New Avalon: The Return of King Arthur by Jeff Fuell (Review by Shelly C – #NerdGirlRed)

Title: New Avalon: The Return of King Arthur

Author: Jeff Fuell 

Published Date: August 4th 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy


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The Once and Future King returns in this modern day young adult action and adventure story. If you are familiar with the legends and have seen the excellent movie “Excalibur,” then this is the sequel to those events. Sixteen year-old Brian Braddock is having visions of a time long lost, a time and place that he feels somehow strangely connected to. As he strives to figure out what is happening to him he meets a man who reveals himself to be the legendary sorcerer Merlin, he who was the mentor and advisor to one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. Merlin informs Brian that he is the vessel of the renowned King Arthur and that it is time for the Once and Future King to live once again. As the sword in the stone appears in front of the United Nations Building signaling a new era, an adventure begins where Brian, Merlin and the regrouped Knights of the Round Table set forth to bring about the peaceful and harmonious world that Arthur had always envisioned. However, an evil long thought lost has returned from Arthur’s past to attempt to thwart his plans. Arthur and his knights now live once again to fight once more not just for the peace of a nation, but for the peace of a world.


***Adult Warning – Contains Sexual content Caution Advised***
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***Shelly C – #NerdGirlRed’s  Review***
I enjoyed this book for the most part. The historical aspect and the smooth transition into the modern world was one of my favorite things. Fuell did an amazing job with the characters. I truly despised Morgana. Merlin left me with mixed emotions. He is a great character; he is snarky at times, full of wisdom, love for the knights and Arthur, brilliant yet modest when it counts. He is not the main character of course but without his development, the story would not be as good as it is. I liked that the author kept to the sentiment of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but also made it different enough to keep me involved for the most part. The characters are all well developed and drew me in to their individual stories.I love all the Knights and would hope to see stories that included them all in the future.
The only thing I have to suggest improvement on the story is for the author to pare it down a bit. The book is 522 pages and I often found myself skimming over parts that seemed to carry on for too long. I did get an early reader copy of this book from the author but in the Amazon description the book is still 526 pages. There are things that could be condensed and cut out entirely that, I feel, would not harm the story at all. I would also add a warning that this is not for those under 17 or who do not like a story with a sexual assault scene (albeit brief and not excessively graphic but still explicit).


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