Published by Createspace Independent Pub on November 11, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
It has been so long since I have read a good magical fantasy book that reminded me of Harry Potter. But not a Harry Potter rip-off. That is key. I loved the magical school atmosphere and I loved that it was mixed in with the stories of king Arthur and Camelot. Henge is the start of what I am sure is going to be a very loved series. There is something for every fantasy and magic lover. Awesome magic, a fantastic plot line that is detailed and twisty as they come, and a dark and suspenseful characters and storyline that will have you guessing who the bad guy is and just what exactly is going on until the last page. I loved Henge. I am not ini love with the cover, but don’t let that distract you from the gem of a story found within its’ pages.
Morgan is one of my favorite female main characters that I have had the pleasure of meeting in a while. She is so perceptive. I loved how shrewd, but still kind she was. She knew when to be distrustful of people, even when she didn’t want to be. You could tell that she longed for some real friends, but because of events in her life she has always been kind of isolated. She is so powerful, but I can’t wait to learn more about her powers. Specifically, how her powers interact with her emotions. They seem to feed off of the more negative emotions and I want to learn why that is.
Merlin, Gwen and the whole secondary cast also captured my attention. I was bummed when one of them deceived me, but I soon learned to follow Morgan’s instincts. She was almost always dead on, even when she didn’t know why or didn’t want to be. She got it wrong a few times, but overall she was so impressive in her ability to read people and pick up on subtle clues.
The elemental magic in Henge was great. I loved watching the water and fire users. I am still unsure of just what my feelings are on magic and camelot and Mordred but I look forward to finding out more about all three in the next book. The setup is all there for this to be an amazing series, and Henge was an epic first installment. If you liked Harry Potter and want another magical story that is not just a cheap imitation, but rather has a life of its’ own, you need to check out Henge!
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