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Shadow Over Avalon por C.N. Lesley
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Shadow Over Avalon (edição 2013)

por C.N. Lesley

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Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next. A man, once a legend who bound his soul to his sword as he lay dying, is now all but a boy nearing the end of his acolyte training. Stifled by life in the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur wants to fight side by side with the air-breathing Terrans, not spend his life as servant to the incorporeal sentient known as the Archive. Despite the restrictions put on him by Sanctuary, he is determined to help the surface-dwellers defeat predators whose sole purpose is to ensure their own survival, no matter the cost. Ashira, War Maid and princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed and cast out of the life chosen for her, she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe. Following two threads of time, CN Lesley's new incarnation of the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy.… (mais)
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Título:Shadow Over Avalon
Autores:C.N. Lesley
Informação:Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books, Kindle Edition, 324 pages
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When the past and future collide! I've always loved Arthurian tales. This one has quite the twist. There is a civilization that is technologically advanced (reminded me of Atlantis) and air-breathers on the surface. What we end up with is a classic epic fantasy with a sci-fi twist that makes for an amazing read!

Lesley Nailed it!

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  CAKing | Oct 30, 2020 |
Shadow Over Avalon, by C. N. Lesley, is an amazing Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, with a range of multi-faceted humanoid races.

Told from a third person perspective, we follow the story of Arthur, an eighteen-year-old Seer Acolyte who has never known his parents. While Seers attempt to breed from him, Arthur searches desperately for clues in the memory files of the notorious Shadow. The question most on my mind was this; 'How will Arthur react when he finally gets his wish?'

Through his and Shadows eyes, we learn much about Shadow's heart-wrenching life as she faces love, capture, and the most impossible of dangers. Their collective enemy, known as the Nestines, need to be stopped from meddling with human genetics. The use of futuristic technology was well thought out, with terrific world-building skills demonstrated throughout the novel. Avalon is without a doubt my favourite location as it reminds me very much of the mythical underwater city of Atlantis.

This inspiring first book of a series held a wide array of characters, my favourite being Ashira, otherwise known as Shadow. She is the most complex character I have ever come across in fiction. Her motivations and desires are unique to her and I especially related to the way in which she shut off her feelings when they became too overwhelming.

The main theme I identified was to 'know thy enemy.' This tale includes some sort of betrayal at every turn, making it difficult to distinguish potential allies from foes. The writing made for a fluid read and had a unique and beautifully descriptive style. Shadow Over Avalon is a real page turner with an intricately crafted plot. For those who enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, I would strongly recommend that you read this series. ( )
  Daxmunro | Dec 31, 2018 |
Beautiful and Imaginative!

I am an avid fan of all things King Arthur, so was excited to read author C.N. LesleyÛªs version of the legend. She took a familiar story and made it her own. Her imaginative plot, vivid descriptions, and strong characters made this novel a pleasure to read. I knew from the start this would be something to savor and not rush through.

I also enjoyed the masterful way the author was able to blend two genres. It isn‰Ûªt easy to make fantasy and science fiction work together; in this case it was a success! I know I will re-read this novel in the future and look forward to more works from this brilliant writer.
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  moongie | Feb 16, 2015 |
For this reader, C. N. Lesley's "Shadow Over Avalon" is nothing short of a masterpiece! The novel is an imaginative and complex re-telling of the Arthurian legend in which Lesley has created a future world full of wonders and perils that slowly and intricately are revealed in a rich and multi-layered plot.

In the beginning, we are immediately sucked into the story of Ashira, a king's daughter in a rather primitive world, ruthlessly traded away in marriage to Uther, The Dragon. Juxtaposed with her tale is the story of Arthur, a young lad living in a futuristic undersea community, who is desperately trying to discover his lineage while, at the same time, trying to evade the suspect agenda of the "seers". Eventually, these two worlds collide as factions from each join forces to defeat an even more menacing foe.

The world that Lesley has created in this retelling of the ancient legend is so layered and complex, this reader was constantly reminded of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece "Dune". This is a must-read for all science fiction/fantasy fans, but will enthrall any who enjoy a fast-paced story with characters you cannot help but come to care about. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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  splatland | Dec 6, 2014 |
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Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next. A man, once a legend who bound his soul to his sword as he lay dying, is now all but a boy nearing the end of his acolyte training. Stifled by life in the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur wants to fight side by side with the air-breathing Terrans, not spend his life as servant to the incorporeal sentient known as the Archive. Despite the restrictions put on him by Sanctuary, he is determined to help the surface-dwellers defeat predators whose sole purpose is to ensure their own survival, no matter the cost. Ashira, War Maid and princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed and cast out of the life chosen for her, she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe. Following two threads of time, CN Lesley's new incarnation of the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy.

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