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
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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!
I came across a series of youtube documentaries that follow the old routs on Britain’s oldest map, the Gogh map. In the sixth one it talks about the Arthurian sights. Glastonbury, Tintagel, Pendragon Castle and what sounds like the Wuthaler, a small, mystical lake.The lake is to the left of Pendragon hall and bear in mind the west of this map is what we would call north today.
I will give a signed copy of Shadow Over Avalon to the first person to come up with the exact map references of where this lake is today. Here is a big hint. It is in England.
The Wizard of Oz reviewed Shadow Over Avalon
An enjoyable read September 4, 2016
This is a well-written novel about the Arthurian legend with extra and inspired splatters of sci-fi and fantasy. The characters are well-developed and the prose anything but purple. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I give it 5 stars.
Woo Hoo. Another great five star review of Sword of Shadows.
ADPase reviewed Sword of Shadows
A splendid mixture of goodies to savour July 19, 2016
The world created by the author for ‘Sword of Shadows’ is a fascinating place. Well imagined and thoroughly described. For me it was a slow read because there is a lot to appreciate and absorb. Characters are strongly developed and relationships are compelling. This is the second book in a series, which unfolds a new take on the King Arthur myth/legend including an new take on Excalibur & Merlin. As I read, I was reminded of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and I enjoyed them as well. It is a complex book with numerous characters, plenty of interweaving story arcs, and amazing plot layers that kept me on my toes.
I liked the idea the enemy is not a simple one-dimensional baddy. Instead, they are intelligent and fascinating in their own right. I would have enjoyed this book more if I’d read the first book in the series. In fact, I went to the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ feature for the first book (Shadow Over Avalon), and read the first three chapters to get a quicker feel for the world. If there is a third book, I would certainly buy it to find out what happens next in this world. If you enjoy a rich mixture of mystery, Arthurian mythology, science fantasy, suspense, and immersion in another world, I recommend this book.
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.
Fiction writing is making things up that aren’t true. This is another way of saying writing lies, but there are two sorts of lies, the simple lie and the compound lie.
Simple lies are those to be desired as they stick very close to truth wherever possible. One way to see this is in the world creation of the book. It can happen in a real place or a fantasy world but the important thing here is that wherever is chosen must seem real. In order for this to happen there are rules to follow. Simplistically, an orchid would not grow in a barren ice desert. Cheating by calling a bunny a floodle or a moopsie is still not going to change the fact that it is a bunny and will be constrained within the confines of bunny actions if it is to suspend the reader’s ability to disbelieve; really what all this is about.
Character are more complex, as they should be if they are to come to life in a sense. A character must have motivations and for those to form, he/she has to have a past filled with things that form the motivations and promote the actions resulting from them. A lot of research can go into the creation of a character, FREX, my futuristic King Arthur in the Shadow series has over 500k notes in files of things that are useful or critical to know. A lot of this goes back to the original Welsh poems and songs. It is interesting to note a lot of the accepted history of the king was invented by one Geoffrey of Monmouth, a misogamist monk who disapproved of any instances of women recorded as having any power. They had to be evil so he made up the entire incest story to discredit Morgan Le Fay. A person has to wonder how a celibate monk got those sorts of ideas, but there you go, the lie is told and retold. Of course, only a fraction of the research goes into the book so what is the purpose, you may ask? The writer has to know how the character ticks and which way they will jump. Does the person like beef or lamb and if so, why? It is not just looking out of their eyes, it is knowing everything.
Now we get to the compound lie and it is here books can founder. This lie starts off simple but then gets additions not attaching securely to the first because the original intention wasn’t clearly envisaged or has been forgotten. This is where the term plot hole originates. Someone has just done something or had something happen that should not have come to pass because this makes nonsense of what has gone before.
Example? How about the easy fantasy trope of a farmer’s boy needing to leave his farm to explore the world as he feels confined by his simplistic circumstances? Some threat is fine at this point and it is still a simple lie. Many chapters later this same character has lost the farm he owned valiantly defending it against a marauding dragon whose existence was never mentioned in the first part of the story. The character doesn’t seem to believe he is inventing things and nor do those around him, with him on his journey from the beginning. Here is an enormous plot hole. The story is going to fail at this point. Obviously, some plot holes are more subtle, but they are still the result of the compound lie, which always fails.
A good story should have the ability to make the reader both laugh and cry.
Shadow Over Avalon
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.
A small snippet of Shadow Over Avalon not available in the free extract on Amazon.
A vast cavern dripped with water that fell from fingers of calcified rock to land on matching ground structures. Plunk … plunk … endless tears. An old, young man dressed in a black robe sat across a fire from Arthur, watching, listening. Frost-white hair framed an unlined face, matte-black eyes windowed a soul as old as eternity.
“How much time passes between one pearl of moisture falling and another?” the man asked.
“Six heartbeats.” Where is this place?
“In time, the point of origin will meet the point of impact, and still drips will fall. Will the heart stop?”
“All hearts stop.” Arthur brushed an insect from his hand, noticing blond hair on the back of a swordsman’s callused hands, not young hands.
“Does life stop at the cease of a single beat?”
“Ask that question of the Great Mother.” Arthur frowned; impatient at stupid riddles, wondering why he had said such a nonsensical thing, not knowing of any called the Great Mother.
“Who are you now, Arthur? Much time has passed. How many heartbeats? Are you ready?”
“I’m dreaming. Why are these dreams disturbing my life? I need to serve my people.”
“That’s good, Arthur. The first lesson I taught you, that a leader is a servant to his people. When every lesson is remembered you will be ready.”
“Who are you? I’ve seen you before in my dreams.” His skin prickled with the power emanating from this individual.
“That will come to you at the appointed time. Sleep, child. We can visit again when you’re rested.”
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