Shadow Over Avalon

Shadow Over AvalonSOA Postcard

The cover, the postcard and the official blurb, (below). Also some snippets from the book.

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A five star review from Readers Favorites  for Shadow Over Avalon.

Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

Shadow over Avalon by C.N. Lesley is a well written and original retelling of the Arthurian legend. This book brings freshness to the well-known and often told story by placing it in the far future. The King Arthur story has a multitude of fans and some of us will buy any version of the story we come across. It is a great surprise and reward when a writer I am not familiar with gives me an exciting and totally new version of the story. C.N. Lesley’s story has many of the familiar characters we have grown to know and love. Characters like Merlin, Uther, and Arthur himself are in this book and easily recognized, but because the writer has created a well thought out and interesting future world with a complex and dynamic culture and society, everything about the characters and story is new and exciting. In medieval England a lot of conflict revolved around heirs and ancestors and this book opens with Arthur determined to find his parentage, while at the same time refusing to donate his own DNA for some purpose he is not completely sure of.

I enjoyed Shadow over Avalon immensely. In my opinion C.N. Lesley balances all aspects of the novel perfectly. The characters are complex and well developed. The same can be said of the world they inhabit. There is conflict and relationship tension throughout the story to such an extent that I couldn’t wait to turn the page to see what would happen next.

And here is the book trailer.

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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 side by side with the air-breathing people to defeat the predators who are determined to ensure their own survival no matter the cost.

Ashira, War Maid princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe.

Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next.

Following two threads of time, CN Lesley’s fresh take on the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy.

Here is another little snippet out of Shadow Over Avalon, scheduled for release this October. Disclaimer. This snippet has not been edited by my Publishers. It may appear as is, or it may be changed when it goes live.

Orb lights suspended over the buildings gave the plasglass dome of their ‘sky’ a blue glow against the fathoms of sea water pressing from above. Initiate Seers, serving as the eyes of the Archive, loitered at every junction, black-robed and gloomy as their home. Ordinary Submariners, people with real lives, hurried about their business like flows of tiny fish in a never ending day. In contrast, the black towers of Sanctuary behind Arthur stood like dark, rotted teeth amid the artificial brightness. Free at last, if only for a short while. Two Initiates turned in his direction. He attempted to stroll through the plaza with confidence, all the while giving off the mental signature of authority and right to walk from Sanctuary without an escort. Their gaze rolled over him, moving on. Arthur heaved a sigh of relief. Ten more steps to a side street. A black clad form stepped into view, blocking the way. Arthur altered his direction, but everywhere he looked a black clad Seer stood, all of them focused on him. As one, they closed in on him. How had they known he was not permitted outside? Had he missed the location of a vid recorder on his way out? Out-flanked and now caught in the crushing mind-grip of two Initiates, Arthur marched back into Sanctuary to explain his unauthorized excursion into the city of Avalon. He was now too busy shielding his mental abilities from his captors to come up with a convincing lie to explain his crime.


Here is a little snippet of Shadow Over Avalon as it is prior to the editorial process. The snippet may not appear in the book, or it may be altered, or it may be intact, I cannot predict this until it has been through the process. In the meantime I have permission to post as it now is with the disclaimer. Breath scorched through labored lungs. Heartbeats thudded louder than footfalls. Darkness pressed around with wolves close behind. The mournful wail of a hunter’s horn set the pack howling. The faint light of a fire shone through dense forest. In the mouth of a cavern, a robed figure sat cross-legged beside the blaze. Within the depths of a cowl were eyes so black they reflected none of the flames, a predator’s hypnotic link with cornered prey. The dank smell of stagnant water mingled with wood smoke and lupine odor. The pack closed in for the kill, but the figure gestured, sending them slinking away into the night.


A Science Fantasy to be released by Kristell Ink in October 2013. This book is first of a series and delves into science fiction, fantasy and myth. Ever wondered what happens when the legendary King Arthur is returned to fulfill his vow to protect his people in the time of their greatest need? In Earth Year 3874 all hell breaks loose. Stay tuned for what happens next.

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