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The Midsummer Wife

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The reincarnated souls of King Arthur, Merlin, and an anxiety-ridden priestess return to save Britain after a devastating nuclear attack, only to find an old foe: Morgaine.

After a nuclear attack on London that heralds The Time Foretold, Ava Cerdwin, the high priestess in charge of fulfilling a 1,500-year-old prophecy, must assist the heirs of King Arthur and Merlin in
Published August 26th 2018 by Vagabondage Press LLC
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Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
The Midsummer Wife by Jacqueline Simonds is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy drawing on Arthurian legends.

In sixth century Britain, Anya charges her three offspring - Falcon fathered by Merlin, Stephen fathered by King Arthur, and her daughter Arianrhod - to guard the respective rites, relics and heritage of Merlin, Arthur and of the Goddess until the Day Foretold. Almost 1500 years later, in 2029, the nuclear annihilation of London and essentially all its leadership devastates Britain. With
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Jacqueline Simonds offers an urban fantasy with a side helping of Arthurian legend in The Midsummer Wife. It’s a tantalizing reading combination, especially in a time when we know our leaders by their tweets rather than by their ancestry.

Set in the near future, the story goes like this. Ava Cerdwin is the High Priestess of an Order worshipping The Goddess. She travels to Britain in the wake of a terrible nuclear disaster, which devastated London and the surrounding area. Her task is to connect
S.E. Sasaki
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Midsummer Wife by Jacqueline Church Simonds is an interesting take on the King Arthur legend in that it brings the story of Arthur and Merlin and Morgaine 1500 years into our near future. It also introduces a High Priestess of the Goddess—Ava Cerdwen—into the story. London has been hit by a nuclear bomb that has knocked out the government and the Royal family leaving the country in a shambles. Up step three people who can heal Britain, the direct descendants of King Arthur, Merlin, and Anya, ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The Midsummer Wife (The Heirs to Camelot Book 1) by Jacqueline Church Simonds

“The Midsummer Wife” is an imaginative, well-written urban fantasy, with a beautiful book cover, and flawed characters who must face their past and come to terms with the truth. Lord Ron Steadbye – the heir to King Arthur, and Duke Drunemeton – the heir of Merlin, who is known as The Harper. The Harper was created to keep the Arthurian tale alive and preserve the artifacts which would help prove they are who they say
Rob Edwards
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Midsummer Wife is set in an alternate near-now Britain, where descendants of King Arthur’s court must come together to right a terrible wrong: an event that has devastated much of the country. Along the way Ava, must recruit the heirs of Arthur and Merlin in a plot that encompasses romance, psychic powers, trauma, prophecies and ancient cults. There’s a lot going on in this book!

Two caveats on an otherwise excellent read. First, because much of the story involves fulfilling a prophecy, the
Norman Turrell
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Midsummer Wife is an imaginative and original fusion of the classic Arthurian legend and magical psychics, set in a dystopian world. The author concentrates on the characters—focusing heavily on dialogue and the internal reflection of the protagonist—and gives great depth to their trials and relationships as we travel through their quest to forge a future for devastated England.

For lovers of detail, we are given a lot of information about the history of the legend and the powers behind it,
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