Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review of In Camelot's Shadow by Sarah Zettel

Synopsis: "Sarah Zettel's In Camelot's Shadow is an enticing romantic fantasy set in Arthurian England that explores the legend of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady. When Gawain, King Arthur's handsome and promiscuous nephew, saves a beautiful maiden from a sorcerer, will his love be able to overcome the forces of evil?

Risa of the Morelands was cursed even before she was born. While returning from King Arthur's coronation, her father made a deal with an evil necromancer named Euberacon to save his beloved dying wife. In return for his wife's health, the sorcerer asks for the life of the child growing inside her womb. Her father accepts the deal and thus dooms the unborn Risa to a life of unthinkable depravity.

Now a beautiful 19-year-old with red-gold hair, Risa confronts her father after another suitor is turned away. When he eventually tells her about his deal with the sorcerer, she runs away -- only to be caught by Euberacon. Gawain fatefully witnesses the assault, saves Risa, and falls in love with her. But when Euberacon turns Risa into a monstrosity, will Gawain's love be enough to defeat a sorcerer, a pagan god, and all the naysayers at Camelot?"

My Review: So it has been a few years since I read this book and I loved it all over again. I have always loved Gawain. The way that Risa is described makes me want to be her! She is so strong, brave and all around awesome!! I also enjoyed the multiple story lines through out the book, it helps to bring the whole series together. Of course you can't have a Arthurian legend without involving the awesome King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin. You also get a little retelling of the legend of Gawain and the Green Knight. There are a lot of legends interwoven into the story, Sarah Zettel does a fantastic job of making them all mesh into an enjoyable book.         

My Rating: I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put it down. The characters are great, and I liked how it wasn't your typical Arthurian Legend, it was a romance for one of the Knights of the Round Table, yet still Arthurian.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.

This was for the 2012 Arthurian Legends Challenge

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Reading List & Meet Me on Monday

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

What I Read Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

In Camelot's Shadow by Sarah Zettel (review coming soon)

Currently Reading:
Frost Kisses by Kailin Gow - pb - on page 45 of 284

Next Books to be Read:

Catundra by Stephen Cosgrove - Childrens/Bedtime stories
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - May Book Club
For Camelot's Honor by Sarah Zettel - Arthurian Legend Challenge
Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keller- Mount TBR Challenge
Meet Me on Monday
So I found this fun little meme I thought would be great to add so people get to know me a little better (and discover my strange little quirks). Meet Me On Monday is hosted by Acting Balanced where 5 questions are posted each week for us to answer about ourselves and share with all of our readers.

Acting Balanced
And now for this weeks Questions:

1. Finish this sentence - I dream of....  
                                  Hmmm, I dream of a lot of things, mostly very odd dreams. Last night I had a dream that I put away my snow boots and brush  and the next day it snowed three feet! Needless to say I won't be packing away any winter supplies just yet LOL!

2. If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?
                                 I have to say that I don't think the meal would matter that much to me, I would probably rather not know it was my last meal, but if I did, I wouldn't care what I ate but more of who was my company while eating. I would like to have all my loved ones around me.

3. What was your favorite toy as a child?
                                Definitely My Little Ponies, especially Baby Crumpet (who has moved with me every time, even to college).  I also loved books and coloring books and would have picnics with my stuffed animals. I was pretty easy to please as a kid, even an cardboard box would give me at least a weeks worth of fun!

4. What color looks best on you?
                         Shades of purple seem to get me the most compliments since it brings out my green eyes more, but most of my closet is filled with black clothes. I recently invested in some great new brightly colored clothes for the summer though!

Question 5 is for all of you to answer . . .
5. What would your perfect day be weather wise? Are you a Summer or Winter person?
So needless to say I didn't get the Bedtime stories going again. My awesome Hubby took Friday off work so we could actually spend some time together (I work days & he works nights so we only see each other on the weekends, but that is usually filled with errands, friends and family). 
We finally got primer up in the bathroom, so hurray for making some progress on that package! Probably only another 2 weeks till I have my bathroom back, and it sounds like we might be able to finish the electrical work this coming weekend.  Extra bonus we found an awesome bedroom set on craigslist!! You have no idea how excited I am to have real furniture, I have been using the same Rubbermaid plastic drawers for my clothes since junior high!!
I also managed to get a few pony/art projects done this weekend and should have more done later this week.  Maybe I will have to do another little art post to show you some of them :D
So much going on and not much time for reading unfortunately, not to mention the fact that all of my books are in piles on the guest room floor waiting to be moved to the basement.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!!