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Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,314 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
The new king of Camelot wears no shining armor: Arthur and his knights have fallen and a new king rules. In the darkest forest...

A scared, forsaken youth has become the most powerful -- and feared -- man in the world. Ruthless and unrestrained, Kerrigan has long ceased to be human.

In the heart of London...

A spirited peasant mired in drudgery, Seren dreams of becoming her o
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Hardcover, Large Print, 445 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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valee
Nov 19, 2010 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Let me just say that you,Ms Kenyon, are too good to be true. Please forgive me for having thought that you would not be able to surprise me after writing the dark hunter series. I apologize for having believed, even for a second, I would not like this series. There were some reviews that were not good so I thought this series would disappoint me, but boy was I wrong...

This book was amazing. I enjoyed every page of it. Maybe the reason for why many didn't like it is that they were expect
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Whether writing as Sherrilyn Kenyon or Kinley MacGregor, this author knows how to give us amazing characters who are people we love – or love to hate – and worlds unlike any others. Sword of Darkness, the first book in the Lords of Avalon series, is a tale centered on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and is no exception.

There are so many things to love about this book, but standing out most of all is the hero! Kerrigan was incredibly tortured, scarred, angry and soli
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 Stacy
Mar 02, 2015 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that like romance over plot
I've been on a quest to find a mind-blowing book, so I've been picking up random books to read (which apparently is NOT the way to go about this). Needless to say, Sword of Darkness was not a mind-blowing book, for me at least. I knew I wouldn't like it by 20%, because I already had the plot completely figured out. So I skimmed the rest, so that I could put this book to the side and continue on with my hunt.

This is one of those books with a plot that exists only for the sole purpose of romance.
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
One clicking the crap out of this... Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US! 3/18/15!
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars. Overall a light and quirky paranormal filled with Merlins, Gargolyes, time travel and good vs. evil. An ejoyable read. (Don't expect anything similar to her Dark Hunter series that she writes as Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is much lighter, and almost fairytale like.)
Gary
Dec 07, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to give this four out of five it was a good story but just seamed as if it wasn't as polished as her later works
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Lords of Avalon series by Kinley MacGregor. Seren is just a poor peasant with aspirations of being a weaver. After being denied by the Guild she heads home when she is approached by men who claim she is destined to give birth to the next merlin. She runs away and is "rescued" by another man. This man is The Kerrigan, king of Camelot, the owner of Caliburn, a sword of the fey. Caliburn is the evil sword that balances out Excalibur. He takes her to Camelot where Morgen le Fey ...more
Yahira Potterica
Jun 22, 2014 Yahira Potterica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos-2014
un libro con una trama romántica fantástica erótica dónde la historia esta ambientada en Camelot y la historia amorosa se asemeja mucho a la historia de la Bella y la Bestia. El ritmo aunque se hace un poco pesado en algunos capítulos del medio por lo general es muy ligero. La pluma de la autora me ha gustado mucho. Tiene un par de aspectos que pueden ser predecibles y el final deja con muchas ganas de leer la segunda parte. Los personajes han estado bien creados.

Reseña completa: http://un-gran
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Coffcat
Mar 28, 2011 Coffcat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, unfortunately this book incorporates some of my biggest pet peeves.

Lets start with the first problem. If you read the description of the book it says that it's a Arthurian Legend: knights, helpless maidens & magical destinies. Ok, sounds good. I start to read it and oh, well looks like it's really part fantasy romance and part urban fantasy. There's a whole slew of these characters that can travel by popping in and out of existence, can heal any wound and they can go forward and backwa
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Mitabird
Sword of Darkness was OK. Seren was wholesomely good, but, thankfully, I didn't find her annoying. I actually really liked her. She had a spine and stood up for what she believed in. Kerrigan was supposed to be the Big Bad, but he wasn't. We were told he did all of these horrible things, had no compassion, blah, blah,blah, but he was a big softy where Seren was concerned and it was a bit disappointing. The plot was decent, but the story dragged in places. I kept me interested enough to want to r ...more
Lucy Ibn al-Rashid

Kerrigan, once a scared, defenceless young peasant, is now king and ruler of Camelot.

Thinking he would have all he most desired at his disposal - riches, respect, power and women - he chose to follow Morgen le Fey, King Arthur's evil sorceress of a sister, to her desolate world.


There he found the bitter truth. He was lord and master of everything that surrounded him, commanding an army of powerful creatures, such as dark fey, dragons and gargoyles, but only darkness surrounded him and not even
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Lucía Herrero
Dec 03, 2015 Lucía Herrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia bastante original, que combina magia y fantasía con una bonita historia de amor. Me han encantado los guiños referentes a los viajes en el tiempo, y la personalidad de Seren, la protagonista, que se va creciendo a lo largo de la historia y acaba siendo todo un descubrimiento, si bien su carácter franco, valiente y un poco testarudo me ganó desde el minuto cero. Kerrigan aún me ha gustado más, especialmente porque mantiene de principio a fin ese trasfondo oscuro que le da un atrac ...more
Joana V.
Jun 30, 2015 Joana V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, inglês
4*5
Opinião em português em: http://pepitamagica.blogspot.co.uk/20...

Ever since a friend of mine showed me the Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters Series I’ve decided that I would not lose sight of this author. I found on Goodreads this "Lord of Avalon" series that took me to Camelot- but this Camelot is not the one you know.

Kerrigan is the male lead and he’s the owner of the Caliburn sword, the “evil twin” of Excalibur – he carries the sword of Darkness. For those of you who may not know, these two
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Jane Stewart
Simple, sort of interesting, but not recommended. It felt like a cinderella-type fairy tale.

Downtrodden peasant girl is taken by a prince of darkness, but he turns into a prince of goodness due to her influence. In the beginning, she stood up to him, did not fear him, this intriqued him, and he then fell for her. Their falling for each other seemed a little too quick and unexplained for me. I also did not like the many references to 20th century living. This story takes place in the middle ages,
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Gina
Apr 21, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree, Trina, that she did spend a lot of time on background info, but I believe it was necessary. I don't think the second book (which will be out in November 2006) will have as much, considering how much Sword of Darkness gave us about the past. She might recap, but not full out.

I adore Sherrilyn, love her writing style. She creates colourful characters that you love to love and love to hate. As any of the best authors that I love, she makes me laugh, cry, and get right down pissed, and I ad
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Alaine
Feb 17, 2014 Alaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alaine by: Annie
Words that come to mind are; luscious, yummy, delicious, well you get the idea. This book is unlike anything I've read before and that was certainly part of it's appeal. Apart, from the one of the best hero's I've read about in quite some time.

The story is set in mythological Camelot and the King is Karrigan who is a very tortured soul, he lives a miserable existence alone in his hell. Along comes Serena an innocent girl who slowly breaks down the ice that surrounds him. It is an interesting sto
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Jacqueline
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a TRULY unique plot concept.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: No one; discovered Kinley (Sherri) on my own
Damn!

I'm beginning to wonder if it is even possible for Sherrilyn Kenyon (AKA Kinley MacGregor) to ever write a book or plot concept that doesn't work or kick major ass!

Taking the old Camelot story and reworking it to fit not only an historical setting, but combining a paranormal feel to the book as well makes this introductory book to the Lords of Avalon series excessively interesting.

I LOVE how Sherri takes the idea of an antagonist, which is technically the nature of the character of Kerriga
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Lyssa
This book was so silly. The worldbuilding was laughable but I was mildly entertained. I was intrigued by how ridiculously evil the hero was.
Melinda
I thought I had read everything that Sherrilyn Kenyon had ever written besides her Manga and Comic series (I have never liked Comics or Manga but I would like to buy them one day just for the pictures) but I guess I was wrong. I’ve been to her website a thousand times…and that isn’t an exaggeration…and I’ve seen the Lords of Avalon books on her website but I just thought she was promoting another author named Kinley MacGregor so I ignored it. Sherrilyn sometimes mentions in her books that someon ...more
Yelania Nightwalker

A mí me encantan los libros de Sherrilyn Kenyon pero jamás me había animado a leer esta serie, sin embargo, compré este libro hace tiempo y lo guardé, por si se me antojaba leerlo después. Al final me animé a leerlo porque supe que alguien de esta serie aparecerá en Son of No One, el siguiente libro de los Dark Hunters y honestamente, me llevé una gratísima sorpresa con esta novela.

Kerrigan es un ladronzuelo que mientras está huyendo de sus captores se encuentra con la espada Calibur y al aga

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Malakoka
first half - 5 stars.
second half - 0 stars.

It started great and I was sucked in the story. But then in one point, around 2/3 I was like : "Wait. I think I skipped a few pages ( 100-150 of them). I loooove Sherilyn's books. The way she does anti-hero(es) is magnificent. But this... It felt like she started to write 500-page book, and then , in the middle, her publisher called and said " Hey, sorry, I forgot to say that you are allowed to have only 200 pages. So she switched, and than you have ---
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carlie
Nov 14, 2008 carlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Jessica
Jan 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I really enjoyed it. It is a bit more Epic fantasy then I am used to reading but that is to be expected since it is a spin of King Arthur lore. I really liked both Kerrigan and Seren. Kerrigan is a demon lord and therefore evil but his love for Seren kind of balances that out. Although he fights his feelings for her for sometime in the book I liked reading about him struggle through that. Seren is a strong women and ends up being quite powerful, wh ...more
Elektragedia
Mar 17, 2016 Elektragedia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
no me siento desamparada, por fin un libro que devoro y que me saca de esta resaca literaria, lo ame, he dicho y me encanto pero quería mas y no pongo mas estrellas porque el segundo libro no lo veo por ninguna parte
Susan (susayq ~)
I was quickly sucked in to this world. Could be from all those times Hubs forced me to watch Excalibur with him through the years (I may force him to read this LOL). However, Arthur this isn't. This is the world of Camelot after Arthur dies and how good and evil are fighting for control. Kerrigan was hot. He was evil, but he was hot. And his Lady Mouse, Seren, was stronger than he thought she could ever be. Some of the dialogue had me laughing cause the knights can time travel...imagine Morgan l ...more
Dri-g
Interesting concept and solid writing
Mary
Sep 26, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I liked a review for this book that pretty much covered the entire plot. I read these books mostly because Kenyon is pulling them into the DH/Hellchaser universe. Son of No One tossed in a whole bunch of new mythology and rules, and I was hoping for some crossover. Not so much.

Seren is a peasant weaver who wants to be part of the guild. She is rejected and immediately meets Gawain and Agravain - former knights of the round table who want her to come with them. Seren thinks they are crazy and run
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AL
Sep 19, 2014 AL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm such an idiot for waiting too long to pick up this series!

Cos this series is so frickin' good. I finished the first book in less than a day. I love the concept of the series. The twist that Kinley MacGregor aka Sherrilyn Kenyon added to the legends of King Arthur tale is amazing. I shouldn't be surprised cos it's Sherrilyn Kenyon. She always tells such a spectacular stories. It has everything. A cool history and a good humor, a great time traveling twist, the Arthurian time was refreshing!
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The Window Seat
Mar 06, 2014 The Window Seat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon, you may have come across the name Kinley MacGregor. That is because Kinley MacGregor is a pen name for the prolific author and one other reason why I love her! :)

In Sword of Darkness, we get a look at Camelot - after Arthur. Now, Camelot is taken over by Morgen and the Kerrigan. They rule as the Queen of the Fey and King of the Damned. They are in a constant battle with the Lords of Avalon who are trying to retake Camelot. The fearless leader of the Lords is
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Lords of Avalon (5 books)
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  • Son of No One (Dark-Hunter, #24; Hellchaser, #5; Were-Hunter, #8, Lords of Avalon, #3)
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“Pausing in front of her, her mother brushed the hair back from her face and smiled sweetly at her before she kissed her brow. "You've changed much, my little treasure."

A stinging wave of grief consumed her as she heard her mother's blessed voice again. Tears welled in her eyes. "I've missed you, Mama."

-Seren and her mother, in a dream.”
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