Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it's up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest-an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she'd be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid's impending Armageddon?
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Fairytale, Royal-Court--
Aliana spent her life with her parents. searching for the myth of King Arthur and the round table. Her dreams have now lead her to a forest in England, she realizes that something more is at play. When a woman rises out of the lake, and tells Aliana that she is the chosen one, only she can awake Arthur and his men to defeat the evil that is coming, Aliana feels compelled to start on this adventure. Is what she is facing real? And if it is, can one human girl really be the key to saving the world?
I love retellings and I was interested in getting my hands on this new take on King Arthur and his knights. I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. I was instantly engaged in the story and the pages flew by until next thing I knew I was finished with the book. There was never a dull moment here, instead the story was full of adventure, magic, danger, challenges, fun characters and creatures (Bell and Dagg being two of my favorites, and I wouldn't mind owning a non-cursed three tailed fox thing) as well as some romance thrown in. I found everything about this book to be unique and intersting, and I think my favorite part of the book was that the main character was such a strong independent woman.
The story is narrated by Aliana, so we discover the fantastical world right along with her, which was fun. The start of each chapter though gives a few sentences from one of her many traveling companions, which I loved since I enjoy the multiple perspective approach. As I previously mentioned, I liked how independent Aliana is, how resilient and capable she was of just rolling with the outrageous things she was told/had to do. My one complaint was how at times she refused help when she desperately needed it or it didn't hurt her pride/ego to accept it, she was adamant against it.
I am glad that this is not the end of the journey for Aliana and her men, but instead just the beginning of what I know will be an epic quest. I am a huge romance fan, and I do tend to enjoy books with at least some romance in it more than those with out, but I can honestly say that I was just as happy with the adventure in the novel as I was with the hint of love. I was a little miffed at the possible love triangle, and I know who I root for, but I guess I will need to devour the next three books in this saga to see how everything plays out.
I received this title in return for my honest review.