Author: Realm Lovejoy
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
SummaryModern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
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I love the cover because it reminds me of a graphic novel. Seeing the cover makes it easier to picture Morgan and the uniform Arthur's Round wears. You can see the fiery nature of Morgan from the cover. It is a perfect illustration of her.
I'm not a fan of medieval fantasy or the stories behind Arthur and Excalibur at all. Henge is a modern-day version that sounds very captivating so I'm willing to take a chance.
I'm so glad I decided to read Henge. At first i was a little standoffish. I don't know what I was expecting but I was picturing the wizard Merlin battling Morgan and the great King Arthur and a journey or something like that, but Henge was better. It took an old story and made it modern and easy to become lost in. It's completely different from that common tale. My favorite part about the whole novel is the ending. It was completely unexpected. The whole story is basically a competition to see who will be Arthur's Maven. From the beginning Realm Lovejoy tells you about a vision Morgan has as a child inside the mysterious Henge. The vision says Morgan will be the Maven, but in the end Morgan gets more than what she bargained for. Henge keeps you constantly surprised. Throughout the novel I could never guess what would happen next. I guess, that could be why I wished it in one sitting. I also love the idea of having more than just fire, water, earth, and air magic. The author adds healing and blood magic, but makes earth, healing, and blood magic extremely rare. Henge was a welcomed surprise.
Don't assume anything about Henge! It isn't that same old story with King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. Henge is a fantastic modern young adult fantasy story. I always look for stories outside the box, and Henge was a perfect read for that. I strongly recommend this book if your looking for something exciting and different in the fantasy genre. Henge is a great modern-day twist on age-old tale.
My Final Thought-
The ending was completely unexpected. I turned the next page only to find I had reached the end. In my head I was screaming NO! I can not wait for the 2nd in the Le Fay series to be released.
5 out of 5 Haunted Roses
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