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Book review: Shadow Over Avalon by C.N. Lesley (@darkspires )

Arthur is breeding stock. He is exceptionally skilled, his life has been mapped out for reviewhim, his fate is sealed. Or so it is believed. Stealing away to the archives in order to learn more of his origins and the world, he discovers the tale of Ashira, a War Maid, who had been born in the very image of her own mother, the late queen, and her father did not approve. Headstrong and independent she receives cruel punishments at his hand for being a free spirit. But the cruellest is yet to come. It seems her worth is so little that he had devised the perfect means to dispose of her. Tragedy turns to hope, betrayal to freedom and love. But it was never destined to last.

Science fiction meets fantasy in a thrilling clash of knights and dragons as we are drawn into an alternative version of the Arthurian mythos. Gripping and thrilling, Shadow Over Avalon will take you on a whirlwind of a ride enriched by vivid and captivating characters. C.N. Lesley’s book crosses timelines to bring a tale of past and present, carefully woven and structured so the roots of one affect the other. This is a must for lovers of the genre. An action packed, character driven tale that will leave you wanting more.

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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill (KS the Dreamer) Author of The Forgotten Legacies series

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Book review: Chalice of Shadows by C.N. Lesley

Morgan knew little but slavery. She had small glimpses of peaceful times in a world with a 41whnq73i8lsky of green, then she awoke in the land of the blue sky, mutilated. She was but six summers old when the slavers killed the old woman who had harmed her. Her throat scarring seeing her turned to labour rather than pleasure in the slave circuits. She had no idea of the future that awaited her, even her captors hadn’t realised the extent of her worth until it was too late. The Nestines were without a queen, and the talents now discovered in Morgan made her the perfect candidate for the role. With her they could once more breed their army and become the dominant species, instead of one who hunted in skyships and used priests to instill fear. But Morgan has a calling, a mission of grave importance. She must retrieve what some have called the Chalice of the Seer. The last time such a quest was given it was Arthur and his sword, a pinnacle in war against the Nestines that turned the tides in their favour.But will she be able to complete the mission with the Nestines hot on her trail, and the quest itself driving her to the edge of madness?

Chalice of Shadows is an inspired read. A new and imaginative take on Arthurian legends and myths C.N. Lesley adapts the well-known mythos to fit their own fantastic world. Hints and tales of characters from previous books reward her regular reader’s, whilst ensuring the book is stand alone in its telling, yet builds upon the work before it. This is the third book I have read by C.N. Lesley and I can say with all confidence that it certainly won’t be the last. I love the author’s imagination and narrative voice. I find her stories and characters compelling, and her plots full of imagination. If fantasy is your genre you won’t be left wanting.

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On the 3rd day of advent K.J. recommends to me….

Every day on the run up to Christmas I am going to recommend a book that I truly enjoyed reading.

On the 3rd day of Christmas K.J’s advent recommends;


Darkspire Reaches by C.N Lesley  (Twitter @darkspires)

A brilliant high fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

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Please note: this is something I am doing in recognition of the books I have enjoyed. The authors do not know they have been selected, and have in no way asked to participate. I receive no form of profit from these recommendations.

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Book review: Serpent of Shangrove by C.N Lesley

Serpent of the Shangrove by C N Lesley is a high fantasy

51tfcht37ul-_ss300_Copper has matured to adulthood in the world belonging to the Drakken but he still has memories of his life before passing through the portal and returning home and the memory which haunts him most is the one of Jazzler. One night, after being shunned and made unwelcome by his own kind due to his impure blood he seeks a moment of peace and notices the portal is once more open. He sets out to discover the truth of what befell Jazzler, unaware others of his kind, half-breeds led by his mother and father, would follow him. But it seems the people here somehow possess more knowledge of the Drakken than they did before,and the Firstborn speak of a serpent in the Shangrove being their Samara maidens captive.

Serpent of Shangrove by C.N. Lesley is every bit as charming and magical as Darkspire Reaches. It is a beautifully woven tale, fraught with peril, danger, love and mystery. The characters are engaging, each with their own history and sub-plot interwoven into the main story arc. If you enjoy high fantasy, this author is not one to be overlooked.

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Serpent of Shangrove

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Book review: Darkspire Reaches by C.N Lesley

Darkspire Reaches is a high fantasy written by by C.N Lesley

51nkk5aa0lRaven can feel the call of the wyvern, even sheltered deep within the woods where she and Margie, an alchemist and botanical healer, live. As a baby Margie rescued Raven from being a sacrifice to the beast, hiding her away. The wyvern seeks her still. Unwilling to surrender that which was his, it will not rest until it has torn her to shreds, or so she was led to believe. Winter is coming, and with a new law passed outlawing magic and sentencing those who practice such crafts to death it seems those who make their living by potion and scrying are set to starve. With no other choice Raven and Margie are forced upon a journey, one where the true nature of all shall be revealed.

I picked up Darkspire Reaches because I was really craving a good high fantasy, and this book did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Invested in Raven’s plight and drawn in to the world of magic and wyverns created by the author. The characters are diverse, entertaining, and most importantly bursting with real personality. This gripping tale with leave you wanting more right until the final page.

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Darkspire Reaches