Book three in the Arthurian Science Fantasy Shadow series. Isn’t it a wonderful cover! Does happy dance!
Wow, my cup runneth over. Now I am totally spinney. This is what makes all the work and the hours worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this story on the big screen, as a major blockbuster, one of these days. “Shadows over Avalon”, Book 1 of the Shadows series, has all the ingredients to make a captivating high concept movie.
Arthur, an incredibly gifted young citizen of the underwater city of Avalon, is so special that he’s under constant scrutiny. Arthur won’t accept the life programmed for him by Avalon’s powers to be, and decides to escape and fight above water with Terrans, against their oppressors, the repulsive and all-powerful Nestines.
In order to prepare for his escape on the surface, Arthur secretly accesses the all-knowing Archive system, and discovers the story of Ashira, the beautiful and fierce War Maid, princess of the surface-world, betrayed by her father, and then by her peers. Ashira’s life is tied to the story of Avalon. But how does Ashira’s life relate to his? Why does he have dreams of a previous life? And what is his real purpose?
C.N. Lesley’s imagination has no limits. The worlds she created are so vivid and well thought out, that the reader’s gets completely immersed in this brilliant tale of lost love, mind games, and science fiction. Very impressive!
Wow, I am spinning. Two in one day.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excalibur and dinosaurs. How can you miss?, September 22, 2016
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This review is from: Shadow Over Avalon (Kindle Edition)
When I was a kid, my favorite book was T.H. White’s The Once and Future King (mostly The Sword in the Stone section with Wart and Merlin; I picked up the later sections as I grew older). Like many kids, I loved all things Arthur and tales of knights of the round table. I listened to the soundtrack of Camelot for hours, when other kids were listening to the Beatles and Herman’s Hermits.
Later, much to my wife Carol’s disbelief, I became a huge fan of Mark Schulz’ Cadillac and Dinosaurs graphic novels. I only wish he’d written more.
When C.N. Lesley wove the two together to create Shadow Over Avalon, she catapulted me in readers’ heaven. This juxtaposition does her injustice, however. Her prose cast a spell on me long before the heroine Shadow encounters her first Saurian after betrayal by her lover’s advisors and the priesthood.
Heroine? you might ask. Isn’t this a novel about King Arthur? And, improbably, dinosaurs? Yes and no. Shadow Over Avalon tells the story of the restoration of Camelot in the distant future after an apocalypse demolished civilization and repopulated the planet with resurgent predatory reptilian species. Lesley combines two narrative storylines, that of a young outcast named Shadow who forges an alliance of outlaws and a scholar named Arthur who pries into unauthorized records in the clerical database.
Neither realize darker forces conspire to control the planet and its human populations. Lesley weaves a compelling narrative that threads more elements than a North American quilt, adding revelation onto revelation to draw the reader into her story—genetic manipulation, undersea and space colonization, and Celtic mythology.
Lesley’s prose draws the reader in immediately, and keeps them riveted for the rest of the novel. It’s been a long time since I read a book that reminded me why I enjoyed reading as much as I do, or that I downloaded and read the sequel as soon as I finished the first installment. I admit that there were moments I felt I was in the middle of a Hong Kong or Bollywood movie as Lesley threw in yet another fantastic element or plot twist, but, in the end, they all mesh together into a satisfying whole.
Chalice of the Shadows is coming very soon.
Why this? Because I have just finished the edits on book 3, ‘Chalice of Shadows’ and started writing book 4 as yet unnamed. Yes, I have a cover for the Chalice and no, I can’t reveal it yet. Yes, the new book is a continuation of where ‘Sword of Shadows’ left off. Maybe I will post a teaser later. It is dark. Darker than the previous two and probably classing as the new label of Grimdark as opposed to traditional fantasy. Sometime soon I’ll get a trailer for it, but in the meantime, here is the trailer for ‘Sword of Shadows’.
Currently only $2.99 here: https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shadows-C-N-Lesley-ebook/dp/B00P4HX4SE
http://bookShow.me/B00GAN6HMG and it is only 99c at the moment. Steal of a Deal.
What a nice thing to wake up to this morning. Shadow Over Avalon is right up there with the biggest and the best. Follow the link and see what they said. Now to go do extended happy dance. Want to know what it is about? Here is a short trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtqH1teA_yE
And here is the link for those 23 books.
Shadow Over Avalon, the first book in the Shadow series is on promo for a very limited time now. Please help me spread the word before it returns to its regular price by supporting my Thunderclap campaign. I am not asking anyone to buy the book, although 99c is a steal for an epic fantasy and one of the links is at the bottom of the page. All I need is a few moments of your time to click on the Thunderclap link and support my book on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or all three if you so feel inclined. Help me extend my reach to enable readers to get this epic fantasy at a great price while this is still possible. Check out the blurb and the trailer. Your won’t be disappointed. Thirtyfive 5* star reviews from happy readers. Thanks.
Beyond the mists of time, a dying warrior binds his soul to his sword with an oath to protect his people. His shade rides with the Wild Hunt while he waits for the call of greatest need, but when it comes, he doesn’t know it is a lie. In the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur nears the end of his acolyte training. But he doesn’t want to spend his life serving the Archive, he wants to fight with the air-breathing people to defeat the predators who are determined to survive at any cost.
Thunderclap campaign https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/20387-future-king-arthur