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Camelot Burning

(Metal & Lace #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  83 reviews
By day, Vivienne is Guinevere's lady-in-waiting. By night, she's Merlin's secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It's a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.

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Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Flux (first published May 1st 2014)
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Whitley Birks
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This book is really hard for me to review, because so many parts of it are fine. It had an interesting concept and an engaging plot, decent characters, plenty of fun mechanical creations. But the writing. I have rarely encountered writing so hard to slog through. And, seeing as this is a book, if the words are a muddled mess, that makes it hard to appreciate anything else that’s going on. The characters and plot and such are made of words, after all. On the other hand, it’s hard for me to tell h ...more
Sara Raasch
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Where do I begin.

Okay, so, take the adorable characters of the TV show Merlin, mix them with the intense battles of the movie King Arthur, throw in crazy awesome devices and tech, and you get CAMELOT BURNING.

If that doesn't grab you by the throat and shake you into excitement, did I mention there's a super hot knight-in-training? And Vivienne's kickass, take-charge attitude is exactly the kind of admirable quality we all love and adore in female leads? AND Merlin is just mysterious a
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

What’s not to like about an Arthurian steampunk novel? I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this story, and it didn’t let me down. I was so engrossed that I read half of the book on the train journey to and from London (three hours total). Weaving various characters of Arthurian legend into an original steampunk-based tale, as well as introducing some new, I thought
May 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars) I was really torn on whether to give it 2.5 or 3 stars but ended up with the latter.
I really really wanted to love this book. It held a lot of promise, but failed in its execution. I felt as if I was dropped into the middle of the story, it felt very disconnected and incoherent at times. Like you weren't getting at all the details. There where actually times where I was certain I must have missed a page or something, but I really hadn't.

Writing style aside though, the story itself h
Sarah Amelia
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-by-me
Even better the second time! :)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. I was excited when I heard that this was a blend of steampunk and Arthurian legend. While I enjoyed the idea behind the world, I did have some trouble engaging with the story and I had some trouble with the writing style.

Vivienne is a handmaiden to Guinivere. When we join the story Guinevere is set to marry King Arthur in a day or two. Vivienne also has a secret life as an apprentice to Merlin where she is learning to build many different st
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This is a story of Camelot like you have never heard before. Add all the characters from the original story and then add alchemy and steam punk to it. Plus a wonderful heroine in Vivienne who may have to sacrifice all she has ever wanted to keep the kingdom safe.

Opening Sentence: When a mechanical falcon takes flight from Merlin’s tower, it means the sorcerer is bored or drunk on absinthe.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This was a very unique twist to th
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, review-request
This was an interesting new take on Arthurian legends - many aspects are familiar if you have read stories about Camelot but there are little intriguing twists to change the meaning of magic and the purpose of Camelot. Unfortunately I often thought aspects of the world-building was very unclear, and it was a bit confusing trying to understand why magic is so taboo.

I think the world-building is the most disappointing aspect of this book. The mechanical arts that is favored over magic often seems
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't see how I neglected to rate this book, maybe because I finished it when I didn't have any internet but I still should have. I really did like it and it was cool how magic was banned kinda like it was in BBCs Merlin. I like the description of Merlin too, although he's still older than Colin Morgan's Merlin I still envisioned him at that age but different.
Where in the book he was bald and had ruinic tattoos on his head I envisioned him with a slight mohawk. Also, where the book describes h
Molli Moran
Arthurian steampunk?


Zachary Flye
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it

Protagonist: Vivienne is the queen's lady-in-waiting by day, but by night she secretly studies the mechanical arts and alchemy from Merlin himself. As a woman in Camelot, it's not appropriate for a woman to be learning anything other than maintaining a household and how to catch the attention of a suitable husband, but Vivienne dreams of more than a life at court and a loveless marriage to some noble or dandy. She wants to learn new things and build mechanical feats of brilliance. While I
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: This book seemed like an interesting one even before I started to read it. I was not wrong in that assumption and I am glad that I decided to read it. This book used an interesting mix of Steampunk and magic to hit the tale of King Arthur from a different viewpoint. This book started out in a way that I did not expect with a handmaid assisting Lady Guinevere. This still seemed interesting to me and this book still kept my interest. This book did not want to let go of that eit ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, just once in a great while, I finish a book and I just feel inspired. I feel excited and just want to share my thoughts with the world about the book. This book was one of those such books. It was an absolutely fabulous story that was very nearly perfection.

This is a sort of retelling about Arthur and Camelot but with many unique twists. We have the King, Arthur; we have his new wife, Guinevere; we have his champion, Lancelot and of course we have his Sorcerer Merlin. There are other
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Camelot Burning brilliantly combines steampunk and magic into a most familiar tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table.

In this highly complex story telling, Vivienne, Guinevere's lady in waiting has a secret life as Merlin's apprentice. When Morgan le Fay, Arthur's sister, comes to over through Camelot, Vivienne must help Merlin create a mechanical weapon that might save them all from Morgan's evil magic.

While the bases of the story stays the same as the lore, this story had many
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This book was an easier read than I first thought it would be. I really enjoyed the mix of Arthurian legend/myth and steampunk elements. Since the extent of my Arthurian mythology lies in a couple of episodes of the show Merlin, I can't really say how closely it sticks to it, but I thought it was very interesting.

Vivienne is Guinevere's lady-in-waiting, but also Merlin's secret apprentice who dabbles in tinkering machinery that could prove useful in the war against Morgan Le Fay
Katie Carroll
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.

Moonlighting as Merlin's secret alchemy apprentice, lady-in-waiting Vivienne is about to become a key part in the war for Camelot. When Morgan le Fay threatens to take over Camelot in an attempt to find the location of the Holy Grail, Vivienne and Merlin must build a machine to stop her. Yet Vivienne finds it hard to commit to her task when Marcus, Lancelot's squire, catches her eye and she learns his role in the war may ta
Jan 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not my favorite. I really am not a big fan of animatronics/alchemy based metal animation so this story just became very 'Blah' very fast.

I was intrigued at first, and then disappointed. The main girl is awkward and sleep deprived and leads a double life (by day she's Guinevere's hand maiden, and by night she's Merlin's apprentice). What was really disappointing was that in this book, Magic was outlawed because of it's addictive properties, so she wasn't learning magic with Merlin, just a type o
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought all of the Arthurian retellings had been written, but Kathryn Rose's steampunk version sucked me in and spit me out in an exhausted heap. Non-stop action, a tragic love story, and a totally kick-ass heroine made this a must-read. ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
[2.5 Stars] just wanted to say that this book had so many different interesting ideas but unfortunately did not execute them particularly well. Check out my full video review down below.

[Non-Spoiler Video Review]
Arthurian Legends mixed with steampunk? I have GOT to read this one :o)
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Great concept: Camelot plus Steampunk
Confusing world building
Insta love
Jumpy plot
Kat Rook
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Pretty review here

So Camelot has banned magic in favor of the ‘Mechanical Arts’ which means that Excalibur is a giant sword with a gauntlet that attached to a person’s arm and Merlin is actually an inventor. Well, he’s also a recovering magic addict which is equally crazy. Unknown to the rest of the court Merlin has taken on an apprentice, Vivienne, Guinevere’s lady-in-waiting. Other than Vivenne’s looming future (which promises a good bit more embroidery
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle, dnf
DNF at 54%. I tried more than once to quit this book, but then I would say to myself, "maybe it gets better, I'll stick with it a little longer." It never got any better and I decided to be done with it. The different take on the King Arthur story was unique and different but the execution of the story and characters was poorly done. All the characters are very flat and one dimensional. There is no real connection between any of them. There is some insta-love between the main character and a squ ...more
Anna Kay
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hannah Lesniak
ATTENTION: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS (Only if you're unfamiliar with various incarnations/versions of Arthurian legend - also slight spoilers for the end)

People who read this will most likely fall into two camps - true enjoyment or the deconstructions of an angry/annoyed, Arthurian purist. I will admit that I have things I am a purist about and would absolutely abhor to see retold, or altered in any way whatsoever; for me, Arthurian legend is NOT one of these things! I am usually not a fan of steam
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting concept and unique characters but all was executed poorly. I'm in love with steampunk flavor and much of Rose's imagery was beautiful but actions by some characters and fight scenes were a confusing or just didn't make sense at all. 3 out of 5 for sure, definitely a casual read for fantasy and steampunk lovers. ...more
Kristina Natividad
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stumbled across this series and fell in like with it. I loved the combination of magic, old-world, and steam-punk in the storyline. I liked the way the main character challenged what her father and society wanted her to be. Later in the series, it felt like the plot was dragging a little, but it was still worth finishing.
Alisha Tarran
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to this book like a moth to a flame, I's all about Arthurian legend, and it's set in Arthurian times with all the well known figures. The history geek in me was screaming in joy, and freaking out, I mean STEAMPUNK ARTHUR?! I couldn't get the book fast enough. I'm the girl who has every season of Merlin on DVD and re-watches it twice a year at least twice. Do you see how badly I wanted to love this book?!

The concept of the book was fantastic. It was really intriguing, and
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not exactly my kind of book but I enjoyed it and I love the main character.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a story about Camelot and King Arthur and this one did not disappoint. I loved this story of Vivianne and Marcus and Merlin.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2014
I have a thing for Arthurian-inspired stories. I know they've been done to death, but the tragedy of its love story, the chivalry of the knights, the mix of history and magic have all fascinated me ever since I read Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon at fourteen. Kathryn Rose's Camelot Burning spoke to my inner fourteen-year-old when I read the synopsis and not being overly familiar with steampunk outside of a Victorian setting, I was interested to see how it would work for me. Unfortun ...more
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Kathryn Rose was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Southern Ontario. She graduated from York University with a bachelor's in English, minoring in philosophy, before moving to Los Angeles, California.

She is the author of the METAL & LACE trilogy.

Other books in the series

Metal & Lace (3 books)
  • Avalon Rising (Metal & Lace, #2)
  • Excalibur Reigning (Metal & Lace, #3)

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