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Great Review for Shadow Over Avalon.

5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Fun!, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Shadow Over Avalon (Kindle Edition)
I grew up reading stories about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. I loved those stories and, to be honest, was hesitant about reading this book because I was resistant to any new stories, especially a science fiction story. Boy was I wrong and boy am I glad I read this! The author, C. N. Lesley, does a fabulous job mixing fantasy and science fiction with the Arthurian theme. She breaths new life into a classic character while remaining true to the spirit, passion, and values portrayed in the classic tales. Lesley’s prose is masterful. Her descriptions place you solidly in the scenes and the characters come to life in your mind. There is plenty of action and adventure, along with the other important human elements. If you are anything like me you won’t stop reading until it is done. I highly recommend this story and intend to look for other books by C. N. Lesley!



Someone recently said writing fantasy was easy. Let’s nix this notion right now. In the process of coming up with Darkspire Reaches I created a whole new planet and a variety of very distinct races to populate it. How? Creating fantasy isn’t as simple as calling a bunny a flubbit, or some other strange name. A bunny is still a bunny and recognizable as such to any reasonable and sane person, to misquote Mark Twain.

A new world has to be just a tad off kilter, but still easy to visualize for the reader. Still thinking this is easy to do? A world must have weather patterns and this means a north and a south pole. A world entirely constructed of tropical rain forest would never be possible in nature. Why is this important? When I read a book I need to be able to suspend my disbelief. If this does not happen, I am questioning everything else. A world is therefore built from the bedrock upwards. 

This is just one book, Darkspire Reaches. Shadow Over Avalon explores a whole new world, complete with rules and structure. If anyone else would like to tell me this is easy, they are inviting a fat lip.