Hieeee, everyone! I’ve never made a secret of how I love my badass heroines and Henge by Realm Lovejoy made me a very, very happy reader by introducing me to Morgan le fay, the queen of badass-ery. You’ll just love her, I know it! I have a giveaway and a review and the trailer of Henge for you today! Don’t forget to hop over to all the other blogs taking part in the tour, a list of which you’ll find here. Have fun, y’all!
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews
Many of us have grown up reading about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And the Camelot legends. And the forgery of the Excalibur at the Isle of Avalon. But with Henge, a modern day retelling of the legends, Realm Lovejoy has taken this to a whole new level.
Reading Henge gave me a new insight on some characters I’d never even thought of for so many years. Particularly, Morgan le Fay and Sir Lancelot. We’ve all heard of these characters, of course, (if you haven’t you need to, like yesterday!) but thanks to the author’s modern outlook and a complete new set of personalities for each character, it was so, so good to read them from a fresh perspective.
For starters, Morgan le Fay (daughter of Morgause and her lover Sir Gorlois) has been kept sheltered all her life. Being a fire user and witnessing her mother’s capture and downfall through fire has made her father wary of allowing magic to be used. But when sign ups for the Arthur’s Round open, Morgan knows what she has to do: she has to become the Maven—King Arthur’s right hand and the one to lead him to Avalon.
Therein begins Morgan’s journey in the magical school that will train and guide her, while also simultaneously trying to break her and kill her. While in school, she meets many other characters that we’ve read in the legends—Gawain, Guinevere, Maleagant, Tristan and of course the wizard Merlin.
I think the most interesting part, at least for me, was reading about all these characters and how they were in their youth, especially knowing how they will be. It was all kinds of awesome.
The magic in the Camelot world is simple and elemental—while also interesting and really well used among the characters. Each one had a unique attribute to them and I liked reading the diversity of these powers among each competitor. Obviously, Henge is the first part of the Le Fay series and so it’s a bit early to take sides and ship ships but the writing was such that you can’t help but take these sides. And ship the non-canon ships.
My only major complain with the book was that I expected much, much more from Mordred. He’s an important character to both the legend and to Morgan le Fay but I hardly saw him or heard from him in the book. I’d really like to see him more because he’s the supposed bad guy so he needs to do some bad stuff. Another issue was the pacing of the book. Up until 70% there wasn’t anything interesting happening; just fires and floods all aiming to kill Morgan. It was interesting, no doubt, but it kind of dragged on and I was waiting for some action and reaction.
There’s a lot of plotting and planning going on with the most unexpected people so that was a pleasure to read. All in all, the world that Henge is based on is one of my favorites and Realm Lovejoy did it complete justice. Looking forward to more Lancelot, Mordred, Merlin and of course King Arthur himself 😀
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Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com