{Review} Once upon a Legend by Mary Ting

May 15, 2023 Reviews, Young Adult 1

{Review} Once upon a Legend by Mary TingOnce Upon A Legend: An origin story of the myth of King Arthur by Mary Ting

A story of love and a power that echoes through time.
A prophecy foretold by the Council.A sword forged by the Ladies of the Lake.A child born from love and the hope of thousands.
Seventeen-year-old Idrisa is a student from Dumont Orphan School. When the Emperor of Dumonia invites all citizens to a birthday gala for Prince Merrick, she attends and becomes entangled in a world beyond belief. At the party, Idrisa begins to hear strange voices that urge her to go to the lake. A student from school follows and tries to kill her, but in the fight for her survival, Idrisa gains possession of an eternal sword—gifted by the Ladies of the Lake.
The Emperor demands it, but only Idrisa can wield the sword, so he imprisons her. Her only hope is Prince Merrick, but he is grieving the death of his mother and doesn’t care about anything happening around him. While held captive, Idrisa uncovers secrets that challenge everything she thought she knew about Dumonia. Enemies and allies emerge when they hear news of the sword, and she must unlock the mystery of the weapon before darkness descends on the empire forever.

YA Review My Thoughts

Once Upon a Legend is a young adult fantasy reimagining of the story of Excalibur by Mary Ting. I really enjoyed this fast paced fantasy story, and I am excited to see where the series is going to go next. Once Upon a Legend is a great read for young adult readers of all ages. There is a light romance, but it is age appropriate for even younger readers.

I loved all of the mysterious components of the story, and how it only got more mysterious as we went on. The ending has left me on the edge of my seat, waiting for answers and waiting to see what is going to happen next. The pacing of this story was excellent and kept me flipping pages as quickly as I possibly could.

In Once Upon a Legend, we meet our main characters, Prince Merrick and orphan Idrisa, who cross paths at his birthday ball. There Idrisa and her group of friends got way more than they bargained for when they found themselves smack dab in the middle of a big court conspiracy. The book is told mostly dual narrative between Merrick and Idrisa with a few other points of view thrown in towards the end. Idrisa is a fantastic FMC. I love how feisty and strong she is. And I love how supportive her friend group is. This book is perfect for fans of the found family trope.

One of my booksta friends made a comment that she thought this book would make an awesome tv show, and after reading it I completely agree! If you are looking for an adventure fantasy, featuring great world building, compelling characters, twists and turns and an awesome found family, are you are a fan of King Arthur legends, I would check out Once Upon a Legend. I can’t wait for book 2!


About Mary Ting

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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One Response to “{Review} Once upon a Legend by Mary Ting”

  1. Lucas

    It’s fantastic to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed Once Upon a Legend by Mary Ting! The young adult fantasy reimagining of the story of Excalibur seems to have captivated your interest. The fast-paced nature of the book, combined with its mysterious elements, created an engaging reading experience for you.

    The author’s incorporation of mysteries throughout the story, which only intensified as the plot progressed, added an extra layer of excitement. The ending, leaving you eagerly anticipating answers and eagerly anticipating the next installment, speaks to the book’s ability to keep readers hooked. The pacing of Once Upon a Legend was exceptional, encouraging you to flip through the pages as quickly as possible. You can also get more games like that on https://modlonely.com/bgmi-apk/

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