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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Review: Sword (Le Fay, Book #2) by Realm Lovejoy

My Rating: 
Book: Sword (Le Fay, Book #2)

Author: Realm Lovejoy
Pages: 300
Release date: November 10th 2015
Evil lurks. Camelot sits, vulnerable. The fate of a future king hangs in the balance.

After surviving a string of brutal trials, sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is an official member of Camelot. But beneath its shining façade, Camelot is a crumbling government where loyalties are divided.

Nobody believes Morgan’s suspicions that enemies are closing in. Prince Arthur, a boy more interested in playing video games than ruling, will not listen to her, and neither will Lancelot, Camelot’s head of security. Even Morgan's friend Merlin refuses to take action. 

When Morgan discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the future king, she must take her destiny—and his—into her own hands. With the sword Excalibur beckoning in the distance, Morgan embarks on a seemingly impossible mission. And before her journey ends, everyone will know what she is truly capable of . . .

 In this second book in the LE FAY series, author Realm Lovejoy takes readers deep into the heart of a splintering Camelot.

My Review:

I received a copy through the YA Bound Book Tour to read and review in return.
*Slight spoilers, please read the first book prior to reader this review!*

Sword is the second installment of the thrilling young adult series, Le Fay by Realm Lovejoy. From my review on the first book of this wonderful series, one can perhaaaps assume that I have completely fallen in love with Ralm Lovejoy's books. Her second book definitely did not disappoint! The direction Ms. Lovejoy decided to take with this book was completely unexpected. Compared to her first book, Henge, it was almost polar opposite. Sword exuded more of a melancholy feel, which only enhanced my addiction to the story.

I love how the book starts off almost exactly where we left off with Henge, granting the reader a fluent story line, knowing that absolutely nothing has been skipped. Morgan finds out she has not been selected to be King Arthur's Maven; instead she has been selected to become a Black Knight of Camelot. With deepest devastation and jealousy towards Merlin who has become Maven, she heads back home to her father to tell him the heart wrenching news. We discover a different side of Morgan, where she seems overwhelmingly demotivated and depressed to even carry out her role as Black Knight, but if she does not show up for her training she will be facing dire consequences.

When Lancelot pays her a visit, she is finally convinced to go to the Maven Ceremony, where Camelot will celebrate Merlin's new role as upcoming Maven. She also realizes that Prince Arthur is still in grave danger, and no one is planning on acting on this. She feels it is her responsibility and decides to head off back to Camelot. When Morgan arrives at the Ceremony with a heavy heart, the story takes a radical turn and the real suspense and action begins!

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions. Morgan's abilities are tested to the utmost potential and her bravery is pushed to the limit. This made me have even more admiration towards her. We also get to know Prince Arthur much better. As many may have already picked up from the first book, he has quite an immature and inexperienced persona for a 15-year old prince. In the beginning this is quite exhausting but at the same time believable as the reader needs to keep in mind that Arthur has never done anything for himself, who has always been cooped up behind the protective walls of Camelot. I loved witnessing the relationship development between Morgan and Arthur, which eventually turned out be be  pleasantly surprising! Of course, having Merlin, Lancelot and even Mordred and Vivian appear back in this book was an absolute delight. There is however a noticeable shift in their characters and their relationship with Morgan, but this of course has a lot to do with the path Morgan decides take on her important and dangerous mission (but I refuse to confess any more details!).

My sense of addiction towards this book was just as strong as in the first book, but completely for different reasons. The actions which Morgan took in order to protect those she cares about are so incredible, and as I reader I solely wanted to find out why she did the things she did and what her fate would be in the end. It was absolutely thrilling and heart pounding, but without conveying any spoilers, Morgan heads on this crazy dangerous journey which results to very heavy and possibly fatal consequences. How the heck is she going to get out of this?!? (I must have screamed to myself a thousand times). Ms. Lovejoy is so talented in leaving the reader in the dark, fueling bits of information to create a wholesome breathtaking, emotional, enigmatic, and electrifying story.

Even though the second book held a complete different mood than the first book, Henge, I was once again fully bound to the story due to its dramatic twists and turn of events and new discoveries we encounter together with Morgan. It's absolutely stunning and a must read!!

P.S.: Realm Lovejoy is not only talented in her writing, but she's got some beautiful art work going on her blog. Check it out to get an even better idea what this amazing series is all about!