Book Review #50 + Giveaway: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Book Review #50 + Giveaway: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Henge

Author: Realm Lovejoy
Genres: action & adventure, fairy tales & folklore, fantasy, mystery, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Henge is an unique take on the Arthurian legend that grabbed me from page one and kept me going until the very last moment. Ms. Lovejoy crafted a unique world set within the known world of London with intriguing mysterious characters the played with my emotions and had me asking tons of questions.

The downfall with this book is purely personal. I realized shortly after starting it that I know very little about Arthurian mythology. I often found myself confused by the names and the myriad of characters that waltzed in and out of Morgan’s life. I did venture out to Wikipedia (not the best source, I know) and read up a bit, but after getting even further confused there, I just decided to let go of what I didn’t know and enjoy the book.

I grew to love Morgan as the story progressed. As the misunderstood student, she reminded me a bit of Elphaba from Wicked. In many of the tellings of Arthur’s story, Morgan le Fay is portrayed as an antagonist. I was intrigued by Ms. Lovejoy’s use of the characters that surround Morgan as well as her mother’s mysterious past as tempering agents (a forge, perhaps?) in shaping Morgan and what she may potentially become.

Overall, despite my lack of knowledge about the Legend of King Arthur, I would give Henge a thumbs up. I did love the characters and wondered if Morgan would survive and discover the truth about her mother. While some reviews might compare Henge to the Harry Potter series or other popular YA novels, Henge stands on its own and provides a tantalizing new take on an old, if not-so-familiar-to-me, tale.

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5 responses to “Book Review #50 + Giveaway: Henge by Realm Lovejoy

  1. candacerobinson

    I felt like the author changed things enough that you don’t really need to know the story or characters. Not only that but Arthurian legend varies greatly from story to story. While characters were familiar of name to me (and I’m quite familiar with the legends) she changed things to fit her story and made it her own. So I don’t think you really need to know the legend at all. But since I DO know them, I might be wrong. I just know that the story was wholly unique and the characters played different roles.
    Anyway, thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing!

    • I did enjoy the book once I let go of trying to find the direct connections to the known mythology. I do wonder what’s going to happen to Morgan!

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  2. Realm Lovejoy

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing HENGE! I’m glad you enjoyed the book and hope you’ll stay tuned for the next one in 2015.