking forward to read any good during my free time. I just hope you don't make the avid readers wait forever for the second and third parts.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the Renderosity community's continued support over the past years. As to Sergio's question...I have already completed the first draft to the second novel in the series, and plan to have it published around this time next year. Also, as to the reading age...Although the content, as Nick mentioned, may be suitable for age fourteen and up...the book was written for an adult audience, with adult vocabulary and dealing with mature themes. With that said, the younger generation is far more mature than it has ever been, and I have no doubt that both junior and senior high school level readers will still enjoy the read. Thanks again, Dee-Marie