Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy

July 19, 2008 5:55 pm

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Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy
Author: Dee-Marie
Publisher: C.I. Publishing

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.

The novel really flows at a great pace and I found it very hard to put down. In fact, rarely did I, but to attend to certain necessities of life. I found myself in a place I didn't want to leave, and I certainly can't wait to get back there again with the next installment in this trilogy.

Also, I must say that I especially enjoyed the included map at the beginning of the novel and the appendices at the end which list the Lords, Ladies, Beasts, and Places. This helped me to get a better sense of who's who, and also follow along with where events were taking place. I found myself drawn to these great extras while reading. 

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.

This is definitely a character driven book, and I feel Dee-Marie has really found a great joy in bringing this story into a new light. I highly recommend this novel to both fans of the legend, and those who are looking for a truly adventurous read. I am very much looking forward to the next installments in this trilogy. Dee-Marie has expertly breathed new life into an ancient legend, with her knowledge and intense research, and it clearly shows in the pages within.


Price: $19.95 (USD)

Available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Book Depository

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Article Comments

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 24 June 2008

Thank you so much Nick, for the thoughtful review of the first book in my "Sons of Avalon" series. Without the support of yourself, and the Renderosity staff and community, the book would still be locked within my imagination. Dee-Marie

Paula Sanders ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 24 June 2008

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.

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 26 June 2008

Wow Dee, this sounds like a wonderful book! Congratulations and I hope you have much success with it!

Teyon ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 26 June 2008

Sweet article! I'll have to give the books a read through. I'm a sucker for a good fantasy! :)

Perry6 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 26 June 2008

Wow! Congratulations, Dee! This is fantastic! I'm going to buy my copy tonight!

SGT2005 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 26 June 2008

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.

nemirc ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 27 June 2008

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.

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 27 June 2008

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

Hawkins-GraFX ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 28 June 2008

Congrats Dee-Marie! I know it was a long hard road to get the book done - BUT you did it! I dont read fiction (chuckle) but Lillian said its a wonderful book!! Way to go my friend!

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 June 2008

Thanks Clint, I appreciate your support as well as Lillian's :]

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