As the kingdom of Camelot descends into complacency, an ambitiously sadistic madman known as Merodach advances his rogue armies, recruiting by the sword and threatening revolt. Eighteen-year-old Princess Gabriella is the only one who understands the severity of the threat, but she is powerless to convince her father or her brave commoner husband, Darrick.
With defeat all but certain, Gabriella sets out on a final, desperate quest. Her plan: to confront and defeat the madman, Merodach, before his armies can destroy everything she loves. Alone and on foot, she must cross the haunted magical wasteland known as the Tempest Barrens, where she is beset by mutant beasts, capricious magical creatures, and even the walking dead.
In the end, wounded and hopeless, Gabriella finally confronts her nemesis and learns his final, horrible secret: He is not alone, and the forces he has allied with are far more powerful than anyone could have imagined.
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This was such an entertaining and engaging read and definitely makes me want to read more by this author.
The summary says enough about the plot that I'm not going to add anything in case I spoil something, so all I'll say is that it's a fast paced, intense, magic filled, adventurous read. I loved how it was being told from 2 separate generations and how they collide. It was really well written and described and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The characters were all well written and developed but my favourite was Gabriella. She was such a great role model. She was brave, loyal, impulsive but also kick ass and not afraid to do what is right.
In all, this is a really great read. It has everything a good book should and I look forward to more from this author.
Jus Sargeant did a good job with the narration. There was enough different tones for each character that I had no problem following who was talking.
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I'm a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, a fan of all things theology and an adjunct professor of political science.
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Ruins of Camelot is a fun take on the Arthurian myth and a fall of Camelot that happens long after Arthur. The characters are engaging, the plotis fun, and the weaving back and forth between times is well executed. The narration is also superb. All in all, I highly recommend this one.
I'm retired USAF and fully retired with a lot of time to read now. Read my whole life so thought I'd give some of that knowledge back.
Most certainly. The story line flows really great and the characters are quite unique in their ways.
The 2 old wizards were mine. Typical old cronies that didn't know if they say to much or not enough.
Again the 2 wizards. He gave them a personality all their own. Enjoyed that segment the best.
I did listen to it in one day, but had to do some honey-do's, otherwise it would have been 1 sitting.
An ambitious little tale that attempts nothing less than the origin of vampires, the demise of Camelot, and secret cameo appearances by the founders of a certain famed Magical School for Witches and Wizards. If you ever wondered what became of a certain snakey founder, this story offers an intriguingly creepy possibility (surely based in the author's world famous fan-fiction).
Again the 2 wizards. He gave them a personality all their own. Enjoyed that segment the best
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This is a good fantasy story with a strong Princess, Gabriella, and is a quick and engaging read for fans of King Arthur and that time period.
Even though this book is the first in this series, it could read as a stand alone book.
I'm intrigued about book two.
One thing that I did not like, the Prologue, it gave away too much.
Jus Sargean did a good job with the narration of the different character voices.
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This is an absolutely fantastic book, I first came across this author when I read his James Potterseries, and I'm so glad he's written his own standalone novel. I love the imagery he creates with his writing, it almost feels like you're standing in the room with the characters. I would've liked it if her travels had maybe been a little bit longer, but overall I would say this is a great read.
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