Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Air: Merlin's Chalice by Meredith Bond

Title:  Air: Merlin's Chalice
Series:  Children of Avalon #1
Author:  Meredith Bond
Published:  March 18/14 by Anessa Books
Length:  322pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

In one day Scai has gone from an ordinary outcast in her little Welsh village to learning that she is a member of a magical people called the Vallen. Left on the church steps by a strange couple to be raised by the town priest, she knows nothing of her history—or her abilities. Did she really stop the rain just by wishing it to stop? But she is determined to learn all she can. Travelling alone to England to find her family seems to be the only way she’s going to find the answers she seeks.

Her journey leads her to the funny old knight Sir Dagonet, the handsome squire Dylan and the fiery Bridget. Together, Scai, Dylan and Bridget are the long awaited Children of Avalon, destined to save the world from Lady Nimuë, formerly known as the Lady of the Lake—unless she kills them first.
Along the way, Scai finds magic - both in the wind and air that she can control at will, and in the sweet ache of a first love that she cannot.

My Review:

The premise for this novel was very interesting. It had great promise that should carry forward well into the rest of the series. Magic and fantasy abound throughout, bringing fantasy to readers in a big way. However, I found the author’s writing style a bit difficult to get into. It was enjoyable, yet because I couldn’t fully get into the writing the story couldn’t fully hold my attention. Bond’s flowery writing lends itself well to descriptions that bring the world into a stark visual clarity.

Bond develops some rather interesting and larger than life characters. They were definitely fun to get to know. Although these characters are well developed, I found them difficult to identify with. Their connections to one another were quite superficial as well.

As a whole this was an enjoyable novel, especially once I got further into it. It is a good start to the series.

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