I must preface by stating, that despite "Ivanhoe" being my favorite book, this genre is not my typical reading fare. However, I was intrigued enough by the cover and brief description to take a chance and purchase the Kindle version. I am quite glad that I did. For me, the two criteria for whether I consider a book not only worth reading but enjoyable is whether my attention is completely captured and whether I become interested in and engrossed in the characters. Carol Weakland not only captures my attention with her lush and vividly descriptive writing but has created characters so engaging you are loathe to put the book down - in short, she has left me wanting more!
This is inspired and unique retelling of the legend that is King Arthur and the fantastic characters that surround his kingdom of Camelot. Although many have attempted to bring King Arthur and his feats to life on stage, in film or screen and of course, in poetry and prose; Weakland has meticulously woven factual and historical together with fantasy and romance that many are unable to do without coming across as trite or hokey. She paints a lyrical romance destined across all time and place never before imagined for the most famous of literary (and legendary) kings. Although the character of Morgen is often portrayed in literature as the magical force surrounding King Arthur, she is done so more often than not with evil intent. "Morgen of Avalon: Dreamspell" is far from evil as Weakland introduces her readers to the Queen of the Fairies who will, through undying and predestined love, ensure Arthur unites all of Britannia in peace and establish himself as the King of all Kings.
Although the first in a planned trilogy, Weakland presents the characters of Arthurian legend like Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere with a host of new and not so well known characters - magical and human. Her ability to craft a poetically beautiful work while balancing the fantasy, romance and imagery that too often is a recipe for over-sentimentality and hokiness is a treat and just reward for the reader. Whether a great lover of this genre, an Arthurian fan or a curious yet reluctant reader, "Morgen of Avalon: Dreamspell" is a delight to read and one that will have the reader, like me, anxiously awaiting the second installment.