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Sword of Darkness

(Lords of Avalon #1)

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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 own woma
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Paperback, First, 358 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Avon (first published January 1st 2006)
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Catherine Assume for anything written by Sherrilyn Kenyon/ Kinley MacGregor that all books contain sexual scenes or bad language. Except for Chronicles of Nick…moreAssume for anything written by Sherrilyn Kenyon/ Kinley MacGregor that all books contain sexual scenes or bad language. Except for Chronicles of Nick (aimed at teens) but even that has what some consider inappropriate themes.(less)

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Sophia Triad
Kerrigan and Seren

Lords of Avalon take place during alternative medieval times where besides our known world described in history books, two more Kingdoms were present:
1. The Camelot which has gone rotten. Arthur is gone. All the knights are either dead or chased away and the evil Morgen is now the boss. No colour exists. Everything is black or grey.
2. The Avalon where you can find all the good guys, the good wizards, the good knights that used to be part of Camelot etc.

Seren is a poor girl that
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valee
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2015 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!
Molly Mortensen
This book hit my number one pet peeve, the love interest threatening to rape the heroine. I don't care how evil he's supposed to be or that he didn't do it. It's still wrong. Not romantic at all.

The 'hero' called the heroine mouse and that's what she is. A weak, spineless mouse. He kept thinking she was brave but I didn't see it.

They fell in love quickly and I never understood why he'd change his entire outlook on life for her.

The worldbuilding was decent but not up to Kenyon's normal standar
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♡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 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Coffcat
Nov 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
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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Yahira Potterica
Jun 05, 2014 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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Mitabird
Aug 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
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
Jonathan Wilson
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Lucy Qhuay

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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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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Lucía Herrero
Oct 31, 2015 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
BekkAlien
4,2 Stars
Něco tomu chybělo.....ale i tak to byla skvělá kniha, která se výjimečně obešla bez obvyklého Sherrilynovského znásilňování hlavního hrdiny.... :D

„Vypadám jako žena?" ptal se Blaise Kerrigana, který seděl na jednom z křesel před krbem.
„Ano"
Blaise vypadal uraženě jeho rychlou reakcí „Cože?"
„Co?" Kerrigan se na něj nevinně podíval. „Chtěls, abych lhal?"
Blaise si rozzlobeně založil ruce na prsou. „Nevypadám jako žena."
„Tak proč ses ptal?"
„Serena si myslela, že jsem její matka, když jsem j
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Jane Stewart
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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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Joana V.
Dec 26, 2013 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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Alaine
Nov 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Gina
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Fangirl Musings
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a TRULY unique plot concept.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings 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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Alicia Esparza
Un poco raro por la historia del Rey Arturo no terminaba de engancharme, para mi gusto faltaron escenas de amor entre los protas, pero siempre me mantuvo queriendo saber que sucederia con ellos y lo termine.
Lyssa
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, time-travel
This book was so silly. The worldbuilding was laughable but I was mildly entertained. I was intrigued by how ridiculously evil the hero was.
Holly
Sadly, this book is going to be a DNF for me. I want to say it’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. But a big part of what I don’t like about it is the unsophisticated writing. If it weren’t for all the sex I’d peg it as a young adult book. There’s not a lot of excellent storytelling here. The writing is pretty simplistic.

Beyond that, it’s also a weird catch-all of romance, historical, fantasy, urban fantasy, time-travel and paranormal genres. It has everything: mystical beasts, magic, immort
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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
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Becky
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Overall liked it. However my feelings peaked about halfway through the book.

I loved the initial getting together phase, where you learned the characters backgrounds and Seren broke down Kerrigans barriers. So many sweet scenes with him wanting yet fighting, and his battle for control was heart wrenching to watch.

After that, the action carried the rest of the book through an interesting and unique story. But I felt like the romance fizzled. My heart did break towards the end when Kerrigan was te
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Lesley Taylor
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love Sherrilyn Kenyon books. The characters just come alive and there is always an element of amusement too. Can't wait to read the next!
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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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