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Set in Stone (Legend #1)

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Life as she knew it had ended…

When Alexandria York fatefully met the Duke of Avalon in the woods she never imagined she’d be working for him. A rising star of the art scene in London, Alexandria agrees to commission a piece for the infamous noble. His intentions quickly become confusing as chemistry grows between the two.
As she dreams of the man she can’t have, the one sh
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ebook, 312 pages
Published April 23rd 2016 by Kylie C. Stewart
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Vicki
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-suspense
I was really surprised to find how much I enjoyed this story. I liked the Dragon and I liked spunky Alexandria. I felt the tension of their relationship and enjoyed it. I especially loved the night visits and the glimpses into the past. I want to read book two and pick up where this one leaves off. I did like the fact that it was not a terrible cliffhanger leaving us to question and worry while book two is being completed. I knew where I hoped it would lead and so I am ready to read book two to ...more
Anniek
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He's a myth, a fairy tale, a legend and also a real man. To the world he's the Duke of Avalon. It's been ages since he told someone his name. He's called Arthur, King Arthur to be exact. For centuries he's lived life after life trying to break the curse that was placed on him. A sorcerer named M. has been with him every single time. In each lifetime he tries to find his soulmate and the only one who can break the curse. When he meets Alexandria, Arthur has a strong hope that this time the curse ...more
Patrice
This is an adult story due to some sexual content. I liked this contemporary story of the legendary King Arthur and some of the key characters from Camelot. It is an interesting take on an old story. Apparently King Arthur is cursed and he still lives (as well as at least 3 other major players); certain important persons to Arthur are reincarnated too, without memory of any past lives. The story moves at a good pace and kept me entertained. I would have preferred a little more information impart ...more
Whit
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Re-telling lovers (King Arthur)
I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was shocked at how much I loved this story. I knew from the beginning I would. Even knowing from the beginning who these characters were didn't prepare me for the story.

So recently I've been so enthralled in writing my own stories and reading amazing books I have sitting on my bookshelf in my spare time that I've turned quite a few authors-who have asked me to read their books-down in the last few months.

There was
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Jeanette Kelley
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully sad tale!

This is my first book by this author and I have to say it was a great book. This new take about king Arthur and his court is full of love, hate magic and sadness. I found it very refreshing and will read the continued series. Very well done!
Ashley
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review for it.

I am a big fan of fantasy and also a fan of Arthur retellings. There's just so much fun with the original story that you can do a lot with any retelling. I'd say this is one of my favorite retellings I've read to date.

The romance in this novel is sweet rather than hot, and the build up is slow. But when you get to the overall climax of the story it's definitely worth the wait! There is a lot of mystery and intrigue in this
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Paloma Hdezc
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really like how this book started, but then, the following chapters were so complicated, the drama was just too much drama (unnecessary, in my opinion)
Recipe Fairy
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a nicely charming book! It reads somewhat like a Regency romance, however there's moments where you are reminded it's a modern story. The storyline is intriguing, the dialogue was rich, and the romance was sweet and not too hot. While not as much as I expected, there's still an underlying mysterious supernatural element threaded throughout the whole story with bits being revealed slowly over time. With a cat and mouse relationship that has small fireballs of smoldering attraction, I wa ...more
Sherri
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
What a wonderfully, intriguing story the author has spun in this current day tale of King Arthur! Imaginative and a real page turner. I am looking forward to the next book and I am an instant fan of this new author.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Arthurian legends are among my favorite stories to read no matter how many re~telling available. This tale takes on a modern twist while also still in keeping with other re~telling. I'm fascinated by how this tale presented itself. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.
Jolie
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in Stone is a newer, darker take on King Arthur . Told from Arthur/Avalon’s point of view and Alexandria point of view, you are taken on a dark journey with a man who has nothing to lose and woman who has the ability to bring him to his knees and possibly destroy him if she chooses wrong.

When Kylie approached me to review Set In Stone, I did an internal “Squeee” of delight. I am a sucker for anything about Camelot/King Arthur/Knights of the Round Table. Seriously, if I see a book that even m
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Rita Kroon
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in Stone by Kylie Stewart is a historical romance novel, and is the first book of the Legend series. The setting is Caliburn Estate, England.

The opening line: "Her voice brought me out from the surrounding chaos threatening to drown me," sets the stage for Avalon's quest to find the woman he loves, and who will love him in return. If so, he would be free from the curse placed on him by Sir Thomas Mordred 162 years earlier. "I am just Avalon," he cries, "who once was king."

Alexandria is intro
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Jane Blanchard
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in Stone by Kylie Stewart is a contemporary romance with mystery and suspense. This is the first book in the "Legend" series, a modern adaptation of the Legend of King Arthur. Ms. Stewart successfully develops two characters, Avalon and Alexandria York. Avalon (Arthur) is cursed and Alexandria is unaware of the role she plays in this curse. Both feel a magnetism toward the other; but while Avalon is controlling and angry, Alexandria is confused and often conflicted between being an independe ...more
Jelilat Adesiyan
I like it

I just couldn’t quite grasp the emotions between Alexandria and Avalon. I did eventually connect but it took me a wry long time. We know there’s background but I don’t believe the author took time to connect the past and present. There was too much tug and pool that didn’t make sense. Some of Avalon’s emotions seemed too extreme but it worked out, but some of Alexandria’s didn’t track somewhat, but it kinda did. Overall, i eventually liked it. It could have been a five star if it connec
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The Ordinary Housewife Book Blog
Legend lives up to its name. Legend takes an age old tale and transports it into a new world. One of beauty, mystery, and love that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Legend is a page turner that takes into the world of Avalon and Alexandria. They are a tug of war couple, but you can feel the magnitude of their connection in every line you read. Alexandria is an artist, that from a once chance meeting with Avalon creates and work of art. This pulls Avalon back into her world to crea ...more
Danielle Goodwin
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kylie Stewart's "Set in Stone" and "The Duke's Curse" are the first two books in the Legend series. Great reads! I was glad I had #2 ready to go when I finished #1! You really need both to get the complete picture. I love the love triangle and all of the historical parts. I don't want to give away too much - lots of twists and turns. Some great steamy scenes. Amazing ending. I will definitely read this author again.
Laura Ruetz
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm always interested in books that deal with the Arthurian legend and this was well done. I like the contemporary spin on it, and the overall idea of the book. The characters are complex and well developed. Engaging story and a good way to give an original spin on the legend of Arthur.

Only negative was that while trying to show how ego can get in the way, it just sort of created a bit of a disconnect with the charactor of Avalon for me.

I received a free copy of this book.
Taylor
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated it. I didn't like a single thing. Avalon is the biggest douche. He does nothing but be disrespectful and then wonders why Alexandria wants nothing to do with him. I had high hopes for this book and it had so much potential but I don't think it was a 4 star book. No way will I read the second book. This was a waste of my time.
Summer Schell
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of the story. For a debut novel, I find it quite impressive and can tell that it comes from passion.

I just feel that this book could be longer, I started reading the second book and felt that it could just be incorporated into the first book.
Julie
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was provided this book at the invitation of the author.
This was an absorbing read --once I started reading it, I could hardly put it down! Although I am not familiar with all the details of the Arthur legend(s), I was immediately drawn in to the story. The story is told from alternating viewpoints - that of Arthur/Avalon and Alexandria. Alexandria is enticed, seduced by Arthur, though totally kept in the dark. Arthur/Avalon knows all, but reveals only tidbits. There is alot of seduction - i
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Sharon Dubuque
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This is a fantasy that was told very interestingly. It is a great love/hate story. Love conquered in the end.
Mary Burrows
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good. Suspense, based on Arthurian legend. Not boilerplate very engaging narrative.
Lauren
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
*2.5*

Review coming soon...
Tammy
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Got for ARC, for a honest review.

As I read the story, it pulled me into King Arthurs world. I have always loved movies on King Arthur and Merlin. The story also made me think that a little of beauty and the beast was also mixed in as well. Certain things in the book made me think of the cartoon. I liked the book had a nice steady pace and loved how it played out. The author did a great job of pulling me into the world they made in a modern day world of King Arthur.

Thank you for letting me read
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C. Erani Kole
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the author*

My rating for this floats around four stars. I liked the writing style and what it promised, but throughout the book, I kept getting confused, mainly with the whole curse thing of Arthur's. The first few pages started the confusion for me, and as the story progressed, the answers were slowly fed to me. One on hand I liked it because I had to figure things out for myself, but at the same time, I was always thrown off by his obj
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Stephanie M.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alexandria is an up and coming artist, who takes dirt and transforms it into beautiful sculptures. A commoner, nothing special to the eyes of the world, but everything to the eyes of Avalon.

Avalon is a man of many secrets and a past he can't overcome. Life after life Avalon desperately seeks out the woman who has escaped his grasp, left only to yearn for her presence.

She holds the the key to his soul, but doesn't have a clue. He's running low on patience. Will he have enough left to let her in
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Auburn
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The good: This is a completely different take on the Arthurian legend of King Arthur. The way it is written brings it into today's world and poses new questions about the once and future king. The author does a good job of making it relevant and the romance intriguing.

The bad: Some parts are difficult to figure out and you find yourself wondering when Allie will finally figure out anything or when anything will actually be revealed.

The epilogue: If you love King Arthur with a mix of modern rom
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Stephanie Killen
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic start to an amazing series! I absolutely love reading about Avalon and Alexandria. Then you have Lancer thrown in the mix. What a fascinating storyline. It leaves you guessing as to how it will all end. Will good win out? I can't wait to read more!!
Joan
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Return of the days of King Arthur and Guinevere?

Alexandra York and her girlfriend meet the Duke of Avalon in the woods and it is her friend who recognizes him as being of royal background, the richest man in England and probably the most secretive. He is also known as the Black Dragon. Alexandra realizes he is really staring at her; he tells the girls they are trespassing on his property and sends them on their way, although he is most intrigued by Alexandra. Alexandra has developed a reputation
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Bobbie Stanley
Over the years, I've read a lot of mythology. I've also read a lot of fiction inspired by and adapted from mythology. As such, I was really excited for this book! The King Arthur legends are some of my favorites and I couldn't wait to get a sort of modern take on them. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but I found this book hard to get through. Very rarely do I stop reading a book without finishing it, though, so I pressed on. What I found, though, was that I became more confused as ...more
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Kylie C. Stewart has been writing short stories and books all her life. A native of Hammond, New York, Kylie grew up on the St. Lawrence River dreaming of big things. She has a Master’s of Science in Equine Business from Middle Tennessee State University, which is why there are so many horses in her books. After working in the Kentucky Race Horse Industry, she moved back to Tennessee to pursue wri ...more
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Legend (3 books)
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  • Resurrection: A Historical Adventure Romance Novel (Legend Book 3)