'The Waking World' is a futuristic Arthurian tale on an epic scale. It's set in a future society which is completely unlike the one we know today. The...more'The Waking World' is a futuristic Arthurian tale on an epic scale. It's set in a future society which is completely unlike the one we know today. The Earth has been ravaged by pollution and climate change and the people live as they did in the past, surviving off the land. The story is set at Hawk's Cross, the home of Aran, the main character in the book. He is one of the sons of a wealthy Law but the Island on which they live is under attack from the invading Marauders. Aran is desperate to protect his home but also must discover the secret of his true heritage if he is to fulfil the destiny laid out for him.
I really liked the fresh take on the Arthurian legend of Arthur and Merlin. It's one which so many people are familiar with but I thought that Tom Huddlestone still managed to bring something entirely new to the traditional tale. At the start I wasn't sure how he was going to link everything together but bit by bit all the pieces started to fall into place. It's an entirely different slant but it does work extremely well and the story is packed full of excitement and adventure.
One of my favourite aspects of the book was the friendship between Aran and his friends Cas and Mohanna. They have grown up together and know each other inside and out and I liked seeing them look out for one another when they were in some dangerous situations. I also loved the bond which develops between Aran and the mysterious Peregrine. The latter was extremely intriguing and it was a delight to get to discover more about him throughout the course of the story.
I presume this is the first in a series as I finished it feeling like there was lots more to come. I hope so because I enjoyed getting to explore Aran's world and I'm hoping to read more about him and his friends in the future. (less)
This is the first book in a new series called The Pendragon Legacy. I'm a massive fan of stories which are set in Arthurian England and I absolutely a...moreThis is the first book in a new series called The Pendragon Legacy. I'm a massive fan of stories which are set in Arthurian England and I absolutely adore all the legends and tales about King Arthur and his court. I'm always on the lookout for new books on this subject so I was thrilled when I discovered this title.
Katherine Roberts expertly weaves Arthur's story and that of the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, Mordred and co with a new character, Rhianna Pendragon. Rhianna is the secret child of Arthur and Guinevere who was taken to Avalon by Merlin when she was a baby to protect her from those who don't wish to see an heir to the throne. She also happens to be the only hope against the evil Mordred who is being helped by the wicked Morgan Le Fay. Rhianna isn't alone though, she has her best friend Elphin by her side who is the Prince of Avalon and has a fair share of magic of his own to help guard her. I loved the friendship between Rhianna and Elphin and the fact that they would do anything for each other. I wonder whether the friendship they share will blossom into love later in the series.
The story is tremendously exciting and follows Rhianna's quest to find the Sword Excalibur, the Lance of Truth, the Crown of Dreams and the Holy Grail. Rhianna meets innumerable obstacles along the way but she never gives into defeat and makes a worthy heroine. I would have liked to have seen Rhianna meet Guinevere, but I assume this is being saved for the next book, as is our first encounter with Lancelot who is mentioned but never actually seen in person.
Set in a lost age of chivalry and magic, 'Sword of Light' combines wonderful storytelling with an engrossing tale of Knights, Kings, Queens and Princesses. I found the legend of King Arthur coming alive before my very eyes and I loved every second of reading it. Katherine Roberts has breathed new life into a story which many people are familiar with and for those who aren't, then she's introduced a whole new readership to King Arthur and all the characters of legend. I look forward to getting my hands on the sequel as soon as it's out! (less)