Title: New Avalon: The Return of King Arthur
Author: Jeff Fuell
Published Date: August 4th 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
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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